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Welcome to Turpin Meadows Campground in Wyoming, a fantastic spot just outside Grand Teton National Park. If you're looking for a place that offers a mix of privacy and accessibility, this is it. The campground is nestled in a beautiful area with easy access to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton, making it a prime location for exploring these iconic parks.

One of the standout features here is the proximity to the Snake River. Some campsites are right on the river, providing a serene backdrop for your stay. However, be prepared for mosquitoes, especially near the water. A good bug spray will be your best friend.

The campground offers basic amenities like vault toilets and picnic tables, but don't expect any frills. There's no drinking water, electric hookups, or showers, so come prepared. Fires are allowed, which is great for those chilly Wyoming nights, but you'll need to bring your own firewood.

For those traveling with pets, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed. The area is also big rig friendly, so RVs are welcome. Just be cautious of the dirt roads leading to the sites; they can be a bit rough and narrow, especially after bad weather.

Visitors have mentioned that the views are incredible, especially from the more exposed sites. If you prefer shade, there are spots tucked away in the trees that offer a cool retreat from the summer heat. Wildlife sightings are common, with horses and even the occasional fox making an appearance.

In summary, Turpin Meadows Campground is a great spot for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Wyoming without the crowds. Just come prepared for a rustic experience, and you'll have a memorable stay.

Reservation Info

No reservations for this campground, all of the Bridger-Teton campgrounds are on a "First come, first served basis."

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Location

Turpin Meadows Campground is located in Wyoming

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Directions

Turpin Meadows Campground The Turpin Meadow Campground is located on Buffalo Valley Road within the Blackrock Ranger District. From Moran, Wyoming, which is located south of Yellowstone National Park entrance, head East on East Highway 287 (US-26) for about 13 miles, turning left on Turpin Meadows Ranch Road (National Forest Road 30050). Continue on this road for 4 miles then take a right turn on Turpin Meadows Loop (National Forest Road 30065) for a mile where you will see signage for Turpin Meadows Campground on the right. Travel details from Moran: 17.48 miles, 23 minutes (approximate time estimate)

Coordinates

43.844617829148326 N
110.41570033456532 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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T
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2021

Great location - with mosquitos

Great location just outside of Grand Teton. Easy to get into the park within a few minutes. Dispersed camping was great, but the spots close to the river were swarmed with mosquitos and even the one on top of the hill which we ended up using had plenty of them to make it very uncomfortable to sit outside. Otherwise great spot! Once you get to the ranch on top of the first hill, just keep on going for a while. Then you’ll find it. It’s further back than the GPS pin here suggests.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Thomas W., July 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Thomas W., July 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Thomas W., July 15, 2021
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Erin R.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2021

Turpin Meadows Dispersed Camping - A True Wyoming Experience

A little ways off the highway comes a dispersed camping area near Turpin Meadows. There are nearby and accessible vault toilets and horse areas but for the most part, these camping spots are few and far between. There are several shaded spots without a view but that keep you free from the heat of summer and a couple more exposed spots that are very warm during the day but reward you with some incredible views. Easy access to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park as well as some great hiking in the area. Would definitely return!

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Erin R., July 10, 2021
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Erin R., July 10, 2021
Camille O.
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Privacy close to Teton np

Perfect camping spot if you’re coming to teton np from the east on 26, as it’s right off 26 and 20 min from the park. We arrived around 8 on a Friday in June (knew it would be impossible to find camping in the park) and had no trouble camping here. Lovely spot with river access. Woke up to some horses meandering down the road!

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Camille O., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Camille O., July 9, 2021
Emily O.
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2020

Not worth the drive

Other reviews mention how full Tetons/Yellowstone campgrounds are. This is absolutely true, however, I would camp in my car before staying here. The weeds were overgrown and there were tons of bugs. It’s too far a drive back to the highway to justify such a bad spot. These were empty on 9/15/20.

J
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2020

It’s a good site

Good site with a pretty river running through. Only bad part was the bugs at night

Jake L.
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2020

Good Backup plan

All the campsites in the area are first come first serve. After trying to find a campsite at multiple locations ended up finding a spot here to camp.

Month of VisitSeptember
Kathleen D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

The Best.

The best free campsite EVER. All the campgrounds in the Tetons and Yellowstone were full and we found the gem to top them all. Site #12 was totally private, nestled in the woods, with Snake River at the end of the driveway. No amenities, but an easy drive to Buffalo Ranch Cafe, where the food was a tasty splurge and we felt like we could afford the luxury, given our free campsite. Things to know:

Most sites are large and can accommodate more than one — so expect visitors. Especially site #1 and the couple others that sit right off the main road or right on the river.

A drive in will reward you with greater odds of privacy but also greater risks of vehicle damage. I scratched the hell out of my new car. There are horrific potholes. We bottomed out and feared worse damage multiple times. It’s a dodgy dirt road that can change radically with inclement weather.

The road is narrow and can only accommodate 1 vehicle. If you encounter another, good luck. If you’re towing a short wheel base trailer (like us) and backing up is impossible, hail Mary!

The mosquitoes are terrible and worse closer to the water.

The ranger WILL check in daily and send anyone claiming an unmarked spot packing.

The sites along the road that attract the most people can be a little noisy.

Despite the challenges, we FAR preferred the beauty, quiet, and privacy of this site to any other option in the parks. We biked and rafted and had a blast. We encountered horses meandering through and a gorgeous fox. If the roads were maintained, they could easily call these group sites and charge over $100./night.

  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Kathleen D., August 11, 2020
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Kathleen D., August 11, 2020
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Kathleen D., August 11, 2020
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Makena W.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2020

Nice spot on the river

Perfect spot right on the river. Not many spots but found one when I arrived around 6pm. Not positive but I think there are more tent campsites that you can walk to but not drive in at the end/bottom of the road.

  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Makena W., August 9, 2020
  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by Makena W., August 9, 2020
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Wyatt R.
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2020

Pretty good spot.

Pretty good spot. We pulled in at midnight so we couldn’t see much but in the morning it was very pretty and rainy

J
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2019

Nice pull off top of pass

Dirt road to site after pull off parking area. no amenities but the views are wonderful. You can see the Tetons and the area is prime for wildlife viewing.

J
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2019

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.

  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by James D., August 11, 2019
UnnamedAdventures
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2019

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.  

Video link: https://youtu.be/z30Oiwi5eHw  

Check out our blog at www.unnadventures.com or follow our journey on facebook or instagram at Unnamed Adventures.

  • Review photo of Turpin Meadows Campground by UnnamedAdventures  , July 1, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Turpin Meadows Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Turpin Meadows Campground has water hookups.

What is the elevation of Turpin Meadows Campground?

Turpin Meadows Campground is located at 6805 feet.

What is the max vehicle length at Turpin Meadows Campground?

Turpin Meadows Campground allows vehicles up to 66 feet.

Are fires allowed at Turpin Meadows Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Turpin Meadows Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Turpin Meadows Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Turpin Meadows Campground does not have wifi.