We took a motorcycle trip from Missouri to Yellowstone and stopped here for 3 nights on the way. This is an excellent Primitive campground with unbelievable views.
Although it has minimal services, it makes up for it with the views. Make sure to wake up early and walk to the lake, there was moose hanging out when we were there. Even the drive into the campground is nice. The high elevation makes the evenings cool.
I would go back here in a heartbeat, if I’m ever in the area, I will plan to stay here.
Pros: Very primitive feel, nice toilets for being so far out, shady campsites with plenty of room,
Cons: The long 7 mile gravel road on cruiser motorcycles is a pain.
This was our first trip to this campground. My friend reserved the site for us so we did not know anything about this area.
PROS -Very small campground-
Cleanest & best smelling toilets I have have ever encountered.
Lake at Campground
Great Hiking area's
Lake is clean & beautiful (Go for Kayaking & Fly Fishing)
Moose in area
7 miles of Gravel road to get to Campsite -Very bumpy ride for 3500 ton Truck
Campsites are small. We have a 27 Foot bumper pull -No problem but some sites smaller & uneven. (Research your site)
No Camp Host on Site-Have to drive about 4 miles to buy wood bundles.
Dry Camp-No Electric
Dump Station about 13 miles away
We are hikers and don't have ATV's, so hiking trails are a must for us. Thankfully, the Tie Flume campground is near abundant hiking and ATV trails. We found trails way off the beaten path and enjoyed three full days of hiking.
Be aware that you will have to arrive with water in your tank if you are in an RV. The hand pumps at the campground do not allow you to attach a hose. The water was wonderful though.
There is NO cell service within 18 miles of the campground. Additionally, there is no grocery store or even stocked service station within miles as well. Come prepared with what you need for your entire stay.
The Burgess Junction dump station is great and you can fill water tanks there on your way in and dump on your way out.
Head into the northern side of the Bighorns and you come across Sibley Lake. The campground has electric and non-electric loops. Sites are large and you find yourself under tall trees. The camp host keeps the vault toilets and campground clean. Drive through the campground, or take the road that skirts it to the left, and you find picnic areas. Launch your boat to catch some fish or just enjoy the day. We saw families having picnic celebrations on this holiday weekend. There is also a hiking/skiing route that has several loops. Go around Sibley or extend your adventure further. There is a donation box for trail upkeep.
This is a nice campground that is closest to the towns in the east.
I got lucky here and scored site #18 which was very private and at the end of a lollipop loop. While this site is further away from the creek and closer to the road, it was still quieter than sites on the creek(which were all taken anyway). There is a little trickle of a creek nearby that did a nice job of drowning out the road noise in the evening. There was a nice little trail that went up the hill and overlooked the bigger Prune Creek and all of the people floating and tubing down the creek. If you want a site on the creek, the best ones seemed to be#6-9. My site had the usual picnic table and fire pit, and nice hammock trees. I did find it interesting that while the dumpsters were bear proofed, there were no bear boxes at every campsite. There were two bear boxes and both were next to the water pumps. The vault toilets were not especially clean, most likely due to the heavy use by creek floaters and tubers. While walking down to the creek I noticed that there was some dedicated parking for fishermen, which I guess means that there may be some people in the campground that are not camping.
On Highway 16 across from the lake. There are great views of the mountains with nice wooded sites. The vault toilets were really clean and there was some bit of privacy between sites. Each site had the usual picnic table and fire pit (no bear boxes). In the evening there was a lot of wildlife in the meadow to watch, so try and get a site on the outside of the loop so you can watch. Because it was early in the season (the campground had only been open for a week when I arrived), they were not collecting fees yet (I double checked with the campground host). North Cove was across the street from the entrance and was very popular with fishermen and boaters.
For $17 a night, try and get a site right on Tensleep Creek. Sites are pretty, and private-ish with lots of trees (some good for hammocking, some not). Everything was really well maintained to the point of everything looking new. All the usual amenities of picnic tables and fire pits and grills, PLUS there are pretty awesome prep tables for cooking and a lantern pole at each site, with super clean vault toilets where the camphosts have set pots of flowers to improve the setting. I suggest getting a site on the backside of the loop away from the road. The campground hosts were great, checking on campers a couple of times in the early evening and again in the morning. They rolled around in their golf cart stocked with firewood for sale so you didn’t have to hike back to the top of the hill to get your wood. There are some great family activities areas in the campground with horseshoes, cornhole, and other games set up in a central activities area.
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.
This is, finally, a KOA that isn’t covered in gravel and dust! There is real, green grass! The sites are small, and tight, but there is grass. They have mostly RV sites, with some tent sites and small cabins. Electric and water, some with sewer. There is a small store, game room and pool. The shower would be better with a real door, not just curtains. They have a good size dog park, plus an extra area for dogs to run, unfenced.
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.
Perfectly located, South Fork creates a sense of peace and adventure. Buffalo is 25 miles away if you need supplies or a cell signal. Hiking trails are all around. Mountain vistas are prevalent. The Bighorns are mighty big.
The campground is one road with campsites on each side. We were not next to the river but it’s sound quieted all else. The end of the loop has a parking area for tenters. Over the bridge there are a group of beautiful tent sites.
The camp host made it a point to personally greet each camper. Shaking hands, she welcomed us to this sacred space.
A hiking trail leaves the tent area and goes to Tie Hack reservoir. A multi-use trail is at the front of camp. A mile down the road is the turn off to Circle Park. 3 miles of bumpy forest roads and the trailhead appears. Amazing hikes into the Cloudpeak Wilderness can be found. Closer to Buffalo is the Mosier Gulch trail. All are perfect ways to spend your time.
Don’t miss out on this place!
A remote campground with large sites and raised grills. The river is just down the road. This is a quiet place to relax in the Bighorns. There was only one other camper and many open sites. It seems that most people went to Ranger Creek Campground which is just down the road.
Bring your atv and explore some trails. Fishing seems to happen along the river as well as ponds further down the road. Keep driving down 26 to reach some more beautiful Bighorn Mountain scenes.
This really isn’t a campground. It’s a dispersed camping area that becomes a mini city during the summer.
Campers are lined up right next to each other with little space between them. The road ends at a fenced and limits the number of campers on this side. The Guard Station is here and the ranger was very friendly. It is an easygoing place if you are set up for dispersed camping.
Alternatively, Dead Swede and Tie Flume campgrounds are in the area. This dispersed area could be a great backup if they have no room.
This really isn’t a campground. It’s a dispersed camping area that becomes a mini city during the summer. The river crossing is tenuous so they recommend no trailers.
This dispersed camping section was more spread out with lots of space between campsites. The Guard Station is here and the ranger was very friendly. It is an easygoing place if you are set up for dispersed camping. Alternatively, Dead Swede and Tie Flume campgrounds are in the area.
This dispersed area could be a great backup if they have no room.
This beautiful campground gives you the opportunity to sleep to the sound of the river. Campsites are spread out along the river. This single file design spreads you out and gives you privacy. This is a great camp but reservations are accepted. The camp host does a great job of posting the dates that sites are available. If you’re lucky you can grab a spot for the night. Otherwise make an advance reservation.
This is the closest campground to Buffalo. It’s a beautiful town worth exploring. There is a hiking trail right at the start of the campground. Down the road is another great place to explore- Circle Park. You can hike up into the Cloudpeak wilderness.
This is such and enjoyable campground and area!
Crazy Woman Road lives up to her name. The road is one lane with a few wide spots to pass oncoming vehicles. It starts off flat but drops steeply and continues the downward angle. It’s 15 miles if you go all the way to 87 and 5 miles until private land starts and no camping there. I would not be comfortable taking a heavy load this way. We passed 3 camps that were not bad to get to if they are open. After a bit of driving you come upon an open area to camp. People set up their tent camp across the road too. We loved this spot! It’s right next to a river with rapids that are steep enough to be considered small waterfalls. There are 5 fire pits here that are spaced around the outside of the area. You would be hard pressed to get larger trailers in here. We loved sitting by the water on some large boulders. The water is great white noise too.
Right off the main road you climb up and around a scenic forest. It’s just far enough to provide some insulation from the road noise. One loop of campsites go around a clean vault toilet and 2 water pumps. One water pump was not working. A few sites are tent only and there were a couple that had pull throughs. We drove in on the Fourth of July weekend and there were still a couple open sites. Some were reserved for the 2 week limit. This weekend found a few families and lots of dogs enjoying the holiday.
This is a nice spot but it was farther away from town and hiking trails.
We've stayed here a few different times, the last time being in May and the first in early August. There are some great dispersed sites throughout the road to get to this campground… Quite a few people bring their horses and/or off road toys. Great mountain views! Worth the trip every time.
I am sad to say that this campground is now closed. I have satellite images of where it should be but it is gone. There is a pull in and a drive to the creek and a sign that says no camping. The road back to the old site is now blocked by boulders and a fence. Such a shame.
Camp here all the time, love it! Great walking trails, close to Meadowlark Lake, great fishing, awesome hosts, tons of ATV trails.
We stayed here for just a night. Our spot was in the lower loop, as we were just tent camping. The campsite overall is wonderfully kept; tables are newly painted, the area is very clean, and each site is maintained well. Our site was also right next to the lake, which was beautiful. We saw many people fishing on the lake. There are very few trees between sites however, so there isn’t very much privacy.
We stayed at the Circle Park Camp for two nights on our western US tour last summer. The site is about 20 miles west of Buffalo WY off Highway 16. You take circle park road north and the campsites are in and along the tree lines. We opted for a beautiful open site between to wooded areas. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is an incredible site. The road going in is gravel and dirt with some rough areas. We observed deer and elk in the area which is popular with local hunters. The site does not have any facilities. So you need you need to pack everything into the site. The dispersed site has trailers, RVs, and vans. Some of the campers appear to be long term. The shear beauty of this spot makes it a good option for those who like dispersed camping and no camping fees. Not far from Cody WY which is a great place for fly fishing rods and tackle.
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.