Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Grand Teton National Park is an American national park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres (1,300 km2), the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, to which it is connected by the National Park Service–managed John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Along with surrounding national forests, these three protected areas constitute the almost 18-million-acre (73,000-square-kilometer) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the world's largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems.
The human history of the Grand Teton region dates back at least 11,000 years when the first nomadic hunter-gatherer Paleo-Indians began migrating into the region during warmer months to pursue food and supplies. In the early 19th century, the first explorers encountered the eastern Shoshone natives. Between 1810 and 1840, the region attracted fur trading companies that vied for control of the lucrative beaver pelt trade. U.S. government expeditions to the region commenced in the mid-19th century as an offshoot of exploration in Yellowstone, with the first permanent white settlers in Jackson Hole arriving in the 1880s.
Efforts to preserve the region as a national park began in the late 19th century, and in 1929 Grand Teton National Park was established, protecting the Teton Range's major peaks. The valley of Jackson Hole remained in private ownership until the 1930s when conservationists led by John D. Rockefeller Jr. began purchasing land in Jackson Hole to be added to the existing national park. Against public opinion and with repeated Congressional efforts to repeal the measures, much of Jackson Hole was set aside for protection as Jackson Hole National Monument in 1943. The monument was abolished in 1950 and most of the monument land was added to Grand Teton National Park.
Grand Teton National Park is named for Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The naming of the mountains is attributed to early 19th-century French-speaking trappers—les trois tétons (the three teats) was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons. At 13,775 feet (4,199 m), Grand Teton abruptly rises more than 7,000 feet (2,100 m) above Jackson Hole, almost 850 feet (260 m) higher than Mount Owen, the second-highest summit in the range. The park has numerous lakes, including 15-mile-long (24 km) Jackson Lake as well as streams of varying length and the upper main stem of the Snake River. Though in a state of recession, a dozen small glaciers persist at the higher elevations near the highest peaks in the range. Some of the rocks in the park are the oldest found in any American national park and have been dated at nearly 2.7 billion years.
Grand Teton National Park is an almost pristine ecosystem and the same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found there. More than 1,000 species of vascular plants, dozens of species of mammals, 300 species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the park. Due to various changes in the ecosystem, some of them human-induced, efforts have been made to provide enhanced protection to some species of native fish and the increasingly threatened whitebark pine.
Grand Teton National Park is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, fishing, and other forms of recreation. There are more than 1,000 drive-in campsites and over 200 miles (320 km) of hiking trails that provide access to backcountry camping areas. Noted for world-renowned trout fishing, the park is one of the few places to catch Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout. Grand Teton has several National Park Service–run visitor centers and privately operated concessions for motels, lodges, gas stations, and marinas.
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Best location and amenities
Love staying here when traveling to grand Teton national Park. The campground is close to all the major sites and the camp staff do a wonderful job maintaining everything. The campsites are relatively close together, and you do get a lot of international travelers. I love listening for all the different languages around us. We have stayed here several years in a row now and plan to next year as well.
Great campground within the park. Excellent location to access Yellowstone which is a quick drive away and the northern section of the Tetons. Campground is located on Jackson Lake which is stunning and offers a lot of water activities. Fun to take a quick dip in a mountain lake on a hot day! Campground was very clean with large sites….many that offered shade in the pines. Showers are available for $5.00 and are worth the cost! Cute general store on site with anything you could want plus delicious ice cream! Electric sites are limited but are available. Highly recommend!
Excellent campground in the park. Great access to the southern part of the park where there are some of the biggest attractions and best hiking trails in the Tetons. Great views of the Tetons right from the campground. Campground was very clean and well kept. There are no showers but bathrooms were very clean and convenient. We did not see wildlife in the campground but saw a moose and calf right down the road. Highly recommend for great access to Tetons attractions!
Nice Location to tour the park
We were pleasantly surprised with the accessibility to the rest of the national park from this campground. Also, it was an easy drive into Jackson as well. Our main goal was to visit Jenny Lake & the surrounding area. The campground was huge and very well organized. A team of greeters met us at the front driveway to check us in and provide extra information. There are some wooded areas whick looked nice, but we camped closer to the plains and it was nice. The whole campground is very bike friendly. I would stay here again.
Best camp of the trip!
We did a big roadtrip through Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, and Jasper this summer and started off very strong with Colter Bay. Every site is near the lake, which has a gorgeous mountain view (obviously). We loved the pull-in feature of each camp, a C-shaped pull-in right off the road for easy drive-in and drive-out and dedicated vehicle space. Each site had the tent pad nestled away in the trees for a very good amount of privacy. Overall, 5/5!
Perfect Spot for Access - Crowded
Jenny Lake Campsite 12 was great for my family of 4 - tent camping. The camp hosts were very understanding when the first night - we arrived and decided to go on to Jackson for a hotel room because of a storm and the temps. We left early the last day because I wasn't feeling well. It was our first time to Jenny Lake. If you want to do the Inspiration Point - Cascade hike and kayak Jenny, String and/or Leigh Lakes - this is a wonderful place to camp. You take a short walk to the Jenny Lake boat shuttle over to the hike (boat starts at 7am) Which means you don't have to fight for a parking spot. Walk over in the morning and you have a much smoother morning and day (and your hike is done before those afternoon storms roll in.) At 2pm when you are chilling - there will be cars everywhere, circling, and parked on the road. It is a quick skip down to the String Lake lot. Get there in the morning. When we were done kayaking for the day around 2pm - stressed people were approaching asking for our spot and very irritated they couldn't just arrive and park.
Site 12 was nice and had a great spot in the back for Hammock and shade. All spots are not created equal and neighbors are very close for many sites. But it is tents only - so no generator noise. There isn't anything uniquely amazing about the sites - but not having to come in to the park every day from Jackson and being central - really makes life easier.
Could not have gotten this site without CampNab because they are few and fill as soon as they are live.
Full hookups in the Tetons!
Full hookups in the Tetons is a major plus! We have camped here many summers and always choose this location due to the close proximity to all the amazing things the grand Tetons has to offer. Sites are large and surrounded by large mature trees that provide great shade, short walk to lake Jackson, laundry facilities available and a really fun camp store that will cover all your needs. Would recommend to anyone! Only downside is this campground is one of the hardest places to get a reservation, but thanks to campnab we got a reservation
The jewel of the park system
what a beautiful, serene location. Good lunch landing a spot, but if you do hold on to it and enjoy!
The views were incredible! Highly recommend this campground!
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