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Moran

This small town is a gateway to outdoor adventures within a national park famous for its forests, lakes, mountains and wildlife. 

Moran sits at the edge of the Moran Entrance Station, one of the main access points to the glorious Grand Teton National Park. Delight in the opportunities to explore a region of outstanding natural beauty via lookouts, trails and water bodies. Moran stands at the edge of the rolling landscapes of the Buffalo Valley. It takes its name from Thomas Moran, a British-born artist acclaimed for his paintings of the American West.

Major attractions lie west of the entrance station, where you can pay the park admission fee. The well-maintained roads are ideal to explore via rented car or bike. Visit Oxbow Bend, a curve in the Snake River that creates a stunning mirror image of Mount Moran. Admire sweeping views of the Teton Range and look down on Jackson Lake from Willow Flats Overlook and Jackson Lake Overlook at Signal Mountain.

About 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Moran on the banks of Jackson Lake is Colter Bay Village. Join range-led programs, purchase park permits and browse an exhibit of Native American art at Colter Bay Visitor Center. From June to September take lake cruises or rent canoes, kayaks and motorboats at Colter Bay Marina. Trails lead from the village’s waterfront through thick forests and to rocky beaches with open views of snow-capped peaks.

Boats are also available at the lakeside lodge at the base of Signal Mountain. While here, walk to the pretty log-built Chapel of the Sacred Heart.

Look for wildlife throughout the year along the riverbanks and within the forests. See eagles and ospreys flying overhead and watch for bears, elk and moose. Camp at grounds at Colter Bay Village, Moran and Signal Mountain waterfront for an authentic experience of the great outdoors.

Moran is 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Jackson. Yellowstone National Park is just over a 1-hour drive north. The nearest airport is Jackson Hole Airport. Moran Entrance Station is open year-round. Expect cold weather conditions in winter.

Top Hotels in Moran

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
3 out of 5
2 mi south of S. Entrance of Yellowstone, Hwy 89, Moran, WY
The price is $76 per night

Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Yellowstone National Park South Entrance. ...

4/5Very Good! (966 reviews)
Bring you sleeping bags!

"Cute little cabin, clean communal bathrooms/showers, good take out food at the restaurant in the lodge. Really just glorified camping!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Colter Bay Village
Colter Bay Village
2.5 out of 5
11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Highway 89, Moran, WY
The price is $77 per night

This family-friendly Moran resort is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Colter Bay Marina and Colter Bay Visitor Center. Oxbow Bend and Grand Teton National ...

3.9/5Very Good! (471 reviews)

"Personal cabin, rustic, but large. 24 hr. Laundry center. Restaurant by the lake, which was BEAUTIFUL! Store closed at 8p, so didn’t get a chance to use it, but it looked large."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Colter Bay Village
Buffalo Valley Ranch
Buffalo Valley Ranch
2.5 out of 5
16885 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY
Free Cancellation
The price is $139 per night

Situated in Moran, this ranch is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Grand Teton National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Jenny Lake and Yellowstone National Park South ...

3.4/5Good! (194 reviews)

"The website needs to give a better description of what is included in the tepee rental. I assumed there was bedding in the price but had to rent bedding and I ended up buying a blanket because the ones provided were questionable at best ( very dirty). I was happy with the tepee otherwise. Also the ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Buffalo Valley Ranch

Popular places to visit in Moran

Jackson Lake
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Jackson Lake

4.5/5(204 reviews)

Go boating, hiking, fishing and camping on remote islands at this vast lake set in the shadow of the mountains of the Teton Range. 

Oxbow Bend
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Oxbow Bend

4.5/5(62 reviews)

This natural bend in the Snake River is the setting for superb photography and wildlife spotting opportunities. Capture an image of Mount Moran in the background. 

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park

5/5(1,281 reviews)

Travel next to this long mountain range to see wildlife, observe beautiful scenery and take photos. Explore its peaks, lakes and waterfalls in any season.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

4.5/5(709 reviews)

An experienced skier’s winter playground of gravity-defying chutes and ledges also caters for absolute beginners and those looking for gentler snow-based fun.

Jackson Town Square
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Jackson Town Square

4.5/5(1,326 reviews)

Learn about the history of Jackson Town Square, a well-known monument in Jackson. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this quaint area.

Grand Targhee Resort
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Grand Targhee Resort

4.5/5(213 reviews)

Carve fresh powder and explore groomed slopes with a backdrop of the breathtaking Grand Teton range at this laid-back ski resort in Alta.

Top things to do in Moran

Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls, & Wildlife Tour
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Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls, & Wildlife Tour

$269
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Grand Teton 4-Hour Wildlife Safari
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Grand Teton 4-Hour Wildlife Safari

$125
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Grand Teton Guided Tour
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Small-Group Grand Teton Guided Tour

$800
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Sunset Dinner & Wildlife Safari Tour
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Small-Group Sunset Dinner & Wildlife Safari Tour

$700
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Sunset Tour in Grand Teton National Park
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Sunset Tour in Grand Teton National Park

$145
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Yellowstone National Park Horseback Ride
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Yellowstone National Park Horseback Ride

$590
Per adult

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Planning an epic road trip through Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Planning an epic road trip through Yellowstone and Grand Teton
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Exploring National Parks with dad

Exploring National Parks with dad

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