It’s difficult to take a bad photo in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In any direction you turn you’ll find magnificent mountains, valleys, wildlife, and stunning natural beauty. If you’re visiting Jackson soon, then take a look at our list of the top 8 photo opportunities in the area. These are the best landmarks and locations to capture the perfect vacation selfie or family photo!
1. Town Square Antler Arch
Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, Wyoming the Town Square is marked by four antler arches at each corner of the park. The arches are made from local elk antlers and are iconic Jackson Hole landmarks. In the winter months, the arches are lit up for the holidays and provide a delightful selfie backdrop!
2. Aerial Tram & Top of Rendezvous Peak
The aerial tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (known to locals as “big red”) will whisk you up 4,139 vertical feet in just 12 minutes to the top of 10,450-foot Rendezvous Peak. Capture a cool timelapse video on your ride up. From the top you can catch amazing views of the entire valley.
3. Snake River Overlook
This is where Ansel Adams took his world-famous shot of the Tetons. You can find this roadside overlook on the main highway just north of Moose. The car pullout grants a clear view of the amazing Teton Range.
4. National Elk Refuge
In the winter months, hop on a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge and you’ll be rewarded with amazing up-close shots of hundreds of these majestic creatures. The Elk Refuge also affords excellent views of the “Sleeping Indian” formation on the top of Sheep Mountain.
5. Schwabacher’s Landing
Just a short drive from Jackson, this stopping point on the Snake River is the perfect place to capture the Teton Mountains and their reflection in the water. If you are visiting Jackson Hole in the fall, then this is one of the most beautiful opportunities to capture the spectacular foliage.
6. Top of SnowKing Mountain
For a great workout and sensational views, hike to the top of SnowKing Mountain in Jackson. The trail is just under 2 miles and climbs 1,500 vertical feet. From the top you can see the Tetons, Snake River, Elk Refuge, and the Town of Jackson stretched out before you.
7. Lakes Throughout Grand Teton National Park
The lakes at the foot of the Teton Mountains are beautiful places to hike and enjoy outdoor activities and also offer some of the best views of the Tetons. Visit Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls nearby, or visit Jackson Lake and capture sunrise or sunset views of the mountains. String Lake is another wonderful option for hiking and capturing views of the Tetons and also a clear view of Mount Moran.
8. Mormon Row Historic District
These iconic homesteading structures are some of the most well known and regularly photographed landmarks in Jackson Hole. The Mormon Row Historic District is located about 15 miles north of Jackson off of the main highway on Antelope Flats Road. Keep in mind that Antelope Flats closes seasonally from November through the springtime.
What are your favorite photo opportunities in Jackson Hole?
What are your favorite places to photograph in Jackson Hole? Contact us on Facebook with your suggestions and we’ll add them to our post!
Photography Safety in Jackson Hole
Remember to always remain aware of your surroundings and nearby wildlife. Never approach wildlife and keep a safe distance at all times. Find more safety tips for visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. To get the most out of your Jackson Hole experience, book a guided hike or wildlife tour with an expert naturalist. Your guides will know the best places for safely viewing and photographing wildlife, and will provide exciting background on the local environment to enhance your experience.