Bridger-Teton National Forest

Free camping in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming

All photos and text by Gale Straub © 2014

On a year long road trip, free camping is key.  All the better if it’s in a beautiful place.

Of four nights spent in Jackson, Wyoming exploring Grand Teton National Park, three were spent on National Forest Land. (The fourth was spent parked on the street in Jackson Hole – luckily it is that kind of town.)  Camping is free for up to 14 nights in National Forest – not so in National Parks.  Amenities are limited – at times you will find complementary pit toilets or a water source – but a place to park a van or pitch a tent is valuable.  Bridger-Teton National Forest surrounds Grand Teton National Park, allowing easy access to sleep and marvel.  Stop into the visitor center, chat with locals – all will point you in the direction of free camping.

Below you’ll find the three campsites I happened upon.

Campsite #1 – Elk Refuge/Curtis Canyon

Campsite #2 – Shadow Mountain

Caveat here – we got stuck on our way up to Shadow Mountain and slept in the van as it straddled the road.  Photos below are of the more ideal camping spots.

Campsite #3 – Forest Road #30333