Oxbow Bend

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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.

Oxbow Bend is one of the most visually impressive places in Grand Teton National Park. Marvel as conifer forests and mountain peaks reflect dreamily in the tranquil water. Spot animals roaming along the riverbanks and flying above the treetops. Oxbow Bend is a wide and shallow horseshoe-shaped curve in the Snake River formed by the gradual erosion of the river’s banks.

Visitors flock to this viewpoint to enjoy the uninterrupted views of 12,605-foot-tall (3,842-meter) Mount Moran. On clear and sunny days, the mountain and its surrounding forest-covered valley mirror elegantly in the water to create an iconic image of the national park. Join the photography enthusiasts who line up to snap envy-inducing shots. Check the park’s newsletter for tips for taking the best photos.

The slow-flowing water of the bend creates a natural habitat for fish species, including cutthroat trout. The fish are prey for birdlife such as eagles, ospreys, pelicans and swans. Spot elk and moose grazing on the riverbanks and river otters romping in and out of the water. Be alert for sightings of grizzly bears and wolves, too.

A relaxing yet exciting way to experience this region of Grand Teton is to paddle around the bend on a rented canoe. Be amazed by the solitude as you cruise alongside the animals that call the national park their home. Rent canoes or kayaks from outfitters located in Jackson and Moose.

The viewpoint is less than a 10-minute drive from the Moran Entrance Station and a 15-minute drive from Colter Bay Village. Park in a turnout off the main road. Mount Moran is visible for almost the entire journey toward Colter Bay Village.

Oxbow Bend is accessible year-round. Come in winter, when snow and ice cover the mountains, river and valleys. Late September is a great time to witness the vivid orange, red and yellow hues of the fall foliage. Early in the morning is often the best time for watching and photographing wildlife.

Top Hotels Close to Oxbow Bend

Heart 6 Ranch
Heart 6 Ranch
3 out of 5
16985 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY
The price is $159 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated on the waterfront, this ranch is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Grand Teton National Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oxbow Bend and Cunningham Cabin. Chapel of ...
3.4/5 Good! (718 reviews)
"Such a beautiful place. Very relaxing and the staff are amazing! Will definitely stay there again in the future."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Heart 6 Ranch
Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road, Moran, WY
This family-friendly Moran resort is located in the historical district, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Oxbow Bend, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grand View Point and Colter ...
4/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Loved the location. Buffet was great!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Jackson Lake Lodge
Colter Bay Village
Colter Bay Village
2.5 out of 5
11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Highway 89, Moran, WY
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (620 reviews)
"It was a fantastic experience to stay at a nice, historic cabin. I wished there were a coffee maker in the room or hot water dispenser nearby to make hot drinks."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Colter Bay Village
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Best Lodging Options Near Oxbow Bend

Heart 6 Ranch
Heart 6 Ranch
3 out of 5
16985 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY
The price is $159 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Heart 6 Ranch
Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road, Moran, WY
Jackson Lake Lodge
Colter Bay Village
Colter Bay Village
2.5 out of 5
11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Highway 89, Moran, WY
Colter Bay Village
Buffalo Valley Ranch
Buffalo Valley Ranch
2.5 out of 5
16885 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY
Buffalo Valley Ranch
Hatchet Resort
Hatchet Resort
2.5 out of 5
19980 E Hwy 287, Moran, WY
Hatchet Resort
Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Moran, WY
Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose, WY
Jenny Lake Lodge
2/2 Cabin with Loft Nestled next to National Forest
2/2 Cabin with Loft Nestled next to National Forest
Moran, WY
2/2 Cabin with Loft Nestled next to National Forest
Cabin with Teton view nestled between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone
Cabin with Teton view nestled between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone
Moran, WY
Cabin with Teton view nestled between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone
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