7 Best Places to Photograph Grand Teton National Park

There are 7 best places to photograph Grand Teton National Park to capture the jagged peaks of the mountains complimented by the surrounding landscape and wildlife. There are numerous iconic scenes to photograph in this park.

 

We have visited the park in early June when the trees and grasses were vibrant greens, the wildflowers were in bloom, the mountains were snow-capped and the wildlife was abundant. Another visit in mid-October was a bit too late to capture the explosion of bright fall colors, but the early winter landscape was stunning nonetheless.

No matter what time of year you visit, there are endless opportunities to photograph nature at its best. Here are a few of our favorite locations to shoot within this scenic national park.

BEST PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Oxbow Bend

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

The reflection of the mountains in the bend of the Snake River is the objective at this location. It is usually best photographed at sunrise before any wind begins to blow. It is always worth a stop at sunset as well because if you can catch vibrant colors in the sky in the still water, you end up with a magnificent photo!

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

I feel the best vantage point at Oxbow Bend is along the river. Walk a bit north of the parking area and follow the trails to the water’s edge.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

PHOTO TIP: Always be aware of the scene in front of you AND behind you. At this location, everyone faces the Teton mountains hoping to get that perfect reflection in the water. I wonder how many people missed this amazing show of color and reflection in the river behind them!? At sunrise and sunset, color appears all over the sky. Keep an eye on all parts of the scene so you don’t miss something spectacular!

Schwabacher Landing

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

There are numerous places along the river to photograph the reflection of the Tetons in the water. If this is your first time here, we suggest going to the main parking lot at the end of the road first. From there, walk down the path about 100 yards and you will see a beaver dam. Just past that is a pool of calm water (usually) that provides excellent reflections of the distant mountains.

PHOTO TIP: If the weather doesn’t cooperate and the water is choppy, take advantage of photographing a stunning landscape scene with water, trees and majestic mountains.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

To reach the other location, head back along the road and turn into the smaller parking area to the right. Walk down to the river and look for various spots where the Tetons reflect into the water. Many people stay in the area near the parking lot, but we prefer to walk along the river a bit farther to the south near another beaver dam that has created a section of calm water.

PHOTO TIP: The morning light right after sunrise is ideal for photography. The soft light makes the mountains and the reflection stand out since the river and surrounding landscape are still in shadow. We have photographed this location during the day and at sunset, but feel sunrise is the best since it creates a ‘pop’ of color in the scene.

Snake River Overlook

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

This overlook is the spot where Ansel Adams photographed the bend of the Snake River over 70 years ago which brought attention to Grand Teton National Park. The trees have since grown and obstructed the view so you can’t recreate the famous image. Use your own creativity and photograph what appeals to you when you see this scene.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

These two photos taken at the Snake River Overlook show the contrast of colors and scene from June to October.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

PHOTO TIP: Make a point to Document the Journey by taking photos with YOU in them. Use a tripod and timer – Dave has mastered pushing the timer button and running to be in the shot before the click. If people are watching you and you feel silly…so what!? Will you ever see those random people again? OR better yet, use a wireless shutter release. But I’ve been keeping that gadget a secret because it’s fun to see Dave get his exercise by trying to beat the timer.

Mormon Row – Moulton Barn

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

The Antelope Flats area is where Mormon settlers built their farms in the 1890’s. The relics of these farms are considered a Historic District and provide wonderful photographic subjects.

There are actually two Moulton barns. The John Moulton barn is to the north of Antelope Flats Road and the T.A. Moulton barn is to the south. We usually photograph the T.A. Moulton barn because there is more area to walk around to get creative compositions, and not as many people visiting this barn to get in the way of our shots.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

Here’s another set of images of the Moulton Barn area to show the contrast of colors and scene from June to October.

Red Hills

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

Drive along Gros Ventre Road for about 10 miles to reach Red Hills. Enjoy the scenery as you travel along the road in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (no fees). At the base of the hills is the Red Hill ranch that produces top quality horses. We would recommend you turn and go back once you reach the Red Hills. There was really nothing of interest past that point.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

PHOTO TIP: Be sure to photograph the scene behind you where only the tops of the Tetons can be seen. It’s a scenic drive back toward the park.

Pilgrim Creek Road

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

The area around the Pilgrim Creek Road is a good place to look for bears in early spring, usually late May to early June.

PLEASE FOLLOW the guidelines for viewing wildlife at the parks and listen to the rangers. Bears are emotional, with varied personalities and tolerance levels around their cubs and prey. Give them space.

  • When stopping to view wildlife, pullover in a designated turnout – do not stop on the roadway.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 100 yards.
  • Help keep bears wild and humans safe – Never feed or approach bears!

PHOTO TIP: You CANNOT get a photo on your cell phone or tablet of a bear that fills the frame image at the designated 100 yard rule set by the National Park Service. Images you see like this are taken with telephoto lenses, typically 400-600mm. When you encounter wildlife and don’t have a telephoto lens, simply enjoy the scene.

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

We like to drive around this area each morning. Even if we don’t see wildlife, we have wonderful scenery surrounding us!

Grand Teton Overlooks

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

There are numerous overlooks to capture images of the Teton mountains. Take advantage of stopping at each one. Also stop at pullouts along the roads to photograph the various lakes in the park. This is one park where it’s best to relax, slow down and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you!

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

PHOTO TIP: Sometimes the best photographs occur up to 30 minutes AFTER the sun actually sets. The afterglow produces soft light that reflects on the scene. Your eye may not see it, but the camera captures this magnificent light and color.

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PHOTO TIP: Be prepared when a photographic opportunity presents itself – it’s not every day you see a double rainbow! Dave captured this wonderful image while driving toward the Tetons from Idaho.

TRAVEL TIPS:

We rely on our Camera Gear Checklist to make sure that all necessary, and possibly needed, equipment is packed in our camera bag ready to go.

Don’t forget to purchase the US National Park Pass – it’s a good deal!

We utilize Pinterest to organize the information when researching travel locations. Photo Jeepers has a US National Parks and Travel Photography board where we only pin things we have read and find worthwhile. Use our boards to help you plan a trip to Grand Teton or any other US National Park. Save this to your travel and photography boards and share with your friends!

Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.   Grand Teton National Park is a breathtaking mountain getaway in Wyoming, USA. Every direction you look, you will be blown away by the incredible beauty of nature. Though the whole park is beautiful, we will share our favorite spots to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park. Make sure you stop at this beautiful park if you make a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Don’t forget to save these best places to take pictures in Grand Teton National Park to your travel board so you can find them later.

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35 comments

Hi Jamie,
Cool collection. These places are really awesome for photography in the Grand Teton National Park. Personally I like the Oxbow Bend and love to capture photos during sunset.

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Wow! This national park seems so picturesque, Jaime! When’s the best time of the year to go there hiking?

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Snow melts gradually, leaving valley trails snow-free by mid-June, canyon trails by late July. Trailhead parking gets full so plan to start hiking early.

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Could there possibly be a bad view of the tetons? But, there are some seriously great photo tips! I would want to see those beautiful mountains from every one of the angles you suggested!

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Wow! Those mountains are absolutely stunning! adding Grand Teton National Park to my bucket list right away!

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Thanks for sharing these tips – and thanks even more for sharing those beautiful photos! I don’t get out west often but the next time I do, I’ll be checking out Grand Teton!

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Thanks Julie – we hope you can visit Grand Teton in the future – it’s an amazing, scenic park!

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I love visiting national Parks! We’ve just come back from Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes and it was so beautiful! So many national Parks to visit but so little time. Your photos look amazing, I already feel like planning my next trip to the states :p I’ve just started dabbling in travel photography myself and I’m inspired by your photography 🙂

Amanda
Singapore

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Yosemite is gorgeous too. I agree, so many national parks and sites to see in the US (and around the world) yet so little time!

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Your photos are amazing! I love the bear shot with the mummy and cubs! So cute! I’m hoping to see some bears in Alaska.

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We will be going to Alaska next summer to photograph bears. When are you going?

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You’ve captured such astonishing photos! The reflections of the mountains and the clarity of it all is so lovely.

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Thank you – we love to photograph rivers, waterfalls and reflections in water.

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All your pics are so stunning!! I think my favorite is Snake River. I’ve only been to Acadia National Park since I live in Jersey but this makes me want to add Grand Teton to my bucket list.

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Living in the west, we haven’t explored the parks in the east. Acadia is on our bucket list.

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What spectacular photos! Now I need to get to Grand Teton National Park (this bucket list thing is getting ridiculously long). I love your tip about looking behind you and taking in your surroundings to capture photos that you might not notice otherwise.

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Our bucket list is so long as well. And yes, no matter where you travel, always look to the left, right, front and behind so you don’t miss anything!

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You captured some truly beautiful images of this amazing National Park! We’ve been exploring the national parks in Canada this summer, but your post has me wanting to head back stateside to enjoy the stunning Tetons! Thanks for the great photo tips as well – always looking to grow my skill :).

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I bet the NP in Canada are amazing – we’ll be exploring them next year and can’t wait!

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Your pictures are gorgeous and so apt for the blog title. I am a huge fan of the US National parks. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Grand Teton National Park but it is high on my list. It looks very serene and quaint place. Thanks for all of the handy photo tips.

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Thank you for the compliments. Grand Teton NP is indeed serene and we hope the photo tips will help when you get a chance to visit one day!

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Wow – these photos are breath taking! We’ve never been to Grand Teton National Park but would love to visit. It looks like such a serene and gorgeous place. I would love to take a picture of bears but definitely NOT up close! Thanks for all of the photo tips they will come in handy.

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What a pleasant surprise! I know many National Parks in the US but this one is off my radar. Thanks for inspiring me with your beautiful pictures and useful photography tips! 😀

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When I visit USA and Canada, I have to get the National Parks Pass. I especially like it when you say, its good to visit any time of year! Oxbow Bend is gorgeous with the blue waters and snow capped peaks! Being lucky with wildlife would be the icing on the cake!

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We always feel lucky when we can capture good wildlife photos! And yes, the National Parks pass is a must if you will see more than one park.

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Firstly, your photos are absolutely amazing. thank you for the tips and i love how you captured the reflections of those great peaks! Teton definitely looks like a gem of a place and encapsulates North America’s natural environment perfectly.

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Thank you for the comment about the photos. We love to capture reflections in water – especially those mountains!

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I absolutely love all your photos, I can’t decide which one is best! Oxbow bend and the Pilgrim road are wonderful, I’d like to try taking photos like this using your advice one day. I think I will invest in a tripod, they seem to make a world of difference, and no shaky hands either!

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Yes, a sturdy tripod takes your photography to the next level. Thank you for the kind words about our photos.

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Grand Teton National Park, how beautiful! That would be a fun photography trip! The lake and mountains you have photographed here are amazing.

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James – you would LOVE to photograph the Tetons and surrounding area!

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Your photography makes the landscape come to life. It beckons me to visit Grand Teton National Park. I love the focused post. Those reflections are marvelous. By the looks of it, I could easily spend two days along Schwabacher Landing.

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Thank you. We never get tired visiting these places over and over and over!

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Stunning shots! My friend and I were visiting the Tetons via Jackson Hole earlier during the spring. There was still a ton of snow on the ground, but I seriously wished we had gotten ahold of this list beforehand! Oh, the pictures we could have taken! We made it to Mormon Row, but had to return a few times in order to get “the” picture that we wanted!

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I bet you would have had amazing photos with the snow – that’s still on our list! Now you have a reason to go back and take photos at all the places on our list 🙂

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