In Jackson, local canines are just as outdoorsy as human residents. People love to bring their furry friends out camping, hiking, and even skiing, but with Grand Teton National Park's ban on dogs on all trails and extensive pet restrictions, how can you get some quality outdoor time around the area with your favorite four-legged adventurer?
Locals know to skip the national parks for an outdoor adventure with Fido and instead head out to the campgrounds within the Bridger-Teton National Forest. While you'll still have to keep your dog on a leash in designated campgrounds, you'll have more freedom to roam and explore the surrounding trails and areas. Keep in mind that these sites are all first-come, first-served, so arrive early to snag a prime spot.
If you're looking for a little more elbow room, you could also try your hand at dispersed camping, which has fewer regulations and restrictions (though your dog must still be under control). In the meantime, these six great dog-friendly camping sites near Jackson are sure to please both you and your pooch.
1. Curtis Canyon Campground
Located just above the National Elk Refuge near town, the Curtis Canyon Campground is a great place to hang out with your pup. Sites are $12 per night and you'll have your choice of 12 spots. The campground has vault toilets, drinking water, and easy access to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and OHV trails nearby. You'll enjoy stunning views of the Tetons and the National Elk Refuge from this campground.
2. Hoback Campground
Just a few miles south of town, below Hoback Junction, the Hoback Campground offers a great place for river runners, dog lovers, and others to relax and spend some quality time outside. This campground is located near the Gros Ventre Wilderness, which offers excellent hiking , and just a few miles away from Granite Hot Springs. Walk for a few short minutes and you'll be at the Hoback River, which is designated as a Wild and Scenic River and is a great spot for fishing. Sites are $15, and the campground offers vault toilets and drinking water.
3. Atherton Creek Campground
Enjoy some relaxation at Atherton Creek Campground , which is right on Lower Slide Lake down Gros Ventre Road. This area is on the edge of the Gros Ventre Wilderness and allows great opportunities for hiking (including the gorgeous Gros Ventre Skyline Trail ) as well as water recreation on the lake, which is a popular place for swimming and stand-up paddleboarding. You can also enjoy excellent trout fishing at the creek or explore the Gros Ventre Slide area. Sites are $12 per night and vault toilets and potable water are available.
4. Sheffield Creek Campground
A good option for those who would like to be close to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is Sheffield Creek Campground. This small campground is located north of Moran and close to the borders of both parks. It is also right next to the Teton Wilderness and offers a convenient gateway to any one of those spots. Sites are only $5, but be sure to snag one early since only five are available.
5. Turpin Meadow Campground
If you have a hard-sided trailer or vehicle, consider heading out to Turpin Meadow Campground , located on Buffalo Valley Road near Togwotee Pass. Sites are only $10, but tents are not allowed at this campground, so be prepared to sleep in your trailer or camper with your pup. It is located right on the edge of the Teton Wilderness so you'll find plenty of trails to explore. You'll also find a hitching post and stock corral nearby.
6. East Table Campground
Head down the Snake River to snag a spot at East Table Campground . This campground is great for anyone looking to do some boating or fishing, since the Wild and Scenic Snake River is just across the way. You'll find several non-motorized boat launches nearby as well as spots to toss in a line and try your hand at some fishing. Sites are $15 and 18 are available. Several other campgrounds are also nearby if this one is full when you arrive.
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