Fall Creek Road residents are sounding the alarm over the possibility that dozens of high-end commercial campsites, roads and related infrastructure could be carved into the lower flanks of Munger Mountain.
A Wyoming-owned 640-acre section of land that raises money for the state’s school trust account, and which is exempted from local zoning regulations, could host the development. At the direction of state lawmakers seeking to wring more money out of state lands in exorbitantly priced Jackson Hole, the Office of State Lands and Investments has identified the site as a potential money-maker and plans to issue an open-ended request for proposals, according to Jason Crowder, the office’s deputy director.
“That would give the Board of Land Commissioners the ability to accept or reject any proposal,” Crowder told the News&Guide.
That board, which has the final say, consists of five state officials: Gov. Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, Auditor Kristi Racines, Treasurer Curt Meier and State Superintendent Jillian Balow. It remains to be seen which types of formal propositions the board will consider.
Although a request for proposals was once expected out by September, Crowder is now assigning no timeframe for its release.
But a luxury “glamour camping” (glamping) company, Under Canvas, has already expressed an interest in building another of its safari-inspired glamping compounds on the Munger parcel. Back in fall 2020 the Bozeman, Montana-based business submitted a glossy proposal that called for erecting upwards of 90 seasonal tents on 30 to 40 acres of the Munger Mountain parcel. It proposed entering into a 25-year lease. That pitch was preliminary and preceded the upcoming request for proposals. Still, the concept is being met with firm resistance.
While there’s no timeline for releasing a request for proposals for the Munger parcel, the state is actively soliciting commercial development proposals for another section of school trust land in Jackson Hole.
That state-owned parcel, just south of Teton Village, has been broken into nine individual tracts that can be bid on, ranging from 0.91 acres to 5.73 acres. The request for proposals went out Tuesday, with pitches due Feb. 1.
More details about the state's desire to see the lands developed, the glamp camp proposal, plus reaction from neighboring community members, are included in the full version of this story in this week's Jackson Hole News&Guide on newsstands and online.