Wyoming June 29, 2019
7 Magnificent And Wild Campsites Where You Can Pitch Your Tent For Free In Wyoming
It’s easy to find free things to do in Wyoming, and if you’re interested in getting in touch with nature, you’re in the right spot. Wyoming is home to millions of acres of public land, and much of that land is open for free, dispersed camping. Dispersed camping is the term for camping outside of established campgrounds in National Forest and BLM lands. While there aren’t services like trash removal (pack in, pack out), bathrooms, or even potable water, with a little planning, you can enjoy a primitive getaway that will rejuvenate your sense of adventure.
1. Tongue River / Welch Ranch Area
This 1,700 acre BLM area near Sheridan is perfect for wildlife spotting, hiking, and fishing. The beautiful Tongue River flows through and is perfect for paddle trips. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the area, but there is no bathroom, garbage, or potable water, so plan accordingly.
2. Shadow Mountain, Bridger-Teton National Forest
If you're looking for incredible Teton views, it's hard to beat the Shadow Mountain area. Many of the available sites overlook the Antelope Flats, and if you've got a high clearance vehicle, you'll be able to climb higher and enjoy the most breathtaking views.
3. Encampment River Wilderness
The rough and rocky Encampment River Canyon area is a spot for experienced campers to enjoy time away from the world. While you're here, explore the wilderness area and discover remnants of the long-ago mining and prospecting activity in the area.
4. Snowy Range Area
You can enjoy dispersed camping in the Snowy Range area near the Pinkham Mountain Trailhead and throughout the Platte River and Savage Run Wilderness areas. This remote section of Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest is sure to delight any nature lover.
Few people realize you can find dispersed camping at Vedauwoo! Be sure to settle on a site between 100-200 feet from the forest and access roads - any closer, or any further, and you risk upsetting the delicate ecosystem.
6. Horse Creek Area, Shoshone National Forest
In Shonshone National Forest, dispersed campsites are allowed in most remote areas. Campsites must be 200 feet from trails, lakes, or wet meadows and 100 feet from streams or creeks.
7. Granite Creek, Bridger-Teton National Forest
There are typically plenty of places for dispersed camping around Granite Creek, in Bridger-Teton National Forest. You'll be close to the Granite Creek Hot Springs, so you can make your getaway as relaxing as can be.
Forest Service website here for more information on dispersed camping locations, rules, and regulations.
For some more structured camping ideas, read
These 15 Amazing Camping Spots In Wyoming Are An Absolute Must See.