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“Yellowstone Journey -- Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park”

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Gros Ventre Campground
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“Yellowstone Journey -- Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

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).

Office
• 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
o WIFI

website for group reservations --
http://www.gtlc.com/lodging/gtlc-campgrounds-gros-ventre.aspx

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.

2012 Rates
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.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This is a nice campground to stay in grand Tetons. Lot of wildlife around this campground and very beautiful fall colors around this area.Very nice facility in this campground. Just watching this place makes me so peaceful. I am thinking of quitting my full time software job and become a nature photographer for life. Just went to tetons and what a beautiful place with fall colors. Check the shots here www.creativeshutter.com

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Stayed here one night in a tent last week. I selected it because we were arriving into the Grand Tetons late in the day, and I had heard there were often sites available here. It ended up being great. It is close enough to drive into Jackson for dinner (Snake River Brewing Co., highly recommend), but is in a beautiful location down a side road off the main GTNP drag. Driving into Jackson, we came across our first herd of buffalo in the road (had not been to Yellowstone yet!). Very cool to see them up close and personal on our first day!

The campsites were nicely spaced and of good size, with a fire ring and table. Only one bear box for several sites, which was not all that useful. The biggest downside was the bathrooms - there was no soap or towels/dryer for your hands!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

This is the second time we've stayed here. For how open the campground is, it's very quiet at night. The weather during the day can get hot with little shade but it was in the 40's at night so it cooled down.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We spent two nights in Gros Ventre which is at the southern end of the Grand Teton National Park. It is a first come, first serve campground, but we had no problem getting a site around noon on a Thursday. There were still empty sites even by the end of the day. We have a pop up camper, but there were several large RVs that had no problem fitting into the sites. As one reviewer said, there are sparse trees and our site had very little shade, but by late afternoon the temps were going down (even in July) and we were fine. It is a large campground and sits right on the river. There are no hook ups, but there is a dumping station with potable water. You can also use generators from 8am-8pm in certain loops. We were worried about bears as we have a soft sided camper, but that camp ground gets very little bear activity (according to the staff in the office). The only bear boxes available are community ones located near the bathroom. We just kept everything inside the cab of our truck which was what the staff recommended. The bathrooms have flush toilets, no showers. You can buy ice and fire wood at the main office.
The campground is the closest in the park to Jackson. As we wanted to explore that town and we went rafting in Jackson, Gros Ventre (pronounced Grow-Vant) was a really good choice for us. They also offer ranger programs in the campground and the visitor center isn't very far away. We enjoyed getting up early and taking the dirt road just a few yards from the entrance of our campground to the area called Mormon Row. There was a resident herd of Bison living off that road and we saw them every day we were there. We also had the opportunity to hear the wolves one night howling to each other. We would definitely go back to this campground.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Mountain Home, Idaho
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stumbled on this park after being disappointed with the Virginian in Jackson. The park hosts (all volunteer) were friendly and knowledgeable, the campsites were very well maintained, and the location (just east of Blacktail Butte) was outstanding. CG hosts do a fantastic job of running the place, and even with the lack of services available it is one of the best campgrounds I've ever stayed at!

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

The best thing about this campground is that it reportedly rarely fills, or fills last in Grand Teton, so you can generally count on getting a spot. The area is sparsely populated with mature trees; there are enough to hang a clothesline, but not enough to break up the various campsites or protect from wind. The designated tent sites (drive-up) have nice large tent pads. The bathhouse in our loop was in need of paint and general maintenace, but generally clean (strictly cold water; no soap or paper towels). The nearest showers are many miles away. We chose the last available loop on the camp road, the road was blocked off after that, and it was apparently being used as a group site because we retired the first night to the sounds of an electric PA system and periodic outbursts of cheering. Didn't hear anything from them after 10:00, though, and since that's when quiet hours start, it seemed acceptable. (This is a huge campground, so one doesn't stay there for seclusion anyway.) The location is at the extreme south edge of Grand Teton National Park, along the river and relatively close to all the amenities of the village of Jackson. Plenty of wildlife (primarily bison) to be seen along the road. I'd consider staying here again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Gros Ventre Campground
Address: Gros Ventre Road, Moran, WY 83013
Region: United States > Wyoming > Jackson Hole > Moran
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Ranked #5 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Moran
Number of rooms: 166
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