Welcome to Jackson, Wyoming!
The Teton Touring Company Jackson Hole Photography Tour is unique, since it actually covers less territory than any other Teton Touring Company Tour. It’s quality over quantity.
Let’s meet in Jackson (or nearby) and then travel to places, most visitors to Jackson Hole never see. After a cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, let’s get comfortable in the Teton Touring SUV and begin our day.
I have lived in and around Jackson for a long time and know the town very well. If you have any questions, please ask!
We drive through Jackson and head north, along the Elk Refuge and continue up to the rim of the Refuge. Suddenly Jackson Hole opens before us! I have witnessed this beautiful scene a thousand times and never cease to be amazed by the natural beauty before me, and you will be too. On our left are the Tetons, dominated by the Grand, on our right the Gros Ventre mountain range, filled with wildlife.
While driving through the Hole, we can stop as often and as long as you want, taking pictures, relaxing or simply taking in the overwhelming vistas before us. We are never in a hurry. Remember, you set the schedule. There are lots of opportunities to stop and photograph the scenery.
We will stop at well-known locations as well as some that most have never seen before. Reaching the northern end of the Hole, we turn right. This is my favorite part of Jackson Hole. We pass through beautiful meadows, thick stands of forest, crossing rivers and creeks with few if any other visitors in sight. Heading up the Continental Divide, the views of Jackson Hole begin to change dramatically!
Reaching Wind River Lake, which sits at an elevation of 9609 feet, we are now in the Wind River Mountain Range. Let’s pull off and park, there will be few if any other visitors. The photographic opportunities of Jackson Hole, the Tetons and the Wind River Range, are endless. It is so beautiful, this high up in the Rocky Mountains!
Next, we drive down towards Moran Junction, the beautiful mountain before us, is Mt. Moran. We arrive at Colter Bay, named after John Colter, the Mountain Man who was part of the “Corps of Discovery” with Captains Lewis and Clark.
Let’s take the two-mile hike on Swan Lake Loop along the banks of Jackson Lake. Again, incredible photo opportunities! Swan Lake offers us a chance to relax along its gentle shoreline. The lake is often full of beaver with other wildlife living in the woods surrounding us.
Walking back to Colter Bay and the picnic area, we’ll enjoy a great lunch. After lunch we head back to the Hole, towards Signal Mountain. This is quite an anomaly (Signal Mountain (elevation 7720 ft.) is an isolated summit on the floor of Jackson Hole. The view from the top provides a completely different look at the Grand Teton, Mt. Moran, and the entire Teton Mountain Range. Few people ever view Jackson Hole in its entirety, from this mountain top vista.
Back on the road, we continue our drive along Jackson Lake on the Jenny Lake Road, passing through open meadows with mountain views. Mt. Moran is so close, you think you could reach out and touch it!
We are heading for Moose, WY, situated right on the Snake River. There is a lot of early Jackson Hole history that centers around Moose.
We stop at the Chapel of the Transfiguration and visit the original Ferry Crossing. Before there was a bridge across the Snake River, you had to take the Ferry. The two brothers that ran the Ferry were characters, to say the least! Then, crossing the Snake again, we stop at Dornan’s Trading Post. The view from the balcony of this family-owned landmark…… well, you just have to see for yourself.
After refreshing ourselves, having relaxed just a bit, we head back to Jackson.
You have captured the memories of a lifetime!