Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Awe-inspiring views: Chapel at south end of Grand Teton Park a perfect spot for worship, sightseeing

August 2, 2010, 8:18 am

The Chapel of the Transfiguration boasts a near perfect blend of beauty, reverence and solitude.

With the rugged Teton Range as a backdrop, no stained glass windows are necessary behind the pulpit of this rustic log church. A clear glass altar window there solidly frames the tallest Teton Peaks.

Located a little more than a mile north of the Moose entrance gate (south end) of Grand Teton Park, the chapel is accessible by a short side road of a few tenths of a mile.

It's a must side trip for any Teton visitors.

For 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the chapel door is unlocked and open to the public (although on the snowiest of days, it might not be accessible).

It is "a popular destination for visitors to Grand Teton National Park," according to the official Grand Teton Park website, operated by the National Park Service.

However, "Please be respectful, the chapel is a house of worship," The NPS' guide to the chapel stresses.

The chapel is operated under the leadership of St. John's Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyo.

The Chapel of the Transfiguration is also an operating church — worship services (Holy Communion) are held there each Sunday, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., from the end May through the end of September.