Mormon Barn (North)
Jackson Hole, WY
Mormon Barn (North) - the historic old barns on Mormon Row are some of the most photographed barns in the country. The Mormon north barn and the T.A. Moulton Barn (South) are only about ¼ mile apart on the same road.
The north barn has a different look than the south barn and is popular with photographers. It has an old rustic western look with the Grand Tetons sitting right above the peak of the barn. There are tons and tons of ways to shoot the north barn: wide angle, from the side, way back, a compression shot, sunrise, midday, in the spring, or with snow.
Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)
I would rate the difficulty of this trail as a 1 on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being most difficult). The location is easy to access (except in the winter) and only a 100 yards from the parking area. After a hard rain, the dirt road is can be very muddy and sometimes impassable.
GPS Coordinates & Elevation
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CLICK HERE to get driving directions to the Mormon Barn (north) parking area.
From Jackson, WY - travel north on US-191 12.9 miles to Antelope Flats Rd. (road is unmarked) - which is just past mile marker 168. Turn right (east) and travel 1.6 miles to Mormon Row (dirt road). At Mormon Row, take a right and the barn is ¼ mile on the right. There is a well-maintained parking area, which can hold up to 10-15 vehicles. Overflow parking is available on the dirt road before and past the parking area.
From Yellowstone - travel south on US-191 toward Jackson. Once you get to the Moran Entrance National Park Station, travel 4 miles and then turn right (south) on US-191. From there drive 20.8 miles and take a left (east) on Antelope Flats Rd (road is unmarked). Travel 1.6 miles to Mormon Row (dirt road). From here, take a right and drive for 1/4 mile, and you will easily see the barn on your right.
Best Time of Day to Shoot
PYou can shoot the north barn any time of day; however, I prefer to shoot a few minutes after sunrise. I usually stand about 75yds back (east) of the barn in the brush and wait for the sun to illuminate the brush. Other photographers will take their picture just after sunrise when the sun touches the tips of the Tetons.
Best Time of Year to Shoot
I believe you can capture a nice image any time of year. For me the Spring (late May/early June) is ideal, as there will most likely be snow on the Grand Tetons. Winter would also make for a great shot (with snow covering the scene).
The above shot was taken on July 21st
What Lens(es) Do You Need
Lens focal length from 24mm - 200mm can be used in this location, all dependent on the composition you choose.
There are no permits required.
Direction of the Shot
The direction of the traditional shot of the barn is west by northwest @ 280°.
Special Nuances of Shot
The shot for the Mormon Barn is fairly straightforward. As mentioned, I like to stand 50-75yrds back from the barn in the shrubs. Other photographers shoot just in front of or to the left of the barn.
The key for the morning shot is to catch the exact moment the sun crest the back hill and illuminates the shrubs and foreground.
Special Equipment Needed
Other than a tripod there is no need for any special photography equipment, unless you plan on doing a panoramic shot. If you arrive pre-dawn at this location in the fall, it is most likely to be cold, so be sure to bring appropriate clothes, hats, and gloves.
Number of Other Photographers to Expect
Depending on the time of year, you may expect between 2-10 other photographers at sunrise. The south barn is more popular and will usually have more photographers there.
The weather in the Spring, Summer, and Fall is wonderful in the Jackson Hole area. Early morning before sunrise can be very cold. Winter is the Jackson Hole area can be extremely cold.
I have Verizon and my cell service was fine in the Jackson and Jackson Hole area. However, outside of the valley cell service can be very spotty.
There is tons of nice lodging (1 star to 4 star hotels) in the city of Jackson, and multiple camp/RV sites in the Jackson Hole area. When I am in the area, I usually stay at either the Gros Ventre Campground or the Jenny Lake campground.
Nearby camping and lodging
Camping - click on the campground below for directions
Lodging - click on the lodging below for a TripAdvisor review
Elk Country Inn
480 W Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY
Hampton Inn Jackson Hole
350 US-89, Jackson, WY
Ranch Inn Motel
45 E Pearl Ave, Jackson, WY
The city of Jackson is one of the great small towns in American and has no shortage of good to great restaurants. My personal favorite places to eat are Cafe Genevieve for both breakfast and dinner (nice place, great food, cold beer, and good service) and MacPhail's Burgers (great Angus and Bison burgers).
Nearby Restaurants - click on the restaurant below for yelp review
135 E Broadway, Jackson, WY
399 W Broadway, Jackson, WY
200 W Broadway, Jackson, WY
The only self-service laundry mat in Jackson is Missing Sock Laundromat on the southwest park of Jackson. Nice easy access, with clean and new equipment. It is in the Smith's grocery parking lot, so you can shop while your clothes are washing.
South, 1325 US-89, Jackson, WY, WY 83001
Other Photography Opportunities Around
Jackson Hole (JAC) is the nearest airport for this area. It is a very nice, small, clean airport just 11 miles north of the city of Jackson.
Area Guides and Workshops
The Photographer's Ephemeris is a very valuable tool for landscape photographers to determine the direction of the sunrise/sunset & moonrise/moonset from any place on earth on any day (past and future). Click here to take you to The Photographer's Ephemeris for this location.