We stayed in Colter Bay campground for one week from June 22-June28, 2011. We were camping with a two-year-old and a six-month-old, so our perspective is a little different than it would be if we were still just a couple camping alone. First, my apologies to any unfortunate groups that camped near us that week. :) We stayed in loop F, specifically site F132, which was absolutely wonderful! There is a big, open grassy space behind the campsite, so you really do feel like you are all alone out in the wilderness. We loved it! Also, we had a HUGE tent (a REI Kingdom 8 with both vestibules) and it actually fit on the site. It would not have fit on some of the other sites because of all the trees. In our loop, all of the sites are really big. It's just that some are divided because the fire pit is right in the middle of the campsite.
I liked that our campsite was right next to the bathroom, yet the view is mostly obscured by the trees. Being close to the bathroom is key with toddlers. Also, this site is a "back in" site so the vehicle needs to be able to back into the campsite, not just pull up along side it.
The F loop is great because it's one of the closest to the entrance and there is a walking path that goes down to the Colter Bay Village area. Our loop was really quiet with most campsites turning over every day or two. I think we were the only ones that stayed for a whole week. Almost all of the sites are really close to the bathrooms.
The bathrooms do not have showers and only have ice cold water in the sinks. There are no paper towels or hand dryers. There was a bar of soap to wash hands but I am sure that was just left there by a considerate (female) camper (the men's restroom did not have soap). There is a dishwashing area in between the male and female bathrooms. It was okay but did not have any hot water or any place to set your dishes. It's really just designed for dumping your dirty dish water.
One major thumbs up for this campground is that EVERY site has a bear box; and, they are easy to open and close. I mention this because Yellowstone did not have this. They had maybe three boxes for 20 sites and the boxes were nearly impossible to open and close. It was so wonderful having the bear box right on site, especially since you are required to completely clean up your site every time you leave (to include tablecloths, paper towels, and water bottles).
Overall, I really loved Colter Bay area. It's beautiful and there are a lot of amenities right there (there is wifi in the laundry facility). The campground was beautiful and with all the trees you really do feel like you are all alone (for the most part). The campground was full almost every night we were there, particularly later in the week. Also, F loop is a tent only loop, which was really nice.
I highly recommend Colter Bay campground! It was beautiful and peaceful....just bring some allergy meds if you are allergic to pollen. It was EVERYWHERE!!!!!! Oh yeah, there were a ton of mosquitoes, too. Bring some major repellent!
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- Colter Bay Village Hotel Grand Teton National Park
- Colter Bay Village Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming