Open late May to late September. Located 25 miles north of Moose with 350 individual sites without utility hookups and 11 group sites. Individual sites without hookups are first-come, first-served, advanced reservations are not accepted. The Colter Bay RV Park has sites with full utility hookups. Reservations are accepted for sites in the RV Park and for group sites in the campground. Colter Bay Campground and RV Park has modern comfort stations with a trailer dump station, showers and laundry nearby. Colter Bay is a wooded campground with larger sites and easier access if you are traveling with a camper, trailer or RV. Close to Jackson Lake with many nearby activities. The campground generally fills in the afternoon , if at all, reservations are advised for the RV Park. The maximum length of stay is 14 days with no more than 30 days in the park per year. Website: www.gtlc.com
We got in the queue around 10am on a Sunday morning, which worked in our favor as many folks seemed to be leaving from the weekend. Check-in was friendly and pleasant. As always, sites differ in size and attractiveness, but we got a very spacious site (B60?)that would have accommodated several large tents in addition to a pull through drive for the vehicle/rv. It was shady and quiet and we were happy to have pleasant neighbors. It got very quiet by 9pm, which is refreshing in such a large campground. The Colter Bay Campground village has a shower facility ($5 per) which was impeccably clean when we were there in the early mornings. I did laundry one afternoon and noticed that the showers are much busier then when people are coming back from hikes or whatever, and the gal at the desk was having a hard time keeping up with the cleaning and staffing the desk at the same time. Bathrooms and grounds were clean, well-tended, occasional wildlife passing through so be on guard. WiFi is available in and around this building, but don’t expect to get WiFi or cell at your campsite. We had hoped to spend a day on the beach there, but it was closed due to bear activity in the area. We were on a three week camping trip and this campground provided the best experience of all that we stayed at.
We camped in Colter Bay Campground on Tuesday, August 25. Check in was easy, and the campground is very big on bear safety, seeing as there's at least one bear in the campground every day, but we never encountered one and followed all their safety precautions. There wasn't a ton of privacy at our site, but once it was dark it didn't matter much that our neighbors in the loop were all close at hand. Bathrooms were extremely conveniently placed, and there was even a room with a large, toilet-like sink where you could rinse your dishes. The lake and and pebble beach were a very short walk from our loop, and it was some of the most beautiful scenery we saw on our three-week roadtrip. The mountains were gorgeous and snow-topped, and the lake was clearer than any water I've ever seen before. My only regret is that we only had one night here, and I'm sure exploring the area would have been magnificent.
My sister and I stayed here after we couldn’t get a site at Jenny Lake. They have a ton of tent sites so the odds of nabbing a one is high. We got in line on a Friday morning around 7:15 and we were lucky enough to grab one of the last 20 sites available. Check in line was slow (we were in line for 3 hrs) but site was good! There is potable water, bathrooms are clean, and trash/recycling are readily available.
It’s a quick 5 min walk to the lake to stargaze or play in the water. Same amount of time to walk to the general store/visitor center. I have Verizon and didn’t have much service anywhere. General store has free WiFi and you’ll see a bunch of people in front or under the trees at the picnic tables on their phones. Free drinking water is available by spigot at the general store and the gas station on the main road.
I would recommend and stay here again. We didn’t spend much time at the campsite so it did the trick for a few days.
This campground has some absolutely beautiful scenery as you would expect in Grand Teton National Park. It has access to river rock beaches with swimming at Colter bay, restaurants and gift shops (which we did not have time to explore), so much hiking and exploring you can do and yellowstone is in driving distance.
They are first come first serve so arrive early to get your spot as they fill up fast, even on weekdays. We left on a Friday at 6am before they opened for check in (in August) and when we left people were already in line in their cars waiting to get spots.
We were in loop B with a small trailer. Moderately private sites with fire ring, bear proof food safe, picnic table. Bathroom and water in easy walking distance.
28’ trailer and 22’ truck during September made this tight parking with plenty of neighbors! Had all the amenities but more people than we like to have. National parks are this way so we were glad to find a spot!
Typical busy NP campground. Very clean, running water, flushing toilets. Close to amenities like gas station, showers, general store, etc if your willing to wait in line. Downsides are the crowds and tight camping quarters.
Colter bay was one of my favorite campsites on our 12 day road trip. The small village offers everything you need including restaurants, convenience store, gas station, marina, and several campsite loops. It was first come first serve when we went in August but we got there at 3pm and still got a site! Will definitely be coming back!
You could spend your entire vacation here without leaving the campground (but don’t do that because there are two incredible National Parks right there). If I had to nitpick l, one thing is that most of the tent campsites aren’t too isolated from one another. When I stayed at the cabins, this wasn’t as much of an issue but still not great privacy. But I’m grasping at straws…I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
We spent quite a bit of time in the Colter Bay Village area during our visit to Grand Teton. We split time tent camping and staying in one of the historic Colter Bay Cabins. Reservations are not accepted for the campground and are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We arrived at the campground to get in line around 7:00 a.m. and were able to get a sight within 15 or 20 minutes of the gate opening.
We drove into our site and pitched our tent and then headed back out for the day to explore the park. We were so busy trying to get as much in that I didn't get any photos of the tent site. However, the sites are nicely spaced with a good deal of shade. Each site has a nice and clean fire ring, picnic table and ample flat ground for pithing a tent.
The campground has bathrooms spaced within each loop. They have an area to drain dish water (separate from the bathroom) and flush toilets. I would say that the bathrooms are dated but we didn't experience them being gross or overly dirty as another reviewer mentioned. And yes, the campground is a little expensive which is normal for Grand Teton. In my experience, it is one of the most expensive parks to travel in.
Our cabin at Colter Bay was wonderful! It was clean and just what we needed for a few nights. The folks in the office were attentive and friendly. The folks in the cabin next to us were a bit loud but it didn't impact our stay much. It wasn't spacious but it was plenty big enough to bring things in, get ready for a backcountry trip, shower and get a good night's sleep. No, they aren't cheap but we didn't mind splurging for a few nights!