Finding a good family-friendly place to camp across the state of Wyoming isn’t hard. Between state cabins, campgrounds with close amenities and even a unique treehouse experience, there’s a little something for everyone.
We’ve gathered a list of our favorites spread across the state, highlighting just a small section of the countless camping opportunities Wyoming has to offer. We consider these areas family-friendly because of easy access and/or amenities.
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Wyoming is home to twelve state parks across the state. This list is just a small portion of those parks. We recommend you research these for your family and then expand your list to the other eight.
Sinks Canyon State Park
Camping at Sinks Canyon State Park is great in a tent or a camper, but it’s even more fun to use one of their four reservable yurts within the Pogo Agie campground. The yurts are available year-round and are easy to access since you can drive right up to them in warmer months. Two of the yurts are wheelchair-accessible. Have a large group? Reserve Yurt 4, which has room for 10 people and is perfect for larger gatherings. Reservations fill quickly.
Yurts at Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander make for a fun family camping option.
Buffalo Bill State Park North Shore Campground
While there isn’t much shade at Buffalo Bill State Park, its campground is close to both the town of Cody and the reservoir for water play, making it a family-friendly camping spot. The campground also has potable water and vault toilets. The campground has 22 reservable sites and 77 more that are first come, first serve.
Keyhole State Park Treehouse
While there is other camping available at Keyhole State Park, this is certainly the most unique. The treehouse accommodates up to 5 people and is unique and cozy. While there is no running water, it does include a microwave and refrigerator. Reservations fill quickly.
Devils Tower/Black Hills KOA
While not a state park, the nation’s first national monument has family-friendly camping nearby. For families looking for an easy camping experience, the Devils Tower KOA is a great choice. Stay in your RV (max: 70 feet) or tent or rent a camping cabin. Other perks include a playground, hayrides, a nightly movie showing, a full restaurant, Sweet Shoppe and an outdoor heated pool. Reservations only.
Bighorn National Forest
Bighorn National Forest area is what many would call a “Local’s Forest”— a hidden gem often overshadowed by the pull of the national parks. However, the camping is easy, plentiful and beautiful.
This centrally-located campground has 25 sites, 15 of which have electric hook-ups. A dump and fill station is available just down the road. It’s a great campground for swimming and boating access (with a small fee). At 7,900 feet, plan on cold nights year-round. Reservations suggested.
Muddy Guard Cabin
The Muddy Guard Cabin in Bighorn National Forest has year-round access. It sits on a wide-open hillside with impressive views, though be ready for Wyoming wind. During dry weather it is easy to drive to but may require a 200-yard ski or snowshoe in in the winter. The cabin has two bedrooms plus the kitchen area making it ideal for families. One bedroom has two bunks and the other bedroom has a double bed. Horse and snowmobile friendly. Reservations required.
Forest service cabins like the Muddy Guard Cabin in Bighorn National Forest provide an affordable “roughing it” experience with a few key amenities. Photo Credit: Amelia Mayer
Dubois & Togwotee Area
The Dubois area has a high elevation, cold nights, beautiful unique landscapes and remains secluded while still having good access to the national parks. All three of the listed areas below are in grizzly country, so plan accordingly.
Double Cabin Campground
This campground requires a relatively long drive (28 miles from amenities at the small town of Dubois) on a rough road, but it’s definitely worth it for the fabulous views and seclusion. Explore where the Wiggins Fork and Frontier creek come together, an easy walk from the campground, but be on the watch for bears. No reservations.
Lily Lake in the Bear Tooths
This semi-primitive campground is a little bit off the beaten path, but you still can pull a 22-foot camper into it. While there are no RV hook ups, trout fishing and boating is plentiful and quiet. No reservations.
The Brooks Lake area is magnificent and a great jumping off point for some fabulous fishing and hiking trails. The campground has 13 sites with a maximum RV length of 32 feet. We recommend going later in the summer or early fall to avoid swarms of bugs. This campground also sits at the highest elevation (9,200 feet) of any of the campgrounds listed here, so plan on cold nights. No reservations.
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Wyoming is incredibly unique to be home to two national parks. As they are both very popular tourist destinations, we hope these insider tips will help you decide on the best family-friendly camping.
This lake in Grand Teton National Park is extremely popular, and for good reason. The views are fantastic as you camp under the Tetons and have easy access to water recreation and trails. If you come in the summer, plan on waiting for a first-come spot at Jenny Lake by 8 a.m. as the sites fill quickly.
Insider tip: There are spots reserved just for cyclists which don’t fill as fast. Park near Moose and bike in with your gear to claim them. No reservations.
Jenny Lake Campground in Grand Teton National Park offers a few bike-in spots that don’t fill as fast as the drive-in campsites. Photo Credit: Amelia Mayer
Gros Ventre Campground
As far as campsites go in GTNP, the Gros Ventre is the largest and easiest to get a spot, though it does still fill during peak season. It’s a wooded campground along the Gros Ventre river with great views and good shade in many spots. No reservations.
Mammoth Hot Springs Campground
This campground is the only one in Yellowstone open year-round. While during the off season it’s very easy to get a site, in the summer sites often fill by 9 or 10 a.m. Just a short drive (or adventurous walk) from this campground is access to the Boiling River, which is a great place for a soak, except for in late spring and early summer when it closes due to high water. No reservations.
Lizard Creek Campground
As far as campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park go, Lizard Creek is one of the quieter ones. It’s more secluded and the 60 sites don’t fill as fast as some other campgrounds with easy access to the parks. The views of the northern portion of the Teton Range are fantastic. While you can bring an RV (30 feet max), there are no hook ups, dump stations or water fill stations. Potable water is available seasonally. No reservations.
The southeast town of Laramie has quite a few unique and beautiful spots to camp, including the fire lookout and a couple of cabins that are perfect for easy family access.
Spruce Mtn Fire Lookout
While this fire lookout only has two single bunks, the views both day and night are outstanding. Since this unique campsite is popular, reservations fill quickly.
Little Brooklyn Lake Guard Cabin
This guard station in the Laramie area is a better option for bigger families. You can drive to it during dry weather and it has enough beds for seven people. Reservations required.
Vedauwoo campground has 28 tent and camper sites around fun boulder and rock formations. While no potable water is available, they do have tables, fire rings and vault toilets. There is also access to a great nature trail and rock climbing routes from the campsite. No reservations.
Snow Survey Cabin
This cabin is big enough for four people (two sets of bunk beds) and is available for drive-up access in the summer. A vast trail system is available out the back door with fishing nearby. Reservations fill quickly.