Updated: Nov 7, 2019
We were lucky enough to live in the park for 6 months so we had plenty of time to explore and find the best sunsets in Grand Teton National Park. Once I knew that Wyoming was home to some of the best mountain sunsets in the West, I knew I had to find the best sunsets in the park. An added bonus is that dusk is a great time to view wildlife.
This is one of my favorite spots in the park and not just for sunsets but for star gazing and picture taking in general. It has the best panoramic views of Grand Teton National Park so it is a great spot for catching a sunset. It is also a great spot to see an array of wildflowers. Across from Signal Mountain Lodge (this is the cheapest gas in the park, by the way) turn onto Signal Mountain Road. From the turn, drive 5 miles to the summit where there is an observation area. For the hikers out there, you can find a trail across from the lodge that will take you to the observation point.
Blacktail Ponds Overlook
Sitting on the edge of an ancient river terrace, this overlook offers a panoramic view of the Snake River bottom. Unlike the other recommended sunset spots here, you can enjoy the sound of the river and, if you're lucky, see some moose wandering in the willows.
Cascade Canyon Turnout
Get up close to the Tetons at this scenic turnout and get an outstanding view of some of Grand Teton’s main peaks. At sunset you can watch the sun reflecting down Cascade Canyon. Be on the look out for elk and other wildlife roaming in the sage flats close to dusk. This turnout is located near Jenny Lake.
Jackson Lake Overlook
We probably saw more sunsets here than anywhere else because it's near Colter Bay where we lived while working in Grand Teton National Park. It's not as crowded as some of the other spots and there is the added bonus of nearby Leek's Marina where you'll find the best food in the park. They serve good pizza and ice cream made at a local creamery in Jackson, Wyoming.
Teton Point Turnout
This is one of the most popular roadside views of the Tetons as it looks directly across the Snake River valley and perfectly frames the Teton Range. You should plan to arrive early to this popular sunset spot.
Snake River Overlook
This spot was made famous by Ansel Adams. His 1942 image of the Tetons above the Snake River was taken at this exact spot. While there has been some tree growth since then, this is still a great spot for a sunset.
Jackson Lake Lodge
This is a must on your sunset at Grand Teton National Park list. Get there early and check out the gift shops and the art in the lodge. Grab a huckleberry milkshake or a huckleberry cocktail. (Huckleberries grow wild in abundance in this region. A huckleberry is described by many as having a taste like a blueberry. We love them!) After you get your huckleberry fix, head outside and find a seat for the spectacular sunset or grab a window view from one of the couches in the lobby of the Jackson Lake Lodge.
Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful parks you will ever visit. Everywhere you look you will want to take a picture. It is like visiting a postcard. Sunset in the park is a magical time.
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