Includes Antelope Flats Road
Historic T.A. Moulton Barn along Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park
Includes Antelope Flats Road
Historic John Moulton Barn along Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park.
Mormon Row is an extremely historic area of Grand Teton National Park, as well as an extremely popular place for photographers. Some of the most iconic images of Grand Teton National Park are taken here, and once you see the location, you'll understand why.... these historic homesteads have one of the most scenic backdrops found anywhere in the world!
Mormon Row was established by Mormon settlers in the 1890's who moved into the Jackson Hole Area from Idaho. There were 27 homesteads established, and these farms thrived even though this area presents a very harsh environment for farming.
Much of their farming success was attributed to their intricate dike and levee system that carried water to their crops. This eleborate irrigation system was built by hand, with the help of well-trained teams of horses.
The two most photographed barns on Mormon Row are the John Moulton Barn and T. A. Moulton Barn (see above). These historic barns are among the most photographed images in Grand Teton National Park, having the Teton Range towering in the background to provide a "perfect" image that combines local history with the classic Teton landscape.
Of the 27 original homesteads established along Mormon Row in the 1890's, the buildings of 6 homesteads remain standing. Up until the 1990's all of the homesteads along Mormon Row were left to decay. But once awareness of their cultural value became more and more apparent, the remaining 6 homesteads from then on have been maintained so visitors can get a glimpse into the fascinating past of Jackson Hole.
The Mormon Row Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is well worth the time and effort to explore, especially if you are interested in western history, or if you are wanting to photograph a truly iconic image of Grand Teton National Park.
How to Find Mormon Row
The road to Mormon Row is located off Highway 89, just north of Moose Junction. When driving north on Highway 89, about a half mile beyond Moose Junction, you'll see a sign to your left saying "Antelope Flats Road". Take this road east about 1.5 miles until you see an old homestead at an intersection. This junction is Mormon Row, and there is a sign indicating this. The first barn you'll see is the world famous John Moulton Barn to your left (north) beside a pink stucco homestead house. The rest of the homesteads are located along the 2.7 mile long gravel road that heads straight south. The large butte to the west of Mormon Row is Blacktail Butte.
The second barn you'll encounter on Mormon Row is the other world famous historic barn known as the T. A. Moulton Barn, and beyond this barn are several other historical homesteads that you will enjoy exploring. If you keep going on the Mormon Row gravel road (2.7 miles), you will eventually end up on on the other side of Antelope Flats Road, just east of Gros Ventre Campground (see map below).
Antelope Flats Road
Antelope Flats, Grand Teton National Park.
Antelope Flats Road continues on from the intersection of Mormon Row to the east, where it takes visitors into the open grasslands and prairie lands of the Jackson Hole area of Grand Teton National Park. Less than two miles past Mormon Row is a 4-way intersection, where if you take a right, the Antelope Flats Road continues on straight south, eventually reaching the tiny town of Kelly. The road then turns west where in about 2 miles you will encounter the Gros Ventre Campground. 4 miles beyond the Gros Ventre Campground this road once again connects with Highway 89, approximately 7 miles to the south of where you initially turned onto Antelope Flats Road from Highway 89.
So in otherwords, Antelope Flats Road is a large square-shaped "loop" that allows you to explore the open grassland of Jackson Hole in Grand Teton National Park.
Good Wildlife Viewing
Antelope Flats Road is a wonderful place to see pronghorn (a.k.a. antelope), bison, elk, moose, coyotes and much more. It really is a nice drive and we usually see a fair amount of wildlife on this road. The view of the Teton Range from this road is also fantastic, that is until Blacktail Butte blocks much of the view.