Date of Stay: September 12 through 15, 2010, off-season (after Labor Day).
Weather During Stay: Balmy fall days and cool nights, with occasional dramatic cloud formations.
Site Description: This small park opened in 2005 adjacent to Teton Mountain View Lodge. Of 22 sites (all pull throughs), 16 are FHU with 20/30/50 amps; 6 (one on each end of the three rows) have no hookups. An additional 8 tents sites are on grass at the edge of the campground.
Sites are nicely sized, each with a bit of grass, a small tree or two, and a picnic table. Utilities are placed between two adjacent sites, so you are very close to your neighbor on the utility side, while you pull through in opposite directions. Roads and sites are gravel. Sites are completely level.
A central building houses restrooms with showers, a large laundry room with reasonably priced machines, and a TV room (no cable TV at sites). Dump station on site.
Phone/radio/TV: Usable Verizon signal for phones and aircard. WiFi is available, but we didn’t use it. No obstacles for the roof-mounted satellite TV dish. No cable TV here, and we didn’t try the antenna. I found a local NPR station, but it had too much static to listen.
Elevation/landscape/terrain: Located at 6,600 ft., this park is in the wide open space of the Teton Valley, on the west side of the Teton Range (Grand Teton National Park is on the other side of the range). Near views are of the lodge and the little town of Tetonia. Distant views are of the peaks of the Teton Range. Rugged, very “western”, dramatic and appealing.
Lighting/noise: Night lighting is subdued, with a low light on each utility box and a few dim lights around the perimeter of the park. The sounds of traffic from Hwy 33 die down late in the evening. This is generally a quiet area.
Hiking/Walking: Take the short walk into Tetonia, or stroll down the road on the west side of the park. The USFS Ranger Station in Driggs (6 miles south) has information on hikes in the area, or drive Teton Pass east to the national park with all it has to offer (45 miles).
Comments: The park was only ¼ full during our visit, a real treat. Very friendly and efficient staff in the office. Odel played 18 holes at The Links at Teton Peaks for $18 (walking). Excellent grocery store and good natural foods store in Driggs, a slightly larger town 6 miles south, along with an independent book store, art gallery or two, a couple “outfitters”, banks, realtors. We had delicious burgers in Tetonia at the North End Bar & Grill. Lots of large, lodge-style homes in the area… looks like there is money in Teton Valley.