Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Dead Indian Campground

This campground hosts 10 campsites and a trailhead across State Highway 296. The trail climbs along Dead Indian Creek, through the Absaroka Wilderness, across Dead Indian Meadows, and up to the summit of Dead Indian Peak.

16-day stay limit
Water: Not available
This site is not accessible to persons with mobility impairments
No cell service

Notes: Adjacent corrals at trailhead across Hwy 296.  Maximum spur 32 feet.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Dead Indian Campground is located in Wyoming
Latitude
44.7532 N
Longitude
-109.4177 W
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Directions
From Cody, travel north on State Highway 120 for 16 miles. Turn left (west) on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (State Highway 296). Travel west about 16 miles to the campground. Be advised, steep switchbacks.
2 Reviews of Dead Indian Campground
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.

First to Review
Indian RV and Campground Buffalo Wyoming off I-90

We had driven across half of Wyoming and crossed the mountains of the Big Horn National Park at 9000', we stopped at 2 PM and were so happy with this place. It was $28 for a tent site with electricity, they had a pool, a laundry, and WIFI. The owner was great with directions and the best way to approach Mt Rushmore, our destination the next day. The town had a family dollar where we purchased containers to organize our gear.