Camping along Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller Parkway

While visiting the the greater Yellowstone area in Sept 2013 I wanted to camp with my 30ft travel trailer in one of the back country sites in the John D. Rockefeller Parkway. Before arriving I searched the internet looking for others that may have camped in one of the 8 back country locations within the park and found no pictures and very little reference to them. So I decided to take the leap and arrive at the first site (Location 1) and setup camp. Lo and behold all 8 locations we closed due to the government shutdown.

The John D. Rockefeller Parkway is the area south of Yellowstone National Park and north of Grand Teton National Park. The Coordinates for the first site are 44.103489,-110.68651 . It is also called the Ashton- Flagg Ranch Road.

After having to travel 15 miles on grassy lake road to find a site that was open, I decided to document the details about these 8 sites. You might notice a beautiful little dog in some of the photos, this will be my camping hound Stella.

Lets get to it:

All sites have pit toilets, fire rings, bear boxes and a picnic table. Also, all sites are easily accessed by a gravel road. Best part of these sites is that they are completely free.

GPS Coordinates added,  The GPS coordinates are to the restroom at each camp location. To arrive at the road that will allow you to access these sites you will have to get to the Flagg Ranch Headwaters Resorts and continue on the Flagg Ranch road to the first site, that is about 1 mile past the resort.

Location 1
4 Camping sites
Usable by any size trailer of RV
Spectacular views of the Snake river and the mountains.
44.10347°, -110.68817°









Location 2
2 Camping Sites
Good for most rigs - Easy access for 40'"rigs
Easy river access, some road noise
View of the valley
44.09704°, -110.68965°







Location 3
2 Camping Sites
This is a pull thru site - Good for trailers up to 30ft or smaller class A or C rigs.
There is hairpin turn at the end of the site.
Hugh rock beach on the river
44.08880°,-110.69602°







Location 4
2 Camping sites
Best for class C or car camping - Trailers up to 15ft.
Short hike down to the river - no river view
44.08643°,-110.69922°






Location 5
1 Camp site
Best for class C or car - Trailer 15ft or less
No view

44.08689°,-110.70985°
 



Location 6
1 Camp site
Good tent pad
Ideal for smaller rigs or back-in for most any size rig
No view - road noise might be an issue
44.10045°, -110.76010°




Location 7
1 Camp site
Ideal for smaller rigs - Not good for trailers or large rigs
Small turn around area
No view
44.100447°,-110.760108°




Location 8
1 Camp site
Good tent pad
Good for class C rigs or car camping. No trailers or larger rigs
May get some road noise
Valley and mountain view
44.10527°,-110.76888°





I hope this makes for useful information. Feel free to email me with any questions. bill@spantz.com

9 comments:

  1. did you happen to get coordinates on the campgrounds?

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  2. Yes, I have updated each location. Thanks for reminding me to update.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this information. Grace (in Tucson)

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    1. I just wanted to let you know that the GPS coordinates for Campsites 6 & 7 are the same.

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  4. Hi. I understand what you are sharing about there not being a lot of information of the camps in this area. One of the biggest reasons is that it is not typically an area where larger RVs, Class C and bigger, will want to travel due to the rough road. The road is on a lower budget line to be maintained by Grand Teton National Park. Typically the maintenance is performed once a season. Or the year it was shut down for the season by never opening for 2013, none at all. But the biggest reason, in my 42 years of using this area is that those that come and camp here don't share this location publicly. These camps are typically shared amongst friends and like "Fight Club" one of the rules of "Fight Club" is no one talks about "Fight Club." Thus, no one talks about Grassy Lake Road Camps.

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  5. I think coming from from hwy 26 the road is fine for almost all rig sizes. Always well graded and good ride. I am happy to share this secret site to all who are looking for an amazing place to camp and just like the movie fight club is over....

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  7. Awesome camp location. I wonder when i get into this location with my Trailers it would like i am in the heaven.
    Definitely will go on this spot. Thanks for sharing.

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