One of the First Horse Accommodations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
One of the places we recommend visiting if you are making your accomodations in Jackson Hole Wyoming, is the Moulton Barn.
When Thomas Moulton started building his barn in 1913, his intent was to shelter his horses from the harsh Wyoming winters. He was a Mormon and, 17 years earlier, had traveled with his neighbors to settle this new area in Wyoming. Their community, which became known as “Mormon Row,” was 16 miles northeast of a brand new town called Jackson Hole. The settlers chose this area because, compared to the land immediately around Jackson, it had fertile soil, less wind, and access to the Gros Ventre River. But where these Mormons really hit the jackpot was the backdrop. The horizon of this settlement was one of the most beautiful views in America: The Grand Tetons. Here, the settlers built 27 homesteads and, like Mormon settlers tended to do, they irrigated and tried to tame the land.
However, the winters must have been too harsh, or the summers too short, or maybe the soil too hard. Because one hundred years later, nothing remains of this community except some irrigation ditches and a couple of buildings, including Thomas Moulton’s old barn. Thomas left what has become an historic landmark that, somewhere along the line, transformed from a shelter for horses to a mecca for photographers.
How to get there: Drive north from your accomodations in Jackson Hole Wyoming on highway 191 past Moose Junction and turn right onto Antelope Flats Road. Follow the road about 1 ½ miles until you see a north-south running dirt road marked by a distinctive pink stucco house on the left with a small dirt parking area. A trail brochure and interpretive sign can be found at the parking lot.