Late Summer is my favorite time of the year to backpack in Jackson Hole. If you’re soaking up these last few weeks of summer in Jackson Hole, here are some hot camping tips for Grand Teton National Park in partnership with Visit Jackson Hole.
⛺️ Make sure to get a backcountry camping permit reservation. There one of two ways to do this, either by visiting the Recreation.gov website prior to May of each year, or getting the permit in person. If you missed the reservation deadline before May, have no fear, you can get a “day-of” camping permit at the Visitor Center in Moose, WY which is at the entrance of Grand Teton National Park. The Park leaves 50% of the campsites available for walk in reservations. Last week we went bright and early (be sure to get in line before the 8 a.m. opening). We waited in line and asked the rangers which sites were available. Some of the popular sites get snagged quickly so make sure you have a backup route. If you are looking to book a spot for that same day, your chances are slimmer. I’d recommend going the morning of the day before your trip to secure a spot! You can only do day-of or for the following day, you can’t get a permit for any days further in the future. You’ll need the license plate for your vehicle, emergency contact, and credit card. There are bear canisters for rent here as well.
? Let’s talk about wildlife, mmmk? It’s thrilling to see a wild animal when you are in the National Parks. It can seem harmless to get out of your car or try to approach, but don’t. Be cool and observe from a safe distance. Don’t cause any stress to the animals or other cars on the road, so stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and 25 yards away from other wildlife. If you see an animal on the trails, stop and give them space. Don’t scream or run. Either turn around or wait until they’re far enough away and out of site before proceeding. Please remember you are in their home and disturbing the wildlife can have really harmful repercussions for them. I promise your iphone will get a good pic from a safe distance!
? Fire Danger is still high! Obey fire bans. If there is a designated fire ring, make sure your fire is dead out aka absolutely no smoke coming from the embers after you dump water on it. We always haul water from a creek, river, or lake to make sure the fire ring is extra soupy and no chance of a fire starting.
? Be Bear Aware! You can rent a bear canister at the Visitor Center, or the rangers will let you know if your campsite has a designated bear box. Our campsite at Bear Paw Lake did along with a pole to hang our backpacks. Make sure everything goes in the bear box, including anything with scent. I’m talking toothpaste, deodorant, and even floss! This also includes your trash after camp meals. Always, always, always bring bear spray. It protects you and the bears.