Oxbow Bend Snake River

Jackson Lake, Wyoming

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Oxbow Bend is a scenic section of the Snake River that is named after the U-shaped collar of an ox. The slow-moving, crescentshaped bend, located near Jackson Lake Junction, is a superb habitat for moose, elk, beaver, muskrat, and a wide variety of waterfowl. The river curves around the northern flank of Signal Mountain near its outlet from Jackson Lake. Mount Moran, a pinnacle peak of the Teton Range, dominates the landscape. The craggy Teton peaks reach as high as 13,770 feet, forming a bony ridge through Wyoming along the Continental Divide. Fronting the Teton Range lies the twisting and curving Snake River, winding its way down the Jackson Hole Valley.

Oxbow Bend: Snake River Professional Review and Guide

"Oxbow Bend is a scenic section of the Snake River that is named after the U-shaped collar of an ox. The slow-moving, crescentshaped bend, located near Jackson Lake Junction, is a superb habitat for moose, elk, beaver, muskrat, and a wide variety of waterfowl.

The river curves around the northern flank of Signal Mountain near its outlet from Jackson Lake. Mount Moran, a pinnacle peak of the Teton Range, dominates the landscape. The craggy Teton peaks reach as high as 13,770 feet, forming a bony ridge through Wyoming along the Continental Divide. Fronting the Teton Range lies the twisting and curving Snake River, winding its way down the Jackson Hole Valley."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jackson Lake
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 40 minutes
Local Contacts: Bridger Teton National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Moran • Adventure Maps: Jackson Hole
Driving Directions: Directions to Oxbow Bend: Snake River

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May 2018