So, we just returned from our first trip to GTNP and Yellowstone, and tented 3 nights at Colter Bay (also 1 night at Jenny Lake, and 1 night at Gros Ventre). First, GTNP and YNP in autumn is amazing, and Colter Bay has many great services conveniently available in the campground, such as a well stocked camp store, decent showers, one restaurant, and laundry. Colter Bay camp ground is also close enough to YNP to be within striking distance for day trips up to all the southern attractions (although Headwaters at Flagg Ranch would be more centrally located between the parks).
Now the bad news: the bathrooms in the campground look like they have never been cleaned or maintained. The maintenance crew should be fired. No hot water, broken cold water faucets. brown smelly urinal, filthy floors and stalls. WTF? I guess the teenagers they hire for summer workers don't like cleaning bathrooms. At this point, its probably a good idea to gut the entire bathroom and start over from bare walls. I would rather primitive camp in the nearby forest - oh, wait, thats illegal. I'd have to drive 30 miles to get outside the national park before primitive camping is allowed…
One more gripe: although there are many services provided by the national park service or their concessionaires (Vail Resorts) available to campers in the campground, is it really necessary to gouge campers on everything they sell? $32/night to tent, $40 for breakfast for 2, $7.50 for a box of 4 logs, $4 for a shower, I realize the park service claims they are woefully under-funded, but camping is supposed to be a good value for the vacations of middle class Americans, right? After all, they market it as "your national parks" and I pay my taxes, and then they charge me again? If its my national park, then I charge too much for everything.
OK. I feel better now. Other than these items, GTNP is a beautiful place.
Heaven!!!! That's all there is to Say….. There is great camping all over…. For dispersed Camping Free and Probably best views …. Shadow Mountain is the Ticket…. Grovant Campground is another wonderful Place….
Forest Service campground 28 miles outside of Saratoga Wyoming. It has 16 sites and a single vaulted toilet. Each site has a table and fire ring, but no Bear boxes. Road into this site is a bit washboard but otherwise is a decent road into some beautiful location. The sites can accommodate RV’s and trailers. Lots of quad roads to explore. Popular hunting location. First come first serve campground with minimal fee. Jack Creek is a nice fishing stream as well
We saw this campground on Dyrt on our trip through Wyoming to Teton National Park and decided to stay for a night or two. Glad we did! Actually ended up spending 5 nights. Lots of hiking trails, beautiful views, very clean and well dispersed sites. There are electrical hookups in loop A and loop B is primitive. Easy access for RV/Trailer camping and plenty of tent sites as well. First come first serve, but I don’t it gets much use as it is so close to most people’s destination of Yellowstone that they just drive on by. Too bad for them! We had the whole place to ourselves for several nights. Nice waterfall to view also. We will be back!
Only small designated spaces for tents. It’s like one big group site, no designated spaces. We had to park outside of the fenced in tent area and carry all our gear in. The night we were there it was very overcrowded. We didn’t have a picnic table. Tents were so packed in that we were kept up all night by the snoring from the tent next to us. Close to attractions, clean bathrooms and very friendly staff.
Check-in was super helpful to a rookie camper. They suggested how we should pull into the site in order to face the correct direction and they informed us all about the fresh water refill station as well as the black water dumping station. Site was simple to pull in and out of and the trees provided a good amount of privacy.
With Colter bay marina nearby, there was plenty to go see and do. We will definitely stay here again in the future.
After spending a few nights in generic RV parks Atherton Creek is a breath of fresh air. I think there is only one or two full hookup sites available so the rest of the sites are just campsites.
The views of the lake are wonderful, the host is helpful and the campground is quite small. Despite its limited number of sites we had no problem finding a prime site. This is due to the somewhat, out of the way, location. The road is bumpy but paved.
This is the best place we have stayed on our trip. It is calming and comfortable. The shower rooms are clean, everyday! There is grass and trees at every site. The river is behind us and is lovely to watch. I would recommend this place. Site 12.
Clean place to stay on the Snake River. Excellent location if planning to do both parks! We hiked down to the river in the evenings and watched the sunset. Gas was cheaper at the gas station there since it is technically not in the national parks. 🤫
Colter bay….where to relax after Yellowstone and much more accessible. Colter bay has 200-300 camp sites nestled in under the trees. It’s crowed but workable. First come first serve. Get there in the AM and getting a spot is easy. Do not wait till 4pm. You pull your trailer, motor home, parallel to the camp site.
Know National Park rules, this is not forest service land and the rangers will enforce their rules and regulations accordingly. As with any National Park the best of the Park lays outside the your campsite. The views of wildlife and landscape are everywhere.
If you are a tent camper, something you quickly realize when traveling in this are of Wyoming is that not all campgrounds are created equally. There are so many options yet many of them are in high risk areas for bears and because of that you are somewhat limited when it comes to forest sites. That was the case when entering ThreeMile Campground!
I was very interested in this campground for a variety of reasons including large shaded sites, river access and proximity to Yellowstone's Eastern entrance. However as excited as I was I was quickly disappointed as I pulled into camp, got out of my car to pay for a site and discovered I would not be able to stay at this location. I am not opposed to car camping in an area, but at this location they do not allow car camping either only hard sided RVs or Vans. I was so upset!!
I toured the camp despite not being able to stay and just as I had imagined the sites are very nice. The tables are sturdy and mostly shaded. there are bear boxes at each site in addition to fire rings and the spacing for most vehicles is decent.
I spoke to a ranger in the area and he mentioned the threat of moving bears was very high at this campground hence the restrictions and while I understood it was still upsetting. I went on to explore a bit more and noticed that there are several sites along the shore where you can leave your site and walk right into the water. Others were on the land side and offered seclusion with trees and bushes.
Bathrooms here are only vaults and there is no electricity or water provided so you will want to bring everything with you should you stay here. Prices seemed very reasonable at $15 for standard sites and $30 for double with a discount given to senior access pass holders.
I noticed a few posted rules for the campground including quiet time hours for not only generators but also music, a point which the ranger reiterated to me because many people come here and blast music during summer months.
When traveling along the riverside from Cody to Yellowstone and looking for a site which provides large spaces and electricity your options are very limited. This campground is one of the only options available with river access which meet this requirement while also catering to those which desire unimproved camping. The location offers two loops of camping including one which is designed for the primitive camper and one which caters to those who would like some of the comforts of home.
Upon entering camp you will find a camping kiosk with an honor box, however unlike many of the campgrounds in this area there are campground host which hold you accountable for your entry. This makes sense with such offerings.
Each of the camping loops are designed for one way traffic, which allows you to more simplistically move through camp however can be a bit harder for larger rigs when searching for sites as some are not clearly marked.
Each loop has access to vault toilets scattered throughout camp in key locations and there is a common water spigot in several locations around the camp. I found that this was very convenient for those which are not requiring the electricity to still have some access to water since there are no services located nearby camp.
On the primitive loop and improved loop alike the sites are very evenly sized with some locations being back in or pull in another others being pull through. There are also double sites available. All sites have common picnic tables and bear boxes in addition to fire rings.
With such a variety of services and spaces offered prices do range vastly from site to site. If you are wanting a primitive site they start off at $15 for singles and $30 for doubles or $20 for electric singles and $40 for electric doubles. They do however offer a discount for those who have a senior access pass.
This particular campground does not welcome or offer sites for those with horses, something I noticed was very common to this area.
Something which sets this site apart however from other locations is the specific area designed for fishing access. If you pull through camp there is a parking area and large bank access point for those camping at the grounds or just visiting for day use.
Despite being right on the river, I felt this campground seemed much more dry than other campsites and many of the locations were more exposed to the harsh sunlight. When vehicles drove through it was very dusty and made things feel very cloudy.
Along the route from Cody to Yellowstone a variety of campgrounds abound offering inexpensive options with great views. Amongst those Big Game Campground, a seasonally open campground with amazing river access and the wooded feel of a remote mountain campground.
I found this campground when exploring the area and was instantly drawn in by the large shaded sites and how comfortable and secluded they felt. Each site feels removed from the next as they are all built into little burrows and once you park your vehicle you feel very private.
Toward the front of the campground all sites are heavily wooded and toward the back they are somewhat open to the river. Absolutely beautiful views of the mountains and the sound of water around you is very relaxing. The only negative being that some of the river sites also have been barricaded off after recent undercutting of the shoreline by the river ways.
For those who enjoy fishing this is a perfect location as there are miles of shoreline which can be accessed from this point.
Price point is very reasonable at only $10 and with both hard sided RVs and tents welcome this is a very appealing campground, unlike some a littler further toward Yellowstone which are limited to only hard sides.
Campsites each include standard amenities of picnic tables and fire rings along with mandatory use bear boxes. There was a nice introduction to bears for those unfamiliar at the pay kiosk (cash only). I suggest reading this and becoming familiar before exploring the area or camping here.
At this location I did have cellular signal on AT&T although it was pretty limited.
- Be prepared and bring everything you need. There are very limited stops from Cody to Yellowstone and prices at this few locations are much higher than in the Cody community.
- Bring your water shoes if you intend on wading in the water. Although most of the banks are covered with smooth river rocks some broken limbs are in the water with sharp jagged edges.
In GT National Park, about 20 miles from S entrance to Yellowstone, very busy sites are not much, parking for rv and vehicles are along road tents can be put up further from road, bear boxes provided, picnic tables n fire pits, showers r in laundry room up by main stores not very close to camp sites, rode bike up to stores, beach and restaurants, there is a small grocery store on site with gift shop, this park is ran by Vail Resorts for the National Park Service, so you are in a National Park, follow fire restrictions closely.
Stayed here for 6 days had amazing time. We were a minute walk away from the lake and a perfect view of the mountains. They had a great general store with decent prices for being the only store around. And a really nice buffet restaurant with some really amazing servers. The area is in bear country and we did see a bear. And there were obvious signs that the bares were in the ariea alot. When we saw the dear was near us there was also 3 rangers following it keeping the campers safe.
Easy pull through sites, 415. Level Sewer connection had an odd configuration. We had to dig a bit of dirt out in order to make a connection. Nice, clean bathrooms. Showers had no seats and only one hook for clothes, towels and toiletry bag. Very limited Wi-fi that had to be accessed at the lodge reception area. No cell phone service. A courtesy phone is available at the lodge reception desk. Clean laundry facility. 2.25 to wash, 1.75 to dry 40 minutes. Convenience store. Gift shop with WY fishing license. Did not use other amenities. We took a nice ride out Grassy Lake Road from the ranch. The area near the ranch was burned in the 2016 wildfires so you will see lots of burned trees. On the plus side, the wildfires provide nutrients for the wildflowers to thrive. This campground is also fairly convenient to many of the sites to see in the Grand Tetons.
We camped at the North Fork section of Buffalo Bill State Park. The scenery was outstanding and the campsites roomy. Our trailer site, #81 was a pullout/pull-through site. We ended up pulling our trailer in the "wrong" way so that our door faced the picnic table and fire ring rather than the road. The scenery was incredible! We drove around the mountain side of the lake and saw a coyote, grouse and pelicans. We watched the sunset from this incredibly remote and peaceful location. The pay showers were very clean and well laid out. Had to wait a few minutes on a busy morning but definitely worth the wait. Quick drive into Cody, WY.
Found an amazing campsite. A trail led from our campsite down to Jackson Lake. The view was unbelievable. The Park rangers were so friendly and helpful. Bathrooms have flushing toilets and running water. You can walk from the campsite to the Colter Bay store and gift shop. All the campers were so friendly. Definitely going back to Colter Bay.
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.
This is a nice campground with ample privacy between sites. Shelter from the wind helps, as the thunderstorms can be quite intense.
There are plenty of fishing opportunities adjacent to the campground. Be very bear aware when hiking and camping there. We saw fresh grizzly tracks and scat right outside the campground! Bear spray is a must when in this entire area.
Water is available at the entrance and it's wonderful.
The creek creates a nice habitat for bugs of all varieties, so bug spray was necessary.
Our site was a tad too small for our 34' 5th wheel, so we had to forgo a campfire, as the fire pit was right under our bumper.
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 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.
The location is perfect for getting into the Yellowstone. There is some highway noise and didn’t seem to give up throughout the night. The staff is very friendly and the entire facility was extremely well kept and clean. The shower houses were dated but clean. The washers and dryers worked very well and were not over priced like most facilities. We came here because we had to and we would definitely come back or recommend this place to others if passing through.
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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