Laurance S. Rockefeller offers a bit of serenity to a crowded National Park experience. It is a little off the beaten path on the Moose-Wilson Road. Plus, the fact that the parking lot has a limited number of car spots. Those two things make for an inviting day of finding a little bit of space for oneself in what can be a packed Grand Teton National Park experience. Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve is a great place to feel that connection with nature.
The 8 miles of hiking trails lend the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve to be an all day excursion. The trail can easily be extended to other areas of the park if you are looking for more miles to trek. However, with the ease of most of the trails along with the wonderful visitor center it can also serve as a nice stop as the rest of the park beckons. Even if it is just a hike I highly recommend getting out there and hitting the trail. The Laurance S. Rockeller Preserve’s trails pass through forests, wetlands, and meadows.
On our particular visit to the preserve we were just scouting the area out. We spent what time we had there around the visitor center, walking the short trail to the waterfall, and short way to Phelps Lake before turning back. We had the plans to take the highly praised trail to Phelps Lake another day. Unfortunately, we just ran out of time at the Tetons so will have to save that trip for another day.
I can definitely see us spending a lot more at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Walking the Phelps Lake trail. Maybe even steeling up the nerve enough to do the rock jump into the lake. While we did not see much in the form of wildlife we also did not venture that far from the visitor center. However, I have heard it is great spot to see some. That makes sense to us because some of our best luck of animal spotting has been along the Moose-Wilson road. Just thinking about it is getting me excited about going back. Now I just have to talk the wife into it again. I think she is hoping for some place with a beach next time. We shall see!
Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
Located 4 miles south of Moose on the Moose-Wilson Road
Open: The visitor center usually opens beginning of June thru September 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (dates vary)
Entrance fee to the National Park will get visitors into the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
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