Grand Teton National Park

21 07 2012

Like most states Wyoming has its relatively dull areas, but the parts of the state that stand out are stunning. Last week we entered Grant Teton National Park, snagging a spot for the night at the Gros Ventre campground on the southeast edge of the park.

Within two hours of our arrival we had watched an afternoon lightning storm on one of the craggy peaks, seen a bison and taken a scooter ride over for a dip in nearby warm springs.

We watched this bison snuggling up with a log

We watched this bison snuggling up with a log

Some afternoon yoga led into an evening ranger program on winter adaptation in the Tetons, and we quickly determined that this national park was off to a good start.

The following day found us exploring the park and hiking to Taggart Lake. The lake hike reinforced an important lesson. If you want solitude, take the hike that is even just a little bit longer. We saw a number of individuals and families on our hike to the lake, but because we continued in a 4-mile loop instead of completing the 3-mile out-and-back hike, we encountered no one on our return trip. And that leg was significantly more visually stunning than the first.

Hiking out toward the Tetons

Hiking out toward the Tetons

Yair by Jenny Lake in the park

Yair by Jenny Lake in the park

Finally, our boondocking skillz are back. Instead of paying for a $20/night parking lot at the Colter Bay Campground we drove another 14 miles north and found an unbelievably good free site. Future RVers take note: Grassy Lake Road is a sweet spot for boondocking near Grand Teton and Yellowstone.

We’ve already hit Yellowstone and are in Bozeman, Montana. More on that soon.

Gorgeousness just down the road from our free campsite

Gorgeousness just down the road from our free campsite

Our free campsite just north of Grand Teton NP

Our free campsite just north of Grand Teton NP

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13 responses

21 07 2012
danshula

Great adventure in a beautiful place.

24 07 2012
ayo

Quite. I’ll likely be visiting Israel this late December / early January.

See you guys this time? Remind me where in Israel you are?

24 07 2012
Yair

It definitely was!

21 07 2012
Talia

By the way, if you are still in Bozeman, my parents have a good friend who lives there. She is awesome and makes delicious caramel. If you are interested, I can ask my mom for her contact info.

24 07 2012
ayo

Yes, please!

We’ll be here just for another day or two, but I love meeting people on the road and saying no to caramel just seems unethical. 🙂

Feel free to give her my #. Same one as always.

21 07 2012
roamingbarbara

You guys are really zooming right along! I love Grand Teton. Thanks for the boondocking tip.

24 07 2012
Yair

Sure thing! There were a few big rigs back there too.

22 07 2012
Em

I saw your message earlier this week/last week. Sorry I never responded, it would have been great to meet up. My co-worker quit though, so today is my ninth 10hour day out of the past 10 days. So I’ve been pretty busy.

I’m really glad you enjoyed the park. Taggart/Bradley lake hike is my favorite! That’s probably because I live next door to it now, so I head across the field to catch the trail a lot of days after work to just sit along the river and relax.

Grassy Lake sites are a amazing. I love site 5, because it is on its own, instead of a lot of sites together.

Also for future boondockers, In Yellowstone, there are lots of free campsites in the surrounding forest. I will take the West Yellowstone exit, and within 10 miles there are about 7 choices of free campgrounds. The visitor center over there has a map of them they can give to you.

24 07 2012
Yair

Thanks for the detailed advice! It’s in my boondocking notebook for the future!

22 07 2012
Andi

Ian and I boondocked there too!

24 07 2012
ayo

Sweetness! Where are you guys at these days?

29 07 2012
Lindsay

Great recommendations! We’ll be there at the beginning of September, and it’s always much better to already have the boondocking suggestions! 🙂

30 07 2012
ayo

At the beginning of September?! When do you fine folks come back through Austin?

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