Winter Phototography of Mormon Row
Wyoming › Mormon Row, WY
Added by Phill Monson
While the Teton range is iconic itself, few places are as recognizable as embodying the spirit of the American West like Mormon Row.
- Winter offers unique conditions, and images not usually seen
- Perfectly set up for sunrise light
- Iconic and incredible scenery
Off the main Highway through the GTNP heading North from Jackson Hole, turn off at Antelope Flats road. You can drive in for about 1/2 mile, but after will need to park and walk in. Depending on conditions, snow shoes and good boots are highly recommended. From the park, plan on at least a 3/4 mile walk to the barns. There are two iconic barns, either of which are photogenic, though the barn in the photos here is slightly closer to the car park.
Sunrise is later in winter, but plan on being there 30 minutes prior to sunrise to capture the many different qualities of light as it changes.
Winter in the Tetons is COLD. As in -20 temperatures possible. Be prepared for an early morning with multiple layers:
- Wool socks
- Down coat
- Warm gloves
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After visiting here numerous times, I finally made it in the winter. It was a bitter -22˚ and hard to stay warm but still incredibly beautiful. As I finished packing up my camera gear at the barn I heard a pack of wolves howling with the sunrise, pretty awesome!
Favorite Winter Activity
This is absolutely my favorite thing to do in the Tetons in the winter! However be prepared, because the snow surrounding the barns can be extremely deep, and soft. Even wearing snowshoes I was digging myself out, but it is oh so worth it. Not many people venture out here in the winter, and so your photos will not only be gorgeous, but they will be unique. Also keep your eyes out for wolves, as three packs call this place part of their territory and they are MUCH easier to spot in the winter.
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