Wyoming is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, and the opportunities for recreation span thousands of miles. Home to the country’s first national park and national monument, visitors can witness spewing geysers, rolling prairieland, and almost everything in between. Get ready for an epic adventure camping in Wyoming!
Yellowstone National Park is the home of almost 3,500 square miles of nationally protected lands. From rushing waterfalls, roaring rivers, soaring peaks, and marvels of geology such as Old Faithful, the park has sights not even imagination even conjure. For this reason, hundreds of thousands visit every year. Plan ahead and experience once-in-a-lifetime camping in Wyoming in the process.
Although abundant, camping in Wyoming is extremely sought after, especially near the park. Twelve campgrounds within Yellowstone National Park provide adventurers with plentiful options, but planning ahead is vital. The Canyon Campground allows easy access to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a picture-perfect waterfall and river vista in the north-central region. Visit Artist’s Point and hike the 300 feet down to the lower falls to feel the rush of the Yellowstone River.
For a more touristy experience, snag a site in the Madison Campground. Being one of the largest in the park and less than 20 miles from the famous geyser Old Faithful, this area is a go-to for first time visitors. Sitting at an elevation just below 7,000 feet, the crisp mountain air will refresh. This area gets a lot of traffic, so pack in your patience and remember that the parks are for everyone to enjoy.
Camping in Wyoming also gives the chance to get off the grid. Grand Teton National Park is directly to the south of Yellowstone and allows for some easy-access backpacking. When done right, you can avoid the droves of humanity that flock to the Greater Yellowstone region.
For an easy trek into the backcountry, get a scenic spot along Leigh Lake or String Lake. These camping sites are often booked months in advance, so get them quick! A hidden gem tucked in the shadow of Mount Moran is Bearpaw Lake and is also relatively accessible from the same trail. Remember your bear spray and enjoy some genuine Wyoming camping!
If you want to see wildlife during you Yellowstone adventure then Slough Creek Campground is the way to go. During our visit we got to see Bison on our drive coming in, deer feeding at the edge of the campground and watched a black bear for 30 minutes just a mile down the hiking trail. But to get a campsite you have to be prepared, prepared as in get here in the early morning so you can grab a sight as soon as one become available, this campground is often full by 8am if not earlier. You can leave the RV crowd behind here, most campers are tent camping or just have a small camper, the bigger on won't fit here. A nice quiet campground with Slough Creek running right next to most of the sights made for a good nights sleep. All sites have picnic tables and a metal fire ring. This is bear territory and you need to lock up those food items in your car/truck or in one of the bear proof lockers located through out the campground, just be ready to share with other campers. Site has some of the cleanest vault toilets around. Trash and recycling is available as well. Water is from a hand pump and the water is top notch. If you like to star gaze then you can't do any better than here, no light pollution lets you see everything our night sky has to offer.
Went off-season (early October) and was able to take my pick of sore’s from the nearly-empty location.
Bathrooms were open. At the tower itself, both visitor centers were closed, though rangers were present.
Note: registration is available on-site via cash or check only. To use a credit/debit card, you must pay at the entrance station. Take the placard they give you (or the stub from the envelope if you pay at the site) and attach it to the pole next to your campsite.
So, we just returned from our first trip to GTNP and Yellowstone, and tented 3 nights at Colter Bay (also 1 night at Jenny Lake, and 1 night at Gros Ventre). First, GTNP and YNP in autumn is amazing, and Colter Bay has many great services conveniently available in the campground, such as a well stocked camp store, decent showers, one restaurant, and laundry. Colter Bay camp ground is also close enough to YNP to be within striking distance for day trips up to all the southern attractions (although Headwaters at Flagg Ranch would be more centrally located between the parks).
Now the bad news: the bathrooms in the campground look like they have never been cleaned or maintained. The maintenance crew should be fired. No hot water, broken cold water faucets. brown smelly urinal, filthy floors and stalls. WTF? I guess the teenagers they hire for summer workers don't like cleaning bathrooms. At this point, its probably a good idea to gut the entire bathroom and start over from bare walls. I would rather primitive camp in the nearby forest - oh, wait, thats illegal. I'd have to drive 30 miles to get outside the national park before primitive camping is allowed…
One more gripe: although there are many services provided by the national park service or their concessionaires (Vail Resorts) available to campers in the campground, is it really necessary to gouge campers on everything they sell? $32/night to tent, $40 for breakfast for 2, $7.50 for a box of 4 logs, $4 for a shower, I realize the park service claims they are woefully under-funded, but camping is supposed to be a good value for the vacations of middle class Americans, right? After all, they market it as "your national parks" and I pay my taxes, and then they charge me again? If its my national park, then I charge too much for everything.
OK. I feel better now. Other than these items, GTNP is a beautiful place.
Heaven!!!! That's all there is to Say….. There is great camping all over…. For dispersed Camping Free and Probably best views …. Shadow Mountain is the Ticket…. Grovant Campground is another wonderful Place….
We camped here in a tent passing through on our way north. Only cost us $10. Pretty spot and only a couple other campers in the area that night so we had plenty of privacy. It does appear that it is closed in winter but there is a forest road just south that you could camp on for free I'm sure.
How do you describe heaven, with bad roads. I would never go anyplace other than shadow mountain.
Heading North out of Riverton Wyoming is Bull Lake. The lake itself is hidden from the highway, but Bull creek has a large bridge that lets you know where to turn. The road is not bad, but can be tricky depending on the time of year and weather. It is a dirt road and prone to mud holes. Following the road up then crossing the dam got us on the side of the lake where we made camp, it was early summer so the water was pretty low and gave us access to sites that would otherwise be underwater. Firewood is easily found, but there is not much for stores so be prepared and take in what you will need. The fishing from shore was good with both Flyrods and baitcast. You will need a Wind River Reservation fishing license and permit to camp and fish here. Make sure to pickup a trash and leave it better than you found it. Enjoy
First come, first served. Thankfully they seemed to have plenty of spaces the week we were in Grand Teton NP. We came down from Yellowstone with our trailer. I was hoping to stay here as I love Jackson and this spot is fairly close to town, about 30 minutes. It was raining so we went out to dinner a few times and spent the rest of our time driving and hiking. Didn't hang out in our campsite during the day or evening too much.
These sites seemed really small. We got our 16 foot trailer in just fine but getting our SUV off the road would have been impossible if it were any longer. We watched the neighbors struggle to back their trailer in for quite a while, with all the nastiness that goes along with that. Road through the loop was blocked off and everything.
The bathrooms were clean and right across the road. Beyond the bathroom was lots of woods and stream bed full of animal trails. If you are looking for wildlife, just camp here. Moose a plenty. Also found a beautiful buck hiding back in the trees as we took a walk behind the campground.
No hook ups but there is an RV dump and you can refill your water tanks if needed. The scenery is gorgeous here. I will camp here every time I come back.
I really enjoyed camping here. We were on A Loop which is right by ranger booth where you check in. It was actually pretty entertaining place to be. You get to see a wide variety of camping rigs, that's for sure. Our site was in the RV loop so no hook ups but it was paved and really level. We booked in February for our trip the beginning of September. I was shocked at how huge this campground is!
The bathroom was small and basic, but clean. Actual flush toilets and running water. Every site has a large bear box for storage, a fire pit, and a picnic table. You can buy firewood at the ranger booth for $7 a box.
We stayed the whole week so it seemed like we had new neighbors almost every night. Did not see any bears but we saw bison and a beautiful bull elk in the trees behind our site. The elk were bugling almost every night. There are Ranger led educational talks at the amphitheater every night. I really enjoyed that. We also went down to the Bridge Bay Marina and took their scenic boat ride. So fun! I recommend checking that out too.
Forest Service campground 28 miles outside of Saratoga Wyoming. It has 16 sites and a single vaulted toilet. Each site has a table and fire ring, but no Bear boxes. Road into this site is a bit washboard but otherwise is a decent road into some beautiful location. The sites can accommodate RV’s and trailers. Lots of quad roads to explore. Popular hunting location. First come first serve campground with minimal fee. Jack Creek is a nice fishing stream as well
Sanger Access Area is a launching/porting spot for Drift Fishing the North Platte River. There are several nice tent site right on the river with lots of Cottonwood trees for shade. There is a his/hers vaulted toilets but no other amenities. Not suitable for RVs or large trailers as the road in is narrow and can get nasty in bad weather. Great river location with prime fishing. The site is 4 miles in off HWY 130 on Picks Bridge Road.
This was a nice spot for a 3 day weekend, we got there early Friday so there were still a lot of spots. It was rainy and foggy so we didn’t drive all the way up the road as others suggested since you couldn’t see the view anyway. There are some nice fire rings built and the there are porta-potties by the first couple spots. Our spot was right next to a bear box where you can stow your food. We saw a few deer, but not much else. However I did hear a lot of howling the first night. Saturday night it got pretty packed, mostly just van campers looking for a spot to park so it was still quiet. Would love to camp here again when it’s not so foggy and rainy! The road wasn’t so bad for the lower spots, but if you plan to go further out you’ll definitely need 4x4. The trees were BEAUTIFUL!
We saw this campground on Dyrt on our trip through Wyoming to Teton National Park and decided to stay for a night or two. Glad we did! Actually ended up spending 5 nights. Lots of hiking trails, beautiful views, very clean and well dispersed sites. There are electrical hookups in loop A and loop B is primitive. Easy access for RV/Trailer camping and plenty of tent sites as well. First come first serve, but I don’t it gets much use as it is so close to most people’s destination of Yellowstone that they just drive on by. Too bad for them! We had the whole place to ourselves for several nights. Nice waterfall to view also. We will be back!
Most sites are on the banks of the Fall River with great views. Very clean. Good access nearby to Yellowstone National Park at the Bechler Ranger Station and Cave Falls. Cave Falls is beautiful and we spent time watching a nesting Osprey. Nice network of trails. Very popular spot for fly fishermen because there is also good access to rivers in YNP.
The setting is awesome. Very remote, scenic and quiet. Besides one other group of campers we were the only ones there for 2 nights Easy access to nice trails. We saw elk, shooting stars and were paid a visit by a herd of horses from a nearby riding camp. It took approximately an hour of driving on dirt roads and switchbacks to get to but well worth it. Would have been 5 stars but we did not see a campground host and some TLC was needed in the toilets and a few of the campsites..
This campground was nice, had flush toilets, a place to wash dishes, and water. There was no tent pads, had picnic tables, and a bear box. As expected with a big park there are lots of camper around, luckily most people respected the quiet hours.
I arrived late to this campground but just in time for sunset. The tent sites on are the lake which is beautiful but arriving at sunset let me meet all the bugs of the evening. They weren't mosquitoes, I didn't get but they were out by the hundreds. The RVs are close to the tents so it was bit noisy. no tent pads
Vault toilets and playground at the campground
picnic table on site.
Only small designated spaces for tents. It’s like one big group site, no designated spaces. We had to park outside of the fenced in tent area and carry all our gear in. The night we were there it was very overcrowded. We didn’t have a picnic table. Tents were so packed in that we were kept up all night by the snoring from the tent next to us. Close to attractions, clean bathrooms and very friendly staff.
We had the most beautiful site in the F loop with great views of Yellowstone lake. Giant bull elk grazed and slept nearby every day we were there (4 nights). Saw bears moving through the area, but none that stuck around. Clean bathrooms.
Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne Wyoming
Located between Laramie and Cheyenne, about 25 miles to each. We stayed at the Tumbleweed Campground. If you enjoy stargazing, you'll be amazed. There are no campground lights to interfere and campers keep lights to a minimum. We had a cloudless clear sky to enjoy the heavens. One of the most awesome night skys I've seen. Would love to be here for meteor showers!
This area has electric and water. The sites are gravel and mostly level. Each site is totally separate with great views of the reservoir. There's a nice picnic table and firepit. Vault toilets. Really nice tiled showers (takes quarters) and flush toilets are available 24/7 at the Visitor Center up the road. Boondock and tent campgrounds also available. Staff super friendly. Camp store has the basics. Nice mountain bike and hiking trails. Popular intermediate hike to waterfall, 4 miles rounddtrip. Fishing, picnicking, kids play areas.
We stopped here on the final leg of our journey. They had adequate hookups and sewer cleanout station. This was a great way to close out our trip and get our systems flushed out for parking.
Bonus: the local Walmart had our favorite Ice cream brand Blue Bell.
Check-in was super helpful to a rookie camper. They suggested how we should pull into the site in order to face the correct direction and they informed us all about the fresh water refill station as well as the black water dumping station. Site was simple to pull in and out of and the trees provided a good amount of privacy.
With Colter bay marina nearby, there was plenty to go see and do. We will definitely stay here again in the future.
Campsite had great services; plenty of restrooms, washroom for dishes and showers for campers. The check-in was super easy and they were very friendly.
The only issue we had was getting our camper into the site. They advertised our particular site as a pull-through site and we nearly got our camper stuck trying to pull in. It took some doing, but we got parked properly. It would have been far easier to just back in to this particular lot.
Our camper is just over 31', so that could have been a factor.
I highly recommend looking at the website. Lots to do here. Pet friendly. Laundry room, showers, market available. A steakhouse right next door. Definitely would stick to chain restaurants if you’re wanting a steak though. Or any food for that matter. It’s definitely gorgeous here.