The Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site is maintained by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. I normally avoid campgrounds and prefer dispersed camping or backpacking, but I gladly camp here. Sites are well spaced out with Medicine Lodge Creek running through the campground. A walking/bike path goes end to end in the park following the creek. It does not have electrical hookups or dump stations for RVs. There are no shower facilities, but it does have vault toilets and drinking water. You can also buy firewood onsite as there is really nowhere to gather your own wood inside the park. You can go down the 4WD road at the north end of the park to Black Butte a bit and usually find your own firewood, however. All fires must be within the campsite fire rings.
The Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site is a perfect place to camp to explore the Bighorn Mountains, being relatively close to the Medicine Wheel and Shell Falls. If you enjoy craft beer, Tensleep Brewery -- located in a refurbished barn -- is located approximately 20 - 30 miles south in Tensleep.
Every chance my family gets to escape to this gorgeous area we take it. Lots of trails for atv riding, hiking, horse back riding, you name it. Great place for a family camp or reunion.
Cleaniest campground I've ever been in and my family camps a lot….highest ratings.
We stayed here the weekend after July 4th. Sites were all nicely mowed with very clean fire pits and new picnic tables. We had water access along the whole site. My toddler and 9 year old played in the shallows for hours. There was a deep hole next to the canyon face. In the afternoon the 60' canyon wall reflected the water. At night the fire flickered and projected our shadows across the whole face. Perfect for campfire stories. Apparently I'm not the first to think so since it has been a seasonal camp for the last 10,000 years. The petroglyphs were in remarkable shape and worth the long drive out to the campground. There are clean vault toilets in sight from every site. Highly recommend this place for a few days along the Yellowstone byways. Close access to many mountain lakes, ten sleep canyon for views and climbing, alkali rd and the dinosaur track site, cloud peak wilderness….