Aug 23

Grand Teton National Park Overlooks: Scenic Beauty Everywhere You Look

Grand Teton Snake River OverlookNow there are many turnoffs and overlooks located in Grand Teton National Park and it is definitely worth the fee to take the park road, but if you are on a budget or just driving through there are plenty of places to stop along Highway 89 for free.  I remember my first time driving through the area just out of college and not having much money took my tour just stopping at all the free Grand Teton Naitonal Park Overlooks and ever since that trip when I am in the area I make it point to stop at them all over again. Glacier OverlookI have been through this area three times and each time I make it a point to stop at the turnouts.  Though they do not give you as close a look as from the shores of Jenny Lake they are still a sight to behold.  Heading north from Jackson, Wyoming you can stop at Blacktail Ponds Overlook, Glacier View Turnout; take the rough dirt road down to Schwabacher Landing, Teton Point Turnout, Snake River Overlook, Cunningham Cabin, and finally Elk Ranch Flats Turnout.  So as you can see lots of places to take in the Teton peaks from the comfort of your car.Tetons Through the MirrorOne would think that each overlook would be a rehash of the same thing, but it is amazing what a slight elevation change or different angle does to provide a unique experience.  I definitely recommend stopping at each one and soaking in the sights.  However if you limited on time I recommend going down Schwabacher Landing (currently closed as of Aug 2013 but you can walk it) and the Snake River Overlook.  Schwabacher Landing gets you up close to the Snake River with the Tetons overlooking and provides great photo opportunities, and the Snake River Overlook provides some classic views made famous by Ansel Adams.Momma and M at Grand TetonIt is great scenic drive to take especially early in the morning.  If you can get there just as the first rays of lights are hitting the peaks you will be in for real treat.  However if you are more like me and family and the joy of sleep keeps you from getting up that early try to see it before 11:00 a.m. because as the day moves on the day the mountains become a little bit less clear and vivid.Tetons off of highway 89I know it is hard with all that spectacular scenery but try to keep your eyes on the road especially at dawn and dusk as many of the animals that call the park home frequent the area.  For more information about Grand Teton National Park visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

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1 comment

  1. freda

    Cute idea to take a picture looking in the rear view mirror.

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