Katherine B.
Victor, ID
Joined July 2017
Not quite living the vanlife, but home base is in the Tetons so the options close to home are endless!
So much to see nearby

Great side on the Colorado, just a few miles from Canyonlands and Arches. Even on a busy weekend there was still space to be found at this campground. There’s a nice hike at the trailhead across the street, and I saw a few rafts put in at the nearby boat ramp. On the way in, there’s plenty of opportunity to climb, and a nice trail to see rock art and dinosaur tracks.

Ranger Review: Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones at Horsetheif Campground

Campground Review:

Great access to two National Parks, plus mountain biking for all skill levels! The trails from the campground are considered "easy" but more intermediate and advanced trail systems are not far away, including the amazing trail system at Dead Horse Point State Park. Gravel/sand riding is also an option, there are several jeep trails that are quite enjoyable. After you burn your legs out from all that riding, make sure to check out Arches and Canyonlands for breathtaking scenery and an amazing cultural experience.

This campground has an amazing family friendly and welcoming atmosphere. If you're lucky to snag a spot before its full, I highly recommend this campground.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I occasionally have the opportunity to test out gear from time to time. On this trip, the conditions were perfect to test out the Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones. These are THE headphones for active sports. They are bone conducting and sit on the edge of your ears. This allows you to hear noises around you while listening to music. This is fairly important while mountain biking; e.g. when your partner yells "SHARP LEFT" to you to avoid crumpling into a juniper tree while listening to "Hooked on a Feeling" (ooga chaka ooga chaka).

It did take some trial and error to figure out the right part of my head for the headphones to work the best (my husband on the other hand had no problem when he gave them a try). They hook over the ears, but the sound mechanism itself needs to sit on the bones that are in front of your ears. Once I figured that out, operating them while wearing sunglasses and a bike helmet was no problem. They are so lightweight, they were unnoticeable aside from the sound of the music I was playing. Yet they were still secure: they stayed in place even while making a bumpy, rocky descent.

Pros: Lightweight; can hear other humans, cars, etc; great sound quality; ease of use; water/sweat resistance; easy to clean; fits under helmet; fits with glasses; ability to take calls; stays in place.

Cons: Optimum sound quality may take a few uses to dial in; not noise cancelling (but earplugs were included if you need this).

I will be making the Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones a part of my kit for biking, climbing, running, and skiing. Their small size and convenient carry case makes them ideal for travel.

Great access to motorsports

There are plenty of FREE spots available in this general area that is a stone's throw from Canyonlands, right outside of Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. There are a few "campgrounds" along this road, on both sides of the highway. Pay attention to BLM signs and camp only in designated spots. Also, make sure you have a portable toilet or be prepared to pack out your and your pet's waste. There are no toilets and digging of cat holes is NOT allowed!

There are some washes and tricky spots, but several sedans were able to make it in. Obviously the Jeeps here for the rally had no problem at all, and it was fun watching them zoom around. Great place for dirt bikes and ATVs as well. Wish we had one to join in the fun or do some more site seeing!

This was a fairly popular spot, but the sites are all spread out so its not too bad. Make sure you bring everything you need, there are no amenities other than fire rings.

First to Review
Free and open

This is a great FREE site; however there are no amenities. Bring everything you need. If you don't have a portable toilet, visit the rest area down the road for a last minute bathroom break before settling in for the night.

There is plenty of open, level space. Not a lot of privacy, so during the busy season you'll most likely make friends with your neighbors.

Remoe and relaxing

The best thing about this campground is not even the campground - the scenery, the creek, the hot springs! Of course the campground itself is wonderful, with nice spacious sites and plenty of accessible vault toilets. Being October, the hook-ups were off, although that should be expected late season in Wyoming.

The paid pool stays open until the end of October, we made sure to use it. The hot pools in the creek are also an option.

Be aware the road does close to cars in winter.

Endless recreation close to town

Fantastic biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing just a few minutes from town amenities. Rough it all week, or head up the road to get a slice or just do laundry. Maybe even at the same time?

This is a great spot, only downside is the highway is fairly close. Chances are though you'll be so busy on the trails you won't even notice. Our campsite looked recently renovated; picnic table, bear box, and fire ring looked brand new. We hiked up towards Oliver peak on a clear day and could see for miles.

Great late season spot

A few sandy campsites by the Platte River - had we gotten there earlier, we could have parked on the river's rocky shore. Someone beat us to it though!

There are actually two separate camping areas of this access - when you get to the fork, there are sites in either direction. Both are denoted with the Foote Public Access area signs, so you know you found it. There was also a boat ramp. I am not familiar with this section of the Platte, but I would imagine fishing and hunting are probably great activities if you're staying here for a few days. Wildlife appeared abundant in September - luckily, mosquitos and flies were not!

It is a road through private land, which is relatively well maintained, but please respect private property. Also be aware of current fire restrictions - there are no fire rings here, and open fires are not permitted. A firepan or fuel-based cooking system would be good to have.

First to Review
Near the water

Right off a "thumb" on the Palisades reservoir, this is an amazing site with many recreational options. Paddling, hiking, bird watching - saw an osprey with an enormous fish and then later a pair of bald eagles. It was fun floating around on our kayaks and paddle boards; there were a few smaller boats and jet skis around as well.

We were there on a busy weekend, but the sites are all nicely separated so it still felt secluded! Plenty of vault toilets and a few group site options as well. The group sites are reservable, but the remaining are first-come first serve.

Ranger Review: ICEMULE Coolers at Shadow Mountain Dispersed Camping

Campground Review:

Does waking up to Teton views, colorful wildflowers, and the chorus of all types of birds sound up your alley? Well, this is the place!

Just outside Grand Teton National Park in Bridger-Teton National Forest, these sites are a little quieter and a little more spacious than the hustle and bustle below. They are first come, first serve and no amenities, but the experience makes up for it. Numerous hiking options are nearby: Blacktail Butte, the Shadow Mountain trail, or head to the park. On the way to the site from Jackson or Grand Teton, it is very likely you will see pronghorn, bison, elk, or even a moose.

This area is popular for a reason. Get there early - these sites fill up. Getting there on a weekday will help secure the choice spots. One downside is the air traffic; this overlooks the Tetons as well as the Jackson Hole airport.

Product Review:

As a review Ranger for TheDyrt, I am honored occasionally to test and evaluate products. On this trip, I tested the ICEMULE Pro XL cooler.

What makes this cooler unique is not only its backpack style; but the ability to add insulation (and buoyancy, as we found out) by inflating the sidewalls through a valve. It's a bit similar to how a sleeping pad works. Without ice, I threw a few cold ones and some sandwiches into its cavernous interior for a day hike in Bridger-Teton. After a few hours of hiking when we were ready for lunch, they were as cool as the moment they went in. The pack itself is fairly comfortable for a short hike, with padded straps and holes to allow some air circulation.

On the way home, we decided to paddle our favorite river and decided to test the Pro XL's floatation abilities. Why my husband chose the deepest spot to throw it into the drink I will never know, but lucky for me it stayed on top of the water. Because its sealed like a dry bag, no river water got in either. Our sandwiches and gummy bears were safe!

Solitude but close to town

Great option if the Curtis Canyon campground is full, or if you would prefer something a little more remote. High clearance vehicles recommended - forest road 30440 is in pretty rough shape. Town of Jackson is fairly close.

Same great views you'd expect anywhere near the Tetons; trailhead to Goodwin Lake is close by. Full Teton view is better at the trailhead, but its not far. Dispersed sites are spread out with plenty of space; although no one stayed in the site next to us on this rainy evening in June.

To get there, continue past the Curtis Canyon campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest (behind the Elk refuge) as if you were heading to the trail head. You'll start to see marked sites along the extremely rutted forest road. I would not attempt very muddy conditions.

Not for early season

Early season made this inaccessible except for paddlers.

Creekside delight

A few nice options by the creek. Vault toilet, picnic tables, fire rings. No horses this time, so we let the dogs roam around a bit. Little sandy from the burn, also dead fall and associated hazards so beware I guess. Little buggy in early season, this is normal for the region.

I guess there are hitch rails at each site - I didn't realize what they were until I saw the description of the campground here.

On a side note, there is no hot spring at "site 4". I was asked by someone if there was, I think this site is confused for the old Basin Creek campground that is by the road. I did go over and check. There are plenty of hot springs around, just not right here.

No obvious campground

As far as I can tell fron the GPS pin, this campground does not exist in the form it used to. You probably could still camp here, but there are better options nearby, including the transfer camp up Basin Creek forest road.

Nice river site

This is a busy site, lots of paddler traffic, but does make for a nice evening by the river. Bonus elk farm on the ridge, at the right season you might hear them bugle.

Several vault toilets, even an ADA one.

If you have dogs, be sure to check them for ticks. We found a few here.

Popular with water access

I come here often - but mostly as a paddler! This is a very popular put in and take out for river trips, so expect traffic during the day - or even at night; full moon floats happen too! Very likely to see moose, sand hill cranes, ducks, geese, owls and other wildlife. Fishing isnt bad, but some of those big ones are pretty smart. I’ve seen hundreds of them in the river when it’s clear. Expect local scouts camping in the summer and lots of activity - but its a nice little campground or tailgate area after a paddle.

Busy, many amenities

Great place to camp that last night in the desert before returning to civilization. Plenty of reservable sites for whatever style camping you prefer. Full hook ups for RVs, toilets, showers, fire rings, place to do dishes, and firewood for sale at a reasonable price, which can be hard to come by in dry places. Sites are reservable.

Its a bummer that many of the campsites are backed up on each other, and it does fill up, so you will probably have neighbors. Tent sites might be a little quieter.

There was an interstingly shaped hoodoo visible from our site. The stars were indescribable, so many and so clear!

Busy but spectacular

This is a very popular area, but you can still find solitude if you want it. Plenty of activities as well; climb all day, check out Register Rock, or hike the City of Rocks Loop trail around the site to get a little bit of everything. We stayed with our 2 dogs in April, it was definitely warm in the sun, but very cool at night and in the shade. It is high desert, summer months must be stifling!

The sites are nicely spread out, with a few pit toilets and refuse cans between them. Check out the map on the NPS site and make a reservation to ensure you get the spot you want.

Great stop on the way

Stopped to cook dinner and camp while on the way home from Ft Collins. This site was a very pleasant surprise. We parked on the far camp site by the reservoir, with no one but ourselves and the stars, and maybe a few coyotes in the distance. I expected it to be busy because it’s the thick of hunting season, but even if it was there are plenty of nice, big sites with fire rings and some even have grills. Two vault toilets as well and a small boat ramp.

Built a small fire but made sure it was dead out before bed, which was especially fortunate because the wind whipped up something fierce overnight. If you’ve even been on the nearby section of 80 you know how strong those winds can be. Don’t leave anything out overnight either; we’re lucky we still had our chairs and dog water bowl in the morning.

Great site and we will definitely stay again. Maybe you’ll see us there!

Close to town fun

No need for a hotel in Ketchum Idaho. Park and camp here! Several dispersed sites after the Sawtooth National Forest boundary, with creek running by and a hot spring down the road.

The recent burn made the site a little dusty, our dogs needed a towel off.

On the water

This is a great spot for boaters, no matter the vessel. There's a boat ramp but also some pretty easy access for kayaks or SUPs. This is a busy campground so get there early!