Grand Teton National Park Gros Ventre campground, 4.5 miles from Gros Ventre junction, has cottonwood trees and sagebrush along the nearby Gros Ventre river. You might see a moose wander through the campground and sometimes can find one along the river. Some sites offer views of the Grand Teton and Blacktail Butte.
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From Jackson, Wyoming, (off the bottom of the map below), head north on US 26/89/191, drive 7 miles, past the airport. At Gros Ventre Junction, turn right (east) onto the Gros Ventre River Road. Here a Google maps 360 degree view of where the Gros Ventre road comes in from the right at the round about when you are coming from Jackson.
Continue northeast 4.5 miles to the Gros Ventre Campground sign. Turn right (south) and enter the campground.
From Moose Junction, head south on US 26/89/191, drive 5.5 miles. At Gros Ventre Junction / round about, turn left (east) onto the Gros Ventre River Road. Continue northeast 4.5 miles to the Gros Ventre Campground sign. Turn right (south) and enter the campground.
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Gros Ventre Campground is the closest campground in Grand Teton National park to the town of Jackson.
The campground office to check in at and get / verify a campsite assignment is at almost the center of the map at the top of this page.
The Park service says: Gros Ventre campground, “1.5 miles south and east of Moose, with more than 300 sites, 5 groups sites, 36 electric hookup sites, and a trailer dump station. Generally fills in the evening, if at all.”
Sites vary in size and can accommodate RVs up to 45ft. Thirty-six sites have electricity. Ten are ADA compliant with the adjacent restroom being ADA compliant. Some loops have no generators allowed, including one loop for tents only.
Campsites include 300 individual campsites, (2023 prices below)
April 28, 2023 – October 14, 2023
Campsite with vehicle cost $50 per night (Senior and Access Pass Holders pay less each night).
Campsite with electric hookup (electric only, no full hookups) cost $77 per night (Senior and Access Pass Holders pay less each night).
5 Group campsites
“The campground has five large group campsites that accommodate groups of more than 10 visitors who wish to tent camp.
All sites have picnic tables and fire rings. “Campfires – must be contained within a metal fire grate”
Reservations at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/13525
Restrooms have (cold) “running water and flush toilets.”
Grand Teton National park has an announcement that some park visitors seem to not have learned about:
“Be thoughtful of how music may affect others. Operating an audio device, such as a stereo, Bluetooth speaker, radio, or musical instrument in a manner which is unreasonable and impacts park users is prohibited by law.”
“ Pets – “are prohibited on trails, multi-use pathways, and swimming in any park waters…
Pets must be on a leash (six feet or less), under physical restraint, and within 30 feet of the roadway… ”
“Leave your pets at home. Pets are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. They may become lost or prey for wildlife, they can also adversely impact park resources. If you need to bring your pet to the park, consider hosting it at a kennel in Jackson during your outing in the mountains.”
“Pets are prohibited from riding in boats on park waters, except for Jackson Lake.”
It is faster from almost every campsite loop to walk to the amphitheater for the evening ranger program/ campfire program than to drive and try to find parking.
There are public showers, laundromat, a museum, picnic area with swim beach, large grocery/gift stores, marina, Ranger talk/campfire amphitheater at Colter Bay Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park, 38 miles north.
Showers (2022) “$5 and there is no time limit on that. If you have a group of five or less, you can pay the family shower rate of $15 and each additional person after the first 5 will be $3.00 extra.” at the Colter Bay shower house/launderette.
There are bears that frequent this campground, keep your food in arms reach or locked up.
Your safety in Grizzly bear territory
There is free WiFi available at the the Moose Visitor Center (1.5 miles north of Gros Ventre Campground), Colter Bay laundromat/showers, and in the Jackson Lake Lodge parlor that anyone can use without a secret code.
It is wise in all the campgrounds that along with placing your camping permit on your campsite post, that you leave a non-valuable item to show that your site is occupied, such as this site with a bright yellow cloth on a clothesline at Colter Bay:
You can download a Grand Teton National Park map at: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/maps.htm
During a thunderstorm, don’t take a shower or use a sink, including washing dishes. Don’t talk on a land line phone. Don’t use your I pod. Don’t get zapped! Please read Thunderstorm and lightning safety
Overnight accommodations in Grand Teton National Park include cabins, hotel suites, tent cabins, campgrounds.
See maps of each and details about which might have a television, WiFi, laundromat, recommended rooms to ask for here.
Grand Teton National park restaurants has links to menus and links to info about restaurants in Jackson, Wyoming.
Grand Teton National Park
al fresco dining:
The lowest cost gas stations are in the nearby town of Jackson and the prices almost always get higher the further you go into Grand Teton National Park. See a map of gas stations in the park and gas costs at some of them over the years.
There is a medical clinic on the grounds of Jackson Lake Lodge, near the gas station, open 7 days a week in the summer, usually 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (307-543-2514, 307-733-8002 after hours). No appointment needed. See the map at: Jackson Lake Lodge vicinity
It is safer to enjoy a bike ride on a designated bike/roller blade/walk path than on the road with drivers looking at scenery instead of you on your bike, and there is am 8 mile long pathway from the Moose Visitor Center (please walk your bike in the parking lot) to South Jenny Lake. Pets (except guide dogs) are prohibited and the pathway is closed from dusk to dawn for wildlife and public safety. Grand Tetons biking
You can put downloads and links to info
on your smart-enough-phone
to be able to access info more easily
The very accurate local weather report: Jackson Hole weather
An app for Grand Teton National Park info (best downloaded before you get there when you can find reliable internet), with info about visitor centers, historic places, natural features, and services throughout the park.
“Even without cellular service, the app will be able to share your location on the map and bring up all site content.”
Weather map: “GeoColor is a multispectral product composed of True Color (using a simulated green component) during the daytime, and an Infrared product that uses bands 7 and 13 at night. During the day, the imagery looks approximately as it would appear when viewed with human eyes from space. At night, the blue colors represent liquid water clouds such as fog and stratus, while gray to white indicate higher ice clouds, and the city lights come from a static database that was derived from the VIIRS Day Night Band.”
For the drive to the park: Tetons area road conditions (Wyoming Department of Transportation)
A drawing of the peaks with the names of the peaks, from various locations:
Yellowstone bear safety webpages:
The app for when Old Faithful in Yellowstone will next erupt
Download photos of over a hundred birds of Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone park offers bird songs:
Download these instead of buying them at a visitor center, (well worth looking at for info about animals and much more):
Yellowstone Grizzly Bears: Ecology and Conservation of an Icon of Wildness
” . . . Bears can see in color, can hear in the ultrasonic range, and possess an incredible sense of smell. . .
Heaviest Known Body Mass in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Adult male 715 pounds (324 kilograms); Adult female 436 pounds (198 kilograms)
Speed: 35 to 40 miles per hour (56 to 64 kilometers per hour)
Strength: 2.5 to 5 times greater than humans.”
$39.95 or a free download https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/upload/Yellowstone_Grizzlies_Web.pdf
Some of these webpages with maps and pictures of Grand Teton National Park campgrounds have recommendations for which campsite to choose:
Headwaters campground, near the Yellowstone Park border, has 100 trailer sites and 75 tent sites.
Lizard Creek campground also has sites on Jackson Lake, some with views.
Colter Bay campground includes 335 individual campsites (160 tent spots with tent pads), 11 large group campsites (by reservation only), 13 electric sites, and ADA-accessible hookups. None of these campsites are on the lake and none have views. Nearby shower house and laundromat, grocery and restaurants.
(Larger RVs should check out the Colter Bay R.V. park with hookups.)
Signal Mountain (86 campsites) is the campground with some sites with views across the lake to the mountains. Shower house and laundromat near the campground office. Grocery and restaurants.
Jenny Lake campground, a short distance from Jenny Lake, 49 sites, tents only, one vehicle only less than 14 feet long, was the first to fill each day, often early in the morning when it was first-come first-served. With reservations in place, it could be filled well in advance most of the summer.
Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging has info about accommodations IN Grand Teton National Park (Colter Bay, Jackson Lake Lodge, Signal Mountain Lodge, Dornan’s Spur Ranch Cabins, Jenny Lake Lodge, Flagg Ranch, Grand Teton Climbers Ranch, and Triangle X Ranch).
Grand Tetons trip pages index has brief descriptions of most of the pages about this trip.
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