The beautiful thing about traveling in an RV is that you’re always at home. Sleeping in your own comfy bed, a pantry full of favorite foods, clothes hanging neatly in a closet instead of crammed into a suitcase. And when you move from place to place, you never have to unpack.
Or, if you just want to have a lazy day and hang around in your pajamas, no one will argue about it. Recently we had one of those splendid slug days at Colter Bay Village RV Park in Grand Teton National Park. In mid-August, morning broke with a nippy 36 degrees and we saw no reason to hurry out of bed. The campground was pleasantly quiet, so we lolled about with coffee and the Sunday newspaper.
Around noon, we finally motivated enough to dress and walk the splendid trails around Colter Bay Loop, stopping every few minutes to enjoy yet another superlative view of the Tetons.
Out on the trail, chubby-faced red squirrels sat low on pine branches and holler “chat, chat” at passersby. Tiny grasshoppers with bright yellow wings gave a loud Snap! as they flew by – I called them Snaphoppers. We heard rumors of bear in the vicinity, but fortunately didn’t see one, probably because we were singing loud cowboy songs as we walked – the recommended Bear Aware procedure.
What makes the Tetons so extraordinary is that there are no foothills. The mountains heave skyward directly from the valley floor, making for fantastic views at every vantage point.
Colter Bay Village is located on the north end of Grand Teton National Park, and is a good stopping point if you’re traveling to or from Yellowstone. The RV Park has an excellent campground, with spacious sites set in a conifer forest along Jackson Lake. You can amble out of your campsite right to the water’s edge, which is a rocky beach in a protected cove.
Colter Bay Village is a destination stop in its own right. There’s a large visitor center, gift stores, multiple restaurants, and a marina. Best of all, Colter Bay has a decent grocery store on site. There’s at least one brand of everything you’ll need, including fresh produce and a real meat department. The large Laundry next door is also a hang-out spot, as free Wi-Fi is available while you wait for your wash to be done.
We completely enjoyed the couple of lazy days we spent at Colter Bay, and it serves to remind us to slow down every now and then when we’re in the middle of a long road trip.
May 31, 2013