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Adventure Journal: Top 4 Places to Watch the Sunset in Grand Teton National Park

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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Warm summer evenings encourage visitors and locals to venture into Grand Teton National Park to watch the sunset behind the mountains. Grand Teton has no shortage of scenic destinations to observe the final moments of daylight, here are a few of our favorite spots to take pictures and enjoy the view!

Teton Point Turnout

Teton Point Turnout is one of the most popular roadside views of the Tetons—it looks directly across the Snake River valley and perfectly frames the Teton Range. The deep river channel emphasizes the steep terrain of the mountains, offering great photo opportunities. To reach this roadside vista, continue 6 miles north of Moose Junction on Hwy 26/89/191.

Signal Mountain Summit

You can either drive or hike to enjoy this panoramic view of Jackson Lake and the Tetons. This sunset favorite is also a great spot to see an array of wildflowers. From the entrance of Grand Teton National Park at Moose Junction, drive 16 miles north and take a right onto Signal Mountain Road. From there drive 5 miles to the summit where there is an observation area. Hikers can take a 6.8 mile trail to the top starting from Signal Mountain Lodge.

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View from Signal Mountain. Photo by New Thought Media.

Cascade Canyon Turnout

Get up close and cozy to the Tetons at this scenic turnout. Located on the west side of the Teton Park Road, you will get an outstanding view of some of Grand Teton’s main peaks and the sun reflecting down Cascade Canyon. It is common to see elk and other wildlife roaming in the sage flats close to dusk. This turnout is located on Teton Park Road about 8.5 miles north of Moose Junction.

Blacktail Ponds Overlook

Sitting on the edge of an ancient river terrace, this overlook offers a panoramic view of the Snake River bottom. Different than other sunset favorites, you can enjoy the sound of the river and might even see some moose wandering in the willows. This overlook is on the west side of U.S. Hwy 26/89/191 about 1.5 miles north of Moose Junction.