4 Scenic Overlooks in Grand Teton and Bridger-Teton National Forest

Popular with campers and hiking enthusiasts, Bridger-Teton National Forest encompasses more than 3.4 million acres of land near Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. There are 3,000 miles of road or trail to traverse – not to mention rivers, streams and abundant wildlife to see.

While travelers can hike some of the heavily forested land on their own, many opt to book a guided tour. Scenic Safaris offers summer and winter tour options, plus snowmobile and ATV rentals. Whether you choose to go it alone at Bridger-Teton or join one of our seasonal tours, here are four scenic overlooks not to be missed.      

1. Big Kahuna River Overlook

Located in Snake River Canyon, off Hwy 89 near Hoback Junction, this popular stop offers three trails with views of the rapids. Take the second or third trail down toward the river, where you’ll overlook the Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna rapids. This is a great spot to have a picnic lunch, so consider packing a small cooler and a blanket or folding camp chairs for your group. Set up a tripod to snap pics of river rafters winding down the whitewater rapids, or have your phone handy to take video of the spectacle. Keep in mind there are limited facilities here, and no drinking water, so pack extra bottles for your trek.

2. Moose Village Chapel

Located inside of Grand Teton National Park, Moose Village is part of a 43-mile scenic loop drive. Some of the best views of the Teton mountain range are found at its historic Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925. Summer services are held here, and the chapel is open 24 hours a day (though it can be difficult to access in the snowy winters). Head inside to view the colorful stained glass panels and see the amazing views of the Tetons’ tallest peaks from the picture window above the altar.

3. Togwotee Overlook

Drive east for about 17 miles along US 26/287 from Moran, Wyoming, and you’ll find this informative interpretive site. Read the posted signage at Togwotee Overlook to learn about the area’s history, and have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking majesty of the Tetons from an unobstructed overlook. If you’re up for a half-day hike, a marked path into the forest takes visitors up Angle Mountain. The views from its summit are spectacular, though you’ll have to traverse some switchbacks and unsteady trails to get there.

4. Snake River Overlook

As its name implies, this scenic overlook inside Grand Teton Nation Park has a bird’s eye view of the Snake River. This isn’t the close-up that Big Kahuna offers, however. The river is a distant swirl from the Snake River Overlook, dominated by the pine-covered landscape of the Jackson River Valley and the Tetons in the distance. Look for a subtle westward tilt of the valley from this vantage point – as evidenced by differing tree lines on both sides of the valley. The slope is the result of small earthquakes that caused the western part of the landscape to subtly drop. The panoramic views found here are among the best in the park, made famous by 20th century photographer Ansel Adams.

With over a million miles of designated wilderness, there are endless sightseeing possibilities in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Tour options include a 2-hour backcountry summer ATV excursion, Snake River rafting, winter snowmobile tours and more! View our summer and winter tour offerings, then book your Wyoming adventure online or contact 888-734-8898.