If you let the summer get away from you without going camping, there’s still time. Many people make a last trip before fall hits, and it’s a great time to do it. The days are still warm, and the nights have enough nip in the air to make you relish sitting around a campfire and snuggling into a comfy sleeping bag. When you’re planning a last-minute camping outing, you don’t have to worry that you won’t be able to get reservations. There are loads of campgrounds in Wyoming that don’t require you reserve a spot beforehand. Here are 10 of the many camping spots around the state where all you have to do is just show up with your tent or RV and enjoy.
1. Teton Canyon Campground, Targhee National Forest
In spring and summer, campers enjoy hitting this spot because of the rampant wildflowers. A few may remain as fall approaches, but any time of year is beautiful at this no-reservations-required campsite.
2. Curtis Canyon Campground, Teton National Forest
This delightful spot is just above the Elk National Refuge right outside the town of Jackson. You get the best of everything: awesome wildlife viewing, a beautiful wooded camping spot, and you're close enough to town if you need supplies or just crave civilization. Address: Teton, WY, 83001.
3. Libby Creek Campgrounds, Laramie
There are three campgrounds that don't require reservations along Libby Creek in Medicine Bow National Forest, and they're named for trees: Aspen, Pine, Spruce, and Willow. There are nearly 40 sites between all of them, and there is a fee, but the views of the gorgeous surroundings are free. Address: Forest Road 351 Laramie, WY 82327.
4. Crazy Woman Canyon Road, Buffalo
With nearly 30 campsites scattered along Crazy Woman Creek, you shouldn't have a hard time finding a spot even though it's first-come-first-served. However, you'll have to get there early or just be lucky to snag the spot next to the waterfall. Address: Buffalo, WY 82834.
5. Wolf Creek Campground, Bridger-Teton National Forest
According to the Forest Service website, none of the Bridger-Teton campgrounds require reservations. Wolf Creek makes it on our list because it's a pretty big site, so there's usually a spot to be had any time of year. Plus, the view of the Snake River Canyon from this area is awesome. Address: 7 Miles South On US 26/89 Jackson, WY 83001.
6. North Platte River, Hanna
The great thing about the no-reservations campsites along the North Platte River is that there are so many of them. There are four Miracle Mile public accesses near Hanna alone. There are four more along the river near Saratoga, and one featuring a boat ramp near Glendo. Address: Hanna, WY, 82327.
7. Castle Gardens Campground, Lander
Just a short drive from the Castle Gardens Petroglyph site is a delightful campground that doesn't require reservations. The spots are limited, however, so it's always good to have a plan B if you're visiting the petroglyphs and need a place to stay. Address: 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520
8. Cokeville Campground, Cokeville
If you're traveling in the southwest corner of Wyoming and want to stop for the night or a few days, drop by Cokeville. The city maintains a no-reservations campground, and it's free, too. Address: Cokeville, WY, 83114.
9. Encampment River Campground, Rawlins
The Encampment River area is a stunning place and a delightful one for setting up camp. With picnic tables, fire rings, trash cans, and a vault toilet, this is one of the better equipped no-reservation campsites. Address: Rawlins Field Office, North, 1300 3rd St, Rawlins, WY 82301.
10. Cook Lake, Sundance
Not all the spots at this campsite boast a view of the lake, but the surrounding forest offers a peaceful getaway for campers in any season. It's a terrific place for wildlife viewing, fishing, and hiking. Address: Ditch Creek Road, Sundance, WY 82729.