Grand Teton National Park Planning

Apr/11/2015 5 Malia Lane
National Parks, RVing

This page is all about my plans for the summer of 2015 exploring  Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park, camping in my motorhome. I’ll be adding to it as I gather info below, so please feel free to chime in with comments and suggestions!

grand teton sign

I went through this area when on the way back from my big Alaska trip in 2003 when my mom was with me for the return portion but we didn’t have nearly enough time then. I plan the entire summer in this area and still worry it won’t be enough since the season is so short.

MaliasRV.com page from Sept. 9, 2003 visit.

Grand Teton - Mom & Me

Mom & Me in awe!

Sure wish she could be with me again in person, but I definitely know her spirit will be beside me in her co-pilot seat anyway!

Grand Teton - Chapel

I’m really looking forward to another visit to The Chapel of the Transfiguration. With this kind of godly view, we both agreed this must be one of God’s dwellings for sure!

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Links – General Info:

Grand Teton NP (NPS) Guide to Exploring
Basic Info (NPS) Grand Teton (EnjoyYourParks)
National Geographic

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Attractions & Must-Sees:

7 Things to do in Wyoming’s
Wind River Mt. Range
Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway
Highway 89 Scenic Drive Sacred Sites in the Great Basin
Oxbow Bend

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Campgrounds:

Campgrounds (NPS) (2015 info) – Reduced camping fees with Golden Age Passport. Link gives info on all campgrounds, but below I only included ones that fit my criteria: suitable for 30′ and longer RVs and that allowed generator use.

Campground Info Notes

Colter Bay Village Campground

800-628-9988

175 RV sites – $23/night no hookups ($12 Golden Age)

$38.50/night for electric (Golden Age)

No hookups (except 13 electric ADA accessible). Up to 45′ total length RVs. Wooded sites, first come, first served. Dump station, showers, laundry nearby. Open mid-May to late-September.

Colter Bay Village RV Park

800-628-9988

112 sites – $67/night
$55/Golden
Age pass
Full hookups; reservations accepted. Lush forest, most sites are shaded; 5 minute walk from Jackson Lake.

Gros Ventre

800-628-9988

CampsitePhotos

 

300 sites – $23/night Closest CG to Jackson (9 mi. NE). No hookups except 36 sites have electricity; 10 ADA compliant with adjacent restroom. Up to 45′ total length RVs. Lies along Gros Venture River; no sites on river, but within walking distance – good views of wildlife as they make way to the shores. Some wooded, some sunny sites. Open early-May to early-October.

Headwaters

800-443-2311

RVParkReviews

175 sites – $69/night Full HUs (some 50 amp) in spruce-fir forest. Managed by Flagg Ranch Co.; reservations. 5 miles north of Grand Teton NP; just south of Yellowstone’s south boundary.  Dump station, showers, laundry. Open early June to late Sept.
Turpin Meadow CG (Teton National Forest) 18 sites – $10/night No hookups. Recommended by Ron Bunge (HitchItch). US 26 east of Moran Jct. – turn onto Buffalo Valley Rd. (10 miles of blacktop road) to campground.

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Those Who Have Gone Before:

Links, blogs, etc. from folks with info about Tetons to share:

Gross Ventre Campground (We Call It Home) – We were in site 147, barely long enough for us.  No real favorites here, though we preferred Loop C. Loops A, which seems to have most of the longer sites, is very open with little privacy or shade. Most of the rigs there were big.  Loop B didn’t allow generators, so that was not a choice for us. Loop C has trees, but is not too heavily forested, while Loop D was quite shady. If you are in a big rig, your choices will be somewhat limited.
HitchItch – My friends Ron & Terry tell about their stay in West Yellowstone and in Grand Tetons

 

  • Polly Morgenstern

    Hi Malia! So happy for you to be at the planning stage for your summer! Dan and I love the Tetons and have made many trips from SW Colorado. We love to stay at the Grand Teton RV Resort at Moran Junction, about four miles east of the northern entrance to the national park, which is also the Rockefeller Highway to the Southern Entrance to Yellowstone. The RV park is not luxurious, in spite of being a bit pricey, but the views are worth the price of admission. If you decide to try it, ask for a site on the western side, as the eastern side does not have the Teton views. The RV park is about 30 miles north of the town of Jackson, but those are 30 of my favorite miles in the world! I will try to attach a photo of the view from our site. xoxo, Polly

    • Great tips, Polly, thanks so much! I see their reviews aren’t great and I’m not budgeted for “resorty” prices like this, but you never know, so I’m glad to know about the option. I’m more and more excited, especially with teaser pictures like yours!

  • Pollypm

    Hi Malia, Trying this again with a new account! Dan and I love the Tetons. We have a special spot to camp in Moran Junction, about 30 miles north of the town of Jackson, at the Grand Teton RV Resort. It’s a bit pricey and a bit down at heel, but it has the best views in the world of the Teton Range. I will try to attach a photo from our site. We stay there every time we visit the area. It is close to the northern entrance to the Grand Teton NP and the southern entrance to the Rockefeller highway to the southern entrance to Yellowstone. You can easily do a satisfying day trip to Yellowstone from the resort. The thirty miles between Jackson and Moran Junction are 30 of my favorite miles in the world! xoxo, Polly

  • Bob Martel

    Hi Malia, The Grand Tetons is definitely on the bucket list, we may even make it this summer as we escape our winter destination in the SW. I’ll be checking the site to see how you are doing! Bob (Lisa and I met you on the Natchez Trace where we found the “lost” dog by the Indian mounds) 🙂

    • Hey Bob, First off, of course I remember you and Lisa! It’s not often I run into someone who is friends with one of my MI friends – I loved that! That would just be so cool if we wound up meeting up again out that way. Glad we can keep in touch via Facebook and see if that can happen!