Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, Jackson

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Laurance Rockefeller Preserve offers 13 km (eight mi) of trails through ecologically significant parkland as part of Grand Teton National Park. Follow paths that lead you through dry meadows of sagebrush and past forests of spruce, pine, cottonwoods, and aspen, then through wetlands. Explore the shores of Lake Phelps, where you can watch for migratory birds.  At the visitor center, you can view exhibits about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as information about Laurence S. Rockefeller, who donated the land that forms the park. The center also offers videos, photographs, and soundscapes of the preserve, as well as a room where you can relax by the fireplace. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jackson Hole using our trip planner.
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  • This was one of our favorite stops. As we drove up there were rangers there and they were very informative about the Preserve! We enjoyed gazing in the buildings, walking the trails and the water fall...  more »
  • The hike to and around Phelps Lake was wonderful in early June. Not too crowded at 10 AM and absolutely gorgeous.  more »
  • We drover through, stopped, hiked. Had a few meals. It is all beautify and we saw animals in their element.  more »
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  • Visited June 2018. The preserve is a less-traveled secret in the national park. The tiny parking lot was designed/built to be small on purpose--to limit the number of people in the area, on the trails, etc. And the small parking lot plan worked! Get there early in the morning to guarantee you get a parking spot, and then enjoy the area/trails/lake! Extra Kudos to the park ranger who, the day prior to our hike, bent over backwards to help us. She made reservations for our whole group for the morning guided hike even though they were short one spot. Thank you!
  • Nice trails from beginner to medium activity levels. Phelps lake was beautiful, too bad the smoke cast a haze on the mountains. Some of the signs could've been more descriptive/included more information. But overall we had a very nice hike
  • Great experience here. When I was here a few days ago, the bathroom building nearest the lake was closed; under construction. The trails were mostly in good shape, despite the rain. The Aspen Ridge trail is being kind of over grown, so do everyone a favor and hike it to beat it down a bit. Here are some pix I shot from that trail. Also, do pay attention to the difficulty ratings. One trail goes across the mountains and is rated Extremely Strenuous; that one requires an ice axe through July and would not be for the faint of heart or anyone without bear spray. It was a great experience, hiking here. By the way, this place is one of only two parking pull-outs in this area. The other one is quite a ways further south.
  • Beautiful observation of the nature and wildlife conservation by Rockefeller. The small visitors center is well worth the visit even if you don't endup hiking the incredible scenic trail up to the lake. The parking is limited due to space but there are always rangers guiding traffic and the bathrooms are located right on the parking lot. Side note - they are some of the cleaner bathrooms at the park. The hike to the visitor center is less than 5 minutes at a brisk pace. Inside, you can see the mountain displays and get an idea of the surrounding area. There are maps, rest Area, and park rangers ready to help you get the most out of your visit. Their assistance was appreciated in guiding our party on their first adventures of the trip!! The hike to the lake was WELL WORTH IT and relatively easy for a "hike" at only 300 ft of elevation change. Beautiful observation of the mountains and the stream as you climb the hill to the lake.
  • Amazing! The visitor center is a feast for the senses. The building and exhibits are thoughtfully planned and very different from other park ships. Several trails of varying lengths take off from this location. Wildlife is close at hand as you walk the area. You will be missing out if you skip this.
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