While much of the Land Trust’s work consists of privately held land and conservation easements, we work strategically to make land conservation accessible to our local communities through open access properties. These community gems are open to explore and will be protected for generations to come. As of Summer 2018, the Land Trust protects a number of open access properties throughout Teton County, included the ones listed below.
- Flat Creek Corridor protects almost a mile of the Flat Creek riparian corridor, providing both scenic value to the town of Jackson as well as recreational opportunities as part of the Snow King trail system. The property and its trails are popular biking, walking, and hiking areas, and are easily accessible from busy The property is designated as winter habitat for mule deer and moose, and supports a diversity of avian species such as red-tailed hawks and bald eagles.
- Spring Creek contains tall shrub and sagebrush habitats for mule deer and elk on East Gros Ventre Butte, scenically prominent from Spring Gulch Road. The conservation easement assists in ensuring that the views from one of Jackson Hole’s most iconic driving routes is protected for generations of future visitors and residents in the region.
- The Squaw Creek property on Munger Mountain spans across the foothills of this outdoor recreation haven for biking and hiking, rising out of the water of the Snake River. This transitional zone offers habitat for a diversity of native wildlife species, including an important migratory corridor for elk and crucial habitat for moose.
- In the heart of downtown Wilson, Wyoming, the Wilson Wetlands Trail provides an opportunity for outdoor classroom teaching on this Teton School District property. The publically accessible wetlands protect the Edmiston Spring creek channel near the bustling outdoor center. The boardwalk lends great access to Owen-Bircher Park and highlights the wonderful riparian areas that are connected to Edmiston Spring.
- The Wilson Centennial Ponds is a community asset in downtown Wilson that conserves the open space character of the Wyoming Highway 22 corridor between Wilson and the Village Road. Following Jackson Hole Land Trust’s habitat improvement of wetland and aquatic habitats on the property, the Land Trust gave the property to Teton County to become a public park, frequented by many residents and visitors. The Wilson Centennial Ponds provided the venue for FoundSpace 2017.
- Emily’s Pond is county parkland which serves the public as a recreational trailhead and landing for the pedestrian bridge over the Snake River. A portion of a historical gravel pit, the property now host ponds, wetlands, and sagebrush habitat, and is visited by hundreds of individuals to access the levee along the Snake. Emily’s Pond hosted FoundSpace in 2018.
- Rock Springs is a diverse alpine forest and glades on the Teton Front southwest Teton Village. The property functions as a part of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Hobacks terrain while also supporting natural habitat functionality at elevation above the valley floor. The Land Trust has hosted a number of hikes to Rock Springs with various local groups, including many with our Open Space Council as well as a series with the Doug Coombs Foundation in 2017.