Intermountain Region Viewing Area
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Arrowleaf balasamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) on a sunny south-facing slope. Photo by Susan Marsh, Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Silvery lupine (Lupinus argenteus) and fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) near Phillips Pass. Photo by Susan Marsh, Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Forest: Bridger-Teton National Forest
District: Jackson Ranger District
Description: At the summit of Teton Pass, this area is above 8,000 feet in elevation and there are fine views from the parking area across Jackson Hole to the mountain ranges beyond. The easiest trail runs south from the parking area and traverses the side of an open park on the east slope of the ridge.
Viewing Information: Peak wildflower season is mid-July through early August. Because the snow stays late and the growing season is so short, one might find low larkspur (Delphinium bicolor) and mountain bog gentian (Gentiana calycosa), flowers at the early and late ends of the season, blooming at the same time. The trail leading south from the parking area crosses a mix of rocky spurs and deep-soiled bowls, so a wide variety of wildflowers can be found in close proximity. Within a few steps you will see dry-soil plants such as harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) and ballhead sandwort (Arenaria congesta) and moist subalpine parkland plants such as Colorado columbine (Aquilegia coerulea) and mountain bluebell (Mertensia ciliata). Stringers of conifer forest shelter flowers including Whipple’s penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus) and coilbeak lousewort (Pedicularis contorta).
Various other trails exist in the general area, and all give access to wildflower parks.
Safety First: Use standard precautions regarding personal safety. Be aware of your surroundings. Plan to have the gear and clothing you need, let your friends and family know where you are going.
Directions: Travel west on WY 22 from Jackson, WY for 15 miles to the summit where there is parking on the south side of the road. A forest trail leads south along the side of the ridge.
Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Jackson Ranger District.
Closest Town: Wilson, Wyoming.