What's Your Wyoming Camping Personality?
In Wyoming, where the nighttime sky is filled with more bright, twinkling stars than you ever imagined possible, camping is a cherished ritual, a wonderful adventure and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature. With so much stunning wilderness in Wyoming, you’ll find every region of the state boasts a healthy inventory of campgrounds and RV parks — which means you can choose one with the amenities and access that are just right for you, whether you’re looking for a classic Western experience or a lakeside retreat.
HISTORY BUFFS will be within walking distance of authentic Western relics at Indian Campground in Northeast Wyoming. There, grassy creekside campsites and cabin rentals are a short walk from the town of Buffalo, which has a quaint main street with shopping, an old-fashioned soda fountain, a restored 1925 carousel and Ferris wheel, a golf course and rodeos.
BOATERS can get out on the water at Glendo Lakeside RV Park in Central Wyoming. Just five minutes from Glendo State Park’s Bennett Hill boat ramp, the park has easy access to boating, fishing and water skiing. All sites are large enough to accommodate RVs and boats, and boat rentals are available if you don’t have your own vessel.
AVID CLIMBERS will have prime access to the Tetons at the American Alpine Club Climbers’ Ranch in Northwest Wyoming. With dormitory-style cabins designed for adventurous climbers and their families, the ranch helps you prepare for your climb with logistics information and even a climbing library and lounge.
YELLOWSTONE VISITORS can rest after a long day of exploring the nation’s first national park at Bridge Bay Campground. Located next to Bridge Bay Marina, the campground has views of Yellowstone Lake and access to water recreation. You might see bison and other wildlife nearby, and with more than 400 sites, this campground allows you to choose a shady, secluded spot or set up camp near the shore and watch the moonlight on the lake.
LEGEND LOVERS will get a dose of lore at Devils Tower KOA in Northeast Wyoming. Camping where “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was filmed in 1977, you’ll be hanging out in movie history while enjoying nightly showings of Spielberg’s extraterrestrial classic. The national monument is also a sacred American Indian site, and you can find the stories behind its cultural significance at the visitor center. The campground offers tent rental, a heated pool, free Wi-Fi, evening hayrides, horseback riding and an on-site café.
COWBOY WANNABES can put that cowboy hat and boots to good use with an overnight Western camping trip arranged by Bedroll & Breakfast in Northwest Wyoming. You’ll take a sunset horseback wilderness tour, feast on a cookout-style dinner and then relax on beds inside lantern-lit tents. Wake up to breakfast and an optional half- or full-day horseback ride in the morning. It’s an experience meant to indulge the inner cowboy or cowgirl in all of us.
SCENERY SEEKERS won’t be disappointed at Stateline Cove Campground in Southwest Wyoming. Pitch your tent on the sandy shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, where stunning red-rock cliffs rise high above the shimmering blue water. Drive to the Red Canyon Overlook at sunrise for an out-of-this-world photo op.
FAMILIES love Terry Bison Ranch in Southeast Wyoming. This working ranch offers bison-viewing tours, train rides, an Old Time Photo Studio, summertime carnival rides, fishing and horseback rides. Convenience is key here, with RV pull-through sites, tent sites and cabins. You’ll also find many other family-friendly activities in nearby Cheyenne.
HORSEBACK RIDERS won’t find an equine-
friendlier place to rest than Sundance Campground and Trailhead in Northeast Wyoming, which is designed to accommodate horses with six open corrals and two eight-horse stalls. You and your horse will be close to the trailhead for the Sundance Trail System, which offers horseback riding, hiking and biking as well as snowshoeing in the winter.
HIGH-ALTITUDE ADVENTURERS can rest their heads at 10,800 feet above sea level at Sugarloaf Campground in Southeast Wyoming, where the state’s highest campground offers unobstructed views of the Snowy Range. It’s only open mid-July through mid-September, and it fills up almost every one of those nights, so book early. You’ll have easy access to Libby Lake and Lewis Lake for fishing, but don’t be shocked if you wake up to snow in July or August.
You’ll be surprised 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.
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. Find the campground that’s perfect for your brood here: wyomingtourism.org/places-to-stay/campgrounds-and-rv-parks.
Parents tend to travel with a lot of gear. The truth is, you don’t need much for a weekend of camping. At the campground or in the wilderness, kids don’t need a change of clothes every time they get dirty. In fact, they will love having a set of “camping clothes” they can play in all day. Bring a laundry bag to keep fresh clothes separate from soiled ones. Packing lots of baby wipes will help the whole family stay just the right amount of grime-free.
On the Menu
Don’t make meals too complicated and do some of the prep work at home. You and your family will be grateful if you assemble sandwiches, chop fruits and veggies, 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!