Oxbow Bend

Alpenglow on Mount Moran with the snake beneath

Oxbow Bend

At the Oxbow Bend Turnout located on Highway 191 near the Jackson Lake Junction, you can see stunning views of Mount Moran. Formed by erosion and changing soil deposits, this outlook can be crowded, especially during the months when the park is the most crowded. Depending on the weather and time, you can photograph beautiful reflection shots of the mountains on the Snake River. Photographers not only appreciate this turnout for the scenic view of the mountains, but also because it is home to wildlife, such as birds, moose, otters, and the occasional bear sighting!

Mount Moran, the dominant peak in view, was named after Thomas Moran, who was a prominent landscape artist known for his paintings at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and Grand Canyon National Park (GRCA). Moran was invited to be a part of the USGS team to explore the unmapped land out west.

Written by Anna Cressman
PC: Anna Cressman