We just wrapped up a fantastic 9-day stay in Grand Tetons, and we saw and did so much I’ll have to break it up into a few posts! We stayed in the fabulous Gros Ventre campground. Our friends Sean and Kristy (Long Long Honeymoon) had told us that this was their favorite campsite ever, and I have to agree with them. It’s a first-come, first-served campground, but it rarely fills up so you can pretty much always get a spot. The sites themselves are very spacious with great separation between neighbors. We were lucky enough to get a site that backed up to the Snake River, and the river was so full and flowing we could hear it inside our RV. There lots of wildlife in the park too – we saw bison, antelope, and moose. There were recent reports of a grizzly bear in the campground, but she didn’t make any appearances while we there. The park is located at the south end of the park, so it gives you easy access to both the park and the town of Jackson. The only downside is that it’s dry camping. There is one new section that has electric hook-ups, but it almost doubles the price to get one of those spots. We loved this park and we’ll definitely stay here again. Below are couple of pictures of the campsite and the river right behind us.
As you drive down the road from the campground back towards the park, the Snake River runs right alongside the road the whole time. There are several parking areas where you can stop and just take in the scenery.
We visited Grand Teton last year also, but only had a couple of days. It was so nice this time to have plenty of time to explore all the many things this beautiful park has to offer. Just down the road from Gros Ventre is Mormon Row, which is a group of several old farmhouses that were built by the Mormons when they settled in the area.
The Tetons themselves are just stunning, and can be viewed from almost anywhere inside the park.
There are several other former ranches and cabins sprinkled throughout the park. Most of them are part of the park, but a few are privately owned.
Just south of the park is the National Elk Refuge. There are several dirt roads throughout the park that anyone can drive through, and a couple of the roads also venture into the nearby Bridger-Teton National Forest. We spent a couple of hours driving through here and the wildlife was plentiful – we saw mountain goats, antelope, and big horn sheep, but surprisingly no elk. We even saw a coyote chasing a group of antelope, but he eventually gave up and left them alone.
Well, we did actually see one elk – or rather, what was left of one. I don’t know why, but there’s something about this picture I love. It’s a good example of how the park is truly wild – there’s life and death here every day.