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12 Top-Rated Campgrounds in Wyoming

Written by Brad Lane
Jun 8, 2020

A true reflection of the American West, the state of Wyoming is stacked with big canyon walls, towering peaks, and a dense collection of hydrothermal features found nowhere else in the world.

On the west side of the state, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks can provide a lifetime of adventure, including several great Wyoming campgrounds. Spread throughout the remainder of the state, other spots for exploration like national forests, state parks, and massive reservoirs, offer more great places to camp in Wyoming.

The type of adventures you want to have in Wyoming will determine the best campground for you. Whether you want to go see some geysers from the Norris Campground in Yellowstone, or you want to windsurf at the North Fork Campground at Buffalo Bill State Park, every campground in Wyoming provides a sanctuary for those with an adventurous spirit.

The most popular time to camp in Wyoming is during the summer, but the autumn is arguably the best time to go, with cooler weather and fewer crowds at places like Yellowstone.

For ideas on where to stay, see our list of the best campgrounds in Wyoming.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Norris Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Norris Geyser Basin, one mile trail from the Norris Campground
Norris Geyser Basin, one mile trail from the Norris Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Located in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, the Norris Campground delivers on pinewood surroundings and a wide array of adventures stemming from its central location.

To see hydrothermal activity, the Norris Geyser Basin is easily accessible from the campground via a one-mile trail. With the on-site Museum of the National Park Ranger at the geyser basin, history buffs will be intrigued to learn something new.

Featuring 100 non-electric sites available on a first-come, first-served basis, Norris Campground can accommodate tents, trailers, and small RVs. Overnight users at Norris also have access to ranger-led evening Campfire Programs, as well as flushing toilets and potable water.

The campground lies near many other top attractions of Yellowstone including the Lower, Upper, and Midway Geyser Basins and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/norrishscg.htm

2. Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake
Jenny Lake | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Seven miles north of the southern Moose Entrance of Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake Campground allows quick access to its namesake body of water. The campground is also in a prime location to enjoy the many impressive features of the Teton Range.

Jenny Lake Campground features 49 non-electric, tent-only campsites, as well as 10 hiker/biker campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and shared access to flushing toilets and potable water.

The Grand Teton National Park bike path connects with the Jenny Lake Campground. The striking peaks of the Teton Range are always in view across the water. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, it's not uncommon for Jenny Lake to fill before 9am during the summer season. An early arrival this time of year is essential for nabbing a spot in one of the best campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park.

Address: Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake Campground, Moose, Wyoming

3. Firehole Canyon Campground, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

South Chimney Rock, Firehole Canyon, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
South Chimney Rock, Firehole Canyon, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Split between the states of Wyoming and Utah, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area provides endless outlets for camping and adventure. Spread along the 360 miles of shoreline of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, this nationally recognized recreation area provides more than 43 developed campgrounds to choose from and 700-plus individual campsites.

Primitive camping and river camps are also available throughout the national recreation area and surrounding Ashley National Forest.

The best of these campgrounds in Wyoming would have to be the Firehole Canyon Campground, operated by the US Forest Service. The campground features 36 non-electric campsites set against high-desert scenery, and all overnight users at Firehole Canyon share access to flush toilets and potable water.

The real appeal of Firehole Canyon, however, is the boat access to Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the red rock formations that define the area.

Address: Forest Road 106, McKinnon, Wyoming

Official site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ashley/recarea/?recid=72191&actid=29

4. Mammoth Hot Springs Campground, Yellowstone National Park

View from Mammoth Hot Springs Campground
View from Mammoth Hot Springs Campground | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

While all the best campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park deliver on a memorable experience, the Mammoth Hot Springs Campground lets you soak in what makes Yellowstone so special.

Near the northern entrance of Yellowstone in Montana, Mammoth Hot Springs Campground provides easy access to the travertine terraces of its namesake natural landscape. The campground is also within a short driving distance of the Boiling River, which is one of the few legal thermal soaking areas in the entire park.

All 85 sites at Mammoth are non-electric and can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and shared access to flushing toilets and potable water.

To restock camp supplies, the nearby Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District provides a quick-service restaurant and a souvenir-stocked general store with limited grocery items. The Mammoth Campground is one of the campgrounds in Yellowstone that stays open throughout the winter. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Address: N. Entrance Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/mammothhscg.htm

5. Tough Creek Campground, Boysen State Park

Boysen Reservoir
Boysen Reservoir

Surrounded by the Wind River Indian Reservation and situated at the mouth of the Wind River Canyon, Boysen State Park is prime headquarters for exploring this extremely scenic area.

Surrounding the shores of the massive Boysen Reservoir created by the impoundment of the Wind River, Boysen State Park offers a variety of camping zones. All camping zones at Boysen lend quick access to popular water sports, including swimming, boating, and particularly fishing.

When it comes to scenery, the Tough Creek Campground on the eastern shore delivers some of the best views. Located on a peninsula overlooking the water, the approximately 65 non-electric campsites at Tough Creek can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Tough Creek Campground also has its own boat launch, and besides the nearby reservoir, all overnight users also share access to potable water and flushing toilets.

Official site: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/boysen

6. Gros Ventre Campground, Grand Teton National Park

Gros Ventre Campground, Grand Teton National Park
Gros Ventre Campground, Grand Teton National Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Located on the southern cusp of Grand Teton National Park, the Gros Ventre Campground (pronounced "Grow Vaunt") provides access to the impressive peaks of the Tetons. The campground also makes many of the top attractions of Jackson Hole easy to discover. With more than 300 individual sites nestled along the Gros Ventre River, the campground is one of the largest in the park.

The Gros Ventre Campground accommodates tents, trailers, and RVs. Most campsites at Gros Ventre are non-electric, and one loop is designated for tent-camping only. No matter which campsite you choose, every overnight user at Gros Ventre has access to nearby flushing toilets and potable water.

Even with so many campsites available, the luscious surroundings and prime location lead to all 300 campsites often filling up before noon during the summer season, making an early arrival key to enjoying the great location.

Address: 100 Gros Ventre Campground Road, Kelly, Wyoming

7. Pronghorn Campground, Keyhole State Park

Kayaking at Keyhole State Park
Kayaking at Keyhole State Park

Keyhole State Park is just north of the Thunder Basin National Grassland and across state borders from the Black Hills of South Dakota. This recreation space is another reservoir-inspired state park in Wyoming with great campground options.

Keyhole State Park has 10 available campground areas, and each offers access to fishing, boating, and swimming in the adjacent Keyhole Reservoir.

The state park features nearly 290 RV and tent sites. Although all are notable, the Pronghorn Campground on the eastern shore of the reservoir always seems to draw a crowd. Featuring running water and flushing toilets, as well as a pinewood ambience, Pronghorn Campground provides 36 non-electric sites that accommodates tents, trailers, and RVs.

The Tatanka Campground, located less than a mile from the Keyhole Marina, is the only campground with water and electric hookups.

Address: 22 Marina Road, Moorcroft, Wyoming

Official site: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/keyhole

8. Grant Village Campground

Black Pool, West Thumb Geyser Basin near Grant Village Campground
Black Pool, West Thumb Geyser Basin near Grant Village Campground

Near Yellowstone's South Entrance, the Grant Village Campground lends to adventures only found in this hydrothermally enhanced area of the country. Yellowstone Lake and the West Thumb Geyser Basin are only minutes away from the campground, and Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin can be reached with a 20-mile drive.

With more than 400 non-electric campsites that accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs, Grant Village Campground is one of the largest in the park.

Besides providing access to some of the best hiking trails in Yellowstone, every overnight user at the Grant Village Campground also shares flushing restroom facilities, potable water, and pinewood surroundings.

Just down the road from the campground, Grant Village features shower and laundry facilities, as well as a fully stocked general store and a few different fresh food options. All campsites at Grant Village Campground can be reserved one year in advance.

Address: 1 Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/grantcg.htm

9. Two Moon Campground, Glendo State Park

Glendo Reservoir
Glendo Reservoir

Located in the southeast part of the state, Glendo State Park is a popular place for boating and fishing afficionados, as well as general outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on the shores of the North Platte River impoundment known as the Glendo Reservoir, Glendo State Park offers a variety of campgrounds.

Located on the southeast shore of the reservoir and featuring more than 200 non-electric campsites, the Two Moon Campground is the largest campground in the area and provides one of the most stunning views of the water.

Tents, trailers, and RVs are welcome at Two Moon Campground, and all overnight users share access to potable water and flushing toilets. The campground is nicely shaded and lends easy access to the surrounding state park.

On the eastern shore of the reservoir, the Sandy Beach Dune Campground is another popular spot to spend the night and enjoy activities like swimming and fishing.

Address: 397 Glendo Park Road, Glendo, Wyoming

Official site: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/glendo

10. Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone

Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone
Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

The Teton Crest Trail is undoubtedly one of the best hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park, and arguably one of the best backcountry treks in the American West. Alongside the stunning scenery of the Teton peaks, it's the camping zones found en route that make the Teton Crest Trail so iconic.

Located in the park's southwest region, all eleven backcountry camping zones of the Teton Crest Trail require a permit to stay the night. While all the camp zones leave a lasting impression, the Death Canyon Shelf stands proudly above the rest.

Perched atop the canyon walls that create Death Canyon, the Death Canyon Shelf Camping Zone requires quite the hike to access. Each step along the way is richly rewarded with panoramic views of the stunning wilderness. Whether it's the open canyon below, or the stunning Grand Teton peak slicing into the horizon, the Death Canyon Shelf will have you simply staring at the landscape with wonder and awe.

No amenities are provided on the Death Canyon Shelf, and backcountry explorers need to pack in, and pack out, all the gear they need to comfortably spend the night.

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/back.htm

11. North Fork Campground, Buffalo Bill State Park

Buffalo Bill State Park scenery
Buffalo Bill State Park scenery

This stunning state park is just east of Yellowstone National Park on the shores of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, an impoundment of the Shoshone River. The state park delivers on a landscape that rivals its national park neighbors. Offering two developed campground areas, and an additional group camping area by reservation only, every camping spot features outstanding views of the nearby Absaroka Mountain Range.

The largest campground, the North Fork Campground, provides 62 non-electric campsites that each have a picnic table and grill, and shared access to running water and flushing toilets.

Popular things to do from the North Fork Campground, besides simply admiring the horizon, include windsurfing and fishing in the reservoir.

The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center is also a fun part of any visit, with several informative displays throughout, including historical photos, prehistoric artifacts, and taxidermic animals.

Address: 4192 N Fork Hwy, Cody, Wyoming

Official site: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/buffalo-bill

12. Circle Park Campground, Bighorn National Forest

Bighorn National Forest
Bighorn National Forest

Located in northern Wyoming, near the border of Montana, the Circle Park Campground can be found within the Bighorn National Forest. This U.S. Forest Service campground provides quick access to the stunning Cloud Peak Wilderness. Circle Park has only 10 non-electric sites available, resulting in heavy competition for these scenic campsites that are best suited for tent camping.

All overnight users at Circle Park share access to hand-pumped fresh water and vault toilets, and each site has a fire ring and picnic table. A popular activity from the Circle Park Campground is taking a drive on the 47-mile Cloud Peak Scenic Byway.

Another activity that causes Circle Park to fill up quickly on the weekends is off-road driving on nearby canyon roads.

Address: Bighorn National Forest, Forest Rd 20, Buffalo, Wyoming

Official site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/bighorn/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=30386&actid=29

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