Oxbow Bend

A river with mountains in the background.

Pets are allowed in the paved parking area. Pets are not allowed on dirt trails or in the river.
general fee is charged to enter Grand Teton National Park.
Oxbow Bend is located along highway 89/191 between the Jackson Lake and Moran Junctions.
Oxbow Bend is a popular area to view sunrise or sunset.
Sunrise on a snowy mountain with a river in the foreground.
Oxbow Bend is a popular area to view sunrise.

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

Oxbow Bend is an overlook along highway 89/191 between Jackson Lake Junction and Moran Junction.

An oxbow is a crescent-shaped section of river lying alongside a flowing, winding river. The oxbow is created over time as erosion and deposits of soil change the river's course.

Oxbow Bend is home to a variety of birds and animals, including pelicans, Great Blue Herons, muskrats, otters, moose, and bear. On calm days, Mount Moran can be seen reflected on the surface of the water. Oxbow Bend is a popular area to view sunrise or sunset, and is visited by photographers hoping to capture the river and Teton Range.

Last updated: October 18, 2019