Camping in the Grand Teton National Park

Grab your gear, and don’t forget the sunscreen—it’s time to experience all the great outdoors has to offer! Destination: Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton National Park rv camping

Grab your gear, and don’t forget the sunscreen—it’s time to experience all the great outdoors has to offer!

Destination: Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is 485 square miles of natural beauty. While it’s known for its majestic peaks, the park has something for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or if you’re just looking for a nice fishing spot, this place has it all!

Located in western Wyoming, the Grand Teton National Park is just 31 miles away from Yellowstone—the area is truly a nirvana for outdoor lovers! 

So, if you’re looking to see it all, but you’re not sure where to start. Follow along as we go through this comprehensive guide to RV camping at Grand Teton National Park!

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Grand Teton National Park Facts

Grand Teton National Park offers more than just breathtaking vistas and crystal clear mountain lakes. There’s a rich history that stretches back to Native American tribes who used to call the land home. The Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Crow, and more all used to have settlements in what is now the Grand Teton National Park. And the rich history of the park isn’t the only fascinating fact about the place. 

  • The Grand Teton National Park was first established in 1929 by President Calvin Coolidge.

  • The park boasts 1,206 beautiful campsites, including hundreds of full hookups for RVs (more on this later).

  • There are over 242 miles of hiking trails in the Grand Teton National Park—so don’t forget your good hiking boots! 

  • Six pristine mountain lakes lie at the foot of the Teton range. Plus, over a hundred smaller alpine and backcountry lakes dotted along the landscape.

  • The Teton range is one of the most biodiverse spots in the U.S. There are over 900 species of flowering plants, 300 species of birds and 22 species of rodents.

  • Popular visitor activities include camping, fishing, hiking, boating, mountaineering, and more! 

Grand Teton National Park really is an American gem. Camping there is an experience everyone should have at least once, and the best way to do that is with an RV!

Best Grand Teton National Park RV Parks and Campgrounds

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It’s not often you get to experience the great outdoors in comfort and style unless you’re staying at Grand Teton National Park RV campgrounds! 

Colter Bay RV Park

Amenities: Colter Bay RV Park is set amongst the pines and boasts a spectacular view of Mount Moran and the Teton Range. The RV park features a visitor center, a laundry facility, showers, restaurants, and even a small marina on Jackson Lake. 

Capacity: Colter Bay RV Park has 112 full RV hookups. The site is open year-round; however, there is a 14-day stay limit.

More information: Colter Bay RV Park

Gros Ventre Campground and RV Park

Amenities: Located not far from the town of Jackson, Wyoming, Gros Ventre is set on the open plains in a landscape dotted with spruce trees. It has an incredible view of the Grand Teton National Park and is one of the few RV parks these days that allows for open fire pits. There are also nearby bathrooms and showers, but overall, Gros Ventre is a rustic spot to connect with nature. 

Gros Ventre has over 300 individual campsites, each with enough room to park a 45-foot RV. Although there are only 36 RV electrical hookups here. The park is open year-round.

More information: Gros Ventre Campground and RV Park

Headwater Campground and RV Park

Amenities: Headwater Campground and RV Park is located in the ideal location, just two miles from Yellowstone and five miles from Grand Teton. Set in a pine and conifer forest, the campground offers a camp store, food storage lockers, bathrooms, showers, laundry, and even an amphitheater.

Capacity: The park has 97 full RV hookups along with 37 tent only spaces. Although it’s open year-round, snow and ice in the winter months can make some RV spots difficult to access.

More information: Headwater Campground and RV Park

Signal Mountain Campground

Amenities: Signal Mountain is set in a pine forest above Jackson Lake, not far from Headwater Campground. The campground offers rustic lodging, restaurants, bathrooms, shower facilities, laundry and is not far from the marina at Colter Bay.

This campground offers 81 total campsites, but only accept RVs smaller than 30 feet. There are 25 electrical hookups here, but only one full hookup for an RV. 

More information: Signal Mountain Campground

Fireside Buffalo Valley RV Park

Amenities: Fireside Buffalo Valley RV Park is one of the best spots for RV camping near Grand Teton National Park. The park sits along U.S highway 26 near Moran, Wyoming. It offers affordable rates, breathtaking views of the Teton, nearby restaurants & bars, scenic trips down the Snake River, and even high-speed Wi-Fi for the kids.

Capacity: There are 190 RV sites at Fireside. All of them have full hookups, so you won’t have to worry about emptying the RV septic tank.

More information: Fireside Buffalo Valley RV Park

Best Time to Visit the Grand Teton National Park for RV Camping

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Did you know the Grand Teton National Park is open year-round? That’s right 365 days of opportunity to experience all the Grand Teton has to offer.

So it doesn’t matter when you can get the time off work or get the kids out of school. The Grand Teton is always an option. 

Before you pack your bags, follow along and find out why every season is the best time to visit the Grand Teton National Park for RV camping. 

Winter

Are you looking for that White Christmas of your dreams? The Grand Teton in the winter is nothing less than a wonderland. 

You can experience a ranger-led snowshoe hike, try backcountry skiing, or sip hot chocolate from your RV as you look over the park. 

Be ready though, temperatures in the Teton average around 21 degrees Fahrenheit in December. This means plenty of snow for all of you winter adventure seekers.

However, all the snow also leads to significant road closures within the park. Some of the most highly trafficked roads will remain open year-round, but many parts of the park become inaccessible to motorized transport. 

Still, it’s definitely worth braving the road closures and the cold to experience the winter wonderland that is the Grand Teton National Park in winter.

Spring

For much of the Spring, Grand Teton National Park remains covered in snow. In fact, during April, temperatures average around 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still, spring offers a number of unique opportunities at the Teton. For example, wildlife tours in the spring allow you to see beautiful migratory birds. The Grouse Strut is a program offered by the rangers during the end of April, and into May that lets you get a closer look at the mating dances of the Grouse. 

By May, the Teton is beginning to warm up again, and the summer traffic starts heading in. If you take a wildlife tour around this time, and you’re lucky, you might even catch a Grizzly bear momma and her cubs coming out of hibernation.

The spring really is a beautiful time at the Grand Teton.

Summer

Summer is the main season for tourists in Grand Teton National Park.  In fact, each year, millions of tourists come flocking to the Teton to live out their camping dreams under the stars.

It’s no wonder why, really. There are so many activities it’s hard to keep count! There’s horseback riding, rafting trips, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, golf, wildlife tours, and so much more. 

Average temperatures in July are a balmy 73 degrees Fahrenheit as well. That makes this the perfect spot to relax and get away after a busy year at work or school.

Fall

Grand Teton National Park is absolutely beautiful during the fall. The park is filled with deciduous trees, which turn yellow, orange, and red at the change of the seasons—giving the park that classic splash of fall color. 

The average temperature in October is 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Not too cold, but you’ll need to remember to pack a jacket.

Also, if you’re a hunter, Elk season in the park ranges from October through December. See the National Park Service’s elk brochure for more information.

Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park

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Camping is probably the best way to experience the Grand Teton National Park. Whether you have an RV or you’re doing things the old fashioned way, camping is a great way to connect with nature. 

Beyond that, there are many entertaining and educational Ranger Programs held year-round that might suit your fancy.

For example, the “Breaking Trails...Women Inspiring Change” Ranger program is a great way to celebrate the women who made Grand Teton National Park what it is today. Or, you might try the “Astronomy Night” program to learn more about the stars that light pollution so often obscures. 

For the avid adventurer, the Grand Teton offers a true test of any skier or snowboarder. With steep faces and tons of fresh powder every winter, thousands of thrill-seekers come out to test themselves. 

There’s so much to do in Grand Teton National Park we couldn’t possibly list it all. Guess you’ll just have to see for yourself!

Tips on Visiting Grand Teton National Park

When you first come to the park, we recommend heading straight to the visitor’s center near your campsite. For example, if you’re staying at Colter Bay RV park, head down to the Colter Bay visitor center. There you can buy permits for boating, backpacking and more. Or you can visit the local museum and learn a little about the park’s history. 

Also, we’ve talked about this a lot in this article, but we can’t recommend the Ranger Programs enough. They help structure your trip and can show you the best spots in the park. 

If you want to experience something the Rangers aren’t offering, try a guided tour or a fishing trip from a local tour company, the National Parks Services offers a great list of trusted concessioners

Finally, you might consider buying an annual pass for all national parks for $80. That’s because a seven-day pass for Grand Teton is $35, and if you add in Yellowstone, it’s $55 for both parks for just seven days. If you’re planning on staying longer, you might as well go for the $80 annual pass that will allow you into parks across the nation.

RV Rental for Grand Teton National Park

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So you want to go RV camping in Grand Teton National Park. First thing’s first, you’re going to need an RV rental.

Thankfully, Cruise America is here to help! Cruise America’s RV rentals come in all shapes and sizes, but they all are fully equipped with everything you could need for RV camping in Grand Teton National Park. 

Don’t wait, call now and start your RV adventure to Grand Teton National Park today!

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