For outdoor adventurers and those with a passion for pristine scenery alike, Jackson Hole, Wyoming offers up a one-of-a-kind vacation destination to enjoy year-round. Situated between the Teton and Gros Ventre Mountain ranges, this inviting locale is loved for its charm, wildlife, and access to in-town fun too. Those with a passion for photography are in for a real treat with every visit to Jackson Hole. The following are just a few of the most photographable places in the area that you’re not going to want to miss out on the next time travel plans bring you this way.
Capture Great Photos at Glacier View Turnout
Travelers who head to Jackson Hole with a camera in hand won’t be able to help but be stunned by the destination’s easy access to views out over the towering Tetons. A picture-perfect place to frame this inspiring view is Glacier View Turnout. From this locale, photographers can get a direct shot out over the largest peaks including Middle Teton, Mt. Owen, and Grand Teton alike. Sagebrush plains and trees along the winding river also make up the background of these scenic shots infusing even more texture and depth into the final product. There’s also a good chance you’ll get some wildlife in the mix depending on what time of year you head to Glacier View Turnout to capture the moment.
Take Time to Photograph Town Square at its Very Best
Any time you travel to Jackson Hole, stopping by Town Square and making sure you get a photo in front of one of the four massive elk antler arches is a must! Each year, antlers shed these massive antlers, giving the community of Jackson Hole plenty of material for keeping their arches in pristine condition and ready to be photographed at a moment’s notice. These impressive Town Square monuments are designed using upward of 10,000 pounds of antlers creating an entirely unique and photographable stop. If you head here over the holidays, the antler arches are likely to be covered in twinkling lights giving your photos the sparkle you’ve been looking for.
Visit the National Elk Refuge
Once you’ve taken pictures at the arches of Town Square, you’ll find that going towards the point of origin for many of the antlers used to create the arches offers up just as many photographable opportunities! Jackson Hole is home to the National Elk Refuge which showcases the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem at its best. Here, conservation of species and habitat go hand-in-hand and photographers are treated to stunning views throughout. The National Elk Refuge sprawls across 24,700 acres of terrain made up of forests, wetlands, and grasslands alike. This means diverse options for dynamic landscapes as well as a variety of wildlife to photograph on-site including elk, bison, swans, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, cutthroat trout, wolves, and bison to name a few of many. Surrounded by the peaks of the Gros Ventre and Teton Mountain Ranges, the National Elk Refuge is a place where photographers can capture the stunning dynamic between rolling hills, mountains, and glacial outwash plains alike.
Mesmerizing Photographic Moments Await at Moulton Barn in Mormon Row
Between 1912 and 1945, Mormon settler Thomas Alma Moulton and his family inhabited a homestead in Jackson Hole that they built from the ground up. The homestead included a gable-with-shed-style barn that still stands today as part of an area fondly referred to as “Mormon Row.” The combination of unique architecture and rich history makes the Moulton Barn a beautiful place to set up when you’re looking to capture a wonderful photograph with a stunning backdrop included. The Teton Mountain Range rises over the barn in the distance giving photos here even more dimension to enjoy. It’s a popular stop for engagement photos but works just as well for landscapes and family photographs too.
Try Pairing Photography and Time on the Trails
Jackson Hole is a destination practically designed by nature for outdoor adventure. When you’re here and you share a passion for photography and hiking, there’s no reason you can’t combine them both. Pack your camera and lace up your boots to enjoy time on the Bradley Taggart Trail. This route takes you past two glacially formed lakes at the base of the mountains and offers up terrain adorned with pine, aspen groves, fir, and spruce trees as well. This is a popular route for photographers and hikers in the autumn when leaves begin to change colors into vibrant hues. The variety of overlooks offer up customizable angles on the landscape including a focus on mountain peaks and lakes below.
The trail that leads to Jackson Lake is another wonderful option to consider when you’re looking to explore truly scenic and inspiring photographable places in Jackson Hole. You can park at Signal Mountain Lodge and choose from multiple loops depending on your skill level or preference. Loops range in length from just under two miles to over 7 miles total. There are opportunities to stop and photograph wildlife, work on self-portraits, or remain focused on landscapes if you’d like.
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