Mountains & Men Part 2: Albright Peak

Often the lesser peaks of the Teton Range are overlooked, but many are named for the people who shaped this area as we know it today. One of those peaks is named Albright Peak. Horace Albright was the second National Park Service superintendent of Yellowstone. Albright loved Yellowstone deeply, but he also thought that the best part of the area was not protected within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park – was of course talking about the Teton Range and Jackson Hole.

Throughout his tenure as superintendent, Albright advocated tirelessly to protect Jackson Hole – the mountains, the lakes, the views, and the culture of this special place. It was not until the 1920s that Albright met the Rockefeller family. Together they worked against all odds to protect Jackson Hole for future generations. Read a timeline of events which led to the conservation of Jackson Hole.

Albright and Laurance S. Rockefeller formed a lifelong friendship, and they often spent time on the shores of Phelps Lake. Albright Peak overlooks this beautiful lake and reminds us all of a friendship and partnership which created Grand Teton National Park as we know it today.

Hike to a spectacular view of Albright Peak and Phelps Lake by starting at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve within Grand Teton National Park.