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VIP's Southern Wyoming Recreation Guide™

CAMPING AND PICNICKING

AREAS

 

Camping and picnicking are great ways to relax and rejuvenate your senses in Southern Wyoming’s scenic outdoors.

 

Campgrounds and picnic areas operated by the Forest Service and the BLM are typically found in scenic areas, close to trail heads and water. Many have restrooms, trash cans and drinking water available.

  • camping in Southern Wyoming

    Campsites  at the Snowy Range campgrounds, the Sierra Madre Mountain Range campgrounds and the Pole Mountain campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, each have several sites that can be reserved in advance at 1-877-444-6777 or online. As some campgrounds may be closed due to hazardous tree removal, please check with the Saratoga Forest Service office at 307-326-5258 and the Laramie Forest Service office at 307-745-2300 for current closures.

     

    In addition to the campgrounds located on the Forest, there are also two BLM maintained campgrounds located at the North Platte River Bennett Peak access and one at the Encampment River (Odd Fellows) access. See VIPs Southern Wyoming Recreation Map.

     

    Dispersed camping is also allowed in remote areas of the backcountry, provided camps are at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

     

    what to bring

    Because the most difficult task of a camping and going on a picnic is remembering everything, here’s a list of conveniences to consider bringing along.

     

    • plenty of water
    • extra chairs
    • tablecloth
    • tub or dish pan
    • biodegradable soap
    • trash bags
    • insect repellent
    • hand sanitizer
    • plenty of ice
    • picnic blanket
    • plastic tarp and rope
    • matches or lighter
    • sunscreen
    • paper towels
    • wet ones or baby wipes
    • can opener
    • first aid kit
    • axe for firewood
    • flashlight and/or lantern
    • shovel for stirring coals
    • pot holders
    • tongs and spatula
    • aluminum foil
    • zip lock bags

    camping tips

    With a little common sense and a little advanced planning, camping is fun and easy. However, there a few things to keep in mind when spending time at camp. The Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics is a good standard for everyone to follow. Additionally, here are a few tips that will make camping more enjoyable for yourself and others.

     

    • Set up camp away from dead trees. Strong winds are common and could blow down trees. Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if trees fall.

     

    • Keep a clean campsite. Bring along plenty trash bags and make a habit of cleaning up, washing dishes and storing food safely. Food left out in the open often attracts unwanted guests, such as bees, flies, gray jays, and bears. Also, drinking fountains and water pumps are not dish washing stations. Wash dishes at camp in a plastic tub, using a little biodegradable soap.

     

    • Respect others in the campground. Privacy is limited in camp-grounds, so it will be appreciated if you refrain from walking through your neighbor’s camp. As will keeping kids and pets under control. Pets are required to be on a leash in public campgrounds. Sound travels  amazingly  well here, so be  conscious of  your noise level, especially after 10pm.

     

    • Gather firewood outside the campground. Campfires are definitely a big part of camping. Either plan ahead by bringing your own firewood or salvage fallen timber away from the campground. And, please don’t burn trash in the campfire!

     

    • Slow down. Campers often bike/walk along campground roads. Slow down to 15 mph or less to avoid accidents.

     

    • Clean fish away from the campground. This goes along with keeping a clean site. Improperly stored food fish entrails and bones will attract unwanted guests to your site. Due to the presence of Whirling Disease in some trout, please do not throw fish entrails back into the water.

     

    • Completely extinguish all campfires when leaving your campsite or going to bed. Pour plenty of water on your fire, stirring with a shovel until everything is wet and DEAD OUT.  Fires left smoldering can flare up with even the slightest wind and start a wildfire. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

     

  • snowy range campgrounds

    Campsites  at the Snowy Range campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, each have several sites that can be reserved in advance at 1-877-444-6777 or online. As some campgrounds may be closed due to hazardous tree removal, please check with the Saratoga Forest Service office at 307-326-5258 and the Laramie Forest Service office at 307-745-2300 for current closures.

    VIPs Snowy Range Recreaion Map, featuring snowy range hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, savage run wilderness, platte river wilderness and Snowy Range Scenic Byway.
    Snowy Range Campgrounds
  • sierra madre mountain range campgrounds

    Campsites  at the Sierra Madre Mountain Range campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, each have several sites that can be reserved in advance at 1-877-444-6777 or online. As some campgrounds may be closed due to hazardous tree removal, please check with the Saratoga Forest Service office at 307-326-5258 and the Laramie Forest Service office at 307-745-2300 for current closures.

    VIPs Sierra Madre Mountain Range Recreaion Map, featuring sierra madre mountain range hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, continental divide national scenic trail, hog park reservoir, huston park wilderness, encampment river wilderness, the Battle Mountain Scenic Byway and famed green mountain falls.
    Sierra Made Mountain Range Campgrounds
  • pole mountain campgrounds

    Campsites  at the Pole Mountain campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, each have several sites that can be reserved in advance at 1-877-444-6777 or online. As some campgrounds may be closed due to hazardous tree removal, please check with the Saratoga Forest Service office at 307-326-5258 and the Laramie Forest Service office at 307-745-2300 for current closures.

    VIPs Pole Mountain (Happy Jack) Recreation Map, Pole Mountain hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas including Vedauwoo
  • picnic areas

    Picnicking is a great way to celebrate an occasion or simply enjoy a day in the outdoors. Most picnic areas are located close to lakes and reservoirs; all have restrooms, trash cans and drinking water available. Overnight camping is not allowed in picnic areas unless posted.

     

    Unique to Pole Mountain is the Vedauwoo Picnic Area Gazebo, which is available for rent for up to 20 people.  Reservations are required and a Special Use Permit is required for more than 20 people.  Contact the Laramie District Ranger Office at 307-745-2300 for reservations.

     

    New to the Snowy Range is the Brush Creek Picnic Shelter, which is located behind the Brush Creek Visitor Center on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway.  A Special Use Permit is required for more than 20 people and is available from the Brush Creek-Hayden  District Ranger Office at 307-326-5258.  The shelter has electricity and consists of six 7’ log benches, four picnic tables and a fire ring.  Parking is free, with plenty of room for 6-8 vehicles and two RV pull-outs.

     

    See VIPs Southern Wyoming Recreation Map for picnic area locations.

     

    Picnic areas in the Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Mountain Range & Pole Mountain, include fees, number of picnic sites and if handicap accessible.

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