Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Grand Teton National Park is a sunrise park. The Tetons are on the west side of the valley, and the morning light can create magical views that can be seen from most of the park. One of the top two or three sunrise spots, especially prized by photographers, is Schwabacher's Landing. Come here before dawn to get the most perfect mirror reflections of the Tetons or come here any time for the beauty and wildlife habitat.

Marked only by a small sign on the west side of Highway 191, the road to Schwabacher's is paved at first but then turns to rough dirt. It is generally passable by any vehicle and is only six-tenths of a mile long. At the end of the road there is a vault toilet and parking. There is a trail that leads a short way upstream, and there are marvelous views all along the way. The work of beavers is very evident here, and they have created several ponds with their dams. At the end of the trail is a well-placed bench alongside the highest beaver pond, and there will be many photographers here waiting for first light. The view of the Tetons centered between the trees over the still pond is magnificent.

After exploring the beaver ponds, it is worth stopping at the small parking area just a quarter-mile back up the road. From here a trail leads down to the river and follows it downstream for more marvelous Teton views and the opportunity to spot elk or moose along the water. Wildlife tends to be more active at dawn or dusk.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Spectacular mountain views. Great reflections. Beaver dams and lodges.

Cons

Prime photo spots are often congested at sunrise.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Wildflowers
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Old-growth forest
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

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