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12 Top-Rated Campgrounds at Grand Teton National Park

Set in the adventure-rich state of Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park sits high on the horizon and attracts visitors from around the world. Spread throughout the different vantage points of this iconic alpine landscape, scenic campgrounds can be found waiting for you to spend the night. Split between concessionaire campgrounds within park boundaries, US Forest Service campgrounds in the surrounding national forests, and backcountry camping zones for backpacking, the campgrounds near Grand Teton National Park provide easy access to the impressive peaks. Whether you pitch a tent in the Jenny Lake campground, or plug into a spot at the Gros Ventre (pronounced "Grow Vaunt") Campground, all campgrounds near Grand Teton National Park are in bear country, and each campsite invites big adventures with just one night's stay.

1 Jenny Lake Campground

Jenny Lake with a mountain backdrop
Jenny Lake with a mountain backdrop | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Found at the heart of Grand Teton National Park, the Jenny Lake Campground contains some of the most popular campsites within the park and ranks as one of the best campgrounds in Wyoming. The campground is operated by the Grand Teton Lodge Company, and it's not just the supreme scenery of the adjacent Jenny Lake and Teton Range horizon that makes it so popular, it's the central location that draws a crowd.

All 59 sites at the Jenny Lake Campground, including the ten hiker/biker-only campsites, accommodate tent-camping only, and each share access to nearby flushing toilets and potable water. Available only on a first-come, first-served basis, Jenny Lake Campground typically fills up before 9am. Grab your spot early, though, and reserve it for up to 14 days at a time, and one of the best seats in the house for admiring the Teton Range can be yours to spend the night.

Address: Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Campground, Moose, Wyoming

2 Gros Ventre Campground

Gros Ventre Campground
Gros Ventre Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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With more than 300 campsites nestled into the cottonwood trees alongside the Gros Ventre River, The Gros Ventre Campground is one of the largest overnight spaces available near the Tetons.

Located on the southern tip of the national park, near the Moose Entrance, the Gros Ventre Campground is operated by the Grand Teton Lodge Company on a first-come, first-served basis. All 300 sites can accommodate RVs, although one loop is dedicated to tent-campers only, and 36 sites have electrical hookup.

Campsites fill up quickly throughout the summer season at Gros Ventre, making an early arrival a recommended course of action. Every campsite at the Gros Ventre Campground includes a picnic table, fire pit, and parking spot, as well as close-by flushing toilets and potable water. The real appeal of the Gros Ventre Wilderness however is its scenic surroundings and immediate access to the attractions shooting into the sky within Grand Teton National Park.

Address: 100 Gros Ventre Campground Road, Kelly, Wyoming

3 Curtis Canyon Campground

The Tetons are on full display from the Curtis Canyon Campground.
The Tetons are on full display from the Curtis Canyon Campground. | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Located less than 10 miles outside of the adventure-rich town of Jackson, the Curtis Canyon Campground sits high above the adjoining National Elk Refuge, delivering big views of the stand-out scenery below. Within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Curtis Canyon is a non-electric campground operated by the US Forest Service on a first-come, first-served basis. All 12 sites of Curtis Canyon Campground share access to vault toilets and drinking water, and each campsite comes with a fire ring, picnic table, and food-storage box. Within a short walking distance of each campsite, the Curtis Canyon Overlook can be easily accessed, giving at least one great reason to spend the night overlooking the Teton Range.

Address: Bridger Teton National Forest, Forest Rd 30443, Jackson, Wyoming

4 Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone

Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone
Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Grand Teton National Park provides an extensive backcountry trail system, including eleven different permitted camping zones in the park's southwest region. Together, these different zones create the rest-stops along the iconic Teton Crest Trail, which exposes some of the best alpine scenery in the American West. All camping zones are only accessible via backpacking and require a sought-after permit. All permit holders need to pack in every bit of gear they need to these backcountry, zero-amenity camping zones, and hikers need to be sure to pack everything back out after spending the night.

While all camping zones provide a memorable overnight experience, the Death Canyon Shelf stands above the rest. Situated high on the skyline above Death Canyon, the Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone allows for 16 groups to disperse camp in the area. Gain the permit to do so, and camping on the Death Canyon Shelf provides unreal elevated views of scenic Death Canyon, as well as unforgettable sunsets on the not-so-distant peak of Grand Teton.

5 Teton Canyon Campground

Located just over the state line into Wyoming, on the outskirts of the western edge of Grand Teton National Park, the Teton Canyon Campground can only be accessed through the small city of Driggs, Idaho. Alongside the partial and inviting views of the Teton Range, there are 20 non-electric sites available, all sharing access to vault toilets and potable water, and best suited for cars and small trailers. Other common guests at the Teton Canyon Campground include moose, bear, and deer. Each campsite at Teton Canyon comes with a food-storage locker that campers are required to use. The biggest draw here is the quick access to some of the best hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park, including entrance into the Alaskan Basin and the Teton Crest Trail.

6 Colter Bay Campground

Colter Bay Campground
Colter Bay Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Located on the shores of Jackson Lake in the northern region of Grand Teton National Park, Colter Bay Campground offers more than 300 campsites through the Grand Teton Lodge Company concessionaire. Split between tent sites and RV-designated parking spots, most of the campsites at Colter Bay are non-electric, and all provide access to potable water and any one of twenty-two modern bathroom facilities. With close proximity to the Colter Bay Village and Colter Bay Marina, campers here are only a short walk from showers; laundry service; a general store; and numerous outlets for adventure, including boat rentals, chuck wagon rides, and guided fishing tours.

Address: 100 Colter Bay Campground Road, Colter Bay Campground, Moran, Wyoming

7 Paintbrush Canyon Camping Zones

Paintbrush Canyon Camping Zones
Paintbrush Canyon Camping Zones | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Not far from the shores of Jenny Lake, the Lower and Upper Paintbrush Canyon Camping Zones are in the Teton Range backcountry and provide nothing short of an idyllic alpine environment, brimming with big scenery and a backdrop of luscious meadows. Permits are required to stay within either camping zone. No amenities are provided, and carrying a backpack to the designated camping areas is not a stereotypical walk in the park, but the effort is well rewarded with expanding views of mountain scenery. For those with advanced planning or good timing on a walk-up permit, the Holly Lake Camping Zone, within the Upper Paintbrush Zone, accommodates only three small permitted campsites a night, but provides an enormous environment that encourages a sense of adventure.

8 Atherton Creek Campground

Atherton Creek Campground
Atherton Creek Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Located forty minutes from the Moose Entrance of Grand Teton, Atherton Creek Campground provides the perfect place to get away from the crowded conditions found closer to the park. Owned and operated by the US Forest Service, Atherton Creek Campground features 22 non-electric sites that can accommodate trailers up to 26 feet in length. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire ring, as well as great views and easy access to the adjacent Lower Slide Lake. Visitors and overnight users of the Atherton Creek Campground are encouraged to use the public boat dock to put their non-motorized or motorized vessel onto the lake, and to use the open water for swimming, paddling, and trout fishing.

Address: Forest Road 30374, Kelly, Wyoming

9 Mike Harris Campground

View from Teton Pass
View from Teton Pass
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Located on the western slope of Teton Pass, the Mike Harris Campground can be found just across the state border in Idaho. A scenic drive away from the Moose Entrance of Grand Teton National Park, the Mike Harris Campground delivers even easier access to the surrounding Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Best suited for tent camping and car trailers, the 12 non-electric campsites share access to vault toilets and drinking water, and every campsite comes with a picnic table, fire-ring, and food storage box. Every visitor to Mike Harris also shares access to the scenic Mikesell Canyon multi-use trail, as well as trout fishing in nearby Trail Creek. When it comes time to explore Grand Teton National Park from the Mike Harris Campground, the 22-mile drive over Teton Pass will test your brake pads and deliver an alluring view of what you're about to explore.

Address: Caribou Targhee National Forest, Forest Rd 330, Victor, Idaho

10 Cascade Canyon Camping Zones

Cascade Canyon Camping Zones
Cascade Canyon Camping Zones | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Split between a North and South Fork Camping Zone, Cascade Canyon provides the epitome of Teton Range backcountry. Permits are required to backpack into and stay the night within Cascade Canyon, and all overnight users must pack in all equipment and gear they will need, including food, water purification, shelter, and waste disposal. Big views of the Teton Range and surrounding alpine environment can be found wherever you pitch a tent, and it's not uncommon to see a bear, moose, or marmot sharing the area. Ideally, part of a larger itinerary on the Teton Crest Trail, both Cascade Canyon Camp Zones provide the perfect backdrop for a backcountry adventure.

11 Signal Mountain Campground

Signal Mountain Campground
Signal Mountain Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Operated by the Forever Resorts concessionaire within Grand Teton National Park, Signal Mountain Campground is located near the south shore of Jackson Lake, and provides 81 sites that can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length. Most sites at Signal Mountain are non-electric, and all campsites operate exclusively on a first-come, first-served basis, with capacity often reached in the summer season by 10am. Signal Mountain Campground comes equipped with flushing toilets and cold running water, and each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, and a place to park your car. Thanks to the nearby Signal Mountain Lodge, overnight users and visitors have access to a general store, public showers, and a laundromat, as well as plenty of dining options, including the Trapper Grill Breakfast and Leek's Pizzeria.

12 Lizard Creek Campground

Located on the north end of Jackson Lake and Grand Teton National Park, the Lizard Creek Campground offers quiet surroundings alongside stunning scenery. Operated by the Forever Resorts concessionaire, the 60 non-electric sites comprising the Lizard Creek Campground can be found nestled into an aromatic swath of spruce and fir and can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet in length. One of the biggest draws of the Lizard Creek Campground is the adjacent Jackson Lake, which provides opportunities to swim, fish, and admire the Teton Range backdrop on full display. Located just as close to some of the top attractions of Yellowstone National Park, the Lizard Creek Campground is perfect for those looking to transition from one park to the other.

Address: Lizard Creek Rd, Moran, Wyoming

Where to Stay near Grand Teton National Park for Sightseeing

Almost all overnight options fall into the neighboring adventure-town of Jackson. Whether you are looking for something decadent or dollar-conscious, you can find it here.

  • Luxury Hotels: If elegance is something you crave during your visit to Grand Teton, then somewhere like the five-star Amangani is right for you. Featuring luxury suites, superior service, and surreal views of the Teton Range and Snake River Valley, Amangani specializes in the good life. More towards the heart of Jackson, Hotel Jackson is another boutique overnight option featuring a modern design, spa services, and spacious rooms. Found at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, A Noble House Resort is a premiere lifestyle hotel with infinity pools, rain showers, and ski-slope services.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: For the best value when visiting Grand Teton National Park, the Huff House Inn and Cabins in Jackson features historically restored cabins and cozy confines, as well as a potent mountain charm. On the other side of Jackson's Historic Downtown District, the locally-owned and operated Parkway Inn can put you up for the night at an affordable rate and provides modern conveniences with a rustic charm. Farther west, in town, the Elk Country Inn is widely known for its well-maintained facilities and proximity to the community-favorite Bubba's BBQ.
  • Budget Hotels: For those looking to save their vacation dollars for all the attractions, the Super 8 Jackson Hole, southwest of Jackson's city center, comes with a very affordable rate without sacrificing cleanliness or comfortable beds. Just down the road, the Motel 6 Jackson features remodeled rooms, free parking, and babysitting services. Closer to the ski slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the 4 Winds caters to adventure seekers, with clean and efficient rooms and a central location for exploring Jackson and the surrounding mountains.

More Campgrounds and Things to Do in Wyoming

Great Campgrounds aren't just limited to Grand Teton National Park. Sharing a border to the north, Yellowstone National Park provides equally stunning places to pitch a tent. For a guide on choosing the best one, our Best Campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park article can show you the way, and our Best Campgrounds in Wyoming article can deliver on the bigger picture.

Both national parks also offer fantastic hiking trails to explore. Our Best Hiking Trails in Grand Teton National Park and Top-Rated Hiking Trails in Jackson Hole articles can send you down the right path. For a Yellowstone experience like no other, our Best Hiking Trails in Yellowstone National Park article delivers on every region of the park.

If you want more ideas on things to see and do in the area, see our articles on the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Jackson Hole, Exploring the Top Attractions of Yellowstone National Park, and Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Wyoming.

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