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Awesome host

Nice little campground,  friendly host, great ATV roads, hiking.

Primitive Camping on the N Platte River

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.

Nice place to visit

We like this campground ⛺️ but very cold can’t sleep much

Easy to access, Beautiful lake

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.

Stargazing, amazing

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. 

Beautiful

Beautiful lake. Very peaceful. Campground host was wonderful. Campground is clean. The Free Birds- #livefree www.livefreebirds.com IG: thefreebirdsrv

Hidden Gem

Small campground by creek. Lots of room between sites. Very pretty location. -The Free Birds RV- https://livefreebirds.com IG: thefreebirdsrv

Quiet and easy to access

We were driving out to Oregon and decided to stay the night here since it’s not too far off the interstate. The site was fairly secluded and interstate noise was not bad for how close it was. We plan to go again and try some biking and hiking in the area. $5 with national park pass ($10 without). No water.

Nice little get away

Just north of Saratoga, Wy. Is Saratoga lake, and the aptly named Saratoga Lake Campground. It has tiers of camp sites mostly set up for RV'S but a few towards the water which tent campers will be comfortable. It has vault toilets on either side of it and a playground near the main entrance. A boat ramp is also by the entrance. There is not much privacy and vitually zero shade, but the views of the sparse landscape and the abundance of birds and other wildlife life mitigates that. Town is not far away, along with the natural hot springs the town is famous for. Fishing is in abundance from not only the lake but the Platte River known for its blue ribbon trout waters. All in all the positive charms outweigh the slight drawbacks of this spot. Enjoy.

Amazing campground with amazing and unique pink granite mountains

The dyrt has some old info on their overview page, there are no reservations - it is first come first serve, there is no water hookups, but there are several water spickets that are available when the water quality meets standards for drinking water - sometimes water is not available (check USDA Vadauwoo Camprround site for up to date info).

The sites are a combination of back-in, pull-offs, and walk into tent camping sites. All afford amazing views of the unique rock formations and easy access to hiking, climbing and repelling sites within the area.

Nice camping spot

Nice spot. Beautiful scenery. Minimal parking though. Most spots are level and paved. Lots of hiking trails

Beautiful area

Beautiful area. There are a lot dispersed camping sites, you just need to get there early enough. You need to find a spot with a defined access road to it and a built fire ring. Generator use is allowed. Camp fires are allowed as well as long as the wind allows it.

Excellent car camping

We had a group of 14 people camp in the dispersed camping area off of Hohnholz Lakes Rd overlooking the lake. Really great spot, plenty of fire rings, tent spots, and some nice log benches. I would recommend bringing your own firewood for the dispersed area, unless you have an axe or chainsaw. They also sell firewood at the regular camp grounds.

The lake make for some good swimming during the day, there's a nice beach spot on the Northeast side of the lake, just drive a little farther down Hohnholz.

Note that no one in our group had cell phone service for most of the drive up the Poudre Canyon, as well as at the camp sites.

Wonderful camping near world-class climbing

This campground had great facilities and sites, especially for only$10 nightly. If you stay at the loop furthest from the highway, you feel like you’re deeper in wildness because you no longer see or hear the highway traffic. We camped here because it’s so close to the nearby world-class rock climbing. It did get pretty windy during or stay(gusts up to 30mph) but otherwise our stay in mid-August had comfortable temperatures. The bathrooms were pristine. Campsites has ample distance between each other and we had no issues with noisy neighbors.  Plenty of well-behaved dogs - dogs are allowed everywhere as long as they are leashed. Unfortunately the water hookup has been off for a couple seasons, so you need to drive 15 minutes away to get potable water. The scenery is beautiful during the day and night. We plan to stay here again!

A place to sleep safely

Older clean campground, Laramie is a great small town w all amenities, the campground provides necessities and a place to stay for night, would not want to stay more than a night, its clean. They are adding new section, it is next to two mobile home parks and freeway. Wifi was pathetic.

Wonderful Spot

Stayed last night in site 7. Great for a tent, unfortunately it got a bit colder than I was prepared for! I’d have stayed longer otherwise. Right on the river, clean bathrooms, water, friendly host! The only drawback is the occasional semi using his muffler brakes coming down off Cameron Pass.

Great site, right on the water

State Forest State Park is enormous, but we were in a small campground with only five sites—four on them are right on the water (and one is reserved for those needing an accessible site). 

We were able to paddle board and fish right from our campsite, and had a wonderful fresh trout dinner. 

We stopped in the visitor center for maps and hiking recommendations. We settled on Lake Agnes. It was a steep climb but well worth it. We alternated looking at the beauty of Lake Agnes and watching the skiers hiking to the top and skiing what was left of the snow.

Nice - primitive

Pickaroon is ideal for the tent and small rugged RVs but is used mostly for day use fishing. Tight switchbacks on the final decent into the campground will be a challenge for anything 20+. 4 wheel drive a must if it’s wet.

Most traffic is day use fishermen and is the end of the forest road. Fishing can be good, but the volume of traffic means lots of pressure. The outhouse is old and in need of significant repair (doors won’t close fully) and is under serviced (bring your own tp). No water. Fire rings are old and picnic tables are well used and could use repair.

This seems like an awesome, off the beaten path location to get away - but it seems everyone agrees. I’ve been twice mid week in 2019 and on weekends. All campgrounds were occupied each time. Also, lots of RVs are brought down and left vacant during the week, and the owners just go down on the weekends. Lots of abuse (left for more than 14 days and vacant for more than 24 hours) of Forest service rules by those who frequent Pickaroon.

Secluded and beautiful

Great campsite that actually had some semblance of privacy. We were tucked into the trees far from other sites with a partial view of the lake. Quiet with a little bit of water noise, which was perfect for sleeping. There were a few fire pits, one of which was huge, scattered around our site so we had some choices. A little weird to park and a few hundred feet to our campsite, but we enjoyed being further into the woods and closer to the lake views. Will definitely be back.

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone about this one.

Camping along Pearl Lake is a dream come true. It's a quiet lake, surrounded by mountains and forest, perfect for paddle boarders. There is also a nice hike that goes over the dam and then climbs up and away from civilization.

Some of sites are along the lake, others are on an upper loop with views of the lake, or of the valley behind the park. Note that site 29 (and a few others) have stairs leading from the street to the campsite.

Mountain biking paradise

We stayed along Granite Reservoir. It's lovely, but we had to listen to jet skis and motor boats during the day. The bike trails are terrific, but as paddle boarders, next time we will head to the smaller Crystal Reservoir, where motorized boats are prohibited.

Windy!

The wind was consistently 25mph+ the whole weekend, but the hiking and alpine lakes just off the campground were great. Camp sites were well taken care of and each had a level tent spot and ample parking.

Good option if main campground is full

Personally, I find having easier access to the facilities of the main campground worth $10 per night if you can find a spot. These dispersed campsites are a good free option if you can't find one though. Make sure that you camp at one of the designated spots, it is not a pick-you-spot-anywhere kind of experience: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd581855.pdf

Sites 1-4 are found shortly after the Nautilus parking lot, where you can find a single bathroom. These spots are also the closest to the trails that take you to the rock climbing routes.

Not for camping, but you can fill water here for nearby dispersed camping

This is not a campground. This is one of two places that offers potable water for nearby camping though (as of summer 2019). The gate is locked so you must walk in with your jugs to fill them up. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial rest area is the other nearby place for water, and the rest area is easier because you can drive right to the pump.

Great access to climbing, very basic camping

We found a set of campsites in the "Upper Blaire" climbing area.

How to get there from US-30 

  • *Refer map provided in campground website link
  • Approaching from the south: Take exit 329 for Vedauwoo Rd --> Turn left onto Vedauwoo Glen Rd --> Turn right onto Old US Hwy 30 E --> Drive 2.7 miles --> Turn right onto Blair-Wallis Rd / Forest Rd 705 --> Drive 3 miles --> Sharp right on Forest Rd 707 --> Drive 0.7 miles --> Turn right onto Forest Rd 707A then a few hundred feet turn right again onto Forest Rd 707AF --> drive to the end of the road a few hundred feet more and park.
  • Approaching from the north: Take exit 323 for WY-210 toward Happy Jack Rd --> Turn left onto WY-210 E / Happy Jack Rd then shortly thereafter turn left again to stay on WY-210 E --> Drive for 6 miles --> Turn right onto Headquarters Rd / Forest Rd 707 --> In 0.3 miles turn right to stay on 707 --> drive 2.7 mi --> Turn  left onto Forest Rd 707A --> Turn right in a few hundred feet onto Forest Rd 707AF--> drive to the end of the road a few hundred feet more and park.

These sites are primitive and have a nice secluded feeling. You cannot see or hear the highway from here. There was spotty cell service (we have T-mobile). There are no facilities here, but if you would like to access picnic tables or a vault toilet, the Blair Picnic Area is not far away:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recarea/?recid=22894. Make sure to pack plenty of water, you can fill up at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial rest area.

If you want to do some rock climbing in the area, these sites are very convenient. 

Some words of caution: 

  • there are cows roaming free in this area. You might find them blocking the road or next to your tent when you wake up (!) 
  • a lot of broken glass at the sites near the parking area
  • there are many fell trees in the area, and it was very gusty when we were there, so make sure to check weather in advance to avoid strong winds that might bring trees down
Easy to find for basic camping

We found a set of campsites specifically on the forest road 705F, near the Hidden Valley picnic area. The sites are free, as they are primitive set-up with only a fire pit. Although there are not facilities immediately there, if you finding camping in this area you are close by to a bathroom at Summit Trailhead and potable water at either Hidden Valley or the Abraham Lincoln rest area. We found a whole list of forest roads that allow dispersed camping 100 feet off-road: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3841999.pdf

Awesome getaway

Great place for a getaway, minutes from multiple hiking trails or streams for some fly fishing.  Stop by and visit the store in nearby Clark.  If you need a shower or to do a load of laundry Steamboat lake isn’t far away and has a day pass for $7 to use all the facilities and hang out for a day.  We stayed in site 16 and the sound of the river was nice to fall asleep to at night. We had a nice view of the mountain range from the site as well.  We will be back for sure.

Tastefully Developed, Empty, and Awesome

We were told by Google that this campground was permanently closed, but we went with The Dyrt's info, and it really panned out. We were the only ones there, it was a short walk down to the Platt (flys and lures only), and the tent site, fire-ring, and picnic table were in top notch condition. Would definitely stay here again.

9,000 feet elevation camping

Big Creek Lakes Campground, Colorado (close to Wyoming border): camping here is only open for 3 months out of the year: June, July & August. It's camping at over 9,000ft elevation and requires for you to be extra prepared for snow even in the summer months, bears, mountain lions, mosquitos, aggressive horse flies, leeches, strong winds, thunder storms and altitude sickness. They do provide water which tastes fresh like newly melted snow. You can boat, fish, even hunt at some spots with a permit, hike, and swim at your own risk (can be cold, leeches, snakes). It is truly beautiful up here and the drive up the Poudre river makes it worth it. You can also spend the day rafting down the river or fishing.

Good campsite

Lots of different campgrounds, clean and spacious sites with some cool areas to look at