At almost 100,000 square miles, Wyoming is a vast state. Spread out among those miles are some of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the U.S. From the jagged peaks of the Teton and Wind River ranges to brilliant, technicolor palettes of Yellowstone, Wyoming camping is something everyone should experience at least once.
The Best Places to Camp in Wyoming
This wild state is a slice of nirvana that keeps people coming back to their favorite places to camp in Wyoming.
The Jenny Lake Campground is the most popular campground in Grand Teton National Park. It’s an iconic destination to set up camp in Wyoming thanks to its location on the small and pristine Jenny Lake. With the mountains reflected on the water, a picture-perfect view lies only steps from your tent. The campground is conveniently placed on the Grand Teton bike path and a short drive to some of the best hikes in the entire park.
“The campground sits in front of the Tetons with the crystal clear Jenny lake between you. The trail around the lake is beautiful or you can take a ferry across the lake to get into the back country which I highly recommend both routes. Cascade Canyon and lake Solitude are wonderful day hikes with excellent payoffs. I’ve never been up in the canyon where I didn’t see moose or bears or both.” – The Dyrt camper Ean W.
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Glendo State Park surrounds the Glendo Reservoir, where anglers can get a leg up on the state’s best Walleye and where water sport enthusiasts can explore nearly 30 square miles of fun. The lake is excellent for boating, stand up paddle surfing, swimming, and many other water activities.
If you’re not into aquatics, you can take advantage of more than 45 miles of hiking and biking trails. If you plan to camp in Wyoming with a tent, you have 568 sites to choose from, in 21 campgrounds. Some of the campsites are first-come first-serve. Whiskey Gulch, Sagebrush, Shelter Point, Mule Hill, Red Hills, Cottonwood, Muddy Bay, and Indian Point do not reserve. The rest in Glendo State Park have reservable sites during the summer and autumn months. They also rent yurts for those looking for upgraded comfort.
“This place had a little bit of everything for our camp trip. I would definitely recommend paying a visit, you won’t regret it!” – The Dyrt camper Amanda T.
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The Gros Ventre Campground is another sizable campground near Grand Teton National Park that’s less likely to fill up than other nearby sites. The campground is next to the Gros Ventre River and surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, making it a favorite with the local wildlife. Sites are first-come first-serve, and most offer views of the towering Teton range. Each loop is designed to make campers comfortable by separating tents and RVs.
“I really liked this campground. We were there during the week so it was pretty empty. Great view of the Tetons. It was a nice base camp to explore the Tetons and Jackson Hole. They had ice and firewood. You could rent a generator if needed. We saw moose just hanging around camp. Out on the road near Mormon row we saw a red tailed hawk fighting a bald eagle. Crazy!” – The Dyrt camper Mike H.
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The Big Sandy Campground is one of those spots that locals revere and visitors are lucky to stumble upon. The campground is at the Big Sandy Trailhead, the gateway to some of the most popular trails in the Wind River Range. Hikers, backpackers, bikers, and photographers love the Winds for their unspoiled beauty. Climbers love the Winds for their towering granite crags. Anglers love them for the lakes’ rare offerings. This Wyoming campground is small and open during the summer months.
“One of the most incredible mountain ranges in the U.S. Hesitant to even post about this so as not to give it away.” – The Dyrt camper Max B.
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The centrally-located Madison Campground in Yellowstone National Park is a popular spot to camp in Wyoming for several reasons. The campground is located next to a cluster of the best geyser basins in the park. It’s also close to the eponymous Madison River, known for premiere hiking trails and fishing locations. It’s 14 miles from West Yellowstone, where you can spend a day shopping and dining while still feeling close to nature. For the wildlife lover, bison are often seen walking through the campground, and wolves can be heard at night.
“Madison is a fantastic campground in Yellowstone. Out of the 3 we stayed in, Madison had the most space between campers. There is a fly fishing spot right out of the campgrounds. They don’t have showers or laundry facilities, but we didn’t mind. There is an RV dump station as will as a water fill. Sites were pretty flat too. This is a great spot close to many of the park’s geysers. I would stay 2 nights here next time to allow time to explore more of that side of the park.“ – The Dyrt camper Jill S.
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- Breezy Hill Campground, near Casper, WY