Jackson Hole

Local Experts: Jackson Hole, Geraldine Mishev

By Local Expert Geraldine Mishev

Where to Camp in Jackson Hole

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Curtis Canyon

Curtis Canyon

The closest camping to downtown Jackson is up Curtis Canyon in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Towards the top of the canyon there is a developed campground with designated sites and vault toilets and there are also numerous free sites. Whether you opt for the campground or snag a free spot, expect views out over the National Elk Refuge and across to the Tetons. 

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Cascade Canyon

Cascade Canyon

Seven miles up Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park is a mile-some-long camping zone with nearly one dozen undeveloped sites to choose from. The higher you hike, the closer you’ll be camped to Lake Solitude, one of the best spots in the entire park to watch and photograph the sunset. Reflections from the park’s major peaks cover the lake. A backcountry camping permit is required.

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Atherton Creek Campground

Atherton Creek Campground

There are 21 tent sites (and nothing for RVs) with grills and picnic tables and communal vault toilets at this campground on the northern shore of Lower Slide Lake, in the Gros Ventre Mountains. There’s also a boat ramp. Power and self-propelled boats are allowed on the 700-acre lake, which was formed by a massive landslide—still visible—in 1925.

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Hoback Campground

Hoback Campground

The Snake River is the valley’s most famous waterway, but it’s the Hoback River that is designated a Wild & Scenic River. This smallish campground is right on the Hoback and can accommodate both tents and small RVs. There is a vault toilet, potable water, and excellent angling a few minutes’ walk from every site. 

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Shadow Mountain

Shadow Mountain

Just outside the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, Shadow Mountain—because it is in the national forest instead of the national park—requires no permits. A dirt road most 2-wheel-drive cars can handle climbs the 1,400 feet to the gentle summit, passing campsites along the way, but sites at the bottom afford Ansel Adams-views too. All camping here is free and there are no services or amenities.


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