$21 / night


Established Camping

Dead Swede

5 Reviews


USDA Forest Service

Bighorn National Forest


Dead Swede Campground is located just off the Bighorn Scenic Byway (U.S. Highway 14) near the Burgess Overlook and Woodrock areas at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The Bighorn National Forest offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, scenic driving and a number of historic sites. The administering organization is Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds; e-mail: gccampgrounds13@gmail.com


Off-road vehicle trails, scenic jeep roads, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available in the surrounding area. Diverse hikes vary from loop trails to treks along creeks and over mountain peaks; many trails access the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Nearby Sibley Lake is open to non-motorized craft and offers an accessible fishing dock on the shoreline. Anglers fish for rainbow, brown and brook trout.


The campground offers several single-family sites, two of which are accessible, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided.

Natural Features

The campground is situated on the banks of the South Tongue River in the Bighorn Mountains, where craggy granite peaks rise over 13,000 feet above sea level. A forest of lodgepole pines covers the area, creating great wildlife habitat.

Nearby Attractions

Decades ago, many trees in the Tie Flume area were cut for railroad ties. Remnants of the old splash dams and tie flumes are found on the nearby river. Shell Falls Visitor Center, at the overlook of Shell Falls, is about 21 miles southwest. This center offers interpretive trails, scenic views, and educational displays about natural features such as flora and fauna and area history. Bear Lodge, Elk View Inn and other nearby lodges provide guided horseback riding and fishing adventures, off-road vehicle rentals and fishing supplies, as well as dining options, showers and general stores. The Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, near the town of Shell, is the largest of its kind in the state and one of only a few in the world from the Middle Jurassic Period. The tracks found here are approximately 167 million years old.

Charges & Cancellations

Refunds: Refund requests made through www.recreation.gov will be charged a $10 processing fee. This cancellation processing fee is retained by the reservation service contractor along with the non-refundable reservation fee. All requests for the return of the non-refundable reservation fee and the cancellation processing fee will be declined by the campground concessionaire as they did not receive these fees (these are the fees retained by the reservation contractor, a different entity).

Fee Info

<p>Two non-towed vehicles allowed per site. The first vehicle is included in the basic fee; the second vehicle will be charged an extra $9.00/day fee at the campground.<br><br>Firewood bundles may be purchased from the campground host.</p>

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5 Reviews

Mary The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2023

Big Horn Mountains at its best.

Absolutely beautiful location in the rocks and pines of the mountains. Jan the CG host gave us a heads up to help extend our stay to two weeks. Trout fishing on site with moose coming to the river daily to water. Resident doe gave the RV a bump in the night then learned we were there. She walked through twice a day. It's worth the 5 mile trip in. The forest road was great coming in but rutted after a few rainy days.

Site5 and 10
Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2022

Streamside seclusion

We loved this campsite. Right by the stream, very secluded, level ground for our tents. Saw three moose on the way into the Bighorns. Cool at night welcome after a day on the prairie. Stayed here on our way to Little Bighorn Nathaniel Battlefield.

Site14, Loop B
Month of VisitSeptember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Totally Awesome

Dates:  June - Oct

Limit:  14 days

Fee:  $18.00 per night

          $9.00 per additional vehicle

Sites:  13 reservable

Reservations:  877-444-6777 or recreation.gov

Pit toilets, potable water, picnic table, grill, gravel pads, lantern pole, camp host

Beautiful space set amoung the tall pines.  Area is well kept and hiking galore.

Dead Swede Campground is named for the gentleman whose grave is located there.  It is located in the Bighorn Scenic Byway and is well worth the trip.  The campground is located east of U.S. Highway 14.  While there check out the South Tongue River which is great for fishing.

From Dayton, WY, take US 14 west for about 40.2 miles to Tie Flume/Dead Swede and Forest System Road(FSR) 26 signs. Turn left onto FSR 26 and go another 4.7 miles. Campground is on the left.



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Detail location of campground


From Dayton, Wyoming, travel 26.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 14 to Burgess Junction. Continue 5 miles south on U.S. Highway 14, then turn east onto Forest Road 26 and travel about 5 miles east to the campground.


Dayton, WY 82836


44.6891667 N
107.4466667 W

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