Seasonal road closures in effect
Seasonal road closures are in effect for motorized vehicles. The Teton Park Road is closed from the Taggart Lake Trailhead to the Signal Mountain Lodge. The Moose-Wilson Road is closed from the Granite Canyon Trailhead to the Death Canyon Road. More »
Avalanche hazards exist in the park
Avalanche hazards exist in the park, especially in mountain canyons and on exposed slopes. A daily avalanche forecast can be found at www:jhavalanche.org or by calling (307) 733-2664. More »
Welcome to "40 Days to 40 Years"! - Countdown: 39 Days
July 17, 2012
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the designation of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Established August 25, 1972, the parkway encompasses 24,000 acres that connect Grand Teton National Park with the world's first national park, Yellowstone. The Parkway honors the many contributions to conservation by Rockefeller on behalf of America's National Park System.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. first visited Yellowstone National Park with his family as a twelve-year-old in 1886. The young boy kept a diary of his trip to Yellowstone, recording observations of geysers and hot springs and describing different hikes. Thirty-eight years later he visited the park again, but this time with his three oldest sons, John III, Nelson, and Laurance. This trip to Yellowstone increased his interest in the protection and use of park lands. Between 1924 and 1960, Rockefeller, Jr. would give over $40 million to the nation for state and national parks, including buying land in Jackson Hole that would be incorporated into Grand Teton National Park.
In commemoration of the JODR's anniversary, we will be posting daily blog entries for 40 days leading up to August 25, 2012. These posts will feature hikes, history, wildlife, and other interesting tidbits relating to the JODR. In addition, we will also highlight John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s extensive philanthropy in the Jackson Hole valley and around the world. These 40 days will culminate with events in Grand Teton National Park celebrating the 40th anniversary.
Through this blog, we hope that you will come to realize that the Rockefeller Parkway is not just a highway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, but a destination in and of itself.
Did You Know?
Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.