Help us protect the resource and improve the visitor experience at two of the most popular free dispersed camping areas on the Bridger-Teton National Forest: Shadow Mountain and the Toppings Lake Road (also known as Teton View). Thanks to leadership from Campendium and a generous $25,000 matching donation from Dometic, we currently have a unique opportunity to get two permanent vault toilets installed exactly where they’re needed most.
These two popular camping areas just outside of Grand Teton National Park are the busiest anywhere on the Forest. And for good reason- they’re close to the town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, they’re free, and they offer stunning scenic Teton views, trailhead access, and space of your own. The internet reviews speak for themselves. These campsites are also the first place visitors head when they find the National Park campgrounds full- meaning many campers come especially ill-prepared to manage their waste without the facilities found at a fee campground.
Vault toilets are desperately needed in these busy camping areas! The temporary portapots made possible by donation this summer were overflowing two days after their weekly cleaning. Nothing ruins a visitor experience faster than waste and litter, and the impacts on the Forest environment are real. (Did you know it can take up to 3 years for toilet paper to decompose?) Since there is NO federal funding source to support new infrastructure on FS dispersed camping areas, this is where we - and you- come in.
Free, spacious, scenic car camping is one of our favorite things about our National Forest, and we weren’t alone this summer. Hundreds of families - record numbers by far- flocked to their public lands and safely made memories with their families in these gorgeous places. In a time when we all want to make the outdoors more inclusive, free family-friendly camping experiences should be something we can all get behind. If you already know and love these places, and are in a position to give, please help us keep them open, accessible and pristine for everyone.
Where your dollars go:
The minimum cost of installing toilets in both areas is $55,500 dollars. Thanks to generous donations from Dometic and Campendium, we only need an additional $25,000 to make this high priority infrastructure possible!
Additional donations above $25,000 will go directly towards ongoing expenses that receive no federal funding at these fee-free camping areas:
Cost of Four On-site Full-Time Camping Ambassadors- $16,000/Year
Cost of Annual Toilet Pumping/Maintenance - $5,000/Year
Cost of Two (2) Bear Proof Dumpsters - $12,000
Cost of ATV for Dispersed Camping Patrol- $12,000
Cost of ADA-Approved Fire Rings (40)- $500/each