I wrote review a few weeks ago that was rejected - so trying again because really want people to know what a wonderful little jewel this is -- only place we have seen large wildlife.
If you want to get back to the basics, and enjoy the simple pleasures of our beautiful outdoors and Grand Teton National Park, I whole-heartedly recommend Gros Ventre Campground as your 1st stop between Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park (and/or as you come from North before going to Jackson Hole, of course)!
Gros Ventre (pronounced "Grow Vaunt." and means "big belly" in French) Campground is the closest campground to the town of Jackson (aka Jackson Hole). Situated between Jackson Hole, Wyoming (11.8 miles) and Moose (11.5 miles). You do NOT want to miss Jackson Hole and Gros Ventre campground is a perfect jumping point. Moose hosts the Grand Teton National Park’s headquarters, a very nice Visitor Center (open year-round), and Grand Teton Natural History Association. There is also a post office.
You can usually get a spot at Gros Ventre Campground. It generally fills in the evening, if at all. We had no problem finding a site. The campground lies along the Gros Ventre River with a mix of sites in sagebrush, or beneath cottonwoods. The Gros Ventre River is a short walk and runs adjacent to the campground.
While enjoying our Summer 2012 journey IMMENSELY, it was a working journey as Deb's Professional Services had events scheduled in Jackson Hole -- Gros Ventre was perfect as it was close and easy to get back and forth to Jackson Hole driving our motor coach. During our Summer 2012 Yellowstone Journey, Bob and I preferred campgrounds with lower elevation, easy terrain/access, not far from our main route. Gros Ventre Campground offered us all of this (elevation 6,565 feet) – and so much more.
While there are no hookups, its campers come in a variety of ways. There were people who had back-packed in and pitched their tent (on campground tent pads) and others who had larger luxury motor coaches. The area is spacious, however -- if you are in a big rig i.e. 40 feet or more with slide outs, etc. your choices are very limited (loop A had a lot of them when we walked through there).
• It is first-come, first serve basis, except for Group Camping.
• Check in at office BEFORE going to spot re availability. If you do not already have a favorite spot, they will assign you one dependent on size of your rig and your specific needs.
• There is staff on duty during office hours
• Staff very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area
• You can purchase ice
• You can purchase firewood ($6/bundle and please do not use firewood from other parks as it increases danger of disease to our forests, etc.)
• Dump Station (fee for non-campers)
• There is informational materials available
• You can trade, check out books
• Back porch in wooded area with a picnic table & electrical outlet
o to sit a spell
o signal for cell phones
o use/charge your laptop, phones, etc
website for group reservations --
350 individual campsites and 5 large group sites. Maximum allowed per site is two tents, two vehicles, and six guests. (2 motorcycles = 1 vehicle, RV = 2 vehicles, trailer = 1 vehicle)
The camping areas are comprised of 7 loops, each loop having narrow, paved roads; and connected along a main road running through the campground. We moved our location to a further loop – liking more of a feel of not right up by the office – more in with nature so to speak, able to use generator, and not as much traffic. Moving was no problem – but make sure you do it officially through the office. We found the loops are designed though so that traffic does not appear to BE a problem. We ran our generator at various times, of course NOT during designated quiet hours. Each loop appears to be different in the scenery, as well as the type of site and rules i.e. generators are allowed to be run only in designated loops.
BATHROOM AREAS: Each loop contains 2 bathrooms. Suggest you bring along your own sani-wipes, etc.
• Clean and Maintained
• Flush toilets
• Potable water
• Community Bear Box
• At night (VERY dark) each bathroom is lit by inside lights and a few dim outdoor lights.
EACH CAMPSITE for the most part is roomy and level – all are gravel, and:
• sturdy picnic table
• fire pit
• barricade (While we experienced no problem, I am told to be careful in some rigs re these. To allow rear end to hang over the barricade - so front end is off the road, set the jacks manually WITHOUT dumping the air suspension. This is a precaution to avoid fiberglass damage on the barricade).
PAYMENTS & RESERVATIONS: This is a Grand Teton National Park campground and accepts National Park and certain Inter-Agency passes. Being seniors, we paid $10/night for our motor coach. We had no other vehicles.
Campsites are available on a first come basis. Advance reservations are only taken for group sites. I gave a website earlier for this.
Campers with vehicle $20.50 per night
Golden Age or Golden Access Passport $10 per night
Group Tent Sites, $25 non-refundable registration fee, $5 per person per night
Golden Age or Golden Access Passport, $2.50 per person per night
Open dependent on season/weather. Usually May to October
We stayed at Gros Ventre Campground in our 30 foot motor-coach (no slides) “Gypsy” from August 6 to August 13, 2012. We are fully contained and did not use the bathrooms often – except during our walks. They were clean and maintained. Suggest you bring your own hand wipes. Showers are NOT available on site – but the friendly office volunteers will be able to direct you to where you can obtain a shower.
VERIZON worked sporadically for our cell phone and computer. Having a full-service office available in our Deb’s Professional Services motor coach, “Gypsy”, it is vital we have a dependable source of electricity and WI-FI. We are fully contained, thereby having a generator that allows us to boondock. We also have Verizon wireless internet for my netbook in addition to our own MIFI hotspot for our full-size, stationery equipment. The back porch of the office always had a great signal and was pleasant area. I enjoyed time spent working there on my netbook, and using their electricity and Wi-Fi.
Gros Ventre Campground borders the National ELK Refuge and the Gros Ventre River. (Entrance to The National Elk Refuge is between Jackson Hole and Gros Ventre.)
We loved our many leisurely walks to/along the Gros Ventre River which runs alongside the campground. There are lots of areas to walk within the campground. Because of boulders etc., and my husband and I only walk on easy terrain, which for the most part this really is – there were some areas where we could get closer to the river than others.
The nights are VERY dark and quiet. We enjoyed sitting by our campfire with the view of the starry summer night sky – it was out of this world – lol! Seriously, after experiencing the beautiful sunset -- it is like the Western Night Sky comes closer, right down to pull a starry blanket close to you. We loved looking out our back window while lying in bed.
WILDLIFE: We continually enjoyed watching the birds and little critters throughout the park while busy going about their day or playing at our campsite. This is actually the ONLY campsite on our 2012 Yellowstone Journey where we saw large wildlife right from our motor coach. Although we were next to the National Elk Refuge, we had no ELK spottings due to the time of year. According to staff there is minimal BEAR activity (they do have community bear boxes available).
After enjoying the beautiful sunrises, Bob often pointed out MOOSE in the distance, heading toward the river.
One morning while reading in bed, I glanced around at a movement I caught out the corner of my eye – a LARGE moose standing right outside my bedroom window! People were walking up close taking pics, after several minutes (maybe a half an hour! – cause some people ran back to their motor coaches and camps to get cameras while others waited). I was told he is a frequent visitor to Gros Ventre. There were several sightings of moose throughout Gros Ventre Campground, we heard about them from other campers, or saw them ourselves almost daily.
They also have a resident BADGER-- seen almost daily at the other end from where we camped. We saw one once at our campsite as well.
One day we spotted a large BISON in the distance by the road, slowly ambling his way toward Gros Ventre. He was HUGE to be seen so well from the distance, and naturally grew as he came closer! We watched for a long time as he ambled across the meadow and then he began to cut over more toward end nearest the elk refuge.
AMPHITHEATRE & ACTIVITIES. There is an amphitheater, daily Ranger Programs, and church services at least weekly. The amphitheater parking lot, just off the main campground road, is the best place to hook or unhook a towed.
TRANSPORTATION & SHUTTLE. . There is ample and easy parking lot access as you go back into Jackson Hole (close to where you can also pay to get a shower). We prefer to use public transportation whenever we can. There is no bus service. Taxis provide service to the campground. There is SHUTTLE SERVICE during the normal campground season that while it does NOT come to Gros Ventre, it is still a good venue for Park n Ride i.e. North Route – Jackson Hole Visitor Center, Elk Refuge Inn, National Museum of Wildlife Art.
If we are blessed to come this way again -- Gros Ventre Campground will be where we will stay again. It is of course added to our Recreational Concierge list of recommendations.
I hope this has provided you with the information you need in order to decide to make Gros Ventre a stop along your way.
- Also Known As:
- Gros Ventre Campground Hotel Moran
- Gros Ventre Campground Wyoming/Moran