Can You Camp Anywhere in a National Forest Wyoming?

Camping in Wyoming National Forests is a popular activity for avid outdoorsmen, as the area offers a wide range of natural beauty and wildlife. While there are some restrictions on where you can camp in the national forests, most of the woods are open to camping.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is located in western Wyoming and spans over 3.4 million acres. The forest offers a variety of camping options, such as primitive camping, RV sites and cabin rentals.

Primitive camping is allowed throughout much of the forest and does not require a fee or permit. However, campers must stay within 200 feet of an established road or trail, and must follow all Leave No Trace principles.

In addition to primitive camping, there are several developed campgrounds located throughout the Bridger-Teton National Forest. These campgrounds offer amenities such as RV hookups and showers, and some even offer cabins for rent. Campers can reserve campsites online or by calling the Visitor Information Center in Jackson Hole.

The Shoshone National Forest covers nearly 2.5 million acres in northwest Wyoming, including portions of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. This forest has many different camping opportunities to choose from, including backcountry campsites, group sites, developed campgrounds and cabins.

Backcountry camping requires a free permit from any ranger station within the Shoshone National Forest. Campers must stay at least 100 feet away from trails and water sources when setting up their campsite, and all trash must be packed out with them.


In conclusion, camping is allowed throughout much of Wyoming’s national forests with varying restrictions depending on the type of camping you wish to do. Whether you’re looking for primitive backcountry adventure or a more developed experience with amenities like RV hookups or cabins for rent – Wyoming has something for everyone!

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Samantha Mckinney