We recently returned from another trip to Grand Teton National Park. While there, we saw moose, elk, bison, deer, pronghorn (antelope), a fox, a porcupine, and marmots. It was incredible!
We did not see a bear, but we drove by some rangers who were blocking off the road because a bear was nearby.
I asked a ranger the best spots to see wildlife, and we also found some on our own. Here are our 4 suggestions. Also, remember that you’re more likely to spot them at DAWN or DUSK. We saw most of our animals at these times.
The Moose-Wilson road extends from Moose Junction (in the park), and veers south to the town of Wilson (out of the park). It begins with a bridge over the snake river, and this is where we saw a moose.
As you drive south, there is a pull-out that overlooks a wetland area. Apparently, it is common for moose to hang out here, as we saw people gather around with zoom lenses, waiting. We did not see a moose here, but this could be a great spot. It’s not too far from the bridge referred to above.
As you drive towards Wilson, there are many signs warning you to watch out for moose crossing the road.
Oxbow Bend is a turnout on Highway 191 near the top of Teton Park Road, but I’m really referring to this entire area, from Signal Mountain Lodge (on Teton Park Road) to Moran Junction (just beyond Oxbow Bend).
I’ve seen a big bull elk just about every time I’ve been in this area. The park ranger also told me this is where the bears hang out, and this is the area where the rangers were blocking off the road (that I mentioned above).
Oxbow Bend is a pull-out that is very popular for photographers because it also has nice scenic shots of Mount Moran.
This is a stop on Highway 89/191, which is also called the Outer Road (as opposed to Teton Park Road, which is the Inner Road). The sign isn’t as big as the other stops for some reason, so you’ll have to keep an eye out. Once you turn off, you’ll drive on a dirt road to a parking lot.
There is a little dirt path in which you can walk along the river. It’s very popular for photographers because you get the river, the trees, and the mountains in one shot.
I’ve heard it’s also a great place for wildlife. We saw plenty of birds and ducks playing in the water, but no wildlife.
Mormon Row/Gros Ventre
There is a road called Antelope Flats that heads east from the Outer Road, and ends up at Mormon row. Mormon row has some buildings from early Mormon settlers that are a hot spot for photographers looking for a typical “American West” photo.
It’s on a dirt road that heads south to Gros Ventre road. Gros Ventre road then heads southwest back to the main Outer Road.
This entire loop – Antelope Flats, Mormon Row (dirt road), and Gros Ventre road – is an incredible are to spot animals. It’s a little off the beaten path, so I think a lot of people miss it.
But it’s this area where we found most animals. We had 5 moose sightings, many antelope, bison, and deer.