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12 Great Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites

Be ready to be amazed when you try any or all of the 12 Great Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites. Each has so much to offer try more than 1.

The Grand Teton National Park is an American National park located North of Jackson, Wyoming. The park is approximately 310,000 acres. The park boasts fascinating features including stunning landscape, piedmont lakes, Knife-like ridges, moraines, U-shaped canyons, and diverse wildlife. Additionally, the park includes major peaks of the 64 kilometers long Teton Range and the Jackson Hole. Teton National Park is 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park.

Why Visit the Grand Teton National Park National Park?

You will find few landscapes in the world that are interesting, striking, and memorable as the Grand Teton national park. This national park has so much to offer including valleys, rivers, mountains, wildlife, wildflowers, skies, abundant flowers, and anything else that interests you. On top of that, the Grand Teton National Park boasts a rich cultural history including old homesteads and cattle ranches. Walk on the trails that were built by the Civilians Conservations Corps. These are just a few things you will enjoy in this park thus an incredible way to spend your holiday.

12 Great Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites

History of the Grand Teton National Park National Park

The amazing beauty, as well as the abundant wildlife and plants found in the Grand Teton National Park, have drawn people here for more than 11,000 years. The Nomadic Paleo-Indians first accessed or rather entered the Jackson Hole valley after the Pleistocene Ice Age glaciers retreated. Summer was a time of plenty and abundance and the Indians came to harvest berries and bulbs.

The first Euro-American explorer to enter this place was John Colter but did not leave any records of his journey. People also visited this place for wealth. Development started to crowd the Jackson Hole as tourism increased. In 1926 John D. Rockefeller visited the area and fell in love with the stunning mountain scenery and began buying land in the valley with the intent of donating it to the federal government to be the Grand Teton National Park.

It took many years to establish the park. In 1929, Congress created the original park to protect the Teton Range and other lakes at the bottom of the mountains. In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the additional land in the valley to be the Jackson Hole Monument. Rockefeller donated the land he had purchased to the federal government to be included in the national park. In 1950, Congress joined the original park, the Rockefeller land, and the national monument to form the current Grand Teton National Park.

How to Get To the Grand Teton National Park National Park

If you are coming from far, fly to the Jackson Hole Airport which is the closest airport followed by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. From the airport, there is a scheduled private shuttle or you can hire a car, taxi, or Uber. The park has three official entrances: the Moose entrance if you are coming from Jackson and the Moran entrance for tourists coming from Denver. If you are coming from Yellowstone, there is no official entrance so you can just drive straight into the park.

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Costs and Camping For the Grand Teton National Park National Park

The Grand Teton National park charges a 7-day entrance permit. For a private vehicle, you pay $35 for 7days, private non-commercial vehicle. If you visit with your motorcycle, you pay $30 for 7 days per motorcycle. A hiker/biker pays $20 for 7 days per hiker/biker. Children below 16 years enter for free.

If you visit the park with a commercial vehicle, the charges are based on the seating capacity of your vehicle. For a seating capacity of 1-6, the charges are
and extra $15 per person, 7-15 is $125 and 16-25 is$200 while for 26+ the charges are $300.

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12 Great Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites

1. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 5 Miles: Jackson Hole Grand Teton Natl Park

Address
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.763874, -110.556709
Elevation: 6976′

Management – Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Unofficial)

The road in is Gravel and a couple miles from a paved road. Jackson Hole Grand Teton Natl Park is open Access midJune to MidSept only due to snow/mud. There are 6-15 campsites at this location.

Turn east off US 89 (opposite the Cummingham Cabin turn out) and drive up the Forest Svc Rd. 30310. Shortly after leaving the Park (.59 miles) there are a couple of nice sites off to the left suitable for big outfits, but their access may be muddy. If you like continue Rd 30310 a quarter mile and bearing left on to Forest Rd 3340, up the hill and a couple of hairpin turns. DO NOT TAKE THE FIRST user made road on the left as there is a large rock midway in. Continue a short distance to the second user made road on your left, which will take you under a power line out onto an overlook, which in mind has no equal – anywhere! It will take your breath away!

Activities:

OHV
Fishing
Hiking
Horse Trails
Hunting
Wildlife Viewing

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2. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 5 Miles: Upper Teton View

Address
Moose, WY 83012
Jenny Lake, Wyoming
GPS: 43.7638, -110.5538
Elevation: 7178′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

We first drove into the Lower Teton View camping area and questioned whether we should continue to Upper Teton View with our 28ft travel trailer. We finally decided to unhitch and assess the road and the spots available up top which was one of the best decisions we made on our 14 month road trip. The road access wasn’t too bad AND the spot right next to the cliff was wide open!

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3. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 7 Miles: Shadow Mountain

Address
Shadow Mountain Road
Moose, Wyoming
GPS: 43.703621, -110.622757
Elevation: 6794′

Management – Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Unofficial)

The road in is Dirt and 1.5 miles from a paved road. You may stay 5 days at Shadow Mountain.

Could be one of the most fantastic views! Shadow Mountain (USFS land) lies along the eastern border of Grand Teton Nat’l Park. Off Highway 26/89 just north of the Park Visitor Center and Blacktail Butte turn east on Antelope Flats Rd. At the stop sign turn north to Shadow Mt. The road becomes gravel/dirt – DO NOT travel this road in the spring (before Mid June) or in very wet times.

Activities:

OHV
Hiking
Horse Trails
Hunting
Wildlife Viewing

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4. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 12 Miles: Spread Creek Meadows

Address
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.77165, -110.48816
Elevation: 7119′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

The road in is Gravel and About 4 miles from a paved road. Spread Creek Meadows is open May to November. There are 6-15 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. You may stay 16 days at Spread Creek Meadows.

There are about a dozen numbered sites along the road. Near the end, it does get rough and some bigger rigs may have trouble. I stayed at I think site 4 or 5 (coordinates 43.774959,-110.503262). It will accommodate very large RVs. I can’t imagine there being one too big for this site. The site itself is okay; fairly flat, but needing some leveling, dirt (mud when wet). What makes this site so amazing are the unobstructed views of the Tetons. I would definitely stay here again. I was there in October on weekdays during the offseason, and it was still rather busy with maybe 1/3 of the sites filled. It may be difficult to find a spot during the peak season.

5. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 13 Miles: Pacific Creek Road Campsites

Address
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.924333, -110.462694
Elevation: 6972′

Management – Public – Forest Service

The road in is Dirt. There are 6-15 campsites at this location. Free Campsites before you reach the Pacific Creek Campground. Each campsite has a number on a brown plate. 1-3 are grouped together, 4 & 5 were separate, then 6, 7 and 8 are grouped together. No toilet, trash, or water provided. Campfire rings made of rocks.

The coordinates on this website are accurate and took us to campground 5. We went at the end of October and there was no one around ! Hard to find dry firewood, so bring your own is my suggestion. Beautiful place and perfect location to camp before a day at Yellowstone !

Activities:

RV Parking
Tent Camping
Hiking
Horse Trails
Swimming

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6. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 15 Miles: Dispersed Site in Bridger Teton National Forest FR 30160

Address
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.81969, -110.373748
Elevation: 7058′

Management – Public – Forest Service

The road in is Gravel and 1-10 miles depending on the site miles from a paved road.

Stayed here for 2 nights. Got there right around sunset and drove pretty far up the road to check out all the spots. As far as I can tell there are only 3 or 4 spots with views of the Tetons, and they fill up quick. My second night I was able to snag one and it was great! ATT service was pretty spotty. I mostly didn’t have service except for rare spots where I would have 1 or 2 bars of 3G. This site is super close to the Tetons, so it’s a great place to stay while visiting the park!

7. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 15 Miles: Leidy Lake Access

Address
Forest Road 30250
Jackson, Wyoming
GPS: 43.718971, -110.376462
Elevation: 8734′

Management – Public – State Park

This is a free dispersed campsite. First come -> first served. No reservations accepted. This is a high elevation location. Very rough and often washed out road. No traileris! Very sctive grizzly bear area. Don’t mean to scare you, but take “precautions”! A long way from civ.

Activities:

Wildlife Viewing

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8. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 16 Miles: Teton Canyon

Address
Alta, Wyoming
GPS: 43.755969, -110.964317
Elevation: 6796′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

The road in is Gravel. Teton Canyon is open Late Spring to Mid- Fall. There are 16-29 campsites at this location. You may stay 14 days at Teton Canyon.

Teton Canyon (road 009) is open for motorized use in all alternatives. The trail going to Alaska Basin is closed to motorized use in all alternatives due to its wilderness location. Dispersed camping occurs along the Teton Canyon road and is permitted in this area. “Unless otherwise posted, motorized access is allowed for parking and dispersed camping within 300 feet of roads and trails which are open for motorized use”

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9. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 17 Miles: National Elk Refuge – Flat Creek Rd.

Address
675 E. Broadway, 83001
Kelly, Wyoming
GPS: 43.55771, -110.61991
Elevation: 6837′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Unofficial)

The road in is 4×4. National Elk Refuge – Flat Creek Rd. is open May – November. There are 6-15 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is unlimited. You may stay 14 days at National Elk Refuge – Flat Creek Rd.

Great campsite if others nearby are full. Arrived to where the coordinates are to find many cars parked camping in a little parking area, but if you keep going on the road there are 8 or so campsites down a 4WD dirt road. And the first campsite there was no one there and we arrived at around 11 PM.

Activities:

Tent Camping
Fishing
Hiking
Wildlife Viewing

10. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 17 Miles: Gros Ventre, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton NP

Address
Gros Ventre River Road
Kelly, Wyoming
GPS: 43.609901, -110.430893
Elevation: 7037′

Management – Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Unofficial)

The road in is Gravel and 2 to 30 miles from a paved road. Gros Ventre, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton NP is open June -Oct. There are 30 or more campsites at this location. You may stay 7 days, but Ck locally at Gros Ventre, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton NP.

There are some terrific, pure boondocking location back the Gros Ventre Road just east of Grand Teton Natl. Park. (Locally pronounced: “Grow Vaunt”)One of the most beautiful roads in all of Wyoming, which penetrates some 30 miles into the wilds! It is a destination unto itself! It is not a place to stay for day trips back to Grand Teton/Yellowstone Nat’l Parks.

The road is well-maintained gravel, with some wash boarding, and a bit of a drive to get back to the National Park or the town of Jackson. Although the road is well traveled there are NO SERVICES! You are in wild Wyoming! A favorite boondocking area by Jackson Hole residents and ranchers! Slide Lake, the Gros Ventre River and Crystal Creek have good trout fishing. There are lots of OHV trails and pure wilderness access! Hiking is just plain terrific!This is all US Forest Svc public land with the exception of some well marked private ranches.

Activities:

OHV
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horse Trails
Hunting
Swimming
Wildlife Viewing

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11. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 19 Miles: Darby Canyon

Address
Alta, Wyoming
GPS: 43.67912, -110.987642
Elevation: 6883′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

Hey peeps, Darby canyon has free camping. About 15-20 minutes from Driggs. No amenities. Some cowpies, which is a downer depending on the site. Totally legit though as long as you have less than twenty people and some other restrictions. Stream nearby. The wind cave and some awesome views are a bit further up the Darby Canyon Trail. Flat ground. Pretty good time. Dispersed camping is allowed through most of the Jedidiah Smith Wilderness with some exceptions as posted, just so you know.

12. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 19 Miles: Curtis Canyon Road Trailhead Parking Lot

Address
Curtis Canyon Road
Jackson, Wyoming
GPS: 43.519501, -110.666893
Elevation: 6541′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Unofficial)

This campsite is basically a moderately-sized flat open area with firepits that is sandwiched in between two officially marked (and paid) campsites in the area. There were about 3 other cars and an RV camped out there when we stayed. Beautiful views of the Tetons. About 30 minutes from Jackson Hole. You drive through the Elk Refuge and up a dirt road to get to the site. If all the sites are taken, the official Curtis Canyon campground and one other camping area are right next to it. You can also continue up Sheep Creek Road and find a ton of other free campsites.
The road in is Gravel. There are 1-5 campsites at this location and the maximum RV length is 35 feet.

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6 Alternative Paid Campsites $5 to $10 Per Night

These campsites do  charge a small fee but do offer more services than the boondocking sites above.  For many they many want to exchange the comforts of a paid site over the scenery and solitude of a boondocking site.

1. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 13 Miles: Pacific Creek, nr Grand Teton Nat’l. Park

Address
Pacific Creek Rd trail head
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.940651, -110.44162
Elevation: 7022′

Management – Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Official)

The road in is Gravel. Pacific Creek, nr Grand Teton Nat’l. Park is open Early June – Late Sept weather permitting. There are 6-15 campsites at this location. You may stay 14 days at Pacific Creek, nr Grand Teton Nat’l. Park.

Just outside Grand Teton Nat’l. Park and at the trailhead into the Teton Wilderness. A hosted Forest Svc campground @ $5/night. Just after leaving the Park and before the trail head there are several boondock sites (free) along the creek, but check ’em out before driving in!

Campground is located with in Grizzly Recovery Area, requiring food/garbage to be stored properly at all times.

Located 11½ miles east of Highway 89/287 on Pacific Creek Road. No services. Not heavly used

Amenities:

Fire Ring
Horse Corral
Near Water
Picnic Tables
Restrooms

Activities:

Fishing
Hiking
Horse Trails
Hunting
Swimming
Wildlife Viewing

2. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 13 Miles: Teton Canyon Campground

Address
Alta, Wyoming
GPS: 43.756678, -110.918455

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

Amenities:

Drinking Water
Fire Ring
Near Water
Pets Welcome
Restrooms

3. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 14 Miles: Hatchet Campground Bridger-Teton National Forest

Address
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.824106, -110.356137
Elevation: 6880′

Management – Public – Forest Service (Official)

National Forest campground. We stayed here in June 2014. Clean bathroom, nice campground. We got the last spot that would handle our 19′ Jayco. Wouldn’t suggest this place if you are any bigger as sites are on the small side.

4. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites s – 18 Miles: Box Creek

Address
Forest Road 30070
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.860728, -110.294461
Elevation: 7093′

Management – Public – Forest Service

Box Creek is open Jun-Sep. The maximum RV length at Box Creek is 30 feet. This campsite is located within the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Blackrock Ranger District. This is a high elevation location.

5. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 19 Miles: Sheffield Creek, Yellowstone South Entrance

Address
J D Rockefeller Pkway
Flag Ranch, Wyoming
GPS: 44.092087, -110.663567
Elevation: 6900′

Management – Public – Forest Service (USDA) (Official)

The road in is Gravel and 1 miles from a paved road. Sheffield Creek, Yellowstone South Entrance is open Late May to Late Sept Weather Permitting. There are 1-5 campsites at this location.

Sheffield Campground is located in the northeast corner of the Buffalo Ranger District, just outside of the John D. Rockefeller Parkway. Heading north on Highway 191 to Yellowstone, take a right onto the Forest Service dirt road before you get to the Snake River Bridge just before Flagg Ranch. The campground sits just outside of the Teton Wilderness. This location is equipped with 5 campsites, a single-unit vault toilet, access to bear boxes, and campfire rings. Nearby, visitors can access the wilderness via Sheffield Trailhead which provides access to the historic Huckleberry

Amenities:

Horse Corral
Near Water

Activities:

Fishing
Hiking
Horse Trails
Hunting
Wildlife Viewing

6. Grand Teton National Park Free Campsites – 19 Miles: Turpin Meadow

Address
Forest Road 30066A
Moran, Wyoming
GPS: 43.854984, -110.262928
Elevation: 6946′

Management – Public – Forest Service

Turpin Meadow is open May-Sep. This free campsite is part of the Blackrock Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and about 10 minute drive from U.S Hwy 26 on Buffalo Valley Road (then about 100 yards on a dirt road). This an awesome secluded spot right off the road in route to Turpin Meadows campground (which is paid camping). There are other campsites along the road but you will more than likely have neighbors parked right next to you. This location will give you privacy without the road traffic or neighbors parked near you. You can stay at this site location for up to 16 days. There is a designated fire pit and the site overlooks the Buffalo Fork River. With a short walk you are able to see the Grand Tetons from the site. We were woke up by bugling Elk one of the mornings we stayed and saw a about 30 head coming into camp another night across the river. You will pass by many a handful of ranches in route to this location. We would have stayed longer as the site is absolutely beautiful overloading the valley There is no Verizon cell phone service at this location or other amenities.

Amenities:

Drinking Water
Restrooms

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Things to Do at the Big Grand Teton National Park

For lasting memories at the Grand Teton National Park, ensure you visit the following areas and enjoy the different beauty scenery each one hast to offer:

1. Wildlife viewing

Wildlife viewing at the Grand Teton National Park is at times considered the best. The wildlife is diverse including creatures and animals such as Moose, Bears, Eagles, Bison, and Pronghorn. The best place to see bears changes with time and the best option is to enquire about it at the visitors center once you are in the park. However, some of the best spots to view wildlife include Elk Ranch, Oxbow Bend Moose, and Lake Lodge.

2. Horseback rides

Spend some time in the morning and the afternoon in the Grand Teton National Park horse riding and enjoy the views just like the early explorers. Horse riding offers you two hours of scenic rides where you enjoy the views of the Oxbow Bend, Tetons, and the Snake River.

3. Sailing On the Snake River

Enjoy these scenes with a knowledgeable guide who will share knowledge of history, geology, and wildlife. They will answer any questions you have regarding the Grand Teton National Park.

4. Hiking

The famous short hikes are Leigh Lake, Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, Swan and Heron Pond, and String lake. If you are looking for a more challenging full-day hike, choose the Death Canyon, Cascade Canyon, or Paintbrush Canyon and enjoy the towering granite peaks as also, the beautiful remote lakes.

5. Fishing

Whether you are looking for lake fishing or fly fishing, you will find them In the Grand Teton National Park. Fishing in the Snake River or the Jenny Lake Jackson is amazing and you will not forget about it.

Top Trails to Hike at the Grand Teton National Park National Park

The Grand Teton National Park features numerous hiking trails with some taking a few minutes while others can take the whole day and night to cover. The top trails in Grand Teton National Park include:

1. Phelps Lake Trail

This trail is located southwest of Moose Entrance. Phelps Lake is a popular feature of the Death Canyon Trail. It will take about 4 miles of trail to circle Phelps Lake completely. There are alternative routes such as a trail system that leads you to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Phelps Lake trail can extend into an entire day’s adventure.

2. Paintbrush Canyon Trail and Paintbrush Divide

Starting with the String Lake Trailhead, this trail gives an entire palette of color and amazing mountain surroundings. This trail is about seven miles with much to view. This trail is tough, a steep hike to test your legs since by every step you make, you gain elevation.

3. Cascade Canyon Trail and Lake Solitude

The Cascade Canyon is accessible either by hiking around Jenny Lake or via the Jenny Lake ferry that takes you across every fifteen minutes. A journey through this trail is rewarded with the beautiful shores of Lake Solitude. This trail climbs up to 2300 feet. It is about seven miles.

4. Death Canyon Trail

This trail features abundant wildlife sightings, craggy surroundings, and wildflowers. This trail is very steep climbing up to 2000 feet in just 4 miles. In the end, you reach the Static Peak Divide junction.

5. Two Ocean Lake Loop

This trail is accessed via the Pacific Creek Road and offers a flat and scenic trail. Wildlife sightings are frequent and the trail is the home and sightings for grizzly bears, elk, and moose. This is a six miles trail with minimal elevation gain.

How Much Time Do You Need For Your Visit

If you just want to discover the Teton chain and see the different viewpoints on the lake including a short walk, a whole day will be enough. If you enjoy nature and wish to hike, at least two days to enjoy everything. However, keep in mind that the hikes are many with varying durations. Therefore, consider your program. If you want to see the wildlife, be present at dawn and at dusk to maximize your chances. Therefore, the least you can do at the Grand Teton National Park is spending a night.

Accommodations and Dining Near the Grand Teton National Park National Park

Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson town provide numerous places for accommodation, The accommodation here ranges from first-class lodging to budget-friendly accommodations. There are luxury hotels such as Four Seasons Resort located in Teton near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, mid-range hotels including Cowboy Village Resort, and budget hotels such as the Super 8 Driggs.

Best Time to Visit the Grand Teton National Park National Park

The best time to visit the Grand Teton National Park is between mid-May and late September. During this time, all the hiking trails, visitor centers, and other park activities such as fishing and kayaking are open and easy to access. By the start of October, winter blows, shutting most of the facilities and roads.

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What to Pack For Your Visit To the Grand Teton National Park National Park

If you wish to have a memorable experience at the Grand Teton National Park, the following items are essential for your trip:
– Camera
– Food and snacks
– Sunglasses, a hat to protect you from sunburn and sun cream
– Clothing and footwear: Carry light clothes for hiking and enough layers in case the temperatures get too cold at night.
– Water bottles for hydration whether experiencing the tough trails.
– Hiking shoes and a first aid kid due to possible injuries.

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