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Emily Stevens Pond

The Snake River reflecting a colorful sunset above the Teton Mountains. Rendezvous Park, Wyoming

The Emily Stevens Pond Trail is an easy 4.5 mile lollipop loop along a levee lining the Snake River below the Teton Mountains. It’s popular with locals thanks to its easy year-round accessibility, as well as its quick access to nature.

Emily Stevens Pond Trail Description

The Emily Stevens Pond Trail wanders easily along the eastern shore of the Snake River. It offers stunning views, as well as ample opportunities for wildlife and birding.

The trail itself doesn’t vary off of its route or expectations, so there’s not much of a need for a detailed write-up. The only divergence is at 1.5 miles, where the trail will begin an optional loop. The loop is very narrow, so the other side of the loop is easily visible from either side. Likewise, many people may only hike a portion of the trail due to time, or another factor.

The appeal of the trail is its convenient location between Jackson and Teton Village or Wilson. The stunning scenery along the entirety of the trail as well as birding and wildlife opportunities keep people coming back. An extra bonus is the pedestrian bridge that connects the trail to R Park on the opposite side of the river. With many kid-friendly trails and streams and ponds, both areas make for a very family-oriented destination, while also offering views and wildlife sightings for everyone else.

An American dipper flying from the Snake River after catching some food. Emily Stevens Pond, Wyoming

Getting There

From downtown Jackson, head west on Broadway Ave. for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Highway 22. Follow that for 3.5 miles and turn into the Emily Stevens Pond parking area just before crossing the Snake River.

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