Grand Tetons Camping

Grand Tetons Camping
The highest mountain of the Teton Range, the 13,775-foot Grand Teton and the vast wilderness that surrounds it, are embodied in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Every year hikers, anglers, nature watchers and mountaineers are driven to this area, and many of them look to enjoy the natural splendor of the Tetons through camping. Both inside and outside Grand Teton National Park you will find a range of camping options.
 

Jenny Lake Campground

The national park's Jenny Lake Campground is a tents-only camping area with 49 drive-in sites and 10 hike-in or bike-in sites, all operating on a first-come, first serve basis. Located 8 miles north of Moose in a wooded area by the namesake lake, both the National Parks Service and Frommer's describe Jenny Lake as Grand Teton's most popular campground, and warn that it often fills up before noon. Every campsite comes with a picnic table and a fire pit, and while the campground has flush toilets, it does not have showers.

Grand Teton National Park
P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012
307-739-3300
nps.gov

 
 

Gros Venture Campground

If you cannot find an open campsite anywhere else inside Grand Teton National Park, Gros Venture will probably accommodate you. Located 11 1/2 miles southeast of Moose, Gos Venture has 350 campsites and was described by Frommer's as "the last to fill, if it fills at all." All the campsites are drive-in areas with adjoining grassy pitches, and while RVs and trailers are accommodated at Gros Venture, there are no hook-ups there. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring, and the campground is serviced by flush toilets. However, as at Jenny Lake, there are no showers.

Grand Teton National Park
P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012
307-739-3300
nps.gov

Grand Teton National Park Backcountry Camping

Grand Teton National Park allows intrepid hikers to strike out into the park's vast wilderness and camp in the backcountry. Backcountry camping requires a permit, which is issued at the park's visitors centers and at certain campground offices. Permits are free, but advance reservation for a permit incurs a fee. The permits are also subject to a quota limit, as the park is divided into zones and only a certain number of active backcountry permits are allowed for each zone at any given time. All backcountry campers are required to carry park-approved bear-proof food containers and to adhere to "leave no trace" standards while on their wilderness camping expedition.

Grand Teton National Park
P.O. Drawer 170
Moose, WY 83012
307-739-3300
nps.gov

Jackson Hole Campground

Just outside Grand Teton National Park are private campgrounds, such as Jackson Hole Campground. This campground offers a wooded setting and views of the Tetons while closer to civilization. There are three restaurants situated within an eighth of a mile from the campground. Although primarily an RV-oriented campground, Jackson Hole accommodates tent campers at a reduced rate. All campsites have fire rings, and the campground is serviced by bathhouses with showers, free WiFi access and a camp store.

Jackson Hole Campground
2780 N. Moose Wilson Road (Highway 390)
Wilson, WY 83014
307-413-0495
jacksonholecampground.com

 

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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