The Murie Ranch

Visit the heart of American Wilderness

Just west of Moose, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park sits a small enclave of buildings nestled in a meadow of sage and sticky geranium. It was here, at The Murie Ranch, that the Wilderness Act and the modern conservation movement were born. Today, the ranch hosts daylong and residential programming for youth, adults and families. We invite you to visit The Murie Ranch to learn more about this historical landmark and become part of its enduring legacy.

We are all whirling with the earth together. And reaching out to the young generation coming along is one of the most important tasks.
Olaus Murie

The Murie Legacy

The Murie Ranch is named for conservationists Olaus Murie, his wife Margaret (Mardy) Murie and scientist Adolph Murie and his wife Louise. The Muries purchased the STS dude ranch in 1945, which served as their home and a hub for the conservation movement. In 2015, the Murie Ranch became a campus of Teton Science Schools. We continue to use the ranch to inspire engagement with nature and connect people to their public lands.

The Murie Legacy

The Campus

The Murie Ranch is a National Historic Landmark district that sits at the intersection of sage, forest and riparian habitats in Grand Teton National Park. The Murie Ranch is comprised 17 cabins, and can accommodate intimate meetings and retreats for up to 25 guests, and is an ideal setting for appreciating and exploring the natural beauty of the area, and reflecting on the need to steward the legacy of the Murie Family.

Daily Docent Tours

While visiting Grand Teton National Park, don’t miss a tour of The Murie Ranch.
From May to October, hosts lead daily public tours from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the Muries and current programs on the ranch.

Daily Tours

Front Porch Conversations at conservation’s home

Olaus and Mardy Murie hosted some of the nation’s most influential conservationists and visionary environmental thinkers on their front porch. For two decades, the western headquarters of the Wilderness Society convened at the Ranch, engaging in dialogue and debate about the values of wild places and the need for their protection. We carry on this tradition of conversations worth having by gathering on Mardy’s front porch to discuss public land issues with local experts. These conversations are free and open to the public.

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Spirit of Conservation Award

Each year, The Murie Ranch recognizes a person whose life work demonstrates a commitment to conservation, civility and community.

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