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Not my favorite tent camp

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.

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Great stay!

Nice little campground, tucked just outside of town. Minutes from stores and restaurants. This KOA had a pool, play ground, laundry room, rec room plus many more. Really enjoyed our stay while passing through. Town does have an old siren that goes off at 9pm but it’s not very loud and doesn’t last very long.

Beautiful setting convenient to Cody

We camped at the North Fork section of Buffalo Bill State Park.  The scenery was outstanding and the campsites roomy.  Our trailer site, #81 was a pullout/pull-through site.  We ended up pulling our trailer in the "wrong" way so that our door faced the picnic table and fire ring rather than the road.  The scenery was incredible!  We drove around the mountain side of the lake and saw a coyote, grouse and pelicans.  We watched the sunset from this incredibly remote and peaceful location.  The pay showers were very clean and well laid out.  Had to wait a few minutes on a busy morning but definitely worth the wait.  Quick drive into Cody, WY.  


Clean and accommodating

Family run campground that is very clean and quiet.  Three shower houses and on sight laundromat  Owners accommodate late arrivals.  Approximately 1 hour to the East entrance of Yellowstone. I highly recommend this campground!!

Great stopping point to get into Yellowstone - beware of traffic noise

The location is perfect for getting into the Yellowstone. There is some highway noise and didn’t seem to give up throughout the night. The staff is very friendly and the entire facility was extremely well kept and clean. The shower houses were dated but clean. The washers and dryers worked very well and were not over priced like most facilities. We came here because we had to and we would definitely come back or recommend this place to others if passing through.

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Wooded sites that are large near hiking and fishing

This is just down the road from a couple other campgrounds. It’s nice to have options when you don’t have reservations. 

The sites are large and spread out. Some are in the sun while others have separate areas for the picnic table. Trees are around which create a nice wooded setting. A water hand pump and clean vault toilets can be found. 

The Greenough trailhead is at the end of the campground. Hike or bring your fishing gear and try your luck. We saw several families heading out with their fishing rods- but we didn’t see any caught fish…. This is also just at the start of where the Beartooth Highway starts going up to the west. 

We didn’t like this one as much as Parkside Campground but it’s nice having options.

Nestled along a creek at the base of the Beartooth highway

This is a beautiful campground! The Beartooth highway starts going up to the west right here. You must drive this route but plan lots of time for photos. 

The campground stretches out along the Wyoming creek. Let your eyes go upwards and glimpse the mountains around you. This campground is in the valley. Large sites are well spread out and wander through the wooded area. Drive through and select the one you like and then fill out the form. Vault toilets and garbage bins are spread out too. We found quite a few open sites but many were reserved. If this one fills up there are a few more down the road. 

The trailhead for the Wyoming creek trail is at the start of camp. We saw plenty of cars parked here for day hiking. This is a great place.

Hot but beautiful

High desert camping overlooking Bighorn Lake and the marina. I highly suggest you pay the extra couple bucks for a site with the covered picnic table to get some shade. Some sites have been updated with water and electric hookups, some have grills and tent pads and some don’t, but all have fire pits and picnic tables. The bathrooms have flush toilets and were very clean. If you need a shower, head into Lovell and drop a donation in the box at the City Camping Park and use the super clean showers there. I spent a long time talking with the host who’s home is just north in Montana. He had great ideas about taking the canyon boat ride (about $40 for a two hour tour), checking out Devils Canyon, or looking for bighorn sheep and Pryor Mountain wild horses (both of which I saw!).

Not a destination, but excellent services

What a gem this find was! Free camping with showers and bathrooms as clean as home, close to restaurants and a cute movie theater, and close to the Bighorn Canyon with great wildlife. I took advantage of its location to head towards Cody to visit the Heart Mountain Internment Camp interpretive center as well as to head up Bighorn Canyon to look for wild horses in the Pryor Range. There are about 8 RV pull through sites and about 5 or 6 tent sites, all with picnic tables available(although some tent sites share a table). The tent pads are not really dedicated pads, but they are covered in wood mulch, so they are nice and soft. You do get a little noise and dust from the nearby ballfields, and it was really windy the afternoon I showed up so I was glad I had extra tie downs for my tent. Once the sun set however, the wind died down. While the campground isn’t a destination site, it’s a great stop off while traveling.

Northwest corner of the Bighorns

This campground has several loops that nicely disperse campers. The sites have some great tree cover. We loved the layout of some sites. The camper pad was separated from the picnic tables by some trees too. Water is available at a couple hand pumps that are out in the open. Clean restrooms and trash cans are here too. 

Our interest in this campground was built by the closeness to Medicine Wheel National Monument. It is a sacred place that is worth the time to see. There are some national forest roads that go off the main route. The drawback was the lack of trees and forest but the expansive views made up for it.

Clean and all amenities

We stayed only one night just on our way through. They were very well organized, clean and had shuttles that pick up there for all of Cody’s activities. Located within walking distance to done fun areas.

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Great Town

Very nice town, spent some time there. Great shopping and dining options.

Great place

The facility is awesome and the sites at the bottom of the hill by the creek are amazing. Makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Nice little hide away

Excellent campground. The place is off of the highway a good distance so you dont get noise from the road. Definitely will return to the campground. The place offers cabins, restrooms with showers and there is even a fly shop for those of you wanting to fly fish the renowned Bighorn river.

Nice tucked away spot with a creek

Only one spot was suitable for a car camping, the rest were for tents. There is a big waterfall up at the top of the campground, short hike. Spot had a bench, 2 picnic tables and a firepit. The creek was rushing right below the site. 2 bathrooms and trash cans. Only $7/night.

Woodsy sites along the Chief Joseph scenic highway in a historic location

A local couple told me that we should check out this campground. They said to take your time and enjoy the Chief Joseph scenic highway drive with all of its overlooks. The scenery driving up out of Cody is unique and inspiring. We stopped halfway down the highway at Dead Indian Campground and enjoy the scenery from camp. 

The campground is split on two sides of the creek. The host is on the Cody side along with 5 sites. The garbage bin is also over there. We chose to stay in site 10 which is one of the other 5 across the creek. You take the main highway over the creek and then into this area. This site is large and has a short trail that leads right to the creek. We enjoyed the short walk on the campground road the continues past our site. We found a clear view of the powerful creek and a beautiful skyline. One site is a secluded walk-in for tenters. There are clean vault toilets on each side. Bring in your own water or purify some from the creek. The vegetation is a bit tall in the sites on this side. Site 10 was great but the others looked less inviting. 

There is a hiking trail just down the road in each direction. One leads into the canyon and the other into the meadows. The trail into the canyon is the route that Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce used to avoid a trap by the military. Just as we were about to hike the thunderstorm rolled in. Thus we can only say that the start of the trail was good especially with the history adding value. 

This year it’s cool but the host said it’s normally hot. She said all the green grass is usually yellow. 

This is a nice stop along a beautiful scenic drive. This is grizzly territory so take appropriate precautions.

Desert Camping

This is a great campground if you're going to be out on the lake or hitting the off-road trails. Its literally a campground in the desert though there are some great views in the surrounding areas. The campground itself if nice if you don't mind that there aren't any trees. There are some permanent shades in select campgrounds. Some sites have full water and power hook-ups and there's a free dump station on your way out. The campground was clean! Some sites are very very basic and some sites are updated and well laid out with plenty of room.  We went over 4th of July weekend with no reservations and there were still a handful of open sites available though the good ones that would fit a longer camper trailer were pretty much taken up. The camp hosts were super friendly. The campground sits about a 1/2 mile or so from the lake. The marina/boat dock has a tiny store and there is a great area for day use (bring mosquito spray!). If you're going up for off-roading be sure to print out some maps before hand as there are plenty of great trails and views in this area! The attached pics are from Devil's Canyon Lookout area and from up the canyon in a boat.

Roadside and lakeside and close to town

This is an affordable campground that is near Cody. We aren’t planning to go into Yellowstone so this was a great option for us. It gives us a nice starting point to dive into the national forest land to the north. 

The campground is stretched out into 3 loops and most sites are lakeside. The campsites are very large. Even without any vegetation between us, we still felt like a private space. It seems like the reservable sites have electric and the rest don’t. Restrooms are clean but I haven’t found a water source. I’m thinking it’s by the dump station. 

The lake has a nice shoreline to sit at and boating starts from the day use area next door. 

This was a nice campground to give us a regrouping place before another venture off grid.

Awesome tent site

Love this camp, I have been multiple times. Near a variety of hiking trails and streams. Camp was very clean and quiet with great hosts!

Wonderful free camping right in town

It’s hard to believe that a town creates a free campground for anybody to use. This is well laid out with RV and tent sites. Water, restrooms and showers are all available. There is a donation box for people to offer their own fair value price. Perhaps all towns should offer donation based camping. With the effort the town put into this place, it’s a blessing. 

Town is a wonderful place. There are some unique small stores and restaurants. The families sitting in their yard wave as you pass. Right next to the campground is a great park. 

This is a wonderful community offering.

Great place with great staff

We passed through Cody and stayed at Ponderosa, it was an unforgettable experience! The staff was great, the showers were clean, and the campground was clean and presentable.

Great clean campground

This was a great campground! Very clean camp sites, clean bathrooms, and very nice and polite camp hosts. We had reservations Saturday night but showed up Friday night hoping we could get a walk-up spot. The camp hosts were very accommodating and helpful! The spot we reserved was great! Tree coverage, a long picnic table, fire ring,close to the river, close to the bathrooms (if needed), and did I mention…clean?!?! The camp sites were spread out enough so that you didn't feel too crowded. It was a great location for anything you want to do, hiking, biking, fishing, off-roading, or just simply relaxing. We would definitely go back here again.

OK place for the night

This is an OK place to stop for the night.  But not someplace I'd plan on spending any time at.  At least there was a A&W across the street.

Had to stay two extra nights

While we were here we stayed in their small one room cabins that stayed nice and warm throughout the windy and freezing nights, decided to stay an extra two nights as the rooms were just that cozy. Overlooks a scenic little canyon that you can drive down to and watch for jackrabbits! Bathrooms and showers located nearby that were warm and private as well. We very much enjoyed our stay here.

Beautiful tipis on the river, nice RV sites

Stayed here 2 times. One time in the tipis In July and one time in an RV site in early May. The tipis are gorgeously appointed and so comfortable to sleep in. They are right on the Shoshone, definitely a great and five star experience. You can fish on the river if it’s not running too fast and there is a Trout pond you also can fish for free.

The RV sites are all pull-through and very nice grace ,but unfortunately can’t see the river from them. The showers and laundry are clean but laundry is limited. They have a coffee shack but not open. Lots of great birds of prey in the area. Close to Cody.

A hot tub and larger laundry would make this place perfect.

Good location for a KOA

Is a good spot to set up if you're looking to explore Red Lodge or the Beartooth Mountains. Nothing fancy but has more amenities than most tent sites

Amazing views of the glacier carved valley!

This is a great spot to stay for a while or to use as a base camp for setting off to some of the higher backcountry lakes. Be bear aware at all times and keep your food stored in a bear can or high and away from trees. Stopping here for a night is also a great idea if you're headed towards Yellowstone

Nice little spot but just head further into the mountains!

Nice little spot with motel rooms and some tent spots. You're already at the foot hills might as well head up into the beartooths! Is a good place to stay if you dont want to Airbnb or stay at one of the lodges.


We used it as a base for Yellowstone. Beartooth hwy was undescribable! Amazing views. Close to Red lodge. It's not perfect by no means but felt safe. Word of advice though, don't try and do everything in Yellowstone from one Basecamp. Spend more time traveling than anything else. I knew Yellowstone was big but damn!

Loved it!

Loved everything about this place, and would definitely come back and visit. Here are some things we really enjoyed:

  1. Campground was easy to locate- I hate when we are traveling from out of town and trying to find a spot and there are no signs. This place was well marked, and actually the GPS took us right here.
  2. Nice rangers- they helped us find our spot and also told us some great things to do nearby! There is a lake close by and they told us how to get there. Also told us some great hiking spots, which is why we came in the first place.
  3. Clean- The bathrooms and campground were clean. There was actually TP in the bathroom too!! Shocker!! Dumpsters on site as well.
  4. Great hiking!!! Look up hikes and GOOOOO!!!
  5. Campsites are "bigger" which was really like because we didn't feel squished.