Camping in and around Grand Teton National Park
by Joseph A. Sprince – Photography by Gerald B. Allen
The Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Travel Guides are a resource for those planning to tour Yellowstone National Park and/or Grand Teton National Park. The adjacent national parks are typically visited at the same time and offer very different experiences. Yellowstone offers the world's largest concentration of thermal features such as geysers and hot pools. Grand Teton features one of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges. Both parks offer outstanding opportunities to view wildlife.
Grand Teton National Park is served by seven campgrounds. Reservations are available at the Colter Bay Village RV Park and the Headwaters Campground and RV Sites at Flagg Ranch. The other campgrounds are first-come, first-served, advance reservations are not accepted. The smaller lakeside campgrounds fill up in the morning but sites can be generally found in the larger campgrounds.
Reservations are also available for group camping at Colter Bay and Gros Ventre campgrounds. The sites range in capacity from 10 to 100 people. Advance reservations are required and may be made through the Grand Teton Lodge Company at (800) 628-9988 or (307) 543-3100.
Reservations are strongly advised especially if you have a very long RV (30 feet and over). There are a very limited number of sites over 30 feet throughout the park. It’s your responsibility to book a site large enough to accommodate all of your equipment.
There are alternatives to camping inside the park. There are several National Forest, State, or commercial campgrounds located within 37 miles of Grand Teton. See below for more information.
Opening dates for all campgrounds are weather dependent. For details on camping, including current fees, please use the links provided below.
Campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park
Lizard Creek Campground. Located 44 miles north of Jackson, along Jackson Lake on US-89. Early June to early September. 60 sites, vehicles limited to under 30 feet. No hook-ups. Fills in the evening if at all. A less heavily developed campground with sites in the spruce and fir forest. Phone: (800) 672-6012
Colter Bay Village Campground. Located 37 miles north of Jackson, along Jackson Lake on US-89. Open late May to September. About 350 sites, 160 sites with tent pads, 13 sites with electric ADA-accessible hookups, 11 group sites, and 175 RV sites which can accommodate up to 45 foot RVs. Trailer dump station, showers, laundry, and other services located nearby. Wooded campground with larger sites and easier access for RVs. Close to center of activities. Fills in afternoon with campers from Yellowstone National Park. Phone: (800) 628-9988
Signal Mountain Campground. Located 32 miles north of Jackson, along Jackson Lake on Teton Park Road. Open May to October. Has 86 mostly wooded sites, many with excellent lake or mountain views. Adjacent to Signal Mountain Lodge with store, restaurant, and other services nearby. In peak season, usually fills by noon. Hilly, with small sites. Vehicles limited to 30 feet. Phone: (800) 672-6012
Jenny Lake Campground. Located 20 miles north of Jackson, along Jenny Lake on Teton Park Road. Open in May to September. Features 49 sites, tents only. 10 walk-in sites designated for hikers and bicyclists. Most popular campground, fills up quickly in the early morning. Only one vehicle, under 14 feet allowed per site. No trailers, campers, or generators are allowed. Phone: (800) 628-9988
Gros Ventre Campground. Located 10 miles north of Jackson, on Gros Ventre River Road. Open May to October. Largest park campground with 350 sites, 5 group sites. 36 sites have electricity. 10 are ADA compliant. There are two loop areas that do not allow generators and one loop that only allows tents. Generally fills in the evening, if at all. Sagebrush and cottonwood environment with trails of use to scenic Gros Ventre River. Phone: (800) 628-9988
RV Parks and Trailer Villages
Headwaters Campground and RV Sites at Flagg Ranch. Located 56 miles north of Jackson, 2.5 miles south of Yellowstone entrance station on US-89. May to September. Part of Flagg Ranch Resort. Has showers, laundry, full hookup sites for RVs. Restaurant and store nearby. Reservations are available. Phone: (800) 443-2311
Colter Bay Village RV Park. Located 37 miles north of Jackson, along Jackson Lake on US-89. Open late May to September. Has 112 pull through sites, standard hookups for water, electric, and sewer. No open fires or tents are permitted. Gas and charcoal grills are permitted. Trailer dump station, showers, laundry, and other services nearby. Most sites are shaded. Close to center of activities. Reservations are available. Phone: (800) 628-9988
Campgrounds outside Grand Teton National Park
Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forest campgrounds offers an experience far different than in national parks. These campgrounds generally offer a handful of large, well-spaced out sites deep in the woods with a traditional feel of camping.
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Hatchet (9 sites) and Turpin Meadows (18 sites). In the Blackrock Ranger District, a total of 27 combined sites in the area south of the Teton Wilderness along Highway 287/26. There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Take Highway 287/26 east past Moran Junction for eight miles to Hatchet Campground. Take Highway 287/26 east past Moran Junction for three miles to 255/Buffalo Valley Rd. Turn left on 225/Buffalo Valley Rd for another 10 miles to Turpin Meadow Campground. Open May to September. Phone: (307) 739-5500
Atherton (20 sites) and Crystal Creek (6 sites). In the Jackson Ranger District, a total of 26 combined sites in the area of Slide Lake (Note: Red Hills Campground has been decommissioned). There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Take Gros Ventre River Road past village of Kelly for seven miles to Slide Lake. One campground is at the lake, the other five miles to the east. Open May to September. Phone: (307) 739-5500
Curtis Canyon. Seven miles northeast of Jackson, Curtis Canyon offer 11 sites in the area south of the National Elk Preserve. There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Amazing views of the National Elk Refuge and the Teton mountain range. From Jackson take E. Broadway to the National Elk Refuge Rd. Follow the National Elk Refuge Rd and Curtis Canyon Rd to Curtis Canyon Campground/Forest Rd 30443 (Total 8.3 miles). Open May to September. Phone: (307) 739-5500
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Trail Creek (10 sites). Trail Creek Campground is located 7 miles southeast of Victor, Idaho, adjacent to Wyoming Highway 22 (two miles from Mike Harris Campground). There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Open May to September. Reservations are available. Phone: (877) 444-6777
Mike Harris (12 sites). Mike Harris Campground is located 5 miles southeast of Victor, Idaho on Idaho State Highway 33, about 21 miles from Jackson, Wyoming via WY-22. There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Open May to September. Reservations are available. Phone: (877) 444-6777
Teton Canyon. This remote campground has the closest access to the west side of the Teton Range. Access is from Driggs, Idaho, which is about 44 miles from Jackson, Wyoming via WY-22/ID-33. From Driggs, Idaho, take Ski Hill Rd to W. Alta Ski Hill Rd, then follow W. Alta Ski Hill Rd to Teton Canyon Rd (about 11 miles). Most of the campsites will accommodate vehicles up to twenty feet in length, there is one site designed to accommodate vehicles up to ninety-nine feet in length. There is drinking water, vault or pit toilets. Open May to September. Reservations are available and recommended at this popular but remote 22 site campground. Phone: (877) 444-6777