Blacktail Ponds Overlook - Grand Teton National Park,Wyoming

One of the best things about Grand Teton National Park are the many turnouts and overlooks that have been built along the park's two main roads, US Route 89 and Teton Park Road. These stops on the road provide many beautiful views of the massive Teton Range, which are part of the larger Rocky Mountain Range. I have a particular affinity for the Blacktail Ponds Overlook. Being a sunrise location, you really need to get there early enough to get the morning light as it begins to light up the peaks and work its way down the mountains. Many people leave when the mountains are fully lit but I like staying. Why? The overlook sits high above a valley which, like the mountains, gradually light up as the sun continues to rise in the sky. I like the contrast between the light and the shadow and having a creek acting like a leading line doesn't hurt either.