What would it take to turn your mind to an RV road trip? How about two national parks, twenty-thousand-plus acres of rugged Western beauty, and wildlife roaming free all along your route? John D Rockefeller, Jr Memorial Parkway, twenty-seven miles of Wyoming splendor, is one RV road trip anyone in search of America should travel.
How Do We Get There?
You’ll find this unforgettable stretch of road at the northern boundary of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, stretching north to West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. From Salt Lake City, it’s a six-hour drive north on I-15 into Grand Teton NP, then north on US-191, the main road through the Parkway. It also makes for a scenic thirteen-hour journey from Sacramento on I-80 to Wells, Nevada and then north to Grand Teton via US-93.
No matter which direction you’re traveling by RV to reach Grand Teton National Park, slow down once you reach the Park’s borders and begin to absorb the grandeur of the surrounding mountain range.
What Will We See There?
The Tetons are motivation enough to make the journey, but there’s so much more to see while you’re there. The John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway encompasses twenty-four-thousand acres, bounded on two sides by national forests, encompassing the jagged peaks of the Grand Teton Range, the volcanic beginnings of Yellowstone NP and the wild beauty of the Snake River.
Be aware that large mammals roam freely along the Parkway and don’t be surprised to see grizzlies, elk and bighorn sheep among the many species that call this paradise home.
What Can We Do Nearby?
Once you’ve looked your fill at the scenery along the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, your options for outdoor recreation are abundant. Both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are rich with natural wonders, from geysers to breathtaking views of two mountain ranges.
Here are just a few special places to explore in the two national parks along the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway:
- Visit Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton NP for access to paddling, Snake River rafting and fishing, or hiking the trails surrounding nearby lakes.
- Take the scenic drive to Mormon Row and visit the 1890s homesteads to learn about the early settlement of Antelope Valley.
- Visit the western bay on Lake Yellowstone known as West Thumb, at the northern end of Rockefeller Parkway to see hydrothermal features like geysers, mudpots and hot springs.
- Don’t miss Yellowstone favorites like Old Faithful, thirteen-story Tower Falls and prime wildlife watching in Lamar Valley.
Where Can We Camp Near the Parkway?
Being located within two national parks, the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway is conveniently close to exceptional RV camping. Developed campgrounds near Moran, WY at the Parkway’s southern terminus, the Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch, right on the Parkway and two miles from Yellowstone’s southern entrance and campgrounds within Bridger-Teton National Forest are just a few of the options you have for camping in this area that’s highly popular with RV travelers.
Your journey to discover America by RV deserves a stop at Wyoming’s western national parks Don’t miss this drive along the Roosevelt Memorial Parkway. Pick up your RV rental and pack your outdoor gear…it’s time to find your own camping memories!