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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We stayed in Site # # 5 which had water & electric & a semi view of the lake. Best sites in our loop were #4 & #6 but all sites in this loop weren't bad. There is a boat ramp, several different loops for camping one primitive & one with water & electric hook up. spectacular view from the site. This was a quiet campground with a good sunset.
Going towards Cody there is the Buffalo Bill Dam which is worth stopping at, It's free to get in and has a great story about them building it. Cody is a cute town, have a drink at the Irma Hotel and the Proud Gut, Rodeos at the Stampede.
The campground is on road that goes into Yellowstone National Park the East entrance it's about 50 miles. As soon as we got in the park we saw some Bighorn Sheep, Elk,, then a swan, Bison & more. I love Yellowstone.
We went to a place towards Yellowstone to eat at a hidden gem called Cutthroat Steak house & Lodge. Great steak, good service and off a dirt road that you would think you were lost.
We stayed in site # T31 waterfront site with water & electric in the tumbleweed loop. Nice pull thru and we can slide our kayak in the water from our site & fish from it too. Nice park, there's a little hike near the Visitor center. There are showers at the visitor center where you enter & small restrooms through out. We drove the campground around the lake and saw pronghorn sheep, deer, yellow birds and more. They had a little place you could get cooked food from which the food wasn't bad it was cooked in a trailer. You can't swim in the lake but you can kayak in it.
We went into town to the bunkhouse & yes had rocky mountain oysters. Being from Florida they are different than our oysters.
Like they say if you don't like the weather in Wyoming wait 5 minutes it will change. It is windy in Wyoming at least when we were there. Nice park and a nice visitor center.
🚙 🚐 🚌 🏕 🚲 🛵🐈🐕🚾 🚿 🏞🍦🛒 We first stayed at the Ponderosa in one of the cabins before becoming we becaming Rv'rs. The entire team embraced us just like they do everyone staying at their campground…we went in as visitors and left as friends just like most who travel through their gates! The Ponderosa family know everything about the area and share like the ambassador's they are. It's a great place for passing through or staying around for entire season. Personally we love staying in Cody because we can drive up to Yellowstone, or over to the beautiful Chief Joseph scenic byway and loop around back to Cody and everything between these two day trips. And of course the town of Cody has plenty of little shops, Cafe's and several major outfits like Walmart, Albertson's, dollar places, tractor supply, dealerships and more.. 🐕 a dog run on site 🏞River dry camping & access on site 🍦Dairy Queen nextdoor ☕️In office or walk for a five min to a local drive through coffee 🛎 hotel across from campground for the non-glampers you may be traveling with 🤪 🛒Walmart just up the road 🥩We always love to go to Cassie's for prime rib! It's a great rustic steakhouse. 🚲We usually take our bikes so we can bike to town, the museum, or up to Walmart and then some. 🖼 Buffalo Bill Museum is a must. The ticket is good for two days and it takes two days. 🐴 We love the Cedar Mtn Trail Rides…they are super friendly and Bob the owner has an uncanny way to match horse to rider. The ride is scenic and not far from the campground. The ride is hilly which makes it more fun then flatter rides.
…we have been staying at the Ponderosa for about six years. We went from doing a cabin, to pulling a trailer and now to an Rv pulling our Jeep behind. And I could go on and on about ponderosa campground and Cody but I need to let you all discover what we have…it is half the fun!!!
But we could see why. This place has a fantastic view at the base of Devils Tower. It was VERY busy. Lots of families and off road vehicles (although it was holiday weekend, but I imagine this place stays busy). This was a last minute choice for us and we didn’t even end up using the facilities. We parked, cooked our dinner and watched the sunset from the back of our van. If you want to stay at Devils Tower this is pretty choice. (On site would have been better but closed due to Covid)
As a tent camper, this is my favorite campground in my favorite place to hike. If your site is towards the entrance and/or east side of the campground you have wonderful views of the Teton range from your site.
I have camped here a few times over the years, and have loved it each time. Due to the view and the proximity to Jenny, Leigh, and String lakes it is an extremely popular campsite not to mention it is relatively quiet due to it being a tent only campground.
The current campground manager has done an excellent job developing an efficient check-in procedure that respects the privacy of the campers, as I have in years prior had people coming to my tent before 6am to ask if I'm leaving or staying longer.
Each site has a fire ring/grate, picnic table, and a bear bin. The campground has only one bathroom which is centrally located but has been remodeled and is much improved from my previous stays. Sites can vary quite a bit, but our site had a large tent pad and a water faucet.
It is common for deer and bear to frequent the campground traveling to and from the lakes.
This campground has easy access to hikes around the lakes as well as back into Cascade Canyon. The Jenny Lake general store/gift shop, ranger station, and boat dock are all short walks from the campground.
Stayed here for 3 nights in July of 2019. Convenient location for the hikes we were doing and not too far from the west or east entrance to the park. Arguably the cleanest vault toilet I have ever seen. The campground host took pride in maintaining the place. Went in Mid-July, the campground was probably at 2/3rds capacity and we didn't have any neighbors on either side which was very nice. Warm during the day and cool at nights.
10-sleep is just a short drive away for gas and food and most importantly a spectacularly Wyoming brewery.
Bridge Bay is a monster of a campground- over 400 sites! That is more people than my neighborhood has! Honestly I can't believe we picked to stay here, as it is not our typical style, but it was all about location and convenience for this stay. The campground sits on the shores of Yellowstone Lake and is conveniently located for seeing many of the attractions of the park. Not much in terms of privacy but the sites are clean and level and the campground offers wildlife viewing right from your site! It is a reservation campground but we lucked out and got a site for 2 nights by just pulling in on a Thursday.
Sweet place! Totally affordable! Electric tent sites, 50 yds from the river, there is highway noise but our movie tuned it out, stayed multiple times to and fro across the country, kayla kills it with hospitality…this is my go to camp for taking I80!