The best camping near Shoshone National Forest

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87% (41 reviews)

Explore some of Wyoming’s wildest landscapes without the Yellowstone crowds.  

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Union Pass

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Dubois, WY
Located near the Shoshone National Forrest, our RV sites have a beautiful view of the mountains. Our grass Rv sites have Electric pedestals and Water hookups. Wifi at campsite. We are near warm springs creek and mountain lakes for fishing opportunities. Hundreds of areas to hike. This small mountain area has a restaurant/bar nearby also. Ride the hundreds of miles of ORV trails (ATV, UTV, dirtbike). Porta-Potty onsite, as well as one weekly black tank service. Tent, van, or campers welcome. We are bordering the Shoshone National Forrest with amazing views. Our sites are as close to federal land as you can get, with electric and water hook ups. We have sewer pumped once a week for anyone needing it. Each spot is on grass, and near our rental shop for UTV rentals and small general store. Gasoline sold nearby.
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Southfork Retreat

1 site · RV5 acres · Cody, WY
We have lived here over two decades. Our modest 5-acre property is home to Renée and Sean and our two dogs, two cats, and Maggie the horse. We live and work here full-time and absolutely love summers on the Southfork. We have 4 acres in hay and a huge garden. We both have workshops on the property and enjoy meeting and hosting travelers, since we spend so much time out here by ourselves. We don't yet have bathroom access set up for travelers, so we are offering only to self-contained campers and small RVs at this time. But we can provide electricity, wifi, potable water, and coffee with muffins in the morning. Learn more about this land: We are retired and require arrivals to be here before 10 PM. We can accommodate only self-contained camping vehicles up to 32ft. (This is important – larger vehicles will not be able to turn around). We provide electricity and water, but no bathrooms at this time and no dump station.  Park your small trailer/RV in our Cottonwood grove and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Southfork Valley in northwest Wyoming. We are a retired couple who want to share our stunning mountain views and rural property with travelers who share the Hipcamp values. Easy access to hiking, hunting, fishing, and biking. The elevation here is 5600ft. so even when days are warm and sunny – usually in the 80s – nights cool off into the 50s. You would be close to the house but screened by a grove of trees. We have 5 acres in a beautiful rural area.  We are a 20-minute drive from Cody, in a beautiful mountain valley. Our place is perfect for a night or two of respite from travel and tourist traffic. Sean is a retired wildlife biologist with extensive knowledge of the area. Renée is a designer/educator.
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Buffalo Jump RV Site

1 site · RV3 acres · Cody, WY
We are located just 50 miles from Yellowstone park! Please note, our property is not suitable for long-term rentals. In 2004 we purchased the acreage and soon discovered that it is located 1/2 mile from the Horner Buffalo Jump Archeological site. Thus our property, due to its steep terrain immediately took the name “Buffalo Jump”. With its many native trees and bushes the property became an ideal location for an artists studio, and since it had the RV site already in place, we soon had many friends and guests stopping by during the summer months. In 2020 we joined with hipcamp to make the RV site available to select campers. Far back in time the area was utilized by the first campers; Native Americans, who were here living off the land. Artifacts attest to the fact that the property and surrounding regions has been inhabited seasonally for the past ten thousand years.
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Three Dog Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Cody, WY
We live with our three dogs, and 4 horses on five acres on the way to Yellowstone National Park. The backside of our property is adjacent to BLM with a well maintained hiking trail. There is a public access to the North Fork of the Shoshone river near by. You’ll pass Buffalo Bill Reservoir on your way to our place. Just up the road there are horse back rides or millions of acres of Forest Service lands to explore. There are two restaurants and a gas station that has some basic grocery items within five miles.
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Chinook Winds Cabins

3 sites · Lodging10 acres · Dubois, WY
Chinook Winds Lodging offers affordable accommodations near Wyoming's most popular attractions. Choose from spacious queen and king rooms or private cabins, all equipped with essential amenities for a relaxing stay. Amenities: - Cabana on the River (inner tubes available) - 24-Hour Gym Access - Pet-Friendly Rooms Available - Complementary Breakfast & Coffee - Swimming Hole - Fly Fishing Area - Spacious Field w/ Outdoor Games - Breakfast Food Truck - Chicken Coop for the Kids - Fire Pit - Hammocks - Grills - Airport Shuttle (by arrangement) - 15 miles from Shoshone National Forest - 50 miles from Grand Teton National Park - 80 miles from Yellowstone and Jackson Hole area.
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Carter Mountain

2 sites · RVs, Tents250 acres · Meeteetse, WY
Learn more about this land:Enjoy the breathtaking sunrises as the mountains turn pink, enjoy hiking and exploring, seeing cow calf pairs, wildlife including; mule deer, white tails, antelope, badgers, ground squirrels and prairie dogs, coyotes, wolves and grizzlies do show up on occasion!
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The best camping near Shoshone National Forest guide

Overview

About

Spanning over 2.5 million acres of Wyoming’s most scenic landscapes, Shoshone National Forest is a wild playground for hikers, backpackers, and climbers. The forest borders Yellowstone National Park and encompasses much of the Wind River Range and the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains. Shoshone has 30 campgrounds scattered throughout the forest, ideal for tent-campers and small trailers or RVs. Highlights include hiking in the Wind River Range, trout fishing on the Shoshone River, climbing Wyoming’s highest point, Gannett Peak, and driving the scenic Beartooth Highway.  

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Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Most campgrounds in Shoshone National Forest are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just a few, including Big Game Campground and Rex Hale Campground, can be reserved six months ahead of time online. 
  2. For campgrounds along the Beartooth Highway and in Sinks Canyon, arrive early in the day or on a Thursday for the best chance of scoring a spot. These campgrounds often fill early in the day during the busy summer season.
  3. Electric, water, and sewer hookups are not available in the Shoshone National Forest campground. Private RV parks can be found in the neighboring communities of Dubois, Lander, and Cody.

When to go

Hiking season can be quite short in Shoshone National Forest. Snow may not melt out in upper elevation areas until late June, making some trails not accessible until July. Camping and hiking is usually the best in July, August, and early September. Some roads, such as the Beartooth Scenic Byway, are only open from late May through mid-October but may close at any time due to weather.    

Know before you go

  1. Most Shoshone National Forest campgrounds offer drinking water and either flush or vault toilets, but no showers.
  2. Stop by the Shoshone National Forest visitor center in Lander or the Wapiti Wayside on the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, west of Cody, for trail maps and camping information.
  3. Shoshone National Forest is bear country. Follow all posted bear safety guidelines and never leave food or other scented items unattended. 
  4. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere in Shoshone National Forest as long as they are on leash. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas. 

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