Shoshone National Forest, WYOMING
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Beautiful close to Yellowstone

Great spot close to Yellowstone. Was able to pull up and get a spot. The campground fills up on weekends but weekday arrivals it’s easy to just pull up. This is hard side only camping no tents due to bears.

Quiet Campground Off Beaten Path

Clean quiet campground just outside Grand Teton Park. Only issue: the mosquitos were a little aggressive at this site, as opposed to other sites that we camped at in the park. Nice one to keep in the back pocket if you're looking to avoid the crowds.

Warm cabin to escape the wet cold

We arrived after a long day of traveling and it was wet and cold outside, so we were very happy to have a cabin waiting for us. We reserved it in May for a July trip. The staff were disorganized during check-in and gave us the keys to someone else’s cabin. They more than made it up to us though by preparing a new cabin while we ate dinner at the lodge, and then there was welcome basket with treats and games waiting for us in our cabin. Beautiful views in this area and just minutes from the park’s south entrance! It’s nice having the lodge right there, so even if you’re tent or RV camping, you can get a warm hearty meal ready when you want.

Beautiful campground, great location, lots of wildlife

This is a nice campground with ample privacy between sites.  Shelter from the wind helps, as the thunderstorms can be quite intense. 

There are plenty of fishing opportunities adjacent to the campground.  Be very bear aware when hiking and camping there.  We saw fresh grizzly tracks and scat right outside the campground!  Bear spray is a must when in this entire area. 

Water is available at the entrance and it's wonderful. 

The creek creates a nice habitat for bugs of all varieties, so bug spray was necessary. 

Our site was a tad too small for our 34' 5th wheel, so we had to forgo  a campfire, as the fire pit was right under our bumper.

Beautiful, Isolated, Great Views!

We pulled in on a Saturday night, in the middle of August, when every campsite in Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, and Teton NP were full. This place was empty, and you can't be the view of the Get one and the Buffalo River. Two minute walk down to the river, and the sites were very clean. Primitive, and the ground was a bit uneven, but, again, my wife, my three boys, and I loved every inch of of it.

Somewhat off the beaten path...

This campground is away from the busier and more crowded campsites in the area. There are no hookups but there are water spigots throughout. Upon arriving, campers are directed (by signage) to go find a spot, park, and then come back up and register. 

The lower loop is for tents and car campers (no generators allowed) and the upper loop is for RVs and generators are allowed between 8am-8pm. Each site has a picnic table and bear-proof storage container. The campground hosts are friendly and you can pay them directly instead of dropping it in the container. Camp sites are $30/day for RV sites - you should bring exact fees if you intend to drop in the container (not sure if camp hosts would give you change - I'm thinking they would); however, if it is after hours you are required to pay within 30 minutes of finding your site. Larger RVs would have a more difficult time finding a site - I had a 15ft teardrop camper and I "just" fit. There are restrooms throughout the campground and you can buy firewood and ice from the camp hosts. 

It was pretty quiet throughout the day and night and not a lot of drive through traffic. The lake is only about a 5min walk down the road and is beautiful and quiet (this was oddly the only place I could get full cell signal with AT&T service). You definitely need bug spray - the mosquitos are fairly prevalent in the camp area. This is a great location if you are trying to hit multiple National Parks (central to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks). It's still close enough to other camp areas that if you needed anything, it's just a short drive 8mi in either direction. Views are fantastic and there are pull-offs all along the road for photo and picnic opportunities.

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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Great spot

Two loops with plenty of nice sites . Clean and well taken care of. Highly recommend

Philmont alternative 100 %

I was one of the lucky scouts that went to buffalo bill during the philmont forest fire and it was one of the best experiences 2nd to none from philmont I highly recommend going if ur looking for somthing that will give u a challenge

Better than Yellowstone

Well kept campground. Gravel area for tents. Beautiful views. We saw moose, bear,foxes, and elk nearby. Market, laundry mat, and showers very close. Four stars

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.

Beautiful views of Tetons

Wow I have fallen in love with this campground. We stayed in the Rv area with full hook-ups and a good sized site which was gravel with a picnic bench and surrounded by shade. There was no fire pit but they did offer some close to the beach which is a minute away from our campsite. The only WiFi and cell service is at the bar and laundry area but it’s kind of nice to just step away from them. There is a gift shop, grocery store, laundry with showers, visitor center, gas station, propane fill, pizza parlor(yummy), bar/restaurant, and a marina offering boat and kayak rentals(1st come 1st serve). There are tons of activities to do in the area along with hiking trails, rentals, guided fishing, wildlife viewing, photo ops everywhere and A FAMILY OF BLACK BEARS that frequent the area. There is also jr ranger classes and religious services on Sunday. Our family truly enjoyed our stay and would come again

Peaceful and close to Snake River

HeadWaters Rv campground is located in the perfect place right between Yellowstone and The Tetons. Perfect for exploring both Parks. The cell service is pretty spotty, but it’s great to just put down your phone and enjoy your surroundings. It is only 5 minutes walk from the campground to Snake River access. Fires are allowed at this campground. There are Rv, tent, and cabins to stay at. The cabins in the camp area are small but have full sized bunk beds and a desk and dresser. These cabins do not have water or electricity, but there are other cabins with power up the road. The tent and Rv spots are on gravel with lots of shade, a picnic table, and fire ring. Rv sites are Electric and water. There are so many activities to do. Along with the activities they have every day there is horse riding, guided fly fishing, hiking trails for everyone, bus tours, jr. rancher classes and so much more Also on site at the campground is a dish washing area next to the clean bathrooms and showers. There is a propane fill, fresh water fill, restaurant, gift shop, ATM machine, gas station, and bear boxes. I would definitely recommend this campground for any duration of trip.

Amazing Location

If you’re looking to be in the heart of the Tetons with water access at your finger tips, this is the campground for you. Spots fill up quick (get there before noon if you can) but if you can snag a tent site close to the lake trail you are just a couple minutes from the Teton mountain range for every sunset.

Dogs are also welcome!

It’s worth the view

This is all about the view. It’s a few miles outside of Grand Tetons, Moran Entrance. (East side) And it is a little pricey. But it has a great view. There are a lot of sites, including tent sites. They are not packed as close as some parks, so there is some grass between everyone. The sites have fire rings and picnic tables. There is a small store with basic needs, plus a bar. There is also a gas station, but prices are 60c/gal. higher than inside the park! There is WiFi, but because there are so many people using it, it’s next to worthless.

Well maintained campground

Colter Bay is great for any type of camper. Walk in sites available on a first come first serve basis but the campground has many sites available. Some of the sites are located on the waterfront which makes for a great view but the water is a short walk away for the other campers. Certain sites also offer great views of the peaks across the water. We used a tent for camping which was around $30 per night. Restrooms and showers are also located nearby.

Great location within the Tetons

Make reservations online before arriving. We visited the campground in August and the campground was full. The campground is family friendly with plenty of activities nearby. Each campsite is surrounded by trees for the most part so there is plenty of room for a hammock and some privacy. The campground is also conveniently located near Jackson Lake. We stayed at three different sites during our visit to the Grand Tetons and this was the best location for car camping in our opinion.

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.

Good! But I’d Stay Somewhere Else Next Time

It’s a clean camp site, well maintained, great Facilities! You’re in The GRAND Tetons! Really can’t complain! … if I came back I’d love to stay closer to Colter Bay or Jenny Lake just for a better view.

Wonderful campground, but no reservations

Camped in this campground after the first come, first served sites in Yellowstone were already full as we were road tripping through. Stayed here two nights at sites 3 and 16. Was very happy with the experience. The first night we rolled in around 11 PM on the Saturday before 4th of July week. We got one of the last 3 sites. Sunday, the campground was full around 7 PM. The sites are good sized and a good bit of them are walk in. Some of the sites closer to the lake at the end of the campground seemed to be really close to each other. There are multiple flush bathrooms that were good enough for camping. Bear boxes provided. Was really happy that everyone was friendly and respectful of noise level. A no frills, basic campground. Would definitely camp here again if given the opportunity.

Gorgeous views!!

This free campsite is part of the Blackrock Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and about 10 minute drive from U.S Hwy 26 on Buffalo Valley Road (then about 100 yards on a dirt road).  This an awesome secluded spot right off the road in route to Turpin Meadows campground (which is paid camping).  There are other campsites along the road but you will more than likely have neighbors parked right next to you.  

This location will give you privacy without the road traffic or neighbors parked near you.  You can stay at this site location for up to 16 days.  There is a designated fire pit and the site overlooks the Buffalo Fork River.  With a short walk you are able to see the Grand Tetons from the site.  We were woke up by bugling Elk one of the mornings we stayed and saw a about 30 head coming into camp another night across the river.   You will pass by many a handful of ranches in route to this location.  We would have stayed longer as the site is absolutely beautiful overloading the valley  There is no Verizon cell phone service at this location or other amenities.  

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Great spot

Trailer spots were very roomy, we didn’t have a lake view from camp but just a quick walk down a path and there it was. Lots of spots with electric hook ups. We arrived about 11am and walk up sights were down to about 4, so plan ahead. Great location to explore the Tetons, we would stay here again.

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.

Full service

There is a store with gas pumps and a parking lot that we dropped our trailer before check in time to go explore the area. Staff and grounds were great. It is away from everything so you can see lots of stars at night

Cody is nice also

Close to the east entrance to Yellowstone this park is also in Cody, a cool town. Staff is nice bathhouse is clean.

Top 5 Places for Free Camping

Second only to Middle Fork Flathead by Glacier. This place offers tons and tons of camp sites, hiking. Great location to Tetons & Yellowstone. Incredible views. Spent a week here hopping around till I found the perfect spot.

Couldn't get wood

The site was nice and flat, and the bathrooms were fairly clean, although small. My main issue with the campground was that the host wasn't around to sell me firewood on two separate occasions while they were supposed to be on duty. As I consequence, my party had to go to bed without a fire on our first night.

Great little hide out

This campsite was great, pulled into it late at night but had no problem setting up our tent and falling asleep. Cost was pretty reasonable too with bathrooms on site. The best part was waking up to the sound of the river close by.


No running water fire pits with grills next to the river food boxes outhouse pretty basic a good if you're just passing through