Before the last fleeting days of summer slip away, why not indulge in one more campout? Labor Day is a classic time to gather family and friends and enjoy a few nights out under the stars, before the leaves start falling and winter snows make their way in (though to be fair, sometimes it snows on Labor Day weekend in Jackson).
Whether you prefer an established campground in a national park, a national forest location, or to pitch your tent high in the backcountry, the region offers up plenty of options for a long weekend. Here, seven prime picks for Labor Day camping trips near Jackson.
1. Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park
This campground is the most popular one in Grand Teton National Park. During the peak of summer, you have to arrive before 7 am to snag your spot for the night at this first-come, first-served campground, but campers find it well worth it. These secluded spots are just a short ways from picturesque Jenny Lake, and the sites are surrounded by glacial boulders and evergreen trees. Another bonus: This 49-site campground is for tents only; no RVs or trailer means blissful reprieve from noisy generators.
2. Gros Ventre Campground, Grand Teton National Park
Head into the sagebrush and spend the weekend at Gros Ventre Campground , located just 11.5 miles south and east of Moose. You can spend early mornings looking for moose, which are a common sight along the river, and then head into the main part of the park to hike some mountains or look for other wildlife. With 300 sites at this campground, it's a good bet for late arrivals, as it often doesn't typically fill up until later in the day.
3. Leigh Lake, Backcountry Camping, Grand Teton National Park
Snag a backcountry permit and spend the weekend at Leigh Lake. Hike a little over two miles from the Leigh Lake Trailhead to some prime campsites, or paddle your canoe or kayak across the lake for some more secluded boat-in sites. Either way, these lakeshore sites offer great views and opportunities for swimming and hanging out.
4. Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park
Why not hit the highlights of the range and use the long weekend to backpack the Teton Crest Trail ? Hike along this 45-mile route and take in some of the most entrancing views in all of Grand Teton National Park. Start from the top of the Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (which will take you up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain at 10,450 feet) to save some uphill walking. You'll need a backcountry permit to spend the night in Grand Teton National Park.
5. Curtis Canyon Campground, Bridger-Teton National Forest
While crowds flock to Grand Teton National Park, head to the quieter side of the valley. Grab a campsite at Curtis Canyon Campground , which is close to town near the National Elk Refuge. This campground offers vault toilets and potable water, and a site only costs $12 per night. This is a favorite spot for locals, though, so make sure you get in early since it's first-come, first-served.
6. Atherton Creek Campground, Bridger-Teton National Forest
If you're looking to stay close to the town of Jackson, Atherton Creek Campground is another great option. Located near Lower Slide Lake in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, this campground offers spaces for tents and RVs. Stand-up paddleboarders and swimmers will love spending the weekend right by the lake, so be sure to bring your SUP and swimsuit.
7. Crystal Canyon Campground, Bridger-Teton National Forest
Pitch your tent at the Crystal Creek Campground and spend your Labor Day weekend relaxing near Crystal Creek and the Gros Ventre River. This tiny campground only has six spots, so cross your fingers and come early to snag a spot (it's first-come, first-served as well). But it's well worth the effort, as both the Gros Ventre River and Crystal Creek are designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.