Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding Jackson Hole area is a hot bed for van life during the summer months. There is plenty of boondocking in the surrounding national forests and local campgrounds. The area offers everything you could want from hiking, fishing, exploring, mountain biking and much more.


A visit to Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding areas is a must for any true van lifer. The area offers countless opportunities to explore the beauty that mother nature can provide at its max. The summer season is the most popular and when most van lifers are boondocking in the area.


The most popular activity in Grand Teton National Park is hiking. There are countless hiking trails throughout the park and surrounding areas. A few of the most popular ones are:

  • Jenny Lake Trail (Easy, 8-Miles)
  • Cascade Canyon Trail (Moderate, 9-Miles)
  • Delta Lake (Hard, 7.4-Miles)
  • Hidden Falls (Medium, 5-Miles)


There are several campgrounds in and around Grand Teton National Park. These campgrounds fill up early for the summer travel season, so book early if you want to stay at any of them. A few of the most popular ones are:

  • Jenny Lake Campground
  • Lizard Creek Campground
  • Signal Mountain Campground
  • Jackson Hole Rodeo Grounds


There are a lot of boondocking opportunities surrounding Grand Teton National Park but none in the park. The most opportunities are in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. A few of the most popular sites are:

  • Curtis Canyon (18 Sites)
  • Shadow Mountain (50 Sites)
  • Toppins Road (34 Sites)
  • Spread Creek (16 Sites)
  • Buffalo Valley (23 Sites)
  • Pacific Creek (8 Sites)

The picture below is taken from a local camping map. Sorry for the bad quality, but they have good information in them.

It’s a privilege to have Grand Teton National Park and Surrounding Areas for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles. 

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