The Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park is one of the most popular spots for photographing the Grand Teton mountains. This location is well known, largely because renowned photographer Ansel Adams took an iconic photograph there in 1942. The view has changed a bit since Adams took that photo–primarily due to trees that have grown up and partially obstruct the view–but it is still a fantastic location from which to photograph the Tetons.
I made sure to visit the overlook at sunrise and at sunset during my recent visit to the park and was very glad that I did. The view was breathtaking at both times of day as you can see in the photographs above. I especially enjoyed photographing the mountains from the overlook at sunrise. It was of course very early–around 5:00 AM–and was extremely still and peaceful with very few people up and about yet. But as the sun came up the quiet was broken by two packs of coyotes howling and yipping loudly across the valley–a perfect greeting to the start of what would be a beautiful day.