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Just like in Yellowstone, the campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park provide a top-notch experience for a bargain price—and few developed campgrounds anywhere boast better views than the mountain vistas waiting outside your tent flap in many spots in this park. Concessionaires run all six developed options: The Grand Teton Lodge Company handles Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch, Colter Bay, Gros Ventre, and Jenny Lake, while Forever Resorts runs Lizard Creek and Signal Mountain. Grand Teton also boasts some of the best backcountry camping in the country; find details about permits and regulations at nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/back.htm or call the Backcountry Office at [tel] 307/739-3309. 

Getting a Campsite

All six of the Grand Teton (and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Pkwy., in the case of Headwaters) campgrounds have first-come, first-serve sites. You can only make reservations in two places: the Colter Bay RV Park and the Headwaters Campground and RV Sites at Flagg Ranch. To book a site, visit www.gtlc.com or call [tel] 307/543-2861 (Headwaters) or [tel] 307/543-3100 (Colter Bay).

Otherwise, plan to arrive at your campground of choice early—campsites often fill every morning during summer, especially at the tents-only Jenny Lake Campground. Lizard Creek and Gros Ventre typically fill up last.

Most campgrounds can accommodate RVs, and Colter Bay RV Park, Headwaters, and Signal Mountain sites offer full hookups (Gros Ventre and Lizard Creek have electric hookups only). If you have a larger RV, Colter Bay RV Park, Headwaters, and Gros Ventre are your best bets; vehicle size is limited to 30 feet at Lizard Creek and Signal Mountain. 

The Campgrounds

All of Grand Teton’s campgrounds provide a similar (and excellent) experience: With the exception of Jenny Lake, they’re all midsize to large sites with running water, flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Colter Bay and Headwaters add showers and laundry. Jenny Lake, with just 49 tent-only sites, is the park’s most popular. For details on prices, opening dates, and specific amenities for each campground.

North

Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch
Mostly an RV resort (97 of the 175 sites are earmarked for RVs), Headwaters is tucked into a spruce-fir forest near the Snake River and adjacent to a grocery store, restaurant, and hiking trails.

Lizard Creek
On the smaller side, this 60-site campground on the north side of Jackson Lake has a remote, away-from-it-all feel. A few sites even have lake views.

Colter Bay/Colter Bay RV Park
Adjacent to one of the park’s busiest hubs, the Colter Bay campgrounds offer easy access to a restaurant, swimming beach, boat launch, grocery store, and guided activities. The 335-site campground, one of the park’s largest, sits in an evergreen forest and is within walking distance of Jackson Lake; tent sites are nicer and more private than the RV spots. 

Signal Mountain
Smaller, quieter, and more intimate than nearby Colter Bay, Signal Mountain’s 105 sites sit in a lovely wooded area; some have views of Jackson Lake through the trees. Two restaurants, a bar, and a grocery store are a quick stroll away.

South

Jenny Lake
The smallest, nicest campground in the Tetons sits just off Jenny Lake with grandstand views of the peaks. Get here before 10 a.m. to land a site—spots are snapped up quickly, with good reason.

Gros Ventre
This expansive campground lies in a sagebrush field dotted with cottonwoods, close to the Gros Ventre River. It’s a great place to spot moose and pronghorn and one of the best bets for late arrivals.
 
Where to Camp Near Grand Teton
Several lovely campgrounds can be found along the outskirts of the park—many of them significantly cheaper than in-park sites (and a mere fraction of the cost of even the most affordable hotels in Jackson). The Bridger-Teton National Forest operates a handful of primitive (read: running water but pit toilets and no showers) campgrounds. Curtis Canyon is just 8 miles from Jackson, just outside the National Elk Refuge, and Atherton Creek and Crystal Creek are a bit father, just east of Kelly along the Gros Ventre Road. Just northeast of the park you’ll find Hatchet and Pacific Creek, the latter poised on the edge of the Teton Wilderness. These forest service campgrounds cost $10 to $12 per night and usually operate between late May and late September.

For an even more remote experience, head west on Grassy Creek Road from the Flagg Ranch area. Twenty free, primitive campsites line the road, each with a picnic table, pit toilet, and bear-resistant food storage box (BYO water).
 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.