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Grand Teton National Park is known for its stunning peaks and its wildlife, but it’s also a perfect destination for an RV trip. Just south of iconic Yellowstone National Park, it’s a destination on its own or is a great stop on a road trip through Wyoming. With these four tips, you’ll be ready to take on the Tetons in your RV.
RV Trailer Length Counts
As of 2022, all Grand Teton campgrounds require advance reservations. For all campgrounds, including Colter Bay Campground, Colter Bay RV Park and Headwaters Campground, make reservations on Recreation.gov. Plan ahead and reserve your site up to six months in advance. Of Grand Teton’s seven campgrounds, six of them are RV-friendly. Gros Ventre, Colter Bay and Headwaters campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length and Signal Mountain and Lizard Creek can accommodate rigs up to 30 feet in length.
Colter Bay RV Park (this is a different facility than the campground) and Headwaters Campground have pull-through sites.
Take Care of the Basics
Once you’ve figured out which campgrounds your rig can fit in, the next thing to consider is the basics. Do you need a full hookup or just electricity? Colter Bay RV Park and Headwaters Campground have full hookups and Gros Ventre, Signal Mountain and Colter Bay campgrounds have electric-only hookups. You’ll be dry camping at Lizard Creek.
Dump stations are located at Gros Ventre, Signal Mountain and Colter Bay campgrounds.
All of Grand Teton’s RV-friendly campgrounds have seasonal flush toilets and many have showers and laundry facilities nearby. You can even connect to the internet seasonally at Signal Mountain campground.
Be Bear Aware
Both grizzlies and black bears call Grand Teton National Park home. Protect yourself and the bears by being bear aware while camping in your RV. Each campground is equipped with a bear locker. While food and scented items can be stored in a closed, locked and hard-sided vehicle, it’s recommended that you store them in the bear locker when not in use.
Never leave food or scented items out in the open or in soft-sided or un-locked vehicles. This includes coolers. Minimize attraction by putting anything you’re not immediately using away. In addition, carry bear spray with you (and know how to use it) when you go for hikes and even short walks near the campground.
Check the Weather
While the rest of the country may be full of flowers in April, or experiencing crisp fall days in October, winter lasts much longer in Grand Teton National Park. Your best chance of experiencing summer weather is mid-June through mid-September, but snow often flies later or earlier than you’d expect, and overnight temperatures can be quite cold even during summer days. Check campground opening dates, road conditions and weather before trip planning, so you don’t end up driving your RV through an unplanned blizzard.
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