Whenever I drive from Jackson to Hoback Canyon, the Snake River Canyon or beyond, I gaze with curiosity at Teton Mystery. I’ve always wondered what it is. The sign out front doesn’t help at all. A wonder of nature! and amazing! it exclaims, but that doesn’t tell me much.
So, I finally decided to stop and find out what the big sign was screaming about. I coaxed my friend, Heather, into joining me. She lives just a few miles from Teton Mystery and didn’t know what it was either. On principle, she refused to stop at such an obviously ludicrous place. I, on the other hand, have no such principles.
We discussed what our price point would be — how much were we willing to be ripped off — but never had to test our monetary fortitude. The place was closed. And by the looks of it, it had been closed for a while. Heather ran into the neighboring restaurant, Horse Creek Station, and asked about it and we were given the OK to hop the fence and take a look around.
The sign below didn’t really help us understand what we were about to witness. I felt like I was entering an old timey carnival or something. It was spooky and weird, overgrown, and unloved.
Despite the signage, it is an optical illusion. Its basically a little building built on a steep hill. Since the building is crooked and you naturally stay straight, it looks as if everything is off kilter; as if gravity had fallen asleep in the job. (Read more about how Mystery Spots work.)
The crooked house made us both nauseous and we couldn’t stop laughing because when you are there it looks so bizarre even though we knew why. I dont know if the pictures really do it justice, but if you are ever driving from Jackson to Hoback, stop by and ask if you can sneak a peak at the Teton Mystery.
I read somewhere that Teton Mystery is for sale on eBay. I couldn’t find it; if you do, let me know!
Address: 9800 South US Highway 89, Jackson, WY
Admission: Closed. Hop the fence for free AFTER asking permission
Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West by Troy Paiva