Photo courtesy of Tammy Neufeld

Photo courtesy of Tammy Neufeld

Wyoming is host to an epic expanse of wild protected lands. This beautiful state is home to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, as well as Grand Teton National Park. On top of that there are two national monuments, mountain ranges, national forests, state parks, and wilderness areas in abundance.

All that open space is just begging to be explored, making Wyoming the perfect destination for your next camping adventure.

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite campgrounds in Wyoming, from designated campgrounds to remote dispersed sites in National Forests.

Each location offers its own unique natural beauty, so you can explore majestic mountain ranges, deep canyons, and geothermal wonders. And don’t leave that camera at home, because you’ve got a good chance of spotting great American Bison, bears, moose, elk, and more along the way.

1. Medicine Bow National Forest

Photo courtesy of Steph Stallings

Photo courtesy of Steph Stallings

  • Campsite Name: Brooklyn Lake Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions: 41.374000, -106.247000. From Laramie, WY travel 37 miles west on Highway 130, then 2.5 miles north on Brooklyn Lake Road.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Toilets, picnic tables, drinking water, fire rings

  • Top Activities: Fishing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Turtle Rock Trail, Pole Mountain

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Sheep Lake Trail, Glacier Lake Trail

Brooklyn Lake Campground is located in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, which stretch from north-central Colorado to southeastern Wyoming. Only about 3 hours from Denver, this remote Wyoming campground features 19 lake-view sites for dry RV/campervan camping or tent camping.

Prepare to be awed by views of the snow-capped Browns Peak and the tranquil surface of the Brooklyn Lake. No motorized boats are allowed, keeping the lake waters calm and inviting for canoeing, row boating, or stand up paddle boarding. The lake is also stocked with a variety of trout, making this a fun spot for fishing.

The campground provides easy access to two hiking trails: Sheep Lake Trail and Lost Glacier Lake Trail. Sheep Lake Trail #389 is a 9.2-mile hike through alpine meadows, lakes and forest. The trail provides spectacular views of both the Snowy Range peaks and the valleys of Rock Creek and Little Laramie River. Lost Lake Trail #395 is a 3.9-mile point-to-point trail with great views of Med Bow Peak and Browns Peak, all while skirting many of the high alpine lakes in the area.

Brooklyn Lake Campground doesn’t take reservations, and is first come, first served with a $10 fee. The site is open seasonally from July-October due to snowy conditions in the winter and spring.

The elevation of this Wyoming camping area is 10,500 feet, so be prepared for the high elevation and potential weather changes. You may spot bears, bobcats, coyotes, elk, and moose in the area so keep your eyes peeled and don’t forget to bring your camera.

2. Flaming Gorge Dispersed Camping

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Photo courtesy of Bill Jackson

  • Campsite Name: Lost Dog Dispersed Camping Area

  • Coordinates/Directions: 41.297583, -109.548139. From Green River, WY follow Hwy 530 south for 6.75 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Road 012, follow for 7 miles to Lost Dog Day Use Area.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Vault toilet, no water

  • Top Activities: Swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, paddle boarding

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, Flaming Gorge Uintas National Scenic Byway

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Red Canyon Rim (on the Utah side)

Spanning the Utah-Wyoming border is a deep red canyon reservoir, where the Green River winds for 90 miles, lined with a whopping 360 miles of shoreline. With that much shoreline, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy this scenic recreation area.

Photo courtesy of Lindsey B. Davis

Photo courtesy of Lindsey B. Davis

There are many options in this area for dispersed camping as well as designated campgrounds. If you’re looking for a free place to stay for the night in a beautiful remote area (and are okay with a lack of provided amenities), Lost Dog is for you.

This undeveloped site is located near the confluence, and offers dispersed camping for tents, 4×4 campers, RVs and campervans along the riverbank. While much of the gorge is surrounded by sheer rock face, this location allows easy entry into the water.

Spend your days fishing and exploring the miles of scenic walks and drives in this unique area. Relish the high desert landscape surrounding the river and chill out under the dark night sky in this secluded camping spot.

If your travel plans include Utah, be sure to check out the Flaming Gorge Uintas National Scenic Byway that follows the gorge from Wyoming-Utah state line. Both Highways 191 and 44 provide incredible scenery as they wind through the mountains and skirt edges of the reservoir.

3. Big Sandy Campground – Bridger Teton National Forest

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Santry

  • Campsite Name: Big Sandy Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions:  42.687767, -109.270787

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Vault toilet, no water, no trash pickup

  • Top Activities: Hiking, backpacking, photography, rock climbing

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Cirque of the Towers, Pyramid Lake, Continental Divide Trail

Despite the name, Big Sandy is a small Wyoming campground located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest at 9,100 feet, which is open during the summer months.

Camping at the Big Sandy Trailhead puts you at the gateway to the most popular hiking trails in the Wind River Range, including Cirque of the Towers, Pyramid Lake, and the Continental Divide Trail.

The Wind River Range is popular with photographers because of its rugged beauty.  Backpackers come here to traverse the Continental Divide, and rock climbers take advantage of its sheer granite peaks.

“The Winds” contain an astonishing 40 peaks over 13,000 feet tall, including Gannett Peak — Wyoming’s highest peak at 13,804 feet — making it Wyoming’s largest mountain range.

Big Sandy is one of the highest trailheads in the Wind River Range. Many of the connecting trails are also at high elevation, so be sure to follow the 6 golden rules of hiking at altitude. Whenever you’re at high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated, take it slow and easy, and be sure to give your body time to adjust to the altitude.

Proper food storage is a must when camping in this area due to the abundant curious wildlife. And because this is a primitive campsite, there’s no trash service, so you must plan to pack out all your garbage.

No reservations are available for this campsite. Spots are first come, first served, with an affordable $7/night fee.

4. Gros Ventre Campground – Grand Teton National Park

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Photo courtesy of TKC2000

  • Campsite Name: Gros Ventre Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions:  43.6163, -110.6669. From Jackson, head north on US 26/89/191 for 7 miles. Turn right at Gros Ventre Junction onto the Gros Ventre River Road. Continue 4.5 miles until you see the Gros Ventre Campground sign.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Shower and toilet facilities available with cold running water

  • Top Activities: Fishing, National Park access

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Jackson, WY

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Phelps Lake Loop Trail, Granite Canyon Trail

Gros Ventre (pronounced “Grow Vont”) Campground is a spacious designated campground located in Grand Teton National Park, closest to the “million dollar cowboy” city of Jackson.

With over 300 sites available on a first come, first served basis, this spot is popular with Grand Teton National Park visitors. There’s plenty of space to go around, and outside of the peak season, the campground offers an abundance of peace and quiet.

While many large campgrounds can feel like staying in a parking lot, this one has scenic spots and more space between sites than usual so you can still get the feel of that famous Wyoming open space.

Many sites have views of the Tetons and the Gros Ventre river — popular with fly fishing fans — run through the grounds. You may even see moose or elk wandering through the area.

Gros Ventre offers sites for tents, RVs, and large groups. They don’t offer full hookups, but they do have some electric hookup sites and fresh water and dump stations are available.

5. Colter Bay Campground & RV Park – Grand Teton National Park

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Photo courtesy of Maggie Smith

  • Campsite Name: Colter Bay Campground & RV Park

  • Coordinates/Directions:  43.905962, -110.641138. Heading north from Jackson on US 26/89/191, turn left at Moran Junction, then continue north on US 89/191/287 for 10 miles to Colter Bay Junction. Turn left and follow the signs.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Full hookup RV sites, laundry, showers

  • Top Activities: National Park access, hiking

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Jackson Lake

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Hermitage Point Trailhead

Make this your full-service basecamp for exploring the stunning landscape of Grand Teton National Park. Located just a short walk from Jackson Lake, You’ll get to wake up surrounded by pine trees and enjoy easy access to Colter Bay Village amenities.

If you’re in an overland camper (4×4 with rooftop tent), you can try neighboring Colter Bay Campground instead, which is a mix of tent camping and a few electric hookup sites. A short walk from the campground will give you views of Mt. Moran and the northern Teton range.

Some of the campgrounds inside Grand Teton National Park are tent camping only, but Colter Bay RV Park is RV-only and offers full hookups. Advance reservations are required, and the fees are on the steeper side at around $80/night.

6. Norris Campground – Yellowstone National Park

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Photo courtesy of Ravi

  • Campsite Name: Norris Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions:  44.737848, -110.693615. Located 0.8 miles north of Norris Junction.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Flush toilets, no showers, fire rings, picnic tables, bear-proof lockers available

  • Top Activities: National Park access,

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Steamboat Geyser

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Norris Geyser Basin

Located inside the first (and most iconic) National Park, Norris Campground offers 111 dry camping spots in the heart of all the geyser action of Yellowstone.

Campsites in Norris Campground are nestled among the lodgepole pines, along streams, and may even host a wandering bison herd. Wildlife precautions are a must (such as using a bear-proof locker, which is provided at most sites, and carrying bear spray).

A one-mile trail from the campground will take you to the Norris Geyser Basin, a fascinating walking trail through thermal pools and geysers.

You’ve likely heard about Old Faithful. But it’s hard to fully understand just how much thermal action is happening in Yellowstone until you visit this area of the park.

These geysers are rare kinds of hot springs that are under pressure and erupts, sending jets of water and steam into the air. Everywhere you look, you’ll see steam, bubbles and powerful jets of steam coming up from the ground.

Be sure to check out Steamboat Geyser — while it’s not as famous as Old Faithful, it’s the world’s tallest active geyser, with eruptions shooting water 300-400 feet into the air. In year’s past, Steamboat Geyser did not erupt frequently, with events occurring many months to many years apart. However, the geyser has been extremely active since 2018. It’s erupted 100 times since March 15, 2018!

This is a limited development campground, so it doesn’t offer showers or laundry facilities. However, this campsite does host flushing toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables, in addition to a convenient central location in the park for only $20/night.

7. Shoshone National Forest 

Photo courtesy of  Tara Schatz

Photo courtesy of Tara Schatz

  • Campsite Name: Rex Hale Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions: 44.45455, -109.73126

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Vault toilet, potable water

  • Top Activities: National Park access, hiking, fishing

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Avalanche Peak, Elephant Back Mountain

The beautiful landscape of the Shoshone National Forest is a great place to seek some solitude and enjoy the spacious wild country of Wyoming.

Dispersed camping in Shoshone National Forest allows you to save money and get away from the crowds of Yellowstone during peak season, while still remaining close enough to access the park each day.

There are a few rules to follow when selecting your remote camping spot for the night in this National Forest, which you can find listed on their website.

If you’re carrying your own shower, bathroom, and kitchen with you, then you may not mind going without the amenities of a designated campground.

Reservable designated sites are also available in the Shoshone National Forest. Rex Hale Campground, for example, is only 20 minutes outside the east entrance of Yellowstone and provides easy access to sights and activities in the park.

This is a great alternative to camping inside Yellowstone, while still providing you easy access to the amazing features of this iconic National Park.

8. Buffalo Bill State Park

Photo courtesy of Kayla Michelle

Photo courtesy of Kayla Michelle

  • Campsite Name: North Shore Bay Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions: 44.500509, -109.234132. From Cody, take US-14 W/US-16 W/US-20 W for 10 miles, then turn left into Buffalo Bill State Park and follow signs to North Shore Bay Campground.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Toilets, tables, grills, no hookups or showers

  • Top Activities: Fishing, windsurfing, scenic drives, National Parks

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and Beartooth Highway Loop

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Eagle Point Trail

Located 40 miles east of Yellowstone and 10 miles west of Cody, Wyoming, is Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir. The North Shore Bay Campground offers a mix of reservable and first come, first served sites along the shore of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

The reservoir is known for windsurfing, and is rated one of the top 10 locations in the country for the sport. You can easily access some of the country’s most beautiful scenic drives from this site, including the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, which includes views of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River and the North Absaroka Mountains.

RVs and campervans are welcome, though there are no hookups.

9. Bighorn National Forest

PHOTO COURTESY OF Cassidy Berglund

PHOTO COURTESY OF Cassidy Berglund

  • Campsite Name: Circle Park Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions:  44.282415, -106.989891. From Buffalo, WY, take Hwy 16 west 13.4 miles to FSR 20. Turn right and go 2.1 miles.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Toilets, showers, water hookups

  • Top Activities: Hiking, scenic drives

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Bighorn Mountains, Cloud Peak Wilderness

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Circle Park Trailhead

Explore the Bighorn National Forest and Bighorn Mountains from your basecamp in this small primitive campground.

Spend your days exploring the Cloud Peak Scenic Skyway, with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks — including the only view of Cloud Peak, the Bighorns’ tallest canyons and meadows of wildflowers. Enjoy private forested campsites among the aspens, and falling asleep to the sound of the nearby brook.

PHOTO COURTESY OF Michaela Ahrendt

PHOTO COURTESY OF Michaela Ahrendt

This campground is located near the Circle Park Trailhead, which gives campers access to a network of trails through the Cloud Peak Wilderness. This alpine area is covered with snow the majority of the year, so be sure to check conditions before heading out at high elevation.

If Circle Park Campground is full, there’s dispersed camping along the road to the campground available.

10. Keyhole State Park

Photo courtesy of Tracy Ann Ross

Photo courtesy of Tracy Ann Ross

  • Campsite Name: Pronghorn Campground

  • Coordinates/Directions: 44.370920, -104.773389.

  • Bathroom/Facilities: Bathrooms, running water, fire rings, picnic tables

  • Top Activities: Boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, wildlife viewing

  • Pit Stops Nearby: Devil’s Tower National Monument

  • Top Hikes Nearby: Marina Trail, Cottonwood Trail

Keyhole State Park is located on the western edge of the famed Black Hills. This park features a 14,000-acre reservoir that’s perfect for a day of boating, fishing, or swimming.

Nestled among the pine trees near the reservoir. The Pronghorn Campground has some amenities including bathrooms, running water, fire rings, and picnic tables. Wildlife such as pronghorn antelope and mule deer wander the area.

America’s first National Monument, the Devil’s Tower, is only about 20 miles away. Don’t miss seeing the strange volcanic formation that is so alien, it was featured in the sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Let’s Go Camping!

Wyoming’s wild and beautiful landscape makes it one of the best places for campervan camping. You can find plenty of secluded campgrounds, near famous areas like Yellowstone and Grand Tetons to lesser known gems like Shoshone National Forest. Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, fish, paddle board, or partake in any other activities, there’s bound to be a perfect camping spot in Wyoming for that.

As you plan your road trip around Wyoming, why not check out the state’s most iconic photographer pit stops on the way? Whether you’re a seasoned wildlife photographer, or just enjoy snapping instagram-worthy shots on your smartphone, the Wyoming’s meadows, lakes and forests are sure to satisfy.

Check out our picks for the best views in Wyoming for photographers, including some of the state’s most popular landscapes and a few lesser-known photo-worthy sights >