Article Overview: Schwabacher Landing – Grand Teton National Park
About Schwabacher Landing – Grand Teton National Park
Schwabacher Landing is a famous viewpoint at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Beaver dams have altered the course of the river here to create this tranquil landing which is nearly perpetually glassy, making for perfect mirror reflections of the iconic Teton Mountains looming over the river.
Schwabacher Landing is a favorite spot among photographers who visit the park due to the sensational mirrored reflection of the Teton Mountains found here. Schwabacher Landing is easy to access for visitors of all ages and abilities requiring only a short walk from the parking lot.
Table of Contents: Schwabacher Landing
- About Schwabacher Landing – Grand Teton National Park
- Schwabacher Landing History
- Schwabacher Landing Information
- Getting to Schwabacher Landing
- Parking at Schwabacher Landing
- Upper Schwabacher Landing
- Lower Schwabacher Landing
- Wildlife at Schwabacher Landing
- About Grand Teton National Park
- Watch Our Award-Winning Grand Teton Video
- Things to Know Before Visiting Grand Teton National Park
- Grand Teton National Park Map
- Where is Grand Teton National Park?
- Schwabacher Landing Summary
- Helpful Related Articles
Schwabacher Landing History
Schwabacher Landing is named after a family of German immigrant settlers who arrived in the area in the late 1800s and established a homestead near the landing. While today the area is popular for photography thanks to its still waters and scenic qualities, in the not too distant past the area served as a boat launch and landing providing important access to the Snake River.
Schwabacher Landing Information
Trail Length: 0.1 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Location: 5 miles north of Moose, WY
Parking Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
Getting to Schwabacher Landing
Schwabacher Landing is located 5 miles north of Moose, Wyoming in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. The landing is just 25 minutes from the bustling town of Jackson, WY, which serves as a convenient base camp for most tourists visiting the park.
From the parking lot visitors have the option to visit both Upper Schwabacher Landing and Lower Schwabacher Landing. Both are beautiful views but Lower Schwabacher is the more photogenic site.
Parking at Schwabacher Landing
Parking at Schwabacher Landing is divided into two parking lots, Upper Schwabacher Landing and Lower Schwabacher Landing. Upper Schwabacher offers its own unique views and is usually quite a bit easier to find parking than Lower.
Lower Schwabacher is where everyone wants to go here making parking quite difficult during peak season (late spring and all of summer). Lower Schwabacher Landing can also present challenges for larger vehicles (RV’s) particularly when the lot is full or after significant rainfall.
Upper Schwabacher Landing
Upper Schwabacher Landing is the first option for visitors to this area. Here you have the opportunity to see beavers at work actively sculpting and changing the landscape before you.
This is a great area to sit and enjoy a snack or explore the incredible work of the beavers. Along the shore you’ll find tree stumps with tell-tale beaver teeth marks on them as well in addition to the sweeping views of the Tetons in front of you.
Lower Schwabacher Landing
Lower Schwabacher Landing is the spot where most of the pictures of this area are taken. Getting there requires a short walk down to the banks of the river. While the walk is very easy there are a number of tree roots that present potential tripping hazards along the way.
You’ll know when you’ve arrived at the spot as you’ll be confronted with a spectacular reflection of the Teton Mountains in the still waters of this off-chute of the river.
Wildlife at Schwabacher Landing
Schwabacher Landing offers visitors opportunities to see a wide array of beautiful birds, from songbirds to eagles. I’ve found that Lower Schwabacher Landing usually is abuzz with beautiful songbird activity in the spring and summer.
You’ll also have opportunities to see beavers hard at work continuing to alter this beautiful landscape, I’ve seen multiple here before. And for those fortunate few, people have been known to spot moose here, usually around sunrise.
About Grand Teton National Park
Located in the spectacular Jackson Hole Valley and encompassing nearly 500 square miles, Grand Teton National Park boasts an awe-inspiring array of pristine wilderness, glacial lakes, winding rivers, diverse wildlife, and the magnificent Teton Range.
The park derives it’s name from the mighty Teton Range popularly known as simply the Tetons, or the Grand Tetons. The park’s creation and eventual scale (in terms of acreage) was largely made possible by the wealthy philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Watch Our Award-Winning Grand Teton Video
Things to Know Before Visiting Grand Teton National Park
$30 per vehicle OR if you plan to visit more National Parks within the next 12 months we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be purchased at any national park) and gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.
Grand Teton Map
The best map for the park: We like this map the best.
Best Guide Book
The best guide book for Grand Teton: This is our favorite guide for Grand Teton.
During the months of June and July expect to find mosquitoes at varying levels. I recommend this bug spray which has worked for me in the park and is environmentally friendly.
Best Time to Visit Grand Teton National Park
The Best Time to Visit Grand Teton National Park is in Spring and Fall to take advantage of lesser crowds and beautiful scenery. Summer is a great time to visit as well but it will be crowded.
Leave No Trace
We’re big fans of Leave No Trace, here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.
Bear Spray: It’s a good thing to have on lots of the trails here. We like this one.
Dogs are not allowed on trails in most national parks due to their potentially disruptive presence with the natural ecosystem. The basic rule is they are allowed where cars can go so be sure to check the rules before bringing along your furry friend.
Grand Teton National Park Map
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Where is Grand Teton National Park?
Grand Teton National Park is located on the Western side of Wyoming in Jackson Hole. The park shares a border with the more popular Yellowstone National Park to the north, the less-visited Bridger-Teton National Forest to the east, and the even lesser-visited Caribou-Targhee National Forest to the west.
Schwabacher Landing Summary
Well that’s a wrap! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on Grand Teton’s Schwabacher Landing. Whether you’re looking for the right spot to take an iconic Grand Teton photo or just a place to soak in the views Schwabacher Landing is really a must-see on your Grand Teton adventure. See you on the trails!
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