Wow! What an adventure! In January I applied for an advanced permit for August 18-19 backcountry camping at the Moraines for a Grand Teton Summit trip.
To be continued….
Clean quiet campground just outside Grand Teton Park. Only issue: the mosquitos were a little aggressive at this site, as opposed to other sites that we camped at in the park. Nice one to keep in the back pocket if you're looking to avoid the crowds.
We arrived after a long day of traveling and it was wet and cold outside, so we were very happy to have a cabin waiting for us. We reserved it in May for a July trip. The staff were disorganized during check-in and gave us the keys to someone else’s cabin. They more than made it up to us though by preparing a new cabin while we ate dinner at the lodge, and then there was welcome basket with treats and games waiting for us in our cabin. Beautiful views in this area and just minutes from the park’s south entrance! It’s nice having the lodge right there, so even if you’re tent or RV camping, you can get a warm hearty meal ready when you want.
We enjoyed our stay. July 2019. RV sites are very crammed and close. They pack a lot of sites into the park. There are lots of trees, a few sites have nice view, but most are looking at other campers. Showers are average but clean. Laundry was only available during pool hours (same building) so don't expect to wash anything between 10pm and 10am. Firewood available for purchase on site, also across the highway along with groceries and gas.
Nice campground with some good views (we were on the outside of the B loop) and a pretty lake, walking distance away. We had great time. We had previously spent 3 nights at Grant Village and we found Lewis Lake to be MUCH quieter and more spacious. The only problem was the bathrooms. They were alternately bearable and terrible. But otherwise, the campground was pleasant. We were there in early August and the weather was perfect and there were virtually no bugs.
It looked like a great place to stay. We got in early, as it is advised in there description. Payed for our sites, just to return at the end of the night just to find others in our spots.
As it turned out the camp host REMOVED our PAID tickets from the post.
When discussed with the man, he was rude and unapologetic.
Not a pleasant way to end your vacation day!!!! This situation could have been handled in a more kind and respectful way. Publicly published words cannot explain how furious we were!
We pulled in on a Saturday night, in the middle of August, when every campsite in Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, and Teton NP were full. This place was empty, and you can't be the view of the Get one and the Buffalo River. Two minute walk down to the river, and the sites were very clean. Primitive, and the ground was a bit uneven, but, again, my wife, my three boys, and I loved every inch of of it.
This campground is a small, quiet, no reservation campground with single and double sites. Overlooks the beautiful snake river with hiking path. Bear boxes, level tent sites, picnic tables and water. No electricity. Tall pines.
We hiked down to the hydroelectric dam where the buffalo river joins the snake river. Picturesque! The only drawback is that strangely, the sound of the hydroelectric plant becomes louder at night.
Would stay there again.
This campground is away from the busier and more crowded campsites in the area. There are no hookups but there are water spigots throughout. Upon arriving, campers are directed (by signage) to go find a spot, park, and then come back up and register.
The lower loop is for tents and car campers (no generators allowed) and the upper loop is for RVs and generators are allowed between 8am-8pm. Each site has a picnic table and bear-proof storage container. The campground hosts are friendly and you can pay them directly instead of dropping it in the container. Camp sites are $30/day for RV sites - you should bring exact fees if you intend to drop in the container (not sure if camp hosts would give you change - I'm thinking they would); however, if it is after hours you are required to pay within 30 minutes of finding your site. Larger RVs would have a more difficult time finding a site - I had a 15ft teardrop camper and I "just" fit. There are restrooms throughout the campground and you can buy firewood and ice from the camp hosts.
It was pretty quiet throughout the day and night and not a lot of drive through traffic. The lake is only about a 5min walk down the road and is beautiful and quiet (this was oddly the only place I could get full cell signal with AT&T service). You definitely need bug spray - the mosquitos are fairly prevalent in the camp area. This is a great location if you are trying to hit multiple National Parks (central to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks). It's still close enough to other camp areas that if you needed anything, it's just a short drive 8mi in either direction. Views are fantastic and there are pull-offs all along the road for photo and picnic opportunities.
Yellowstone NP back country campsite 4R2 is a campsite located on the north shore of Ribbon Lake set among a lodge pole pine forest. The proximity of the lake makes for easy water access. The site has plenty of flat locations to place your tent. The camping area is besides the lake. The food storage, cooking and eating area is located a short distance, slightly uphill from the camping area and is quiet large with large rock fire ring at the site. Fires are allowed at this back country site, but be make sure there are no fire restrictions in place before starting one. As with all back country sites this is trash-in, trash-out, filter your water, make your own place to do your business and if you make a fire be sure it is dead out. To get to the campsite you have three trail heads to choose from. The shortest will be from Artist Point(4KB) trail head, from here it is a short 2.4 mile hike. The next is from Clear Lake(4N2) trail head, from here it is a 3 mile hike. The third choice is Wapiti Lake(4K7) trail head, from here it is either a 3.3 mile or 4.3 mile hike depending on the route you choose. I would recommend getting the most out of your back country experience and take the longer route out of Wapiti Lake trail head. We made out trip a loop hike, starting at Wapiti Lake Trail Head and did the Wapiti Lake/Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake loop. This loop has you hiking counter clockwise. Starting at Wapiti Lake Trail Head hike.5 miles to the first trail junction, take the trail to the right(Wapiti Lake Trail). After.4 more miles stay to the left continuing on Wapiti Lake Trail. At the 3 mile mark you will leave Wapiti Lake trail turning left on to Wapiti Cut-off trail. After another.9 miles you will reach the junction for Ribbon lake and the campsites. Turn right and continue for about.4 miles to the campsite 4R2. You will see a sign for Cord Cascade at this last junction before the campsite, the creek for this cascade is located between 4R1 and 4R2 but this 1,000 foot waterfall can only be seen from the opposite side of the canyon. Shortly after crossing the creek you will have an amazing view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The campsite area is just a short distance past this amazing view. For your return trip take the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake trail all the way back to Wapiti Lake Trail head. This loop will take you through about every ecosystem in the park, from open grass fields, pine forest, lakes, wetlands, and thermal features.
Yellowstone NP back country campsite 4R1 is a nicely shaded wooded campsite located close to Ribbon Lake's lake shore which makes for easy water access. The site has plenty of flat locations to place your tent. The eating/food storage area is besides the lake and is quiet large an has a fairly large fire ring at the site. Fires are allowed at this back country site, but be make sure there are no fire restrictions in place before starting one. As with all back country sites this is trash-in, trash-out, filter your water, make your own place to do your business and if you make a fire be sure it is dead out. To get to the campsite you have three trail heads to choose from. The shortest will be from Artist Point(4KB) trail head, from here it is a short 2.1 mile hike. The next is from Clear Lake(4N2) trail head, from here it is a 2.7 mile hike. The third choice is Wapiti Lake(4K7) trail head, from here it is either a 3 mile or 4 mile hike depending on the route you choose. I would recommend getting the most out of your back country experience and take the longer route out of Wapiti Lake trail head. We made out trip a loop hike, starting at Wapiti Lake Trail Head and did the Wapiti Lake/Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake loop. This loop has you hiking counter clockwise. Starting at Wapiti Lake Trail Head hike.5 miles to the first trail junction, take the trail to the right(Wapiti Lake Trail). After.4 more miles stay to the left continuing on Wapiti Lake Trail. At the 3 mile mark you will leave Wapiti Lake trail turning left on to Wapiti Cut-off trail. After another.9 miles you will reach the junction for Ribbon lake and the campsites. Turn right and continue for about.1 miles to the junction for campsite 4R1. You will see a sign for Cord Cascade at this last junction before the campsite, but this 1,000 foot waterfall can only be seen from the opposite side of the canyon. The campsite area is just a few feet past the sign. For your return trip take the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake trail all the way back to Wapiti Lake Trail head. This loop will take you through about every ecosystem in the park, from open grass fields, pine forest, lakes, wetlands, and thermal features.
Drove in from east to west on a Friday late afternoon and the sign at the East Gateway said all park campgrounds were full. As I know to do, we stoped to check and see if there were any cancellations… and voila there was a spot waiting for us!
Madison Campground is a huge campground with 278 site, needless to say you will not be camping alone here, or with much privacy. The campground is set amongst lodge pole pines. While this is a large campground the sites are decently sized and not right on top of each other, but close. We had a quiet stay, but with the size of this campground your odds of that one loud group or family being near will be quiet high. Allow yourself plenty of time to check-in, as the process will be quite slow if numerous campers show up at the same time. The campground appears to have two heated restrooms per loop, with a dish washing station at them. You will not have to throw out much trash during your visit, the campground has a large recycling area, including compost. You can recycle type 1& 2 plastic, cardboard, aluminum& steel cans, glass bottles and camp stove fuel bottles. The campground roads are all paved as are the parking pads. Each site has a picnic table and metal fire ring. Bear food lockers are located through out the campground, but you might need to share with fellow campers as each site does not have their own. Of the 278 site, 62 are tent only and there are 3 group sites. Cost to camp is$28 per night. The price is a little steep, but this campground has the advantage of being fairly centrally located to most of the top attractions in the park, plus you are only 15 miles away from West Yellowstone where you can stock up on everything you might need.
Camping on the banks on the banks of the Warm River, which actually is quite cold, can’t get much better than this! There are several options here- tent camping in a tent only walk in area along the river banks and under some pretty good hammocking trees (best sites are #12, 13, 16, and 8 because they have some space from neighbors and are right on the river); RV sites with what looks like at least electric hook ups (best sites for river views and/or privacy are #2, 4, 6, 19); from what neighbors say is pretty good fishing; and an awesome alternative to camping at Mesa Falls if that campground is full. Walk down the road and cross the river to check out a protected area of the river where the fish are HUGE and you can stand with your toes in the river while you feed them bits of bread. The sites all have the usual picnic tables and firepits, with nice level tent pads, clean vault toilets, and firewood for sale from the campground host. The only two downsides are no showers and the campground is wedged between the road and the river, so there is quite a bit of road noise in the day which fortunately dies down once dark sets in. At that point the river covers the road noise (also helpful in the morning). The campground is close to a lot of hiking trails, but there are no trailheads in the campground (so I guess that makes three bummers). All in all, a cool place to camp.
West Yellowstone Grizzly campground is located close to the West Yellowstone entrance. It is an Rv Park, lodging, and cabins. It is also in the town of West Yellowstone which is a darling little town with so much to do. The Rv sites are full hook ups and they have picnic benches on a leveled gravel site. There are no fires allowed here and it is pet friendly. . They have WiFi and cable. The sites are pretty close together, which I did not like. There is a grass area on each site which is wonderful for dogs. There are 4 laundry rooms and clean bathrooms and showers. We stayed for 2 days and would stay again.
Well kept campground. Gravel area for tents. Beautiful views. We saw moose, bear,foxes, and elk nearby. Market, laundry mat, and showers very close. Four stars
Wow I have fallen in love with this campground. We stayed in the Rv area with full hook-ups and a good sized site which was gravel with a picnic bench and surrounded by shade. There was no fire pit but they did offer some close to the beach which is a minute away from our campsite. The only WiFi and cell service is at the bar and laundry area but it’s kind of nice to just step away from them. There is a gift shop, grocery store, laundry with showers, visitor center, gas station, propane fill, pizza parlor(yummy), bar/restaurant, and a marina offering boat and kayak rentals(1st come 1st serve). There are tons of activities to do in the area along with hiking trails, rentals, guided fishing, wildlife viewing, photo ops everywhere and A FAMILY OF BLACK BEARS that frequent the area. There is also jr ranger classes and religious services on Sunday. Our family truly enjoyed our stay and would come again
HeadWaters Rv campground is located in the perfect place right between Yellowstone and The Tetons. Perfect for exploring both Parks. The cell service is pretty spotty, but it’s great to just put down your phone and enjoy your surroundings. It is only 5 minutes walk from the campground to Snake River access. Fires are allowed at this campground. There are Rv, tent, and cabins to stay at. The cabins in the camp area are small but have full sized bunk beds and a desk and dresser. These cabins do not have water or electricity, but there are other cabins with power up the road. The tent and Rv spots are on gravel with lots of shade, a picnic table, and fire ring. Rv sites are Electric and water. There are so many activities to do. Along with the activities they have every day there is horse riding, guided fly fishing, hiking trails for everyone, bus tours, jr. rancher classes and so much more Also on site at the campground is a dish washing area next to the clean bathrooms and showers. There is a propane fill, fresh water fill, restaurant, gift shop, ATM machine, gas station, and bear boxes. I would definitely recommend this campground for any duration of trip.
My boy and I headed up to Island Park for Father's Day '19 for a few days of camping and fly fishing. As we first got into the campground, a moose was grubbing on some shrubs. Found our camping spot and no one was around except for a few campers.
Our spot was very spacious and had some cover from the Aspen and Pine trees. Big driveway. There are bear boxes every few spots to share if needed. Our camp host told us that the area received about 11' of snow by Jan and when they arrived beg of May, there was still 4' of snow on the ground. The area had a lot of standing water still in June, which bred massive amounts of mosquitos. The first thing the host said to us was his apologies for the mosquitos.
After lathering with repellant, we headed to the Buffalo river for some fly fishing. It was my 8 year old's first time fly fishing and this river is perfect for first-timers. Most areas are about 2-3' deep with some deeper holes. We arrived at the river just in time for a massive Caddis fly hatch and he landed himself a few 10" trout. We spent the next few days fishing up and down the river, where we caught about 17 trout between us. It made for a perfect camping trip minus the mosquitos.
Mostly I stay at state parks when I camp, but there isn’t much of that around Jackson Hole. This place was great. We stayed in the RV area and it was as much as could be expected. Pull through sites, fire pits, enough space between sites to give you some privacy. The bathrooms and showers were top notch. Close enough to day trip around Jackson. Fun enough to stick around. Awesome tiny house style cabins. We didn’t stay in those but poked around and would totally stay there next time. They looked awesome.
The campground is within walking distance of Lower Mesa Falls and an easy but longer hike to Upper Mesa Falls. All the usual amenities in this campground- picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets(really clean!), plus steel prep stand tables. No cell service for me here, but I think some other campers had service with a different carrier. Definitely do the hike to the falls to save yourself a parking fee($5), or be sure to take your Interagency National Parks card and the parking fee will be waived. Not far away is the Bear Gulch hike, which is very pretty, but you will likely have to share the trail with mountain bikers and dirt bikers, so be prepared.
Yellowstone NP is just 6 miles from the campground, so it’s passable for a few nights. You don’t need to spend much time in the campground because there isn’t much shade. Sites are very tight. There is a tour bus that can pick you up at KOA's office for a ride to the park, if you don’t want to drive yourself. There is also horseback riding, fly-fishing, and whitewater rafting nearby. indoor pool, laundry/shower dump station. They have pancakes in the morning. West Yellowstone is close by for after visiting the park.
We booked a deluxe site here because that’s all they had left. You could easily have paid the same for a decent hotel room. The patio for the deluxe sites was tiny, basically the size of a small sidewalk. The sites were really close together and didn’t provide any privacy. Bathrooms were ok. If you get a tent site or cabin along the edges of the campground then this could be a great place to stay. The store was really nice as were the staff. If you are a KOA diehard or have a huge rig then this might be a good option. Otherwise try to get a site inside Yellowstone to be closer to nature.