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Grand Teton National Park Scenic Loop Drive Map

Map for Scenic Drive in Grand Teton

42-MIle Scenic Loop Drive Grand Teton National Park Map. Image Credit: National Park Service

What Is the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park

The 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive is a Grand Teton Loop that consists of two roads: HWY 191/89/26 – OUTER ROAD (one road, just shares three numbers) and Teton Park Road – INNER ROAD.

Where Does the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive Start

There are three entry points to get to the 42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive:

  • Moose Junction – from Jackson drive north on HWY 191/89/26 to Moose Junction and start there.
  • Moran Junction – you can also come from Dubois in the east via the Togwotee Pass.
  • Jackson Lake Junction – if you are coming from Yellowstone to the north, you will enter the loop at the Jackson Lake Junction.

Where Should You Start the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand teton National Park

My recommendation is to start the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park counter clock-wise beginning at Moose Junction going on HWY 191/89/26 (outer road).

In my opinion, driving the outer road first, will give you a great panoramic picture of Grand Tetons and the long, flat plains stretching in front of them. While driving on Teton Park Road (inner road)second, will get you closer to the Tetons and give you a different perspective.

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When Is the Best Time to Do the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

Hands down, start your 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive as early in the morning as possible.

First of all, early morning is the best time for wildlife viewing! Second, the Tetons face east, so, if you start early in the morning, then will be rewarded with fabulous views of the mountains glowing in bright golden color (weather permitting).

In addition, dusk is perfect to drive through the loop as well. Wildlife is usually out and the light is great for photos.

To sum up: early morning (dawn) and evening (dusk), known as the golden hour or the magic hour, are the best times to do the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive.

Need to know:

The entire 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive can only be done between May 1st and October 31st.

Teton Park Road (inner road) is closed to all vehicles every year from November 1st to April 31st.  HWY 191/89/26 (outer road) is open year round (weather permitting).

How Much Time Do You Need to Do the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

If you drive the 42-Mile Scenic Loop without making any stops, and you just want to see the changing scenery from the comfort of your vehicle, then it can be easily done within 1-2 hours.

If you want to stop at every turnout or overlook indicated on the above map, walk around, take photos, observe wildlife, soak in the views, then you will need at least 8-10 hours to finish the entire loop.

How Can You Do the 42-Mile Scenic Drive in Grand Teton

  • Drive Yourself

First of all, you can fly to Jackson Hole Airport and then rent a car and drive yourself. I like this option the best, because it gives you a total flexibility where you stop and how much time you are going to spend at each place.

  •  Take a Tour

There are a lot of half-day tours from Jackson or Teton Village. First of all, an advantage to this option is that the guides know the best photo spots and places to see wildlife. Second, you do not need to drive. You can just relax and chill for half a day. However, you do not have the flexibly of exploring each stop at your own pace. Also, I need to mention, that there are private full-day tours as well. Honestly, I think these are the best! You do not have to drive, yet, you have the flexibility of where you stop and for how long.

What to Bring on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

  • Camera!!!

Grand Teton National Park is a photographer’s dream! If you are like me, you will be taking hundreds, if not thousands, of photos. The scenery is just breathtaking and constantly changing. I have Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Digital Camera that I bought a couple of years ago and I really like it.

  • Spare battery for camera

Make sure to have a spare battery for your camera. I think there is nothing more frustrating like knowing that you still have half a day ahead of you, yet your camera’s battery is gone.

  • Tripod

If you are taking photos during the golden hour (shortly after sunrise or before sunset) when the light is softer, a tripod is essential for long exposure shots. Also, I like a tripod since it gives me more stability when taking closeups of wildlife.

  • Binoculars!

If your camera does not have a good zoom, then binoculars is a must. I know that luck will be on your side and you will see a moose and a bison, and hopefully a black bear and what to treat to see them up close.

What to See on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

On the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park you will see stunning views, historical sites, geological features, and animal habitats, plus lots of wildlife (fingers crossed!).

I am recommending that you check out the map at the top of this post. It lists 24 points of interest. I know that it is a lot! So, if you are short on time, at the end of this post, I listed my absolute four must-do stopping points.

Now, are you planning to do some hiking in Grand Tetons as well? Make sure to check out my post: 11 Easy Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (with Maps and Photos)!

Where to Stay in Grand Teton National Park

Are you searching for places to stay in Grand Teton National Park?

Grand Teton Lodge Company operates several lodges in Grand Teton National Park. They are all excellent choices. You should check out Jenny Lake Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Colter Bay Cabins.

However, here are my recommendations where to stay in Grand Teton National Park with prices for every budget including lodges and campgrounds!

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24 Stops Along 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

NUMBER 1

Dornans Village

Entrance to Dornan's Village

Dornan’s Village – Number 1 Stop Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Dornans is a privately owned patch of land within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. The land has been owned by the same family for almost a century.

Dornans offers a variety of services from food and beverage to lodging and canoe rentals.

It is a great first stop on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive. You can stop for a quick bite or grab something to go.

Intrepid’s Tip:

My recommendation is stop on the way out of the park and have dinner and a drink while admiring the stunning mountains.

The deck of Dornans Pizza and Pasta House offers the view of the Tetons that is simply off the charts.

NUMBER 2

Moulton Barns on Mormon Row

Moulton Barn on Mormon Row

Moulton Barns on Mormon Row – Stop Number 2 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

I am sure you have seen the pictures of the famous Moulton Barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. These are the most photographed barns in the world! And justly so! The view of the flat land with the barns sitting on it and the Tetons towering in the distance is stunning.

By the way, there are two barns that are the famous ones, so make sure to photograph both of them. The T. A. Moulton Barn has a triangle roof and the John Moulton Barn has a 4-sided roof.

Make sure to explore the other buildings on the row to get an idea what the 19th century frontier life was like. Do not miss the house of John and Bartha Moulton. It is painted in pink color.

Also, check out the Thomas Murphy Homestead. It is a large barn at the far north end of the Mormon Row.

Intrepid’s Tip:

The best time to photograph Moulton Barns on Mormon Row is at sunrise. Early morning sunlight (weather permitting) shinning on the wooden planks of the barns beautifully complements the shadows of the mountain range.

NUMBER 3

Blacktail Ponds Overlook

Blacktail Ponds Overlook in Grand Teton

Blacktail Ponds Overlook – Stop Number 3 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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First of all, if you are wondering why this overlook is called Blacktail, then here is the reason: Blacktail Ponds Overlook is named after blacktail deer that is now known as mule deer named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. They frequently visit the area.

Second, it is a perfect location to catch the sunrise and the first rays of sun as they begin to light up the peaks and work its way down the mountains. But, the sunsets are breathtaking at this spot as well, so make sure to come back.

Blacktail Ponds Overlook is famous for frequent wildlife sightseeings. Here, you can catch the views of all five animal habitats.

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At Blacktail Ponds Overlook – Stop Number 3 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton, you can catch the views of all five animal habitats.

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If you look to the west, to the mountains, there, small animals like marmots and pikas live.

Below, in the forest habitat, mule deer and black bears could be spotted.

Next, look at the meadows, here elk and bison can be seen. And, in the sagebrush areas, you might see the sage grouse and pronghorns, as well as ground squirrels.

Moreover, check out the wetlands created by the river, here you might see beavers, and, moose can be spotted here as well.

Intrepid’s Tip:

Now, do not forget to bring your binoculars! Blacktail Ponds Overlook is a perfect area to see some animals. Take your time and make sure to scan the entire area. You will be surprised by a variety of wildlife in this area.

NUMBER 4

Glacier View Turnout

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Glacier View Turnout – Stop Number 4 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton.

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Glacier View Turnout is a great spot to see the remains of Middle, Teepee, and Teton Glaciers formed during the Little Ice Age.

The Question is:

What is the Little Ice Age?

The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a period of cooling that occurred after the Medieval Warm Period. Although, it was not a true ice age, the term defined a period extending from the 16th to the 19th century.

The NASA Earth Observatory noted three particularly cold intervals in 1650, 1770, and 1850. All cold intervals were separated by slight warming.

NUMBER 5

Schwabacher Landing

Schwabacher Landing is one of my favorite spots in Grand Teton National Park. So, of all the spots in the park, do not miss Schwabacher Landing. Here, you will see absolutely picture-perfect reflection of the Tetons in the still waters of Snake River.

Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton

Schwabacher Landing  – Stop Number 5 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton.

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Now, do not miss the turn to Schwabacher Landing! It is easy to just drive by it. So slow down and be on the lookout for the sign.

If you are following my directions and doing the loop counter clock-wise, then the sign will be on your left, right after Glacier View Turnout.

Map of Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park

Map of the turn to Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton. Image Credit: National Park Service

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Once you make the turn, continue for about 1 mile. Unfortunately, it will be just a dirt road, so slow down and watch out for potholes.

There are two parking lots, so stop by the check out the view from both locations.

Also, take a few short walks along Snake River. This might be your lucky day and you could spot a moose. There is also a beaver dam and the beavers will keep you entertained for sure. Plus, if you are into birdwatching, you will not be disappointed either!

NUMBER 6

Teton Point Turnout

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Teton Point Turnout – Stop Number 6 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Next on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive is Teton Point Turnout. It is a great spot that offers awesome views of the mountains and glaciers with Snake River framing the view.

It is a very popular spot to watch a sunset as well.

NUMBER 7

Snake River Overlook

Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton

Snake River Overlook – Stop Number 7 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Snake River Overlook is the most famous stop along scenic loop drive in Grand Teton. It  was the shooting location for Ansel Adams’ famous 1942 black-and-white photo.

Now, the tree growth obstructs the view of Snake River. However, no matter that the view of the river has changed since 1942, it is still on of the most iconic views of the Tetons.

Need to Know:

Ansel Easton Adams (1902 – 1984) was an American landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, an association of photographers advocating “pure” photography which favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of a photograph.

Art critic John Szarkowski wrote, “Ansel Adams attuned himself more precisely than any photographer before him to a visual understanding of the specific quality of the light that fell on a specific place at a specific moment. For Adams the natural landscape is not a fixed and solid sculpture but an insubstantial image, as transient as the light that continually redefines it. This sensibility to the specificity of light was the motive that forced Adams to develop his legendary photographic technique.”

Source: Wikipedia 

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Image Source: Wikimedia Commons 

NUMBER 8

Cunningham Cabin

Cunningham Cabin in Grand Teton

Cunningham Cabin – Stop Number 8 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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The Cunningham Cabin Historic Site offers great views of the Tetons and an opportunity to explore a bit of history of the early settlers.

The cabin was built by John Pierce Cunningham who arrived in Jackson Hole in 1885.

Cunningham Cabin is a double-pen or dog-trot style building. It has a log cabin on either side of the breezeway or dog-trot, all under one common roof. One cabin was used as living quarters, and the other as forge.

The breezeway provided a cooler covered area for sitting. The combination of the breezeway and open windows in the rooms of the house created air currents which pulled cooler outside air into the living quarters.

NUMBER 9

Elk Ranch Flats Turnout

Elk Ranch Flats in Grand Teton

Elk Ranch Flats Turnout – Stop Number 9 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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The Elk Ranch belonged to Josiah David Ferrin known as ‘Cattle King of Wyoming’.

Josiah David Ferrin owned the largest ranch in Jackson Hole with 2,000 cattle on 400 acres.

However, in 1928, an agricultural depression made him sell the ranch to the Snake River Company.

Today, the grassy fields remind us of the herds of cattle that once roamed this land.

NUMBER 10

Oxbow Bend Turnout

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Oxbow Bend Turnout – Stop Number 10 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Oxbow Bend Turnout is another one of my favorite spots on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park. Needless to say, it is a very popular spot for photographers to gather and wait for that perfect light.

Oxbow Bend Turnout provides a perfect view of Mount Moran.

In my opinion, if you can come back here at sunrise, you will get awesome photos of Mount Moran reflected in Snake River.

NUMBER 11

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook

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Jackson Lake Dam Overlook – Stop Number 11 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Jackson Lake is a 400-foot deep natural lake with dam added to it.

The dam was constructed in the early 1900’s making it one of the tallest dams in the United States at that time. Unfortunately, the dam failed in 1910.

The Bureau of Reclamation completed a concrete dam raising the level of water by 39 feet. During the 1980’s, Jackson Lake was drained and the dam was reinforced to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook is a great spot to capture the views of the mountains across Jackson Lake.

NUMBER 12

Chapel of the Sacred Heart

42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park

Chapel of the Sacred Heart – Stop Number 12 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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The Chapel of the Sacred Heart is a small log chapel that overlooks the southeastern shores of Jackson Lake. It dates back to 1937. It was built with the funds donated to the Catholic Extension Society, an organization that builds and supports remote churches.

Make sure to take the trail that leads from the chapel to the shores of Jackson Lake. It is a perfect spot to snap a few photos of Doane Peak, Eagles Rest Peak and Mount Moran with their mirror images reflected in the water.

NUMBER 13

Signal Mountain Lodge

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Signal Mountain Lodge – Stop Number 13 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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It is worth to make a quick stop at Signal Mountain Lodge, if you are ready for some lunch! You can just grab some snacks or have lunch at one of their on-site restaurants with the views of the Tetons in the background.

This rustic resort was started in the 1920’s as a fishing camp. Not much is left of the original resort though.

Today, Signal Mountain Lodge is a full-service establishment. It features variety of accommodations ranging from one-room cabins to two-story buildings with lodge-style rooms.

NUMBER 14

Signal Mountain Summit Drive

After stopping at Signal Mountain Lodge head to the observation area at Signal Mountain Summit.

First of all, turn left off Teton Park Road into Signal Mountain Road. Next, drive for about 5 miles to the summit where there is an observation area.

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Signal Mountain Summit Drive – Stop Number 14 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton.I mage Credit: National Park Service

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Once you reach the observation area, you will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Teton Range, surrounding valley, the flat plains, Jackson Hole and Snake River.

By the way, there are two parking lots. I always head straight to the second one and then, I make my way down. Also, if possible, come back here at sunset the views are off the charts!

42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park

Once you reach the observation area, you will be rewarded with the sweeping vistas of the Teton Range.

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Here’s the Deal:

Signal Mountain Road is a narrow two way traffic road with no painted lines and lots of curves that create poor visibility of incoming traffic and even wildlife. However, it is in good condition and it is well maintained.

Now, what you need to know is that trailers and RV’s are prohibited on this road.

NUMBER 15

Potholes Turnout

Potholes Turnout in Grand Teton

Potholes Turnout – Stop Number 15 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Potholes Turnout is your next stop on 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park.

Potholes, also known as kettles, are depressions in the glacial outwash plain. A pothole forms when a chunk of ice breaks off a retreating glacier and stays on the plain. Later on, the sediments that are carried by meltwater cover the ice chunks. Eventually, the ice melts leaving a depression.

When you look at the plains stretching in front of Grand Teton Mountain Range, you can see a lot of the potholes or depressions. Most of the time trees take root in these depressions since lots of moisture gets trapped in them.

NUMBER 16

Mount Moran Turnout

Mount Moran Turnout in Grand Teton

Mount Moran Turnout – Stop Number  16 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Mount Moran Turnout is a great place to catch the spectacular views of Mount Moran dominating the park’s northern skyline.

Mount Moran reflects all the geologic forces shaping the Teton Range:

  • it was formed by a massive block of metamorphic gneiss
  • it was cut by dikes of igneous granite and diabase
  • it was capped by sedimentary sandstone
  • it was and still is flanked by glaciers

What is a really fascinating fact that he sandstone caps the summit of Mount Moran. That sandstone is the remnant of 510 million years old beach that stretched for hundreds of miles.

NUMBER 17

Mountain View Turnout

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Mountain View Turnout – Stop Number  17 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Mountain View Turnout is an awesome spot to see the breathtaking Teton Range with Grand Teton towering over the rest of the peaks.

A Quick Read: 

Have you ever wondered why Grand Teton is called Teton? In terms of etymology for the mountain’s naming, the most common explanation is that “Grand Teton” means “large teat” or “large nipple” in French (téton), named by either French-Canadian or Iroquois members of an expedition led by Donald McKenzie of the North West Company.

Unsubstantiated claims exist that the mountain was named after the Teton Sioux tribe of Native Americans, even though this tribe lived about 200 miles (320 km) away in the Dakotas, not Wyoming.

Moreover, in terms of etymology studies, the Teton Sioux tribe’s name is stated as being “not related” to the Grand Teton.

Source: Wikipedia 

NUMBER 18

Cathedral Group Turnout

Next stop on the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive is Cathedral Group Turnout. 

Did you know that Cathedral Group refers to three peaks:

  • Teewinot Mountain
  • Grand Teton
  • Mount Owen
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Cathedral Group Turnout – Stop Number 18 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

At Cathedral Group Turnout, you can see these three peaks towering above Cascade Canyon.

Hands down, it is one of the most spectacular views in Teton Range National Park.

Cathedral Group Turnout in Grand Teton

Cathedral Group Turnout – Stop Number 18 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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NUMBER 19

Jenny Lake Loop Drive And Overlook

Jenny Lake Drive and Overlook is definitely one of my favorite drives and spots in Grand Teton National Park.

My recommendation is to park in the parking lot by Jenny Lake and then, walk all the way to the shore of Jenny Lake. That way, you will get an unobstructed view of the mountain range.

Jenny Lake in Grand Teton

Jenny Lake Loop Road and Overlook – Stop Number 19 Along Grand Teton Loop Road

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

If at all possible, consider coming back here at sunrise. It truly is a magical sight to see the Cathedral Group reflected in the waters of Jenny Lake.

NUMBER 20

Cascade Canyon Turnout

Cascade Canyon Turnout in Grand Teton National Park

Cascade Canyon Turnout – Stop Number 20 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Cascade Canyon Turnout is a great place to get closer to the Tetons and be directly in front of the Cascade Canyon.

If you are up to it, you should check out Cascade Canyon Trail. It is one of my favorite hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

By the way, Cascade Canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago.

If you are not up to this long hike, make sure to check out some of the easy hikes in Grand Teton National Park.

NUMBER 21

Teton Glacier Turnout

42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park

Teton Glacier Turnout – Stop Number 21 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Next, make a stop at Teton Glacier Turnout.

Teton Glacier is the largest glacier in Grand Teton National Park.

Did you know that in 1971, the glacier was approximately 3,500 ft (1,100 m) long and 1,100 ft (340 m) wide. Between 1967 and 2006, Teton Glacier lost approximately 14 to 20 percent of its surface area, a reduction from 64 to 53 acres (26 to 21 ha).

NUMBER 22

Windy Point Turnout

Windy Point Turnout in Grand Teton

Windy Point Turnout – Stop Number 22 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Get another look at the Teton Mountain Range from Windy Point Turnout.

Check out the interpretative sign that details how the glaciers 3,000 feet thick once filled this valley.

NUMBER 23

Chapel of Transfiguration

Chapel of Transfiguration

Chapel of Transfiguration  – Stop Number 23 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

It is worth to stop by the Chapel of Transfiguration to take a few pictures of the chapel with the mountain range behind it.

The Chapel of Transfiguration is a small log chapel that was built in 1925. If you happen to be there at the time when the chapel is open, then step inside and take a few pictures of the Teton Range through the large window that is located behind the altar. It frames the Teton Mountain Range beautifully.

Chapel of Transfiguration

If the chapel is open, then step inside and take a few pictures of the Teton Range through the large window that is located behind the altar.

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NUMBER 24

Menor's Ferry Historic District

Menor's Ferry Historic District

Menor’s Ferry Historic District – Stop Number 24 Along Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

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Menor’s Ferry was a river ferry that crossed the Snake River near the present-day Moose.

42 Mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park

Menor operated the ferry until 1918 selling it to Maud Noble, who continued to operate it until 1927 when a bridge was built near Moose.

Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton 

The site was homesteaded by Bill Menor in 1892. His homestead included a five-room cabin, a bar, and a store, plus a shed and an icehouse.

Menor operated the ferry until 1918 selling it to Maud Noble, who continued to operate it until 1927 when a bridge was built near Moose.

Intrepid Scout's Pointers for Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton

That is quite a list, right?

What if you only have time to stop at a a couple of locations? No problem!

Here are my absolute 4 must-see points of interest on 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive:

  • Moulton Barns on Mormon Row
  • Schwabacher Landing
  • Snake River Overlook
  • Oxbow Bend

Above all, be safe!  Always use the designated turnouts to pull over and take photos. Do not stop in the middle of the road. If you finish your loop drive late in the evening and end up driving in the darkness, be very cautious driving. Drive slow and be on the lookout for animals crossing the road or jumping on the road.

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Les & Jill Taylor
2021-04-21

Morning Anna,

We are writing on behalf of a small group (three senior couples) of retired teachers who are planning a September 2021 visit to Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP (We were actually supposed to take this trip last fall, but had to cancel due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Would you happen to have prepared Road Logs for your time in GTNP? By Road Logs we mean distances from the major junctions to the overlooks/pull outs of the major attractions on the Teton Park Road (Inner Park Loop) and Hwy 191/89/26 (Outer Park Loop) along the 42-Mile Scenic Drive?

Thank you for your time and cooperation in this matter. We welcome any suggestions or recommendations you might offer and look forward to your reply.

Regards,
Jill & Les Taylor
Group Trip Planners

    2021-04-22

    Hi Les & Jill,

    Awesome trip! Yellowstone and Grand Teton are two of my favorite National Parks. And, September will be a wonderful time to visit both places.
    Unfortunately, I do not have the exact distances between the overlooks and places of interest along the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive. I don’t want to estimate but I would say that each stopping point is no more then 1-2 miles from each other.
    The entire loop takes about 1 hour to complete. However, I suggest that you plan an entire day to really enjoy each stop, soak in the views, take pictures, and take some short hikes along the way.
    Make sure to go back (if possible) at sunrise. The Tetons look amazing bathed in the morning sunlight (weather permitting).
    Are you planning on hiking? There are a lot of great short and easy hikes, that I truly enjoy.

    https://www.intrepidscout.com/easy-hikes-grand-teton-national-park/

    Good luck with planning your trip!
    Let me know if I can help in any way!
    Anna Intrepid Scout

Ginger Pio
2021-06-01

I found this site while looking for good information on traveling through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Unfortunately, I am driving through on my way back to Washington State from an east coast visit and have limited time. I also have my dog with me and so can only do limited things. I have had trouble finding good information to maximize the time I do have. Your site is fabulous and extremely helpful. Thank you for putting out all this wonderful information. The maps and pictures and suggestions are amazing. You have helped me out in my planning and I am looking forward to my return trip in a couple weeks.

You are awesome,
Ginger

    2021-06-02

    Thank you, Ginger! So vey kind of you.
    I am so glad you found my post useful.
    Happy travels!
    Anna

Debbie
2021-07-25

So excited that I found your blog! Heading to Park City and taking a detour thru Grand Teton to do the scenic drive on Thursday. Can only do one sunrise unfortunately-can’t decide between Moulton Barns on Mormon Row or Schwabacher Landing?

    2021-08-10

    Hi Debbie,
    Sorry about this delayed response. I had some family matters that I needed to attend to.
    I hope your trip to Teton National Park was rewarding and you got to experience a breathtaking sunrise.
    Let me know how it was!
    Anna

2021-09-14

This Grand Teton National Park guide is incredibly helpful. You’ve really thought through everything you need to know before planning a trip. Thank you for this helpful resource. Saving this guide for later!

    2021-09-14

    Thank you! I am so glad you found it helpful. Happy hiking in the Grand Tetons!

Melissa
2021-10-11

Thank you so much for creating and sharing this wonderful guide.

My mom and I are visiting the area from Michigan and we did this trip exactly as you described yesterday and it was wonderful 🙂

Thanks again!
Melissa

    2021-10-12

    Thank you, Melissa! You made my day!

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