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hotjag1

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Posted: 06/06/20 12:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stayed at Gros Ventre in the middle of July last year with our 40 footer. We got a site that was more than large enough to fit the motorhome and towed vehicle. There were several open sites. We got there about noon to 1pm, which I would suggest doing as people pulled in off and on all afternoon.


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CloudDriver wrote:

We have been to Gros Ventre many times over the years and never had any difficulty getting a site. There is one loop with electric. Gros Ventre is about 10 miles from Jackson, Colter Bay is about 40 miles from town.

FYI, Jenny lake Campground is tents only, no RVs.


If they are in a van that would fit in a normal parking spot, would that be OK at Jenny Lake? It's a RAM van that has been converted, they're renting it.

I think they're going to shoot for the first come first serve at Colter Village since it has the best location for them.


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agesilaus wrote:

Stop at the park office in Jackson they have maps of boondocking sites in the park. We stayed at one last year and it was great there are at least 3 sites


Yes, I found them some boondocking locations on Campendium. Issue with that is, since they only have the camper van, no other car, if they want to leave to go somewhere, they risk losing their spot. In a campground, they can pay and keep the spot for the length of their stay.

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JAC1982 wrote:

CloudDriver wrote:

We have been to Gros Ventre many times over the years and never had any difficulty getting a site. There is one loop with electric. Gros Ventre is about 10 miles from Jackson, Colter Bay is about 40 miles from town.

FYI, Jenny lake Campground is tents only, no RVs.


If they are in a van that would fit in a normal parking spot, would that be OK at Jenny Lake? It's a RAM van that has been converted, they're renting it.

I think they're going to shoot for the first come first serve at Colter Village since it has the best location for them.


Best way to find out about using a camper van at Jenny Lake would be to call the Park - (307) 739-3300.


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hotjag1 wrote:

We stayed at Gros Ventre in the middle of July last year with our 40 footer. We got a site that was more than large enough to fit the motorhome and towed vehicle. There were several open sites. We got there about noon to 1pm, which I would suggest doing as people pulled in off and on all afternoon.


So, getting a spot that would accommodate a 30" 5th wheel and truck would be a good probability?

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Posted: 06/11/20 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gros Ventre should be easy to get into as long as you do it early, like before noon


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I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but remember that past experience is not necessarily a prediction of the future. This summer will be quite different. Many RV dealerships are reporting that the month of May was the best sales month in their entire history. Many families have cancelled other types of travel and are spending their vacation RVing this year. I would think trips to National parks would be pretty high on people's list for their RV vacation.

So hopefully there will be plenty of spots available like is years past. But there is no guarantee this summer.

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JAC1982, if your parents want to boondock, there is an easy way to avoid losing your site when you pack up for the day -- leave a couple of camp chairs in the site, with a big note saying "campsite occupied" and maybe the current date.

We have done this and have never had anyone poach our site.

And there is plenty of boondocking to the east of the Tetons -- for example, the Shadow Mtn area.


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profdant139 wrote:

JAC1982, if your parents want to boondock, there is an easy way to avoid losing your site when you pack up for the day -- leave a couple of camp chairs in the site, with a big note saying "campsite occupied" and maybe the current date.

We have done this and have never had anyone poach our site.

And there is plenty of boondocking to the east of the Tetons -- for example, the Shadow Mtn area.


I carry a cheap tent, I think I got for about $20 as a lightning deal on Amazon, but anything from Goodwill that's easy to setup will work. The site really looks occupied when there's a tent.

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Posted: 06/14/20 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Steve, that's a good idea. Except then I would have to figure out how to set up the tent!! [emoticon]

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