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Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming 83013
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Oxbow Bend, a Snake River meander, may not be the only place to watch wildlife in Grand Teton National Park but it is one of the most rewarding. The slow moving waters of this crescent-shaped stream are home to river otter, beaver and muskrat as well as a variety of waterfowl including the sandhill crane and trumpeter swan. Moose and elk often browse here in the late afternoon. Bear are frequently spotted here in the early morning. But what makes wildlife watching at Oxbow Bend truly unique is the spectacular backdrop. Mt. Moran graces the west. Vivid reflections make for picture perfect viewing.
Getting There
 
Oxbow Bend is located 1 mile east of Jackson Lake Junction and 4 miles west of the Moran Entrance Station on Hwy 89.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The best time to spot wildlife is in the early morning and late afternoon. Pack insect repellent, binoculars and lots of patience.
 
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Bring bug spray

Submitted on 12 October 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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The meander of the Snake known as Oxbow Bend is rightly considered one of the top spots in the Tetons to watch wildlife and take photographs. Not only did we spot a variety of birds, we saw a moose and took fabulous late afternoon pictures. Bugs were the one frustration. Oxbow Bend is a buggy spot on a later summer afternoon. Bug spray is a must.
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