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!
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It's a small park. Its great if you are needing a quiet overnight or a base to visit the Big Horn. Just know, you need to come prepared or drive to Sheridan. On Wed and Thurs there was no restaurant open (we only found 1 on "town". There is no grocery either. There is a smokey bar and a convenience store and a drive thru coffee shop. We didn't try the bakery. I would not pass this one by.
Judy, the previous reviewer shared a lot of great details, so I won't repeat them.
What I can add is that Wy residents cost is $15 and non resident is $18 a night. Self pay station. Sites are not numbered. They are first come only. Sites along the river are not shaded. The others have plenty. There is a train track nearby. We only heard 2 though. One late afternoon and one before 10 pm. It was not loud enough to be annoying. Lastly, come prepared. When we were there on a Wed and Thurs., no restaurant open. There is no grocery. There is a gas station that has a few basics.
There is a great hike 20 min away outside of Dayton. Tongue River Canyon. Stunning.
We arrived knowing rain and snow was in the forecast. It was a beautiful overcast evening when we arrived. What we didn’t expect was no map or directions on how to find our site. The visitor center was closed so there was no place to check in although reservations are needed starting May 1st. We went to the camp store for directions. We opted for no hookups since our 33’ 5th wheel is set up for boondocking. It still cost $30 a night since we are from out of state. Plus an $8 reservation fee. A bit pricey but we truly enjoyed our visit. Around 4am the heavy winds woke us. Our site GP148 sat on top of a hill overlooking two other campsites and the lake. It rocked enough that we couldn’t sleep but the rig handled it well. The weather calmed down and we went on a hike toward Hidden Falls before the rain arrived. The trails are well marked and very nice. We went on a drive for lunch and 10 miles away is the Bunkhouse bar and grille. We happened to be there on a Sunday when local pickers come to play live music. It was very entertaining and highly recommended. When we woke on Monday the snow had arrived. It took us a little longer to break down to leave but the roads were still good. Verizon cell service throughout the stay was spotty. Even with a couple hiccups this was a fantastic stay.
The entrance is next to a restaurant, just off the interstate. The whole park is super clean. Check-in, the store, laundromat and bathrooms are all in the one building. The bathroom is a little dated and the showers small (see video) There is a little road noise, but it didn't bother us. It really is a pretty little park. Not busy the first of May when we were here. Pro tip: don't just fly through Buffalo. Go downtown. See the Occidental Hotel inside. A must. Also, if you are a Longmire fan, this is where the author is from and there is an entire store of all things Longmire.
A wonderful place to tent camp. Very quiet area, and sites are usually secluded. Gorgeous views. The reservoir is not good for fishing, so we went to the nearby grayrocks reservoir and had luck there. Also, the water is freezing! We tried swimming. There was also a small wildfire while we were there.
This campground is wonderful. It’s reasonably priced and has a gym, laundry, and showers! We got a tent site. Everyone else staying was very friendly. Bathroom facilities were clean. Laundry was great. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back if I find myself in Gilette again!
We went by, but ended up not staying. Not because of the park, but we wanted to be downtown this time. The new owners are working hard on maintenance and upgrades. Concrete pads. Full hookups. Shower house (needing updates, but understand they are in the works). Best of all? 1600 sq ft natural mineral hot springs pool!!! Heaven! Free if staying there, only $10 if not. Campground is right on the river surrounded by mountains. Only draw back is the train tracks across the river. Thank goodness trains don't run often.