The road through Grand Teton National Park will be a little less lonely with a new app that guides tourists to points of interest, with chatty voice to boot.

The road through Grand Teton National Park will be a little less lonely with a new app that guides tourists to points of interest, with chatty voice to boot.

“Coming up is a turn-off to a scenic drive that winds its way up Signal Mountain,” the app, called Travel Storys GPS, tells travelers along Teton Park Road. “We recommend that you take the four-mile drive to the top for a spectacular, panoramic view of the valley and mountains.”

Travel Storys GPS, which was released in beta in August 2012, is available for download on iTunes for Apple products and Google Play for Androids. The Wilson-based business behind the app seeks to tell travelers stories along the roads of Wyoming, with tours triggered by phones’ global positioning systems. Profits are expected to come from sponsorships of the tours.

The app currently has two tours near Jackson: Wyoming Highway 22 from the town of Jackson to the Idaho state line, and Teton Park Road from Moose to Jackson Lake Lodge, which is in Grand Teton National Park.

“It’s driven by my clients,” said Story Clark, Travel Storys GPS’ founder and CEO.

Highway 22 is sponsored by the Jackson Hole Land Trust, an organization that works to preserve open space and wildlife habitat, and Teton Park Road is sponsored by Grand Teton National Park Foundation, which raises money for projects to enhance the park’s cultural, historic and natural resources.

Among the app’s features:

• A written explanation, accompanied by an audio voiceover that reads the explanation, of each point of interest along a tour. For instance, at South Jenny Lake, travelers will learn about how a glacier formed the lake, and “an eerie underwater forest stands at the bottom of Jenny Lake. Landslides swept trees off the surrounding hillsides and into the lake. .. This underwater forest makes the lake a fun destination for divers,” the voice and text says.

• If you’re interested in history, the app provides fascinating insights into the past, complete with historical photos. For instance, near the Teton Glacier point of interest, travelers learn about the Geraldine Lucas homestead. “Born in Iowa City in 1886, Lucas left an unhappy marriage to return to college as a single mother and become a schoolteacher,” the app says. “After retiring in 1913, she joined her siblings in Jackson Hole, built a cabin and established a homestead.”

• Kids’ content is available for each point of interest. For instance, at the Trail Creek Ranch along Highway 22, kids learn about elk. “If you see a male – or bull – elk, count the points on each antler. The more points on an antler and the thicker they are, the older the bull is,” the app says.

• Travel stories are triggered by a phone’s GPS location. In places in which a phone has no service, content can be downloaded beforehand and cached on the phone.

• Travelers can donate to organizations that are helping conserve history and landscape. For instance, along Highway 22, travelers can text a donation to the Jackson Hole Land Trust. The donations appear on wireless bills.

• An interactive element in which travelers can share their own stories.

Clark came up with the idea for the app through her other job about five years ago, before phones even had GPS. She has a consulting business in which she helps organizations find money for conservation. She has written a book on the topic, “A Field Guide to Conservation Finance.”

“There’s so many wonderful quality stories that are collecting dust in the archives of historical societies, in people’s minds, in history books, in geology books,” Clark said. “But very few people are using that. If it was on an app they could get it out to everybody. We’re really trying to get high-quality information available to travelers and to communities.”

The company received some money through the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a state board that gives grants to innovative projects that promote and protect the state’s arts, cultural and historic resources. The company also received money from the Jackson-based Lor Foundation, which supported its efforts to help nonprofits and communities, Clark said.

“Right now we’re actually looking for foundation funding because of the mission, which is really to help nonprofit organizations tell their stories. But we are also looking for venture capital funding.”

It costs a lot of money to develop an app. Story has a partner who does the programming, Madi Quissek, who took classes from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho.

Clark said her company will do some marketing to promote the app but the tour sponsors will also market it, as well as local businesses, such as restaurants. At the end of some of the travel stories are advertisements for discounts at local restaurants.

She is looking for Wyoming writers, historians, geologists and other experts to help with the app.

“We really want to keep it a Wyoming-based company,” she said. “We have plenty of resources in this state to build this company.”

In the future, the company plans to have a historic walking tour of the town of Jackson, which will be sponsored by a local historical society, a tour of the Jackson Hole Airport and a gallery tour that will be sponsored by Jackson-area galleries, Clark said.

“A gallery tour is like a gallery walk where the galleries are all open and you can visit them,” she said. “This is a gallery walk but you can do it at night. You can do it when the galleries are shut. And at each gallery a story is triggered about that gallery by the owner of that gallery. And in addition... there are pictures, there are images, that you can see of the collections, and there’s text and links to the gallery websites.”

The company is working with the Wyoming State Historical Preservation Office to expand the app to include the Mormon, Oregon, California and Pony Express trails.

“There’s 78 sites along those trails through Wyoming,” Clark said. “And if people knew about that they would stop, they would learn and they would have a meal. And they might stay the night. And they might basically enrich our economy and their own experience.”