Wyoming’s 97,000 square miles of possibility calls to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. With so much space to spread out, this state is especially well-suited for camping. Whether you are interested in rock climbing, boating, experiencing Western history or anything in between, Wyoming has the perfect campsite for you. Read on to see where you should pitch your tent.
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, hang out in movie history while enjoying nightly showings of Spielberg’s extraterrestrial classic. The national monument is also a sacred American Indian site; find the stories behind its cultural significance at the visitor center
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.
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.
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.