Colter Bay tent cabins have
“two permanent log walls and two weatherproof canvas walls with a weatherproof canvas roof” that extends out over about half of the concrete patio.
Outside on the concrete patio there is a fire ring/grilling area, bear box and a movable picnic table.
Inside there are four fold down bunks (extra fee for up to two extra cots) and an interior wood stove for heat – not cooking. The website said: “We have a limited number of sleeping bags, pillows and blankets for rent, as well as the majority of other essentials . . . Please note, Tent Cabins do not provide any type of electrical outlet.”
Tour a tent cabin.
Shared bathroom facilities. No showers at the tent cabins; pay-for showers are about three blocks away at the laundromat (with free WiFi) next to the grocery. There are public showers (11 each men’s and women’s showers), sometimes there is a wait for these.
The coin-op launderette has 22 dryers and 21 washers. If you have a roll of quarters you will not have to depend on the change machine being operable. They sell laundry products but it you want unscented (scented can attract mosquitos) or hypo-allergic, or a specific brand of detergent or stain remover, it would be wise to bring small containers from home.
Reservations for 2021 can be made at: https://www.gtlc.com/lodges/colter-bay-village
“Reservations will migrate to Recreation.gov for the 2022 season. Availability will go live on Recreation.gov on November 27, 2021.”
Rates from the website in Jan. 2021:
$87.69 per tent cabin 2 adults, $94.35 for 3 adults, $101.01 for 4 adults, $107.67 for 5 adults, $114.33 for 6 adults (rate includes tax, utility fee).
The 66 tent cabins (in 33 duplex units) usually close shortly after Labor Day weekend (May 25 – September 6, 2021)
If you are not careful about food storage, you might find a bear got into your food (and you could pay a fine):
Please note that the pictures at the tent cabins website (and the photos above) do not show that they are next to each other in pairs. They do not share a wall, but they do have corners together and if people are not careful to talk quietly their next door neighbors will hear everything.
(The brown stripes in this drawing are log walls, the brown rectangle is the bear box, the circle with red and yellow is the fire ring):
and you can see the arrangements (look for the units not in the trees) in the NPS aerial photo below:
In 2022 the reservations for these will go to recreation.gov, and it looks likely that you will be able to reserve them by tent cabin numbers. If you have a big group, or just want to share a wall with another couple or family you know, here are the numbers of the adjoining tent cabins:
at the outside edge of the northern loop, from where the main road comes into the tent cabin village: 154/156, 152.150, 148/146, 142/144, 140/138, 136/134, 130/132, 126/128, 122/124, 120/118, 116/114, 110/112, 106/108, 102/104. In the center of the northern loop: 139/141, 143/145, 101/103 and 105/107.
Along the section of tent cabins that back up to the Colter Bay Stables Road, from where the main road comes into the tent cabin village, 4/2, 6/8, 12/10, 14/16, 18/20, 22/24, 26/28, 32/30, and across from them on the tent cabin office side of the road, 39/37, 35/33, 31/29, 27/25, the Tent Village Office, 9/11, 5/7, 1/3.
From the National Park Service Morning Report of August 08, 2003
“Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Structural Fire at Colter Bay
David Aland, his wife, and two teenage daughters were staying at the concession-owned Colter Bay Tent Cabins on the night of July 15th. Although area temperatures had been unseasonably high, Aland decided to light a fire in the tent’s potbellied stove before the family went to bed at 11:30 p.m. After several unsuccessful attempts to light the fire with wood and paper, Aland removed a lid on the top of the stove and poured Coleman fuel into the opening. The smoldering fire immediately burst into flames and quickly spread to the tent walls and ceiling. The family evacuated the burning structure and the North District Fire Brigade was summoned. Nearby campers assisted by dousing the fire with extinguishers; fire brigade members put out the fire and conducted the investigation. Fortunately, Aland suffered only minor injuries, but the family clothing, camping gear and bicycles were destroyed. The tent-cabin is constructed of a combination of log and canvas walls with a canvas roof. The canvas was treated with a flame resistant coating that ensured the complete structure did not ignite and burn, but significant damage was incurred.
[Submitted by Bill Holda, Acting Chief Ranger]”
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