East Gros Ventre Butte

In 2016, the Jackson Hole Land Trust completed the second phase of the East Gros Ventre Butte project. The new permanently protected 62 acres add to the previously conserved 181 acres of important wildlife habitat and treasured views located on the east face of East Gros Ventre Butte. This multi-phase priority project united partners, campaign contributors, and landowners with the Jackson Hole Land Trust to conserve one of the most iconic and recognizable spaces in Jackson to date. The protection of East Gros Ventre Butte is vital to the success of wildlife and open migration corridors in Jackson Hole. The property provides a core area for sage grouse, crucial habitat for mule deer, and habitat for moose, elk, bighorn sheep, migratory birds, raptors, and countless other species. Highly visible from Highway 26/89/191, the project is adjacent to the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Spring Gulch, situated above the National Museum of Wildlife Art. With Phase 1 completed in 2013, the project to date has eliminated all residential, industrial, and commercial development rights on the property, which was originally slated for 7 home sites. In total, 243 acres have been protected on East Gros Ventre Butte by the Jackson Hole Land Trust, with a third phase of the project expected to reach completion in the 2017 fiscal year. The East Gros Ventre Butte Project was made possible through the generosity of private contributions to the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Forever Our Valley campaign.