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The Colter Bay Campground offers epic views of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Think of Colter Bay Village as summer camp for the entire family.

Campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park are Now Reservation-Only

Visitors Should Plan Ahead and Book Early as Sites will No Longer Be Available on a First-Come Basis.

Grand Teton National Park offers more than a couple beautiful patches of ground where you can pitch your tent. If you can book a site far enough in advance, Jenny Lake Campground is one of the best spots in the park. It sits in front of the lake, right at the base of the Grand Teton, and is surrounded on all sides by dense pine trees and wildlife. The main downside is that it can be crowded in the peak of the season. In the fall, Gros Ventre Campground is a no-brainer. The campground is full of huge cottonwood trees, and come October they litter the ground with bright yellow leaves. You’ve also got good odds of spotting huge moose and herds of elk here, which is a big plus during the elk rut. For more solitude, check out Lizard Creek Campground on the northern side of Jackson Lake. If you have a kayak or canoe, this is the place to be. You can put in at your camp and spend the day paddling around the lake. Colter Bay and Signal Mountain Campgrounds are also wonderful, with a similar experience to what you would get at Jenny Lake. Consider these as a backup if your first choice isn’t available during peak season, before looking elsewhere.

For budget campers, there are also free primitive sites located just outside the park boundary. If you take the Outside Road (from Jackson, go straight at the Moose turnout), you can turn toward the Gros Ventre Campground and Kelly and proceed out of the park boundary to Shadow Mountain. This area is protected by the Forest Service, and camping at existing fire rings is allowed without a fee. Just be sure not to make new fire rings and follow the Leave No Trace code of ethics.

Here are the top choices for camping near Grand Teton National Park, according to The Dyrt campers. The Dyrt is the #1 camping app of 2020 in Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. Authentic reviews are what makes The Dyrt the #1 camping app of 2020. The Dyrt PRO, a $35.99/year subscription giving campers offline access to The Dyrt’s entire set of 500,000+ locations, reviews and tips—meaning you can now hit the road worry-free and find your next campground regardless of WiFi or cell service.



1. Colter Bay Campground

Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Image by The Dyrt Camper Shannon G.

The Colter Bay Campground is located 25 miles north of Moose, Wyoming in a lodgepole pine forest near Colter Bay Village. While not on the shores of Jackson Lake, a short stroll leads to a spectacular view of Mount Moran and the northern Teton Range. Nearby Colter Bay Village has many facilities including a visitor center, restaurants, stores, cabins, and marina. The campground has 324 individual sites including 13 sites with utility hookups and 10 dedicated to groups.

The Colter Bay RV Park has sites with full utility hookups. Colter Bay Campground and RV Park has modern comfort stations with a trailer dump station, showers and laundry nearby. Colter Bay is a wooded campground with larger sites and easier access if you are traveling with a camper, trailer or RV. Colter Bay campground is close to Jackson Lake with many nearby activities.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $38.00 – $60.00
  • Number of sites: 324
  • RV sites: Yes (13 sites with hookups available), Sanitary Dump
  • Operator: National Park Service
“Beautiful and Great Location: A wonderful campground with privacy and ammenities. We stayed two nights under the stars and even had a fox encounter at night. He was very friendly. It’s right down the road from the Colter Bay grocery store that has everything you need and more. We were so impressed. Since we went in the summer, we also went swimming in the water. It was beautiful. Absolutely recommend.” The Dyrt Camper Kayla M.

2. Jenny Lake Campground

Beautiful views of Teewinot Mountain, Cascade Canyon and Mount St. John from the Jenny Lake Campground. Image from The Dyrt Camper Diane N.

The Jenny Lake Campground is a small campground located just a few hundred yards from the east shore of Jenny Lake. The campground straddles a glacial moraine covered with an open forest of lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and Douglas fir. Across the lake, Teewinot Mountain, Cascade Canyon and Mount St. John dominate the landscape.  It can be noted that trailers, truck campers, pop-up rooftop tents, or generators are not allowed, and vehicles cannot be over 8 feet high or 14 feet long.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $38.00 – $60.00
  • Number of sites: (48 tent only, 3 ADA access)
  • RV sites: No
  • Operator: National Park Service

“Surprisingly Spacious Sites: For the most part, all of the campsites are acceptably private and roomy, unlike many campgrounds at national parks. Staying at the campground gave us walking access to the major trailheads, water taxi, amenities so very little driving needed. My only concern was the driveways not being level so had to level my SUV that I sleep in. The camp hosts were superb and helpful beyond expectations.” The Dyrt Camper Kim L.

3. Gros Ventre Campground

The Gros Ventre Campground. Image from The Dyrt Camper Zach H.

The Gros Venture Campground is the park’s largest campground is in the southeast part of the park, closest to the town of Jackson. Sagebrush and grasses cover the campground as cottonwoods and blue spruce rise above. The Gros Ventre River is a short stroll away. Some sites offer views of the Grand Teton and Blacktail Butte. Wildlife including bison, moose and mule deer frequent the area.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $38.00 – $60.00
  • Number of sites: 171 (34 tent only, 97 RV only, 40 Camper/Tent Cabins, most sites are wheelchair accessible access)
  • RV sites: Yes (97 RV only, Full hookup RV sites with water, sewer, and 20-, 30- and 50-amp electricity.)
  • Operator: National Park Service

“Off The Main Sites Campground: This campground has a range of options from tent only to full hookup, even though those were reserved for employees. We enjoyed that this campground was off from the main attractions of GTNP. It was also closet to Jackson for town amenities. We booked here due to reviews about moose sightings. We didn’t see any moose in the campground but we had good luck at some over looks near the campground. It was right next to the Gros Ventre river which was a good spot for fly fishing. There were no showers. No hiking trails near the campground. It was quiet during our visit even though it was full every night. Sites parking varies dramatically from site to site.” The Dyrt Camper Tiffany K.

4. Shadow Mountain Dispersed Camping

Shadow Mountain Dispersed Camping offers spectacular views of the Gros Ventre Mountains and the Teton Range in nearby Grand Teton National Park. Image by The Dyrt Camper Cyndee F.

The Shadow Mountain Dispersed Camping area in Bridger-Teton National Forest operated by USDA Forest Service offers over 11 miles open to Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches width between June 1st through November 30th.  This area is characterized by heavily timbered routes interspersed with small meadows and narrow gorges, as well as high ridgelines with spectacular views of the Gros Ventre Mountains and the Teton Range in nearby Grand Teton National Park.  This trail system can be accessed by two trailheads along the north side of Shadow Mountain off of the Shadow Mountain Road- Rd #30340.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: free
  • Number of sites: Unknown (reviews say get there early)
  • RV sites: No hookups (with RV)
  • Operator: USDA Forest Service

“Great quiet spot. This spot was awesome! Take antelope road past Mormon Row and turn left! We didn’t go farther up the mountain because we had a low clearance vehicle but our campsite had a perfect view! Got there at about 2:00 PM Thursday and got the second to last spot. Great views, porta potties and free!” The Dyrt Camper Mariah.

5. Signal Mountain Campground

Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Moran and the northern Teton Range.  Campsite 12 might be the best campsite in the U.S. with unobstructed views of Jackson Lake. Image by The Dyrt Camper Alma L.

The Signal Mountain Campground is located in an open lodgepole pine forest near the Signal Mountain Lodge. Some sites lie just above Jackson Lake, and other sites are a short walk from the lake. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Moran and the northern Teton Range. The campground accepts both tents and smaller RVs (up to 30 feet total length). The developed area offers a wide variety of services and amenities including lodging, restaurants, showers, laundry, and marina.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $40.00 – $62.00
  • Number of sites: 81 (4 tent only)
  • RV sites: Yes (1 RV only, 25 Full hookup RV sites)
  • Operator: National Park Service

“Best site of my life: Campsite 12 might be the best campsite in the U.S. with unobstructed views of Jackson Lake. I had never been to the Grand Tetons before and I have to say that there is no comparison between this and Colter Bay. With less than a third of the sites as Colter Bay, signal mountain was blissfully quiet. Signal mountain was a total zoo. Traffic, housekeeping golf carts, huge RV’s. We travelled with an 18ft RV which made fitting into the spot a little challenging but so worth it. Laundry and showers were open until 10. Super clean too. We will return!” The Dyrt Camper Alma L.

6. Grant Village Campground

Grant Campground one of the larger campgrounds in the nearby Yellowstone National Park with 430 sites.  Image by The Dyrt Camper Jess D.

Grant Campground—elevation 7,800 feet (2377 m)—is located in Grant Village, just off the Grand Loop Road at the south end of Yellowstone Lake. It is one of the larger campgrounds in the nearby Yellowstone National Park with 430 sites. Group and wheel-chair accessible sites are available. Nearby there are stores, a restaurant, gas station, visitor center, and boat ramp.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $33.00
  • Number of sites: 420 (8 group only)
  • RV sites: No
  • Operator: National Park Service

“Really Busy but Still Great: Pretty good site, but pretty packed and close to others. The campers before us hadn’t moved out til we arrived. We were happy to walk over to the shower building even though we had to pay. Overall it had good amenities and it got the job done.” The Dyrt Camper Emily M.

7. Headwaters Campground

The Headwaters campground is situated in a spectacular wooded setting with rolling hills and Teton mountain views, this campground is the perfect place to unwind and unplug. Image by The Dyrt Camper Shea M.

The Headwaters Campground has facilities for both tent campers and RVs. Located within the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Flagg Ranch is only two miles south of Yellowstone and five miles north of Grand Teton. Wilderness surrounds the Headwaters development. The upper reaches of the Snake River flow through meadows mixed with open conifer forest. Headwaters Campground offers the perfect basecamp for exploration. Situated in a spectacular wooded setting with rolling hills and Teton mountain views, this campground is the perfect place to unwind and unplug, as there is no cellular or internet service.

CAMPGROUND DETAILS
  • Price: $49 to $92
  • Number of sites: 171 (34 tent only, 97 RV only)
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Operator: National Park Service

“Farthest from most Grand Teton Attractions: Nice National Park campground, though expensive. Reservations only. We had a pull through hookup site with water and electricity. The bathrooms have flush toilets and free showers. There are dishwashing stations at the bathrooms as well. Sites are close together but they did a good job of keeping the large trees as well. We felt it was a little far from hikes and other activities within Grand Teton National Park.” The Dyrt Camper Ashley M.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the camping options near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. For many more, check out the Dyrt’s full listing of camping and RV parks near the Tetons.

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