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8 Stunning Grand Teton National Park Sunrise Spots


The Eight Best Places to See the Sunrise at Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, jagged mountain peaks, and pristine wilderness.

Watching the sunrise in this breathtaking setting is a truly magical experience.

Here's a list of our favorite places to see it!

1. Schwabacher Landing

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Along U.S. Highway 191/89 

The iconic beaver ponds at Schwabacher Landing offer a perfect reflection of the Teton Range.

The rising sun casts a warm glow on the mountains, creating a stunning reflection in the calm waters.

Arrive early to secure a spot along the riverbank!

2. Oxbow Bend

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North of Jackson Lake Junction  

Oxbow Bend is a classic sunrise spot. The still waters of the bend provide mirror-like reflections of the mountains.

And, if you’re lucky, you may see moose drinking from the river, and bald eagles flying overhead.

Because of its popularity, Oxbow Bend gets very busy very quickly. Be sure to get there early!

3. Snake River Overlook

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Along U.S. Highway 191/89, north of Moose Junction 

Made famous by Ansel Adams' photographs, Snake River Overlook provides an expansive view of the Snake River winding through the valley with the Teton Range as a backdrop.

The sunrise paints the sky in vibrant hues, creating a breathtaking panorama.

4. Mormon Row

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Just off U.S. Highway 191/89, on Antelope Flats Road

Mormon Row is a historic district with iconic rustic barns and homesteads, set against the stunning backdrop of the Teton Range.

Watching the sunrise here is a breathtaking and serene experience. 

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5. Elk Ranch Flats Turnout

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Along U.S. Highway 191/89, north of Moose Junction 

This spot is a lesser-known gem. The view from the turnout provides an excellent perspective of the Teton Range.

The serenity of the area also enhances the sunrise experience.

6. Taggart Lake

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Accessed via the Taggart Lake Trailhead 

A relatively easy hike leads to the serene Taggart Lake, surrounded by the Teton Range.

The reflections of the mountains in the lake, combined with the alpenglow of sunrise, make this a picturesque and tranquil location.

7. Signal Mountain Summit

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Reached by Signal Mountain Road 

Drive or hike to the summit for a panoramic view of the entire Teton Range.

The elevation provides a unique perspective as the first light touches the mountain peaks, gradually illuminating the valley below.

8. Colter Bay

Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. Photo was taken on September 11.Image from Flickr by Anne

Along the John D. Rockefeller Parkway

Colter Bay offers stunning views of the Teton Range across Jackson Lake.

The sunrise paints the mountains with warm colors, and the lake adds a reflective element to the scene.

It's a peaceful and easily accessible spot for early risers.

Grand Canyon Sunrise FAQ’s

What’s the best time to watch the sunrise?

Exact times vary, but usually, the entrance stations will have the closest approximate times.

During the summer months (late May through early September), the sun rises early.

Arriving at your chosen viewpoint about 30 to 60 minutes before the scheduled sunrise time will allow you to witness the changing colors and the beautiful alpenglow on the mountains.

In the winter months (late November through early February), the sunrise occurs later in the morning.

Winter in Grand Teton National Park can be particularly scenic with snow-covered landscapes, so if you're willing to brave the cold, it can be a magical experience.

What time does Grand Teton open?

Technically, it never closes! The park itself is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Teton Park Road does close from late September through early March, however, so plan your trip accordingly.

What should I pack for my Grand Teton sunrise visit?

This depends on what season you’re visiting! In the spring and summer months, it’s always a good idea to dress in layers—wear sweatshirts, pants, or jackets over lighter clothing.

Because of its high altitude, morning is still pretty chilly at Grand Teton, even in the dead of summer.

In the winter months, bundle up! Don’t forget snow gear, hats, gloves, and scarves.

If there’s snow on the ground, you may want to consider wearing crampons or YakTraks over heavy boots to keep from slipping.

Despite the season, it’s always a good idea to pack:

  • a working cell phone
  • quality camera
  • binoculars
  • headlamps or flashlights
  • extra water
  • snacks
  • sunscreen

Can I get breakfast in the park?

Yes! During the peak season (early June through late November) the Jenny Lake Lodge serves a full breakfast menu.

You can also find a la carte breakfast items at Colter Bay General Store and several local spots just south of the park in Jackson Hole.

Final Thoughts

Sunrise at Grand Teton National Park can be a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

As long as you follow the park’s Leave No Trace principles, keep a safe distance from wildlife, and do a little advanced planning, you’ll surely have some amazing photos—and memories—no matter when you go!

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We hope that we’ve given you all the information you need to make the most of your day. Your vacation is extremely important to us so if you have any questions feel free to reach out at aloha@shakaguide.com.

For more detailed information to help you plan, check out our Grand Teton National Park Itinerary and Know Before You Go article.

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