Grand Teton National Park opens backcountry camping reservations

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Backcountry camping might seem like the last thing you would be thinking about in this snowy weather, but National Park Service rangers are already getting ready for the summer camping season.

Backcountry camping permits will be issued for summer 2023 in Grand Teton National Park.  They will be available online beginning next Tuesday, January 10th at 8 a.m. local time.

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Officials are encouraging would-be campers to reserve their spot early as reservations are expected to fill quickly.

Backcountry camping includes campsites that are not accessible by vehicle (except Spalding Bay). A backcountry trip requires advance planning and obtaining a permit.

Backcountry camping tips available from NPS

For helpful camping tips, you can download a backcountry planning brochure  from the National Park Service website to get started.

Backcountry camping permits can be purchased online in advance at Recreation.gov, or in the park the day before your trip begins, on a first-come, first-served basis, at any park backcountry office, including the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Colter Bay Visitor Center, and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. 

Front country camping reservation available in advance

Camping in the front country of Grand Teton National Park includes campsites you can drive to and standard amenities like restrooms, potable water, metal fire grates, picnic tables and metal bear boxes.

All front country camping is by reservation only and available for booking up to six months in advance at Recreation.gov.

Grand Teton Lodge Company & Flagg Ranch Company operate Gros Ventre Campground, Jenny Lake Campground, and Colter Bay Campground, Tent Village and RV Park and Headwaters Campground and RV Park.

Signal Mountain Lodge operates Signal Mountain and Lizard Creek campgrounds.

Sleep only in designated campgrounds

Just so you know, car camping or sleeping overnight in vehicles. Camping is only allowed at a designated campground.

Overnight parking at trailheads is only permitted with a backcountry permit.

Please visit the park’s website for more information about all camping in the park or call 307-739-3399, and plan ahead.