Last Camping Trip of Fall
by Dennis Weaver
If You Go...
If you are heading to Jackson Hole from the south, the Greys River makes a great side trip. At the junction of Highway 26 coming from Idaho Falls and Highway 89, cross the Snake River into the little town of Alpine, Wyoming. Look for the Greys River Road on the north edge of town. Turn east and stay on the road.
There are several federal campgrounds along the river that are well-maintained and in beautiful settings. Most of the locals choose not to use these campgrounds; there are numerous primitive campsites along the way. With just a little luck, you'll see deer, moose, and elk. This is bear country so keep a clean camp and put your food away. Click here for fishing information provided by the US Forest Service.
For hikers, there are numerous trailheads though most are not well-marked. If you are going to explore the backcountry on foot, get topographical maps and be prepared with proper clothing and equipment.
Make certain that your gas tanks are full and your tires are in good shape. There are no services along the road. The roads are all gravel, but the major roads are wide and sturdy though bumpy. In good weather, you can drive an RV up the canyon and over McDougal Gap to Daniel's Junction on Highway 189, where you can head west to Hoback Junction and on to Jackson Hole. With time out for pictures and a little exploring, you'll want to spend a day.