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Oxbow Bend Turnout Tours

Oxbow Bend Turnout
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 Basics
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.
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Grand Teton National Park Full-Day Guided Tour

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.
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Grand Teton National Park Tour from Jackson Hole

On this Grand Teton day trip from Jackson Hole, experience one of America’s most astounding landscapes from the comfort of a coach vehicle. In between views of the jagged Teton Range and a visit to the shores of Jenny Lake, you'll learn the geology and history of the Tetons from your knowledgeable local guide. You’ll also visit Menor’s Ferry and Chapel of the Transfiguration — both are on the US National Register of Historic Places. Bonus: You could even spot moose, beavers, or eagles on a guided walk.
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Grand Teton National Park Morning Tour

Get the inside scoop on where to look for the abundant (but shy) wildlife in Grand Teton National Park from your guide on this 5-hour wildlife watching tour. Light breakfast, park entrance fees, and round-trip transportation from Teton Village or Jackson Hole accommodations are included.
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Grand Teton National Park Sunset Tour

This 5-hour tour gives you the best shot at viewing Grand Teton National Park's wildlife at sunset. With the guidance of your host, find the best spots for seeing animals such as bears, antelope, eagles, and pronghorn. National Park entrance fees, dinner, and round-trip transportation from Teton Village and Jackson Hole hotels are included.
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Safaris

Full Day Grand Teton Wildlife Safari

Spend a full day exploring Grand Teton National Park with an expert guide. Drive through the park in vans or SUVs, which are stocked with water, snacks, binoculars, and spotting scopes. Along the way, look for wildlife such as buffalo, moose, and more. Stop for short hikes and photo opportunities, and take an optional boat ride to the base of the Teton Range. Breakfast and lunch are included.
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Yellowstone Upper and Lower Loop Tours

Look for wildlife in Yellowstone on a private full-day tour from Jackson Hole, Teton Village or Jackson, Wyoming. Your private guide takes you to Yellowstone National Park to see landmarks such as Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful and Castle Geyser, and more. Binoculars are provided for sightings of animals that may include bears, moose, buffalo, and elk. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Yellowstone National Park PRIVATE Tour

Tour Price for 1-2 people. $200 for each additional person.One of our fantastic & fun guides will give a Tour of a Lifetime in Yellowstone National Park! It will be educational, fun, engaging and he/she will show you some of the most amazing & beautiful territory and wildlife on the planet. Based on your interests, our guide will tailor your tour (adding this, skipping that) to make the best of your full day in Yellowstone.
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PRIVATE Grand Teton National Park Full-Day Tour

Tour Price is for 1-2 people. $180 for each additional person.Spend the day exploring Grand Teton National Park on this 8-9 hour excursion. Depart Jackson, Wyoming, for a guided tour of the park, visiting some of 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, keep an eye out for the park’s resident wildlife including grizzlies, bison, and pronghorn antelope. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, round-trip transport from Jackson hotels, and the use of binoculars. 
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Safaris

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(Private) Full Day Grand Teton Wildlife Safari

Our full day Grand Teton Wildlife Safari explores the wildlife, geology, and natural history of Grand Teton National Park. The actual route will vary each day depending on wildlife, group interest and road conditions. Private tours allow children younger than 8 years old to participate.
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