The road to the campgrounds are a bit rough, but if you have an SUV/Truck you’ll be just fine. Upon arrival Most of the campsites were already taken, so this spot is a bit popular. But we managed to find a spot at the very end of the gravel road. (turn around point also) At the end of the Road there is an amazing creek and trail. Such a beautiful place. Very quiet and friendly neighbors. Had a visit by the friendly park ranger, who checked near-by campfires. Make sure if you plan to leave camp, that you put out your fire completely. Decent cell signal at camp site (Verizon). Great place to camp.
We originally wanted to stay farther south in Idaho after leaving Jackson but we weren’t happy with the location. So we got on route 20 and started driving towards west Yellowstone when we came across the small Targhee National Forest sign. Fearful we weren’t going to be able to find a spot, we drove in anyways. We ended up going left up the second hill and found a nice big sight over looking the road and a cow pasture. The traffic on the road died down around 1030 which left us with a quiet star filled night in the valley. Later the moon rose up and lit up the mountain faces just enough.
Very close to West entrance! Plug in directions to the Targhee trailhead. Google maps took us down the wrong road to a dead end. Lots of wild flowers! There’s about 8 single spots in the beginning that are singles with fire pits. In the middle of the road there’s a meadow that if you don’t get lucky with a single spot you can park next to neighbors. The road ends at the creek. We got one of the front spots and got to enjoy the view of the sunset over those blue mountains. Not terrible mosquitos since it wasn’t super close to water.
Perfect location, about 20-30 mins West of Yellowstone. There are some cool spots if you’re lucky enough to snag them. Nice 13 mile trail nearby, we saw some wild strawberries!
We stumbled upon this place when we couldn’t find anything else and it was wonderful. If you plan on hiking, bring bear spray.
If Yellowstone is booked solid, you will likely find that every campground within a very wide radius of the park is full too. This Trailhead camping is free and open. Remember, this is bear territory, follow all bear safety guidelines. The road leading to the area is pretty well maintained.