A Guide to Hiking Buck Mountain

Buck Mountain Hiking: Reservations and Lodging

There are lots of types of lodgings available near Buck Mountain. Some places even rent out teepees!
There are lots of types of lodgings available near Buck Mountain. Some places even rent out teepees!

Whether you prefer log-cabin lodging, tent and RV sites, or backcountry camping, Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding areas have accommodations to fit your fancy [source: NPS.gov]:

  • Tent Camping: Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park is the closest campsite to Buck Mountain. There are 49 individual campsites, including 10 sites designated especially for hikers and cyclists. Arrive early! This is the park's most popular campsite, and it generally fills up by 11 a.m. The Jenny Lake campsite is open from mid-May to late-September, depending on the weather.
  • Backcountry Camping: There are also established campsites in the backcountry around Buck Mountain itself. These include sites in a large meadow near Stewart Draw on the East Face trail and sites on the Alaska Basin just outside the national park boundaries. You don't need a permit to camp in the Alaska Basin. However, if you're camping overnight inside the Grand Teton National Park boundaries, you will need to obtain a free permit from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose, Wyoming. Backcountry camp sites tend to fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended. You can make your backcountry reservations January 5th through May 15th at http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/bcres.htm.
  • Primitive Camping: A few primitive winter camp sites are available from December 1st through April 15th in the plowed parking lot adjacent to the Coulter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. As of 2012, these sites are $5 per night.
  • RV Camping: Coulter Bay RV Park in Grand Teton National Park and Headwaters RV Site at Flagg Ranch both have full RV hook-ups, showers and laundry facilities. Advance reservations are advised.
  • Cabins: The Jenny Lake Lodge at Grand Teton National Park is a beautiful, rustic, eco-resort experience. Breakfast, a five-course dinner, horse back rides and bicycle rentals are included.

Rates and details for day hiking, camping, RV sites and lodging are available at the Grand Tetons National Park Web site. Be sure to pick lodging you like; you'll want a comfortable place to rest your head after your hike up Buck Mountain!