Oxbow Bend Tours
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If you’ve seen a photo of Grand Teton National Park, you’ve likely seen Oxbow Bend. Without a doubt, this curved section of the Snake River is the park’s most photographed site, with the river meandering in the foreground reflecting the rugged peaks of Mount Moran. It’s a beautiful setting, and a great place to spot wildlife.
The Oxbow Bend Turnout is one of the most popular spots in Grand Teton National Park, for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. Pull over here at the right time, and you might spot moose, beaver, osprey, river otters, black bears, or American white pelicans. Visit on a self-guided driving tour of the park or with a guided wildlife-viewing tour that also stops at Mormon Row, Jenny Lake, and Jackson Lake.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Oxbow Bend Turnout is a must-see for photographers and first-time park visitors.
- Don’t forget your camera; this is one of the park’s best photo ops.
- Bring binoculars for a better wildlife viewing experience.
- Many of Grand Teton National Park’s facilities and parking areas are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Oxbow Bend Turnout is easily reached from lodges near Jackson Lake. It is 1 mile east of Jackson Lake Junction on Highway 191. The area can be crowded—even at sunrise—so arrive early to ensure you find parking.
When to Get There
For the best chance of spotting wildlife, arrive at sunrise when the morning fog is just lifting off the river. If sunrise is simply too early to wake up, dusk is another popular time to visit, and there’s often a ranger on-site to provide guidance and information. In autumn, the entire landscape is bathed in red, orange, yellow, and gold.
Cattleman’s Bridge Road
If you’re looking for a slightly different perspective of the Snake River (and a quieter spot for wildlife viewing), make a turn onto the gravel road just before Oxbow Bend when you’re driving east from Jackson Lake Junction. This relatively short dead-end road takes you right to the river’s edge, where moose sightings are common.
Address: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Oxbow Bend
Spend an 8-hour day taking in the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Grand Teton National Park. Travel to the highlights of the park with your guide, including the barns on Mormon Row, Oxbow Bend, Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake. Keep your camera handy for wildlife sightings of species such as grizzly and black bears, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn antelope, coyote, fox, eagle and osprey. Use of binoculars for easy wildlife spotting, breakfast, lunch and round-trip transportation from Jackson area lodging are included.
Explore the amazing wildlife habitat of Grand Teton National Park and visit its top attractions: see Jackson and Jenny lakes, have your camera ready to capture the stunning Oxbow Bend, and view the historic barns of Mormon Row. Throughout your journey, your local guide will search for the park’s resident wildlife including grizzlies, bison, moose and pronghorn antelope. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, round-trip transport from Jackson hotels, Park Entry fees, boat ride on Jenny Lake (May-Sept) and the use of binoculars.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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