Looking for free camping near Grand Teton National Park? We've got you covered with five unique spots that offer incredible views, access to nature, and a budget-friendly way to experience the beauty of the Tetons.

As avid fans of boondocking, we prefer it for the unbeatable views, ample space, and, of course, the price. From quiet meadows to lakeside retreats, these spots provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors.

Whether you're seeking solitude, stunning landscapes, or a cost-effective way to enjoy your trip, these free camping locations will surely exceed your expectations.

Spread Creek Meadows
Spread Creek Meadows: 43.7764, -110.5141

Spread Creek Meadows

Nestled in a serene meadow, Spread Creek Meadows offers beautiful views of the Teton Range and easy access to the National Park. This area provides a large parking lot (Moran Vista RV Camp 43.7762, -110.5095), which would be better for larger rigs.

You can also drive on FR-30290 to find individual spots along the road. These spots offer a little more privacy. Some of the sites can hold larger rigs, but the road can get rougher the farther back you go.

  • GPS Coordinates: 43.7764, -110.5141
  • Details: There's a 5-day camping limit from May 1st through Labor Day, no bathroom facilities, and some space for larger rigs.
  • Nearby Amenities: This spot is close to the Moran Entrance to the park and near Signal Mountain campground, which has a general store, gas, and laundry facilities.
Antelope Springs Designated Dispersed Camping
Antelope Springs Designated Dispersed Camping: 43.705436, -110.619496

Antelope Springs Designated Dispersed Camping

With stunning panoramic views of the Teton Range, this area is a popular spot for stargazing and catching breathtaking sunrises. This area is a favorite for its remarkable views and proximity to the park. You should scout ahead here because the road back can be rough and a tight fit if you're larger. The spots fill up fast.

  • GPS Coordinates: 43.705436, -110.619496
  • Details: Camping is limited to five days from May 1st through Labor Day. Pit toilets are available.
  • Nearby Attractions: You'll drive past Mormon Row to get here, adding a historical element to your journey.
Upper Teton View—Toppings Lake 2
Upper Teton View—Toppings Lake
Upper Teton View—Toppings Lake: 43.7638, -110.5527

Upper Teton View—Toppings Lake

As the name suggests, Upper Teton View provides spectacular views of the Tetons. Campers love this spot for its proximity to the park and the incredible photo opportunities it offers. It's a prime location for those looking to capture the beauty of the Tetons from their campsite.

  • GPS Coordinates: 43.7638, -110.5527
  • Details: Camping is limited to five days from May 1st through Labor Day. Pit toilets are available in the lower section.
  • Tips: We think site 13 is the best for its privacy and views. It's a large, single site.
National Elk Refuge Flat Creek Rd
National Elk Refuge, Flat Creek Rd: 43°33'27.8″N 110°37'11.7″W

National Elk Refuge, Flat Creek Rd

Located past the National Elk Refuge, this spot offers a unique chance to see elk and other wildlife. You can see the Teton Range from the campsites. However, this campsite is excellent because you also get views of the surrounding hills, mountains, and Flat Creek. There is also a 4×4 road that drives back into the woods for jaw-dropping views and wildlife opportunities.

  • GPS Coordinates: 43°33'27.8″N 110°37'11.7″W
  • Details: Camping is limited to five days from May 1st through Labor Day. There are no bathrooms. This is also near a trailhead, so you will probably see a lot of side-by-side traffic.
  • Tips: Bring binoculars and a camera to capture the wildlife sightings.
Palisades Reservoir North 1
Palisades Reservoir North: 43.1771, -111.0451

Palisades Reservoir North

This lakeside spot offers ample space and scenic water views. It's perfect for boating, fishing, and relaxing by the water. This camping area is located about an hour from Grand Teton National Park. However, the drive between Alpine and Jackson might be in my top 5 drives in America. It's so gorgeous through here!

  • GPS Coordinates: 43.1771, -111.0451
  • Details: Camping is limited to five days from May 1st through Labor Day. There are no bathrooms.
  • Tips: Bring your fishing gear and a kayak to make the most of the beautiful lake.

Essential Tips for Camping Near Teton National Park

  • Food Storage: From March 1st through December 1st, a food storage order is in effect. Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Weather Preparedness: Weather in the mountains can change rapidly. Pack layers and rain gear, and always have a backup plan for indoor activities. During our last two trips, we had snow in mid-June each time.
  • Leave No Trace: Remember to follow Leave No Trace principles. Pack out what you pack in and keep these beautiful sites clean for future visitors.

Explore these budget-friendly options and enjoy the stunning views and tranquility of the Tetons. These free camping spots provide a wonderful way to experience the area's natural beauty without breaking the bank. Happy camping! ⛺️