John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was an industrialist who appreciated natural beauty. He contributed generously to several national parks, including Acadia, Grand Teton, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
In honor of his lifelong support of the national parks, Congress designated the space between Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park the “John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.”
This 24,000-acre bridge between the two parks is a destination all its own. You can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities here, including hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and winter sports.
The Colter Bay Visitor Center & Indian Arts Museum houses Indian artifacts donated by the Rockefeller family. The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center, and Jenny Lake Visitor Center and Ranger Station offer maps, ranger programs, exhibits, and information for climbers, hikers, and campers.
As the name suggests, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway also offers many scenic drives, with multiple viewpoints and turnouts that include interpretive exhibits on the local plant and animal life.
The one-way Jenny Lake Scenic Drive is especially memorable for its sweeping mountain vistas. Go up Signal Mountain Summit Road for even more spectacular views.