- Dec 29, 2014
We are looking to camp in Grand Teton National Park. Does anyone know if there are campground in or near Grand Teton National Park that takes reservations?
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It sounds like you are just camping and not planning on backpacking into a campground. Jenny/ Leigh Lake is great if you can get it but it is always full. I suggest Colter Bay. The day use area has a great beach for swimming. When we couldn't get in there we went to Lizard Creek and other places and it was fun too. The only problem is that you can't make reservations. If you go in the morning you should be able to get a camp site. Most campgrounds in the park are the same way. There are National Forest campgrounds just outside Jackson toward Driggs and other areas you could reserve as a back up in case all the sites in the park are full. Other people may know them better than me.I have never done it. Most of those reservations are available at recreation.gov. I take my family every year during the worst times in the summer. We get there in the evening sometimes and we always found a spot. One time we got the last one and my wife was almost in tears worried but it was ok.
More Info in link below with numbers to call. They are always super nice.
If you're not coming in by Thursday June 29th I'd be a little less optimisitic about a walkup permit. People do come to Jenny Lake VERY early and wait for folks to leave. I did it once and there were 7 other cars doing the same thing.
Wherever you end up you can pay for a shower at the Grand Teton Climbers Ranch or in Jackson at the Rec. center. I'm not sure the Anvil Motel does anymore, it changed ownership.
Did you inquire about Gros Ventre Campground? Although a little farther from the mountains the views are great and you are in a wonderful cottonwood bottom. This may be the best/most productive/easy place on the planet to observe/photograph moose. Also if you must be in close proximity to the range check BTNF campgrounds like Atherton Creek, Crystal Creek, Turpin Meadow, Sheffield Creek, etc. Curtis Canyon is closest to town.
Well I take it you don't like the idea of boondocking. Some folks don't like not having a toilet. You can buy a toilet seat with folding legs and they do make latrine tents. However, boondocking I've never felt the need for a latrine tent aside from larger groups. Having woken up to fresh Grizz tracks outside my tent several times as in a campground I highly suggest no cowboy camping in Greater Yellowstone. Others will, it's your choice. There are more grizzlies on the East side of the Valley, just do ALL of the right precautions and not be afraid.
There will be a lot of folks on Bridger-Teton National Forest Land adjacent to GTNP then, but there are so many exquisite vehicle spots out there with jaw dropping views, wonderful water, and ubelievably spectacular dayhiking right from "camp." Look at your Buffalo-Jackson Ranger District Map of the Bridger-Teton which also has great detail of Grand Teton National Park. Happy to tell you about some of the great roads to find a spot on if you're interested.
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