Bring The Gang: Best Group Campgrounds In Grand Teton NP

Sometimes all you want is a quiet weekend away with your closest friends—all 20 or 30 of them.  That takes a little planning.  In most national parks, group camping is limited to specific areas, and it's smart to book early. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, home to some of the most gorgeous peaks in the West and one of the most popular protected areas in the nation, is no exception. Visitors come from around the world to hike the extensive network of trails, fly fish the Snake and other rivers, and tour the historic and scenic old homesteads of Mormon Row. 

If your spring and summer plans with friends include a stop in Grand Teton, here's what you need to know about group camping within the park. Both of these sites are close to Moose, Wyoming, the tiny town that's home to the park headquarters, a visitor center, the Grand Teton Natural History Association and a post office.

Colter Bay Campground
Open: May 23-September 22
Cost: $25 non-refundable booking fee and an additional $5 per person per night
Contact: (800) 628-9988
Sites: 350 total, 11 group sites
Amenities: Trailer dump station, showers, and laundry nearby. 

Located 25 miles north of Moose, this wooded campground is the easiest to access if you have a camper, trailer or RV. It sits close to Jackson Lake, with amazing views of the water and surrounding peaks, and has good access to the beach and marina. The store nearby has an information booth with everything you need to know about activities in the area.

Gros Ventre Campground
Open: May 3-October 4
Cost: $25 non-refundable registration fee and an additional $5 per person per night
Contact: (800) 628-9988
Sites: 350 total, 5 group sites
Amenities: Trailer dump station

This campground is slightly more rustic, but offers great opportunities to see moose and buffalo that wander through the area. The campsites sit amidst sage brushnand cottonwood trees, and are adjacent to the Gros Ventre River. The camp is in a great location, just between Jackson Hole and Moose. Take the opportunity to shop and explore this iconic Western town while you're there. 

Fore more information about these campgrounds, or to make a reservation, call 800-628-9988 or visit the national park website.