Recreation area with activity Dispersed Camping
Camping on Shadow mountain can be a game of chance. But it can be rewarding. As you drive off hwy 89 and head east toward Kelly you will beer north. This is not a campground, there are just places to pull off and camp as you drive up Shadow. I head there is a campground and RV park but we didn’t go there.
We found a spot to camp nothing is provided, just a spot of dirt and views of the Tetons.
The only problem in the summer is that there’s a late night party crowd that can swoop in and can be noisy.
First come first served.
Found a spot with the perfect view of The Grand. Road was a bit bumpy with a few big divots but made it up in my Promaster. Plenty of campsites. They were remote enough that you couldn’t necessarily hear the neighbors but could see their fire smoke. It was absolutely beautiful. Stayed 3 nights. And will definitely go back again.
A great view of the Tetons! A little windy but worth it!
The BEST place to camp in the Tetons! 4wd/awd recommended to get to the higher, better spots. Campsites are dispersed so there’s plenty of privacy. And it’s FREE!
Best view of the Tetons you can get while camping. Pretty easy to get to with amazing sunrise and sunsets
Camped here on the tail end of a two week overland trip through 8 states and 4 national parks. This was the best campsite. Spots are spread out from each other and the view is the best I've ever had from a vehicle accessible camp. Would recommend 4wd/offroad capable vehicle for the upper camps but RVs and such can get in to the lower camps. You can make most or all of the road in 2wd if you have enough ground clearance. The higher you climb the better the reward! Highly recommend if you're in the area. Also after a frustrating day battling crowds at Grand Tetons NP and Jackson this place was an amazing break from people.
If your wanting a place that overlooks the Grand Teton National Park this is your place. The views from campsites 1-15 are absolutely unreal and overlook Antelope Flats followed by the Grand Teton's. Some of the other campsites at Shadow Mountain are harder to navigate. Around Shadow Mountain there is about 8 miles worth of 4 wheeler trails that you can bike or walk where the other campsite locations are located.
Shadow Mountain is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and from May 1- Labor Day you can stay a maximum of 5 days, the other dates you can stay up to 16 days. The camp ambassador has more detailed maps of the camping areas. This part of the national forest allows for FREE dispersed camping but only at assigned campsites. There is a camp ambassador on-site near sites 1-15 to help enforce the rules(this is a busier campsite in the summer as its very close to Jackson and lots of locals come out- kind of a party spot). There is a porta-potty on site on campsites 1-15 but no water or other amenities near other campsites.
The road to get this location can be difficult but maneuverable as there are some large ruts in spots and larger river rock makes slower travel. It can be navigated by pretty much any car type or truck with trailer. If you have an RV it may be difficult to get to this location.
Overall we highly recommend you check out this spot as the view is absolutely gorgeous. There is animal activity in the area Moose, Elk, Grizzly so use proper animal safety,"be bear aware." The camp ambassador mentioned a few weeks prior to our stay a grizzly attached a mom and her baby Moose near campsite 14!
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While your access to the park is more limited than would be ideal, this scattered site is free and has the best view, across the valley, of the Teton range. I recommend getting up early to best enjoy the sunrise, before taking off for the park. There are no reservations, so claim your space as early as possible, but the view is worth it, the higher up the hill you get.
Shadow Mountain is the most popular place to camp for anyone in Jackson, or people visiting Grand Teton National Park, so finding an available spot tends to be difficult in the summer, but I lucked out and got the best spot on the mountain and spent a week up there. The road into, and out of the forest is HORRIBLE, and LONG, but if you plan on staying for a few days, it's worth the trip. If you only plan on staying one night, the long road might not be worth the effort.
Shadow Mountain dispersed camping is just a few miles across the way from the Moose, Wyoming, entrance to Grand Teton National Park. I've stayed here several times at different sites and always had a memorable experience. There are great views and relative seclusion wherever you find a place to camp. Bring your own water and plan to dispose of your waste. All the spots I've been to had cell reception, as well. The road is doable (depending on weather) with smaller cars with careful driving. Higher clearance may be more ideal. The best part is that it is free.