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Scenic Drives In Jackson Hole

While oohing and aahing is simply the name of the game out here, we've curated several of the really jaw-dropping scenic drives in Jackson Hole and the area so you can be a "Sunday Driver" any day.
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Inner Park Loop Road

Travel for 20 unforgettable miles through Grand Teton National Park underneath the watchful eyes of the towering Tetons. This relaxing drive offers postcard views of the Teton range, expansive sagebrush vistas and ample photo opportunities. One of the more famous ones is Oxbow Bend, pictured above.

Keep your eyes peeled for bears (especially the famous bruin 399), pronghorn, bald eagles, moose and more wildlife. For a culinary treat, stop in at Signal Mountain Lodge’s restaurant for their beyond yummy nachos.

Biking Jenny Lake - Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake Scenic Loop

This one-way, 3-mile road off the main park roadway is a less traveled gem nestled at the base of the Tetons and is ideal not just for vehicles, but bicycles, too. At Jenny Lake Overlook, visitors can gaze across crystal waters at remarkable rocky peaks.

A number of trailheads begin at Jenny Lake and day-hiking opportunities are plentiful. For a more leisurely lake experience, take a cruise on Jenny Lake Shuttle, which runs throughout the day from South Lake to the Cascade Canyon Trailhead.

Kelly Loop

The Kelly herd of bison comes out and plays in force just before sunset on this 16-mile loop that starts and ends at Gros Ventre Junction. Head towards Shadow Mountain for serene country dirt roads, or see the remnants of 19th-century settler life at Mormon Row, where the historic Moulton Barn still stands against a backdrop of jagged peaks. The barn is one of the most photographed in the country.

Gros Ventre Road

Just one mile North of Kelly, the Gros Ventre road follows the Gros Ventre River into Bridger-Teton National Forest. Red rocks and sandstone faces rise from either side of the canyon road, creating a colorful backdrop. Take a break at Slide Lake, named for one of the largest landslides in recorded Wyoming history, which shaped much of the natural landscape in the area. However, this route is off the beaten path and travelers should be prepared with supplies and a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Before you head out to the Gros Ventre, consider picking up a picnic lunch at Creekside Deli to enjoy at the lake.

Moose - Jackson Hole

Moose Wilson Road

Wildlife spotting is a given on this narrow and winding, 8-mile road that runs between the Grand Teton National Park entrance just outside of Teton Village to the village of Moose, Wyoming. Sharp observers can catch glimpses of moose, elk, mule deer and other local wildlife. In Moose, drop into Dornans for fuel, fishing supplies and a slice of pizza.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR SUMMER 2022:  From July 11th to Labor Day, the southern portion of the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon Entrance to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve will be closed, except on weekends (7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday) and Federal holidays. Parking along the road is prohibited. The southern portion of the road will be closed entirely after Labor Day. The northern section of the road will remain accessible. Access to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Death Canyon Trailhead will be available from the north, from Moose, Wyoming, during construction.

Teton Pass, Jackson Hole

Teton Pass

This high mountain pass starts in Wilson and connects the valleys of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Teton Valley, Idaho. Teton Valley, Idaho, boasts numerous happenings in the towns of Victor and Driggs. See a movie at The Spud Drive-In, concerts at Music on Main, grab a delicious brunch at Butter Cafe in Victor, or view a collection of antique fighter planes over lunch at Warbirds Cafe.

Just East of Driggs is the town of Alta, Wyoming, home of the magnificent Grand Targhee Resort, where one can find lodging and outdoor activities for all seasons.

Jackson Hole Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River Wyoming

Snake River Canyon

This is perhaps one of the most gorgeous mountain canyon roads in the country! The Snake River hugs one side of the canyon and steep hills and mountains beckon the eyes on both sides. The Canyon road connects Jackson with Alpine, Wyoming, where the Snake and Greys rivers intersect with the Palisades Reservoir. Grab some lunch at Hoback Market before heading down to the Lunch Counter/Big Kahuna pull-off to see rafters and surfers ride the rapids, or gaze across the stunning Palisades Reservoir just west of Alpine.

 

Article written by Julie Butler, editor of Jackson Hole Traveler and freelance writer, Matt Bodman.