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Best Campgrounds in Grand Teton

You'll find a variety of campgrounds, from small areas where only tents are allowed to full RV parks with all services. If you don't have a tent but want to bring your sleeping bags, you can take advantage of the tent cabins at Colter Bay, where you have a hard floor, cots, and canvas walls for shelter. Standard campsites include a place to pitch your tent or park your trailer/camper, a fire pit for cooking, and a picnic table. All developed campgrounds have toilets and water; plan to bring your own firewood. Check in at National Park Service campsites as early as possible—sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

GTNP-Backcountry Permits. You can reserve a backcountry campsite between January 5 and May 15 for a $25 nonrefundable fee using the online reservation system. Two-thirds of all sites are set aside for in-person, day-before permits, so you can also take a chance that the site you want will be open when you arrive in the park. In that case you pay no fee at all, but a trip to Craig Thomas Visitor and Discovery Center or Jenny Lake Ranger Station is still required for a permit and mandatory bear-proof food storage canister. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram provides quick access to the park's backcountry, which can also be reached on foot from trailheads thoughout the park. 307/739–3443. www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/bcres.htm. 0.

Colter Bay Campground. Busy, noisy, and filled by noon, this campground has both tent and trailer or RV sites. And one great advantage: it's centrally located. 2 miles off U.S. 89/191/287, 5 miles north of Jackson Lake Junction, Colter Bay 307/543–3100, 800/628–9988.

Flagg Ranch. Situated in a shady pine grove overlooking the headwaters of the Snake River, these sites provide a great base for exploring Grand Teton or Yellowstone. Showers and laundry facilities are a bonus, and camper cabins are available. U.S. 89/191/287, 20 miles north of Jackson Lake Junction 307/543–2861, 800/443–2311.

Gros Ventre. The park's biggest campground is set in an open, grassy area on the bank of the Gros Ventre River, away from the mountains and 2½ miles west of Kelly, Wyoming. 4½ miles off U.S. 26/89/191, 2½ miles west of Kelly on Gros Ventre Rd., 6 miles south of Moose Junction 307/543–3100, 800/628–9988.

Jenny Lake. Wooded sites and Teton views make this tent-only site the most desirable campground in the park, and it fills early. Jenny Lake, ½ mile off Teton Park Rd., 8 miles north of Moose Junction 307/543–3100, 800/628–9988.

Lizard Creek. Views of Jackson Lake, wooded sites, and the relative isolation of this campground make it a relaxing choice. U.S. 89/191/287, 13 miles north of Jackson Lake Junction 307/543–2831, 800/672–6012.

Signal Mountain. This campground in a hilly setting on Jackson Lake has boat access to the lake. Teton Park Rd., 3 miles south of Jackson Lake Junction 307/543–2831, 800/672–6012.

Updated: 2014-03-07

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