Family-Friendly Camping in Wyoming
You'll find no better place to discover family fun in the great outdoors than Wyoming. Our wide-open spaces and gorgeous vistas have been known to open a whole new world to little ones and teenagers alike, and you'll be surprised at how easy it is for the whole family to unplug from cell phones and computers when there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had, from fishing and hiking to wildlife spotting and relaxing in nature. And, our scenic roads and friendly Western towns make roadtripping to your camping spot almost as fun as cooking dinner over the campfire.
Yes, we know some parents are skeptical about the joys of family camping, but with a little planning, your Wyoming getaway will be a success. Follow these tips to make that idyllic image of a smiling family roasting marshmallows by the edge of a lake a reality.
Choose Your Site
Campgrounds in Wyoming offer a range of amenities and experiences, from very simple and rustic to free Wi-Fi and heated pools. For first-timers, we suggest choosing a campground with a variety of services and activities. Devils Tower KOA, in the shadow of the famed National Monument in northeast Wyoming, is a great choice, offering tent rental, a heated pool, evening hayrides, horseback riding and an on-site café. If that's not quite roughing it enough, try something like the Fremont Lake Campground. Near Pinedale on the shore of Wyoming's second-largest natural lake, this campground offers a fire ring at each site and on-site drinking water. Find the right campground for your family here.
These days, children — or rather parents — tend to travel with a lot of gear: carriers, toys, snacks and extra clothes come to mind. And often this is just for a trip to the grocery store. The truth is, you don't need much more than that for a weekend of camping. At the campground or in the wilderness, kids don't need a change of clothes for every time they get dirty. In fact, they will love having a set of "camping clothes" that they can play in all day. Bring a laundry bag to keep fresh clothes separate from soiled ones, and pack lots of baby wipes (buy the ones in the lightweight plastic package) will help the whole family stay grime-free.
One the Menu
The biggest mistake you can make with campground meals is to make them too complicated and don't do prep work at home. You and your family will be grateful if you assemble sandwiches, chop fruits and veggies, and and slice cheeses beforehand. While you'll need to keep some food on ice in a cooler, also choose items that don't need refrigeration, such as crackers, cured meats and trail mix. To deliver the full camping experience, be sure to bring s'mores fixins too!