NP Campground Review – Gros Ventre Campground, Teton National Park, WY
A mixed-quality National Park campground in an outstanding location to explore the Tetons in NW Wyoming.
- Site Quality = 2.5/5
Totally mixed site quality here. There are a select number of wonderfully large and flat sites, but also a number of horribly small and uneven sites and it’s a total mish-mash across all loops. Also most sites have large logs across the back limiting how far back you can park, which means there are many sites which “might” fit bigger rigs, but cannot simply because of the logs (in our site we had to park sideways to fit, and also needed leveling blocks to level). The majority of the sites are dirt (a select few are concrete), with a “sitting area” consisting of picnic table and fire-pit. In general river-facing sites (there are no actual views of the river, but you’ll have a nice grassy view and be able to walk there from your site) are sunnier, better spaced and bigger than sites in interior of the loops . Also electric sites tend to be bigger, but you’ll get a mix of quality in each and every loop. Generators are only allowed in loops A-C from 8AM to 10PM. Loop E is employee only and Loop G is tenters only.
There are 6 main loops which vary slightly in experience:
- Loop A -> Sites 44-89. This is eastern-most loop and the only loop that has an actual view of the Tetons (sites 68,69,71 have the absolute best views with decent views from 63-82). Sites here are generally less tree’d and more open (decent solar), which means they have more views but also a lot less privacy than other loops. No hookups, but generators allowed.
- Loop B -> Sites 90-123. More tree’d than A-loop, but generally more sunny/open than other sites. River-facing sites are generally better-spaced with nice brush views. No hookups, but generators allowed.
- Loop C -> Sites 124-167. Heavily tree’d loop. Again, river-facing sites are generally bigger, sunnier and better-spaced. No hookups, but generators allowed..
- Loop D -> Sites 168-207. Heavily tree’d loop. This is the main electric hookup loop (30/50 amp) and seems to have been partially upgraded. Some of the campsites near the beginning of the loop are HUGE, perfectly flat concrete sites with very spacious parking spots. Campsites towards the middle of the loop are regular dirt and not upgraded (seems the park gave up half way?). NO Generators allowed here.
- Loop E – Employee only.
- Loop F -> Sites 287-336. Tree’d loop mostly occupied by smaller trailers and truck campers. Some solar possibilities towards river-facing sites. NO Generators allowed here.
- Loop G -> Sites 337-372. Heavily tree’d loop occupied exclusively by tent campers. NO Generators allowed here.
- In-between Sites – All other site numbers. There are a slew of sites on the north-facing road linking the main camping loops. Most of the sites are somewhat smaller in size and you do tend to get more road-traffic here, but they have great separation and many of them have very nice, open views to the north. Sites 2,5,7 are particularly lovely and would be a nice choice for smaller rigs (e.g. Class C’s).
- Facilities = 2/5
Really basic facilities here. There are flush toilets, but they were not particularly clean and NO showers (nearest showers are in Jackson). There is a dump station and threaded water spigots near the toilets in each of the campground loops.
- Location = 5/5
This is an excellent spot from which to explore the area. You are only ~10 mins from Mormon Row, ~20 mins from Jackson and 30-40 mins from all the main photography spots in Teton National Park. Drive directly to the East and you’re in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, directly North and you’re in Teton National Park, directly South to Jackson, and if you meander to the West you’ll end up in dog-friendly Teton Village. The campground is really smack in the middle of it all! Plus you’re right by a lovely river (watch out for Moose making their way to the river every morning), and next to miles of dirt roads where you can hike with doggie.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Despite the fact that this is a National Park Campground it’s actually an excellent location for doggie. There is plenty of space around camp for paws to hang out, plus you can walk doggie around the campground, to the river, around the amphitheater and down the extensive dirt roads behind campsite #68 in A-loop. The latter actually provides miles of “hiking” with lovely views of the Tetons. Plus you are only ~20-30 mins from many dog-friendly outings in the area.
Overall Rating = 3.6
BONUS ALERT = Watch Moose walk through your campground early AM!
Summary: So, this park was an interesting experience for us. Our first impressions were not exactly good. We got a site which was too small for us (we hard to squeeze in at an angle to fit), we felt too close to our neighbors in the back and we needed leveling blocks to get level. A quick peruse around the campground revealed a total mix. Some sites were wonderfully large, flat & private while others were so small and uneven you could barely fit a truck camper. It felt like the concessionaires had upgraded a select few sites and then just given up, leaving the rest to deteriorate as they are. Also, almost all the sites had large logs in the back which prevented larger rigs from fitting (where they otherwise could) and toilets were not particularly clean (never a good sign). However the longer we stayed here the more we found we liked it! Our site was quiet (despite the close-ish neighbor), we had a very decent “sitting area” space and we were a short 2 mins walk from the river and 5 mins walk to the dirt roads behind site #68 in Loop A (= extensive hiking for doggie). Plus there were Moose that went through the campground every AM (between 6:30-7:00) making wildlife watching from the RV a breeze. In addition the campground was in an OUTstanding location to explore the area. It’s only ~10 mins from Mormon Row, ~20 mins from Gros Ventre Wilderness, ~20 mins from Jackson and ~30-40 mins from all the key photography areas in the Tetons. Plus it’s excellent value for the area, costing only $24/night (for dry camping) compared to much more expensive options in town. In the end we enjoyed it so much we extended our stay (twice) and were sad to leave when our time was up. All sites are first-come-first-serve so my advice is to try to arrive before 11AM since the best sites get filled early. For large rigs, ask for a river-facing site since these tend to be largest (you can’t actually see the river from your RV, but you’ll have a nice green view and can walk to the river just behind the site) and if you don’t like your initial site, look around for another. For smaller rigs ask to be placed on the north-side of the campground (outside the main camping loops) as these sites have lovely, open views. And if you want a peek of the Tetons ask to be placed in Loop A (the only loop where you can actually see them). In the end we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and if we come back to the area this is definitely where we’ll stay.
Extra Info: We had 2 bars of very stable Verizon LTE (non-boosted), but very variable/iffy 1 bar 4G ATT (we got intermittent data signal and dropped calls without the booster). 300 total campsites (of which 36 have electricity) all first-come-first-serve. Electric sites $50/night ($38/night with senior pass). Dry-camping $24/night ($12/night with senior pass). 14-day stay limit. Dump station on-site.
Extra, Extra Info: Boondocking? There are actually quite a few well-known boondocking spots in this area, but only a few are suited for bigger rigs. Shadow Mountain, just north of Gros Ventre is probably the best-known spot and provides excellent views of the Tetons to boot. There is a small, free campground at the southern end of Shadow Mountain and limited big-rig boondocking near the bottom of the northern end of Shadow Mountain. However the best (and most plentiful) sites are up at the top of the mountain which require driving up some quite rutted road (= best suited for smaller rigs). We scoped out both sides of the mountain, but since it was Labor Day Weekend when we were there all the sites that could fit us were already taken by trailer or tent campers, and the road to the very top of the mountain was far too narrow and rutted for the “beast”.SPONSORED LINK:
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