Wyoming is known for a lot of national sites, including Yellowstone National Park, home to more geysers than any other geyser field in the world. Yellowstone was also the country’s first National Park. Then there’s Devils Tower, a 1,267 foot butte designated as the first National Monument in 1906. Most people are familiar with Devils Tower because it features prominently in the scene where a gargantuan alien mothership lands at the end of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Anyone who has seen the movie will recognize it immediately. However, to the Northern Plains Indian Tribes, Devils Tower isn’t just a stunning landmark, or part of a movie set—it’s a sacred place. It appears in multiple oral histories and sacred narratives, and is also known by multiple ancient names.
Other popular Wyoming destinations include Grand Teton National Park, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Wyoming, located on the Green River, impounded behind the Flaming Gorge Dam. Construction on the dam began in 1958 and was completed in 1964. Flaming Gorge Reservoir has become nationally known as the “fishing hot spot” of America. The reservoir offers quality trout fishing year-round.
New technologies, like GPS apps, are totally changing how we enjoy our public lands. From booking campsites online to apps and websites that detail hikes, runs, rides and climbs, outdoor recreation is more accessible than it has ever been. Last year the National Park Service came up with an phone app that lets anyone find great camping in any National or State Park system in any state. If you’re looking for a park you might like to visit look for apps that turn your smartphone into a GPS unit. By downloading topographic maps in advance of your trip (while you’re still on wifi), these apps will display your precise location, waypoints, tracks you’ve set and any routes you’ve uploaded on the screen’s digital map even if you don’t have cell service.
You can also use the route function on some apps. This lets you accurately plot how long a hike, ride or paddle will be well before you actually hit the trailhead or put in. Hunters and anglers alike use the apps to pinpoint favorite hunting or fishing spots
Wyoming Camping Fees and Permits
Like many states, Wyoming has a variety of fees for everything from off-road-vehicle use (ORV), to park entrance, and camping permits and fees. Wyoming also requires fees at nearly all of the State Parks & Historic Sites facilities. Wyoming residents must have their driver’s license available to confirm their in-state residency. Tourist or resident, if you’re purchasing additional vehicle permits (at $7.00 rate) you must bring your vehicle registration and proof of original permit purchase. Campground fees change each year. Please visit the campground webpages to learn more. Some campgrounds also have a utility surcharge.
ORV Fees : A Wyoming ORV permit is required for all enrolled roads, routes, and 50″ or less trails designated for ORV use.
Snowmobile Permits and Fees : Wyoming law requires that all snowmobiles must have either a current Wyoming Resident or Nonresident user fee decal prominently displayed on the outside of each snowmobile. Each permit is $35 dollars. Commercial snowmobiles also require permits, and are $105.
Daily Use Permits
Permits required at Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Edness Kimball Wilkins, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, and Seminoe State Park and Fort Bridger, Fort Fetterman, Fort Phil Kearny, South Pass City, and Trail End Historic Site, and Hawk Springs State Recreation Areas. Daily Use Permits are valid for designated state parks, archaeological sites and recreation areas, valid for the date of purchase for the holder and occupants of the holder’s vehicle and for the holder entering the park or area by bicycle, horseback or on foot.
Overnight Camping Permits
Overnight camping permits required at Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Seminoe, and Sinks Canyon State Parks, Connor Battlefield State Historic Site, Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site, and Hawk Springs State Recreation Area.
Wyoming Camping — Devils Tower
Devils Tower is sacred to Native Americans, an icon to millions, and an archeological wonder to all. But it’s also a rock climbers paradise. Hundreds of parallel cracks divide Devils Tower into large hexagonal columns, making it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. The area around the National Monument is also home to some of the best Wyoming Camping in the state.
Belle Forche River Campground
Hwy 110 Bldg 170
Devils Tower, WY 82714
Phone: (307) 467-5283 x635
Camping at Devils Tower National Monument is only available in established sites at the Belle Fourche River Campground. Other accommodations are available outside of the park. The Belle Fourche River Campground is a developed campground with two-loop, 50-campsites, four of which are accessible sites and three are group sites. Drinking water is available at water spigots and in the restrooms. Large cottonwood trees provide shade. A picnic shelter and tables are available north of the campground. This is a first come, first served campground, no reservations. There are 50 pull-through sites with room for RVs up to 35′. No hookups are available.
Empire Guest House and RV Park
115 Pine Haven Rd
Pine Haven, WY 82721-9744
Phone: (307) 756-3454 or (307) 670-0428
Empire Guest House and RV Park provides affordable, comfortable lodging, camping, and shopping, plus amenities. They have a new shower house, picnic shelters in the RV park and tent and RV camping. Located in Pine Haven, Wyoming, a peaceful, recreational community nestled in the pine trees of Northeast Wyoming, surrounded by Keyhole Reservoir, a 14,000 acre lake, only minutes from here.
Their accommodations include four furnished kitchenette cabins, an upper level guesthouse suite, a general store on the lower level, and 12 full hookup, 50 amp RV spaces. The store has live bait, fishing tackle, boating, camping, swimming goods, firewood, ice, cold drinks and snacks, and Wyoming unique handmade gifts. Open April through hunting season in October, depending on the weather.
Devils Tower View Campground
476 Highway 24
Devils Tower, WY 82714
Phone: (307) 467- 5737
Devils Tower View Campground is just what the name implies – a campground with a view of Devils Tower. Located just three miles from Devils Tower National Monument this campground really does offer spectacular views of Devils Tower. The campground consists of a narrow field along the main highway. The only hook-up is electric. There is no water, or sewer available. There is no laundry or Wi-Fi. They do have a building with two bathrooms and two showers. The primary draw of this campground, according to numerous review sites, is its proximity to, and view of Devils Tower itself.
There’s also a gift shop and restaurant. Day camping and outdoor dining are also available overlooking the Campstool Canyon.
- Open Year Round
- 30 & 50 Amp Electric
- Restaurant Serving Buffalo Burgers
- Gift Shop
- Outdoor Gazebo Dining with Stunning Canyon View
- Tent Camping
- RV Parking
- Only 3 Miles from Devils Tower National Monument
- Bikers Welcome
- Buses Welcome
There are literally dozens of campgrounds located in and around Grand Teton National Park.
South Jenny Lake
Phone: (307) 543-3100
Located eight miles north of Moose, Wyoming, Jenny Lake Campground has 49 tent only sites. This is the park’s most popular campground and is generally full before 10 a.m. Sites are spread out in and among the evergreens and glacial boulders a short distance from Jenny Lake. Only one vehicle, less than 14 feet long and 8 feet tall, is permitted per site. Trailers and pop-up tops are prohibited.
Atherton Creek Campground
340 N. Cache
P.O. Box 1888
Phone: (307) 739-5500
Atherton Creek Campground is located on Lower Slide Lake. It’s a first come, first served, but beautiful and quiet camping location where you can quickly and easily get away from the hustle and bustle of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson. However, it’s still close enough to those places in less than 30 minutes if you choose to. There are 22 RV sites ranging in size for RVs from 22 to 26 feet in length. Not all sites can accommodate a 26-foot RV. This is a very busy site, so arrive early if you want to get a spot.
The road access is paved up to the campground and winds through aspen stands with gorgeous views of the Gros Ventre River. Boat and fishing access are excellent for Lower Slide Lake, allowing for great trout fishing, and peaceful floating or boating for relaxation. Fees are charged for some activities.
- Boat ramp
- Tent camping
- Camping trailer
- Picnic tables
- Drinking water
Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch
John D. Rockefeller Memorial Highway
Phone: (307) 543-2861
Headwaters Lodge is another campground to consider if Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks are both on your itinerary. An authorized concessioner for the National Park Service, Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch, is conveniently located between both national parks. Situated two miles south of the entrance to Yellowstone along the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, Headwaters Lodge & Cabins offer campsites and cabins a short walk from the Snake River.
The campground features 24-hour laundry facilities as well as newly renovated showers and restrooms. Camping options include tent sites, newly built camper cabins, and pull through RV sites with full hook-up (20, 30,50 amp.) Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. Reservations are available for the RV Park and Camper Cabins and are highly recommended during summer months. The campground is pet friendly.
Cell phone service and WiFi aren’t available, giving you an excuse not to be available to work or outside distractions. Headwaters is ideal for fly fishing trips, guided trips through Yellowstone and Grand Teton, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, photography, and more. There is an onsite restaurant, a saloon, and a morning coffee bar with grab and go lunch options.
Wyoming Camping — Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
95 North 100 West
Manila, UT 84046
Phone: (435) 784-3154
With 43 campgrounds http://www.flaminggorgecountry.com/Camping hosting over 700 individual campsites and 27 group sites, camping is easy in the Flaming Gorges National Recreation Area. The campgrounds are all spread along nearly 91 water-miles (with a whopping 360 miles of shore line). In addition to the countless mountain retreats, the entire park is an outdoor paradise. The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (NRA) is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah.
Phone: (877) 444-6777
The campground is located next to a boat ramp and contains 45 gravel sites for RVs, five non-graveled sites for tents. There are four group sites, each with a picnic shelter, tables, campfire ring, grills and tent pads. Several family sites are available as well, each with a cabana, picnic table and campfire ring; some sites have grills. Flush toilets, drinking water and a dump station are provided. A boat ramp is located on-site. The campground is accessed via a well-maintained gravel road.
Cedar Springs Campground
Phone: (877) 444-6777
This small campground contains 20 single and double-family sites with picnic tables and campfire rings with gravel parking. Fourteen of those sites are pull-thru sites with a maximum RV length of 40 feet, and no electric hookups. Vault toilets, drinking water, a dump station and fish cleaning station are provided. Showers are available a half-mile away at Deer Run Campground. For large group camping, the nearby Arch Dam, Greendale, Dripping Springs, Antelope Flat and Dutch John Draw Campgrounds have several group sites available.
Pine Forest RV Park
1100 East Flaming Gorge Resort
Dutch John, UT 84023
Phone: (435) 228-5499
With 47 full hook-up graveled RV sites with eight pull through sites, Pine Forest RV Park can accommodate RVs up to 40+ feet. Pine Forest RV Park is located at Flaming Gorge Resort. That means dining, fishing, camping and RV supplies, raft rentals and fishing guides. The Park also offers WI-FI, basketball & volleyball courts, a kids play area and a large bath house and laundry facility. Pine Forest has 47 full hook-up sites, both back-in and pull through.
- Rv sites
- Drinking water
- Flush toilets
Wyoming Camping — YellowStone National Park Area
P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St.
Gardiner, MT 59030
Phone: (406) 848-7375
There are a lot of campgrounds to choose from if you’re staying outside the park, and plenty of primitive or rustic places to stay inside Gallatin National Forest near Yellowstone National Park. All these Gallatin National Forest Campgrounds are within 35 miles of Yellowstone National Park and offer great camping in rustic settings. Click on the campground name for more information.
Off Highway 89, North Entrance to Yellowstone
- Eagle Creek Campground : 2 miles from entrance, 16 campsites, fire grates, toilets
- Timber Camp Campground : 9 miles from entrance, dispersed camping
- Bear Creek Campground : 9.5 miles from entrance, dispersed camping
- Canyon Campground : 16 miles from entrance, 17 campsites, fire grates, picnic tables, toilets
Off Highway 212, Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone
- Colter Campground : 7 miles from entrance, 18 campsites, fire grates, food boxes, tables tent pads, trash cans, toilets, water
- Soda Butte Campground : 6 miles from entrance, 27 campsites, fire grates, food boxes, tables tent pads, trash cans, toilets, water
Off Highway 191, West Entrance to Yellowstone
- Baker’s Hole Campground : 3 miles from entrance, 73 campsites, fire grates, food boxes, tables tent pads, trash cans, toilets, water
- Rainbow Point Campground : 10 miles from entrance, 15 campsites, boat ramp, fire grates, food boxes, tables tent pads, trash cans, toilets, water
- Lonesomehurst Campground : 12 miles from entrance, 27 campsites, dock, boat ramp, fire grates, food boxes, tables tent pads, trash cans, toilets, water
- Cherry Creek Campground : 14 miles from entrance, 7 campsites, primitive
- Spring Creek Campground : 18 miles from entrance, 6 campsites, toilet
- Cabin Creek Campground : 22 miles from entrance, 15 campsites, picnic tables, toilets, water
- Beaver Creek Campground : 24 miles from entrance, 64 campsites, tables, toilets, water, 2 accessible sites
- Red Cliff Campground : 35 miles from entrance, 65 campsites, 27 electrical sites, picnic tables, toilets, water
Rocky Mountain RV Park
14 Jardine Road
Gardiner, Montana 59030
Phone: (406) 848-7251
The Rocky Mountain RV Park is located just across the river from the original entrance to Yellowstone. This not only makes for a good view but an easy morning drive (or walk) into the park. This campground offers two different types of RV sites that provide full hookups including water, sewer, WiFi, cable TV and 20/30/50 amps electrical service with sites large enough to accommodate the Big Rigs. Standard sites have full hookups including water, sewer, electricity and WiFi service. Each site has its own picnic table and averages 20 feet in width with room for slide-outs. Deluxe sites have cable television as well as full hookups including water, sewer, electricity and WiFi service. Each site has its own picnic table and is wider than the standard site. There are also one and two room camping cabins available for rent.
Buffalo Valley RV Park
17800 Hwy 287
Moran, WY 83013
Toll Free Phone: (800) 563-6469
Phone: (307) 733-1980
This RV park is an excellent base camp location for campers wanting to visit both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Located at the entrance of Grand Teton National Park, the Buffalo Valley RV Park is just a short drive from the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It’s the only campground with convenient access to both parks. Located just one mile east of Grand Teton National Park border, it’s only 6 miles east of the Moran Junction gate. You will be camping only 32 miles from Yellowstone National Park and just 36 miles north of the town of Jackson (Jackson is the name of the town, Jackson Hole is the name of the valley the town is in). Campers will have views of the Teton mountains from most of the campsites.
- 30 & 50 Amp pull through RV sites
- Camping cabins, motel units, deluxe suites, condo cabins
- Complete hookup service and grassy tent sites
- Restaurant and convenience store
- Clean restrooms with hot showers
- Propane, gasoline, diesel
- Firewood, ice, beer
- RV supplies, fishing tackle
- Whitewater and scenic float trips arranged on the Snake River
Wyoming Camping — Other Areas
Not everyone who camps in Wyoming wants to visit the popular tourist destination. For them, there are other campgrounds.
Warren Bridge Campground
1625 W Pine St
Pinedale, WY 82941
Phone: (307) 367-5300
In June this area is the site of a thousands of cattle. Yes, it’s a real, old-fashioned cattle roundup, something you and your kids should put on your bucket list. There are 16 developed pull-through campsites, six developed picnic sites, three double vault toilets, an RV dump station, 23 tables, trash cans, fire rings, and barbecue grills. Drinking water is provided at each campsite. The campground is open from mid-May through September. Remember, this is bear country. With a $10 per night fee, it’s both affordable and a change from many of the higher priced destinations closer to the National Parks.
The Green River/Warren Bridge Access Area
Pinedale Field Office
1625 West Pine Street
Pinedale, WY 82941
Phone: (307) 367-5300
The Green River/Warren Bridge Access Area provides an opportunity to enjoy many areas and recreation opportunities along the Green River. A network of graveled roads connects to 12 separate riverside camp areas scattered along nine miles of the Upper Green River. These designated campsites have tables, fire rings; vault toilets and boat ramps. This recreation area is located 20 miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming off of US Highway 191. Unlike many remote or primitive sites in Wyoming, most vehicles and medium sized RV’s can safely access these riverside camp areas. Activities in this area includes fishing, float boating, camping, hunting, swimming, picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing.