Camping at "The Observatory"

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Added by Christina Adele Warburg-Hon

Scenic views of the Tetons and the Snake River Valley. Free camping. Secluded campsites.

Ah...the Observatory. This is not its actual name, but the nickname it has earned over many years of use by the seasonal employees. This is an amazing site to camp at, just on the edge of the Bridger-Teton forest right outside of the park. This area overlooks the entire valley and Teton range. There are also plenty of spots within the immediate vicinity to either hike, mountain bike, or run.

To get there you turn on the forest road directly across from Cunningham Cabin. When the road forks, choose the left one and from there, pick a site. Many offer amazing views. Since it is in the national forest, it's free to camp here, but you want to check to see if there are any current fire restrictions before you start a fire. Also, although there are no bear boxes, make sure to properly store your food as they are definitely still present.

The sunsets from here are spectacular, the stargazing unmatched, and sunrises like no other. Also, there is a wolf den near here, but you can often hear them howling into the night. It is a sound you aren't likely to hear elsewhere. With amazing views and unique wildlife experiences, you will not regret camping here.

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over 5 years ago

One of the best in WY

I have been going to this site for nearly 10 years, and it truly is one of the best in all of WY! It's frequently occupied, but if you can snag it, you won't be sorry. the views are unparalleled and it's free!

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over 5 years ago

This place saved us. We got into The Grand Teton Park late and needed a place to set up camp. We found this little gem just outside of the park. When we woke up in the morning, we were amazed at the views that we weren't able to see on our night drive in. It gets the name "The Observatory" for a good reason. With views of the Tetons and several hiking trails this spot is a must.

This was such an awesome campground!! Incredible views, away from the crowds, so much fun. Only problem we had was the mosquitos were insane since we've had all this rain, but once we made a fire they almost completely disappeared. So thankful that this was on here!

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