A beautiful, private campground located just 9 miles from the town of Jackson, Gros Ventre Campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Over 300 individual sites vary from shaded below the cottonwoods, to sunny with the views, and it is an excellent option for anyone driving through the area, or hoping to find a place to stay without reservations. Individual tent and RV sites are $30/night and group sites for over 10 people are $35/night for registration plus $12/person/night. Sites with electrical hook up are $55/night. Pets are allowed.
The campground is on the banks of the Gros Ventre River, a favorite of local fly-fishermen. There are flushing toilets and cold, running water with shower facilities nearby. It is recommended that you arrive before 3PM to secure a campsite during the tourist season from mid-June to mid-August. The campground rarely fills outside of these times. Wildlife, including bears, are regular visitors to the campground, so it is very important to practice responsible wildlife camping practices. Clean dishes after every meal, lock all food and scented items in an approved bear-box or cannister, and never feed the wildlife, including birds and chipmunks. Summer temperatures can very widely, from the high nineties during the day, and close to freezing at night. Bring layers and warm sleeping bags no matter what the time of year to stay comfortable.
Nearby Jackson is a fun, western town with a long history of mining and cattle ranching. Make a dinner reservation for one of its renowned steakhouses, and be sure to check out the summer rodeo series. With Grand Teton National Park surrounding the campground, and Yellowstone National Park less than an hour away, Gros Ventre Campground is an excellent basecamp for anyone hoping to explore this iconic area of the Rocky Mountains.
Great camp vibe they only have a limited number of electric hook ups for RVs. No water (fresh fill up available at entrance). No sewer hook ups(dump station on grounds). Verizon signal weak but stable. No frills here make no mistake this is a great base camp for surrounding area.
I visited the Grand Tetons on a Saturday to do some hiking and when I was done I began to look for a campground at around 3pm. I downloaded a bunch of dispersed camping sites to my phone, because after doing this for awhile(almost 3 years) I've come to know that the camping sites are usually full on the weekend and with this unfortunate pandemic, people are still wanting to get out to spend time outdoors. But to my surprise, the Gros Ventre Campground (pronounced Grow-vont) wasn't full and it was a great spot to stay at. I've been to a few NPs where the campgrounds are on top of each other, and they're a little cramped, which doesn't lend to much privacy, but this spot was different and gave occupants more space than I was used to. The Gros Ventre River is nearby, so you can go for a stroll and sit by the river to cool off (Summertime) and enjoy the view. The crew that maintained the grounds were awesome and informative and I will definitely will be staying there on my way to Glacier National Park next month.
I highly recommend it!
One week spent early Aug 2020. Site sizes are fantastic. Staff was wonderful… esp Judy and her husband. Dump and potable water could use a bit more room to navigate. Love this place and hope to return down the road. No hookups but was worth it to dry camp at this location!
This campground was the perfect base camp for our day hikes in the Grand Teton National Park. New asphalt was laid this spring on the roads and all sites.
No water or electric for most of the sites but there's a dump station and fresh water available to fill up your tanks. Many sites have beautiful views of the Teton range but not all. Some sites are close together and not very private.
No reservations are accepted so it's first come first served. We arrived at 9:45 am on a Monday morning and we're in our site by 10:30.
We will definitely stay here again on future visits to the park.
This was one of my favorite places to camp. Secluded, ultra clean, quiet little campground with newly paved and expertly leveled pads. Each site was pretty good sized. Generally clean flush toilets, no showers. Full dump/rinse station located at the entrance.
We were here in mid-August when all the wildflowers were in full bloom. Spectacular sunsets. Partial view of the Tetons and short hike to the river. Nice central location to Jenny Lake, Jackson Hole and bike trails. Great spot for 3-4 days!
We spent five nights here towards the end of July 2020. This campground is a first come first, so you should try to get in line as early as possible. We were here during COVID-19; they had set up the office outside; everyone was supposed to be in line with their vehicles and stay inside. Many rangers would check you in. We got site#25 for five nights. There is a max limit of 14 days. The campsites are at a perfect distance from each other. Most, around 300, are dry camping sites, they only have a few, I think 20 to 30, electric sites. Many campsites have views of Grand Tetons; ours had some view of it. The roads and sites are paved. There is a lot of greenery. You can also see wildlife here. It's common to see Moose here, but during our stay, we only saw deers. As for cell reception, we could get 3 to 4 bars for Verizon, and one LTE or three 3G bars for AT&T. This campground is outside of the National Park, but close to Jackson. Every day we drove about 11 miles to National Park through the Moose Entrance, a fun drive. We spent three days exploring the Grand Tetons NP and made a day trip to Yellowstone NP.
This campground is first come first served, but is one of the easier ones to get during peak season. It’s also very close to Jackson, making it a great location to explore the area. We arrived at 11:30 on a Sunday and there were plenty of sites. Only 20-30 minutes to the Jenny Lake area of the park and about 50 minutes to Colter Bay. Mormon Row and Blacktail Butte are bike-able from the campground. The Gros Ventre River runs along the backside of the campground and is a great place to cool off on a hot day.
These days even this campground fills by 11:00 so we went early and managed to get a site. Clean, well organized and close to what we wanted to see. Only one clean water access which is in the same row as the dump stations which means sometimes it may take a while until you can fill up, but that is a minor inconvenience.
This campground accommodates motorhomes, campers and tents. Majority of the sites are generator restricted. It's a first come first serve campground. There are fairly nice restrooms throughout the sites. Bear boxes are provided for each site as well, which was nice. Sites are quite small and packed together pretty tightly. Most sights accommodates hammocks as well. There is a 10:00 pm lights out policy which is nice after long hiking trips or visits to Yellowstone. We stayed in a tent for 6 nights and absolutely loved the area. You're within walking distance of the Gros Ventre River. A great way to be close to the Park and away from Jackson. It's about 30 mins from Jenny Lake and about 3 hours from Yellowstone South entrance. You can cut off 10 minutes if you head north from the campground and cut through Antelope Flats Rd. You'll see a lot of pronghorn if you travel it around 7 pm.
For the amount of people in this campground, it was quiet and pleasant. This tends to be the Grand Teton campground that fills up last, so my friend and I opted to stop here first, since we were coming in early afternoon. Good call because we snagged one of the last remaining sites! (This was on a Wednesday in July.)
We spotted a moose by the river a ways out of the campground, but no wildlife sightings in the campground itself.
Plenty of room for two 2+ tents. Picnic table and fire pit. Good sized bear box. (We were told it's okay to lock things in your car, as well. The bears here apparently don't break into cars like they do in Yosemite. Interestingly enough, we were also told by a ranger that the bears here are not scared by bear bells and in fact, are curious about them and have approached people with them because of that curiosity. So we went with carrying bear spray on hikes instead.)
Bathrooms are clean and well stocked. During COVID times, there's a sign limiting the bathrooms to one person or one family group at a time, but many people ignored this sign and would come in anyway. (Being from a COVID hot spot, I found this annoying and disrespectful, but I can't hold this against the campground.)
Supposedly there are showers for campers in the park, but during COVID times, these are closed. So no showers for now.
There are central bear proof trashcans and recycling bins. You can buy ice and firewood at the camp office.
Bring allergy medication if you're allergic to cottonwoods!
Even in July, it got chilly at night, so I was glad to have hand warmers with me to throw in my sleeping bag. (It was maybe in the upper 30s?)
Overall, a nice site. We noticed that the bathrooms tended to be less crowded in the loops that had both tents and RV's because it seemed RV's were using their own bathrooms. So if you're a tenter, this is a good little tidbit to know.