There is no greater way to get a jump start on your Grand Tetons adventure than camping in Grand Teton National Park. Camping in Tetons allows you to wake up and already be in the park. No driving is needed, no waiting in line at the entrance station, and no delays on the adventure. There are a range of front-country campgrounds spread around Grand Tetons National Park.
Camping will allow you to see the after hours show in the park. Star-gazing in the Grand Tetons can be spectacular from the campground or reflection from the lake. You can easily attend the evening ranger programs at the campground’s amphitheater.
Grand Tetons Camping
Things to Know about Grand Teton Camping
- Not all the campgrounds are open year around. Opening and Closing Dates can vary from year to year. These dates are weather dependent. Check the NPS website for the latest on campground opening and closing dates.
- Plan on sleeping in the cold. The temperatures can drop drastically overnight. Seeing temperatures in the mid 30°F’s isn’t uncommon.
- All campsites are first-come-first-serve except for all group sites, Colter Bay RV Park, and the Headwaters Campground & RV campground. During the height of summer, campgrounds can fill as early as 8 am. Get to your desired campground as early as possible and have a back plan.
- Each tent campsite can have up to 6 people. There is space for two tents and one vehicle at the campsite. The campsite has a picnic table and a bear box. Many of the campsites have a fire pit. Please double check the fire regulations and ensure your fire is completely out before going to bed.
- Use the Bear Box. Please do NOT leave any food, utensils out, or any scented items. This includes toothpaste, toothbrush, chapstick. Pretty much put everything but what you are going to sleep into the bear box. Grand Tetons is bear country. Remember a fed bear is a dead bear.
Getting to Grand Teton National Park
If you are planning to visit Grand Tetons, the best option is to fly into Jackson, Wyoming and rent a car. The park map will help you pick the best campground location for you.
** All Campground prices are valid as of 08 July 2018.
Where to camp in in Grand Tetons National Park?
Campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park
- Lizard Creek Campground
- Colter Bay Campground
- Colter Bay RV Park
- Signal Mountain Campground
- Jenny Lake Campground
- Gros Ventre Campground
Campgrounds near Grand Teton National Park
- Headwaters Campground
- Atherton Creek Campground
- Crystal Creek Campground
- Curtis Canyon Campground
North Grand Teton Camping
Lizard Creek Campground
Lizard Creek Campground is the northernmost campground in Grand Teton. It is located on the shores of Jackson Lake. The campsites are spaced out in a spruce and fir forest. This campground is less developed, and if one of the campgrounds is going to have space later in the day, it will be Lizard Creek. This campground makes for a quiet getaway.
Colter Bay Campground
Colter Bay Campground should not be confused with Colter Bay RV Park. These are two different places. Admittedly they are both part of the Colter Bay Village on the shores of Jackson Lake. Colter Bay Campground is a large heavily wooded campground with lots of nearby amenities. The trees provide a fair amount of privacy for the campsite. Colter is a popular family campground, and lots of kids will be around.
There are several group sites for larger parties along with a convenience store a visitor center. Depending on your cell provider, you may be able to get cell service here.
Colter Bay RV Park
Colter Bay RV Park is the only RV park in the park. It is the most popular place for RV’ers to stay in the park. Make your plans to stay in Colter Bay early. Reservations fill quickly. The park is a short 5-minute walk from Jackson Lake. Several of the regions hiking trails can be
Central Grand Teton Camping
Signal Mountain Campground
Signal Mountain Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park. The campground is centrally located on Jackson Lake. Its small campsites are secluded by spruce and fir trees. Sites offer both lake and mountain views. The campground makes for a great central location to explore both the north and south section of the parks.
Jenny Lake Campground
Jenny Lake Campground is one of the most popular sites in the park. The area is home to numerous day hikes and is a hub of park activity. The campground is a short walk from the shores of Jenny Lake and near the Jenny Lake Visitor Center.
South Grand Teton Camping
Gros Ventre Campground
Gros Ventre Campground is one of the largest campgrounds in the park. It is close to the town of Jackson and is a great base if planning on spending time in Jackson, Wyoming. The campground is on the Gros Ventre River and offers stunning views of the Grand Teton Mountain Range.
Camping near Grand Teton National Park
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
Headwaters Campground is located along the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. The Parkway sits between Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park. It is a bit of a drive back into Grand Tetons to access most of the popular trails, but it is perfect for people transitioning from one park to the other.
Headwaters has a small lodge and offers tent cabins as well as dump station and general store.
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Atherton Creek Campground
Atherton Creek Campground is located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest just outside the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park. The campground is on the Gros Vente Road near the shores of Lower Slide Lake. The campground is away from the crowds of the Tetons. The access to Atherton Creek is paved.
Crystal Creek Campground
Crystal Creek Campground is located on the dirt road past Atherton Creek Campground. The campground sees light traffic all summer long.
National Elk Refuge
Curtis Canyon Campground
Curtis Canyon is well outside of the park. It is located east of Jackson but is right outside of the National Elk Refuge. It is a quiet campground with amazing views of the Refuge and the Teton Mountain Range.
Which is campground did you pick for your camping in Grand Tetons National Park adventure?
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