huge bull moose in the rain and pine forest
Bridger-Teton National Forest
huge bull moose with tracking collar in the rain and pines
Camping
Bridger-Teton National Forest Camping
 




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At 3.4 million acres, the Bridger-Teton National Forest is the second largest national forest in the contiguous United States. The forest is so immense it reaches into portions of the Wind River Range, and west to the Snake River Canyon between the Palisades Reservoir and the town of Alpine, Wyoming. The forest also happens to border Yellowstone, making for one of the wildest and untrammeled landscapes in the world. So why camp in the Bridger-Teton? Those looking for remote car camping while still within an easy drive of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson will need to look no further.

Few places contain most of the native wildlife prior to European settlement. The Bridger-Teton qualifies as one of them. Grizzly bears, wolves, wolverine, moose, elk, black bear and cougar all call the deep forest home. Numerous lakes and rivers punctuate the landscape, and you're never very far from water. Bird life is diverse and plentiful, from pelicans to bald eagles.

For the sake of clarity, let me say that you simply cannot go wrong with camping in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It is one of the top outdoor recreation locations in the world. It would take anyone a lifetime to properly explore and camp this magnificent national forest. That said, there are many in Wyoming who are anti-predator, meaning there is a hostile attitude towards wolves and other carnivores. The issue has been blown out of proportion by the agriculture and ranching community, and unfortunately a few folks have hopped on board. Wyoming has established a "shoot on sight" zone for wolves that wander out of Yellowstone. Shopping at pro-wildlife establishments is a great way to support a culture that understands ecology and common sense. Parkcamper.com is, and always will be a wildlife-friendly site.

Scroll down to view the campgrounds, or use these links: Atherton Creek Campground, East Table Campground, Station Creek Campground, Little Cottonwood Group Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Alpine Campground, Pacific Creek Campground.



 

Atherton Creek Campground

Blue lake with red-tinted, rugged hils and blue skies

Atherton Creek is a small, sloping campground on the northern shore of Lower Slide Lake. The sites are decently spacious,but privacy is not the best. Those interested in fishing and water views will find Atherton Creek a pleasing campground. In the photo above, you can see vehicles in the campground along the shore.

Visitors to Atherton Creek can expect a boat ramp, drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. The road to Atherton is paved, but it's primitive (And that's a compliment). Atherton Creek is in some wild country. This portion of the Bridger-Teton has the highest density of top tier ungulates in the U.S. Keep your eyes peeled for moose and elk that often stroll out of the tree line into the numerous meadows.

Since much of the campground is exposed, expect cold wind gusts off Lower Slide Lake. Campers wishing to avoid the bustle of Grand Teton and Jackson will find Atherton Creek a great place to camp while still remaining within 20 miles of Jackson, and 13 miles from the Moose Junction entrance to Grand Teton. While Atherton Creek is not the nicest looking campground we've ever seen, it does sit amidst wonderful country.

Location: 9
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 5
Unnatural Noise: 6
Cleanliness: 6
Site Privacy: 4

Parkcamper Rating: 6.3/10

Gravel campsite with sloping hill and blue sky

Atherton campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming soon
Open: May 27 to Snow Season
Sites: 16
Laundry: No (20.61 miles southwest to Jackson)
Showers: No (20.61 miles southwest to Jackson)
Dump Station: No
Store: No (20.61 miles southwest to Jackson)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $12 per vehicle
Parking Apron Size: 15' X 40'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 6,989 feet
Fishing: Yes (Lower Slide Lake for trout)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (20.61 miles southwest to Jackson)
Repairs: No(20.61 miles southwest to Jackson )

 

East Table Campground

East Table campground sign in wooded area

East Table campground lies at the easternmost point of the Snake River campground complex in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. East Table campground is on the bank of the magnificent Snake River, and some sites are within stone-tossing distance. Campers looking for sites near fantastic water recreation will find this a desirable campground. It's a pretty campground, with tall pines and a forested feel. Site privacy isn't the best, and the highway can be heard the further you are from the Snake River. Wildlife watching is quite good, with bald eagles and osprey common.

Campers can expect picnic tables, two vault toilets, drinking water, fire rings, boat ramp, and numerous opportunities for water-based recreation. The campgrounds along the Snake River between Hoback Junction and Alpine are all heavily used, and most of this use comes from campers who float the Snake River. Our Downloadable campground pack covers this stretch in detail.

East Table campground also has an overflow campground across the road to accommodate users when the main campground is full.

 

Location: 9
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 7.5
Unnatural Noise: 6 (closer to river is better)
Cleanliness: 7
Site privacy: 5

Parkcamper Rating: 7.08/10

Wooded campsite in East Table Campground
Site with good privacy at East Table Campground.

Wooded but open campground with pine trees and gravel paths

 

East Table campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming soon
Open: late May to late September
Sites: 17
Laundry: No (12.14 miles west to Alpine)
Showers: No (12.14 miles west to Alpine)
Dump Station: Yes (Thursday before Memorial Day until snow flies)
Store: No (12.14 miles west to Alpine)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $15 per vehicle
Parking Apron Size: 12' X 52'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 5,848 feet
Fishing: Yes (Snake River)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (12.14 miles west to Alpine)
Repairs: No(12.14 miles west to Alpine )

 

Station Creek Campground

stop sign, forest, mountain and highway

Station Creek is another nice campground in the Snake River Campground Complex. Campers interested in kayaking and rafting will find this a pleasing spot. Station Creek is convenient to several boat launches for the Wild and Scenic Snake River. Like other campgrounds along the stretch usage during the summer months is quite heavy. The Snake is a beautiful and popular river.

Campers can expect picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water, and vault toilets. The sites have decent privacy, and there's a nice woodland feel to the sites. Campers can expect noise from passing rafters, and noise from the adjacent highway. The canyon is scenic and numerous wildflowers can be seen during the warmer months.

Don't be confused by the Targhee National Forest sign. Station Creek campground is actually managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Overall, Station Creek is a well-rounded national forest campground. Campers will have fond memories of woods, water, and campfires.

 

Location: 9
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 8
Unnatural Noise: 6 (closer to river is better)
Cleanliness: 7
Site privacy: 7

Parkcamper rating: 7.5/10

wooded campsite with picnic table


Station Creek campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming soon
Open: late May to late September
Sites: 15
Laundry: No (10.01 miles west to Alpine)
Showers: No (10.01 miles west to Alpine)
Dump Station: Yes (Thursday before Memorial Day until snow flies)
Store: No (10.01 miles west to Alpine)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $12 per vehicle
Parking Apron Size: 15' X 44'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 5,739 feet
Fishing: Yes (Snake River)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (10.01 miles west to Alpine)
Repairs: No (10.01 miles west to Alpine )

 

Little Cottonwood Group Campground

yellow and brown campground sign in trees and bushes

How would you like to have a campground to yourself, with the majestic Snake River bordering the grounds? Well, Little Cottonwood group campground is the place for you.

Users can expect excellent privacy, with views of the Snake River and the canyon. This is also a good place to see wildlife. Campground aesthetics are similar to other campgrounds in the Snake River Complex, but this one is a bit more private for obvious reasons. The fee for group camping is $60. Luckily, you can make reservations, leaving you with peace of mind as you plan your big family gathering. Reservations can be made at: 1-877-444-6777.

Campers can expect picnic tables, fire rings, a pit toilet, and nearby boat launches. Camping groups larger than 15 people interested in floating the Snake River will need a permit from the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Contact the USFS at: 307-739-5500.

 

Location: 9
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 8
Unnatural Noise: 6 (closer to river is better)
Cleanliness: 7
Site privacy: 10

Parkcamper rating: 8/10

 

Little Cottonwood Group campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming soon
Open: late May to late September
Sites: 1 group
Laundry: No (7.28 miles west to Alpine)
Showers: No (7.28 miles west to Alpine)
Dump Station: Yes (Thursday before Memorial Day until snow flies)
Store: No (7.28 miles west to Alpine)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $60 per group
Parking Apron Size: 15' X 44'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 5,722 feet
Fishing: Yes (Snake River)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (7.28 miles west to Alpine)
Repairs: No(7.28 miles west to Alpine )

 

 

Wolf Creek Campground

creme and brown campground sign with highway, pine trees, and cliffs.

Wolf Creek Campground sits on the northern side of Highway 26 in the beautiful Snake River Canyon, where Wolf Creek meets the Snake River. It is one of several near-river campgrounds in the area, and one of the featured campgrounds in our Snake River Complex Pack, which you can download soon.

Wolf Creek almost seems like an afterthought, cut into an exposed rocky hill area. Site privacy is poor, and campers can expect lots of highway noise as well as nice views of the traffic. Headlights may impact tenters. This is not ideal. However, the campground is in a beautiful location, much better than many areas across the U.S., and access to the river is good. Everything is relative.

Campers at Wolf Creek Campground can expect vault toilets, picnic tables, drinking water, and fire rings. The fishing is good in the Snake River, and so is the wildlife watching. If you have kids or pets that like to wander, be careful of the highway. Everything sort of slopes down to it here. If you want to camp in the Snake River Campground complex and you arrive late, and the other campgrounds are full, I suggest skipping right down to Wolf Creek, and then getting up first thing to try and secure a site in the other campgrounds. It serves a useful function as an overflow campground.

 

Location: 9
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 4
Unnatural Noise: 4 (closer to river is better)
Cleanliness: 6
Site privacy: 4

Parkcamper rating: 5.8/10

 

gravel road, open camping sites, and mountains

Wolf Creek campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming soon
Open: late May to September 10
Sites: 21
Laundry: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Showers: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Dump Station: Yes
Store: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $12
Parking Apron Size: 15' X 44'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 5,791 feet
Fishing: Yes (Snake River)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Repairs: No(4.17 miles west to Alpine )

campsite with pine trees and scenic canyon in background

 

Alpine Campground

gravel road amongst green pines in campground

Alpine is a beautiful campground close to the shores of Palisades Reservoir. While technically in the Targhee National Forest, we're including it here because of its proximity to the popular Snake River Canyon Campground complex and as a useful overflow campground.

The terrain is mostly flat, with wide sweeps of gravel and lodgepole pines. Site privacy is also quite good, and campers interested in fishing will love casting the shore of Palisade Lake for cutthroat trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, and mackinaw trout. It's also just west of the main Snake River Campground complex, and receives lighter use than the campgrounds along the river which we addressed on this page.

So is there anything wrong with Alpine Campground? Well I'm sorry to tell you that I had the worst experience I've ever had at a campground, in all the years we've been running this site and camping. I would go into details, but lets just say I wasn't happy with a person, and I ended up leaving the campground, upon which I paid a $5 day fee, which I never got back after spending fifteen minutes in the place.

I've been doing this for a long time, folks. I've seen a lot of strange things. This was the strangest. Hopefully the person whom I encountered is no longer there. If so, this is a high-level campground.

 

 

Location: 8
Scenery: 8
In-campground aesthetics: 8
Unnatural Noise: 5 (closer to river is better)
Cleanliness: 6
Site privacy: 8
Misc: 0

Parkcamper rating: 6.14/10

 

Alpine campground facts:

Video Tour available: No
Open: Mid May to September 12
Sites: 15
Laundry: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Showers: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Dump Station: Yes
Store: No (4.17 miles west to Alpine)
Quiet Hours: 10 am to 6 am
Fee: $10 for single, $20 for double units, $35 night for 25 people, $1 per person beyond 25, and $5 a night for extra vehicle.
Parking Apron Size: 15' X 44'
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 5,660 feet
Fishing: Yes (Palisades Reservoir, Snake River)
Generator: Yes (8 am to 8 pm reasonable usage)
Gas: No (2 miles west to Alpine)
Repairs: No(4.17 miles west to Alpine )

 

 

 

 

Pacific Creek Campground

 

wide gravel road with camp sign amid fall cottonwoods

Pacific Creek is a remote and quiet campground located eight miles northeast of Highway 89 which runs through Grand Teton National Park. The campground is very quiet and borders the spectacular Bridger-Teton Wilderness. A trail leads from the campground to these wilds.

Many who are looking for a more remote car camping experience near Grand Teton will be happy to know about Pacific Creek campground. This definitely fits that category. The road to the campground, although gravel, is maintained, and any vehicle can make the eight mile trek from Highway 89.



The sites are really spacious at Pacific Creek, with wide area of gravel. Some of the sites do offer privacy.

Campers should know that Pacific Creek is grizzly bear habitat and all bear precautions such as proper food storage apply. Wildlife enthusiasts will find this area to be brimming with elk and moose--especially in the fall. You can often see the tips of their high, impressive antlers deep into the forest as you approach, with the golden leaves of the aspen and cottonwoods trailing behind.
There is little doubt that this corner of the world is one of the most beautiful. And the close proximity to Grand Teton National Park makes Pacific Creek Campground a car camper's delight.


Location: 10
Scenery: 9
In-campground aesthetics: 7
Unnatural Noise: 9
Cleanliness: 7
Site Privacy: 7

Parkcamper Rating: 8.16/10

gravel road amidst golden cottonwoods

Pacific Creek is also an excellent campground for horse use, as there's even a corral and wilderness trails which allow horses and other pack animals. Be aware that pack outfitters operate quite often near this area. Expect lots of pack animal activity. Fishermen will love the campground as magnificent Pacific Creek is only a short walk through the woods.

 


Pacific Creek campground facts:

Video Tour available: Coming Soon
Open: May 20 to September 30
Sites: 8
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(12.8 miles to Signal Mountain)
Fee: $5
Suitable for all vehicles
Ranger District: Buffalo
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: No
Elevation: 7,051 feet
Fishing: Yes (Pacific Creek)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No (12.8 miles west to Signal Mountain)
Repairs: No (31 miles south to Jackson)

A big grouse fans its tail and struts on gravel road
A grouse struts on the road to Pacific Creek Campground.

narrow gravel road to Pacific Creek campground framed by aspen
The road to Pacific Creek Campground.

 

 

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