Can You Camp in Shoshone National Forest?

Shoshone National Forest is the oldest national forest in the United States, established in 1891. Spanning over 2.4 million acres in northwestern Wyoming, this forest is a great outdoor destination for camping, hiking, fishing and more. The vast wilderness of Shoshone National Forest offers some of the best camping opportunities in the country, with many campgrounds and dispersed areas for primitive camping.

The Shoshone National Forest has 27 developed campgrounds that are ideal for tent and RV camping. Each of these sites has amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, toilets and bear-proof trash containers.

Most sites have a limit of 2 vehicles per site and no more than 8 people per site. Campsites can be reserved through the website or by calling 1-877-444-6777. There are also several group camping areas available in the forest that accommodate up to 25 people per site.

Dispersed Camping
In addition to developed campgrounds, Shoshone National Forest also offers dispersed camping opportunities for those looking to get away from it all and experience true wilderness solitude. Dispersed camping is allowed anywhere outside of developed recreation sites as long as you are at least 100 feet away from water sources and roads. It’s important to remember that dispersed campsites do not have any amenities such as fire rings or bear boxes, so it’s important to practice Leave No Trace principles when camping in these areas.

For those planning on staying longer than 14 days or planning on using an off-road vehicle for recreation purposes will need to obtain an additional permit prior to their trip. These permits are available at most ranger stations or can be applied for online through Recreation.

In conclusion, yes you can camp in Shoshone National Forest! Whether you’re looking for a primitive backcountry experience or a more luxurious campsite with amenities like fire rings and picnic tables, there’s something here for everyone! Just remember that if you plan on staying longer than 14 days or plan on using an off-road vehicle while visiting this area you will need to obtain additional permits prior to your trip.

Photo of author

Alex Wright