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Conditions updated for 2017

This page includes known conditions across Wyoming including closures, openings, and events that may impact outdoor recreation. For road construction and condition information, check out the WYDOT page.

STATEWIDE
Check the status of current wildfires here: Wyoming Wildfires

Campground fees have ticked up a bit around the state. On average, expect to pay about $2 dollars more per night than the prices shown in the Third Edition of the Wyoming Camping Guide. Many Forest Service camps were running between $10 and $16 per night, and national park camps were starting around $30.


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NORTHWEST REGION
Yellowstone Road Construction
Road construction in Yellowstone continues... check out the park's website:

Yellowstone Visitor Centers
If you haven't been to Yellowstone in a few years, check out the new visitor center at Old Faithful. Aside from a gift shop and auditorium with different park films, there is also a staffed ranger desk where a board shows eruption times for several popular geysers. This is a great place to have kids finish the Junior Ranger program and earn the park badge or patch. The Visitor Education Center at Canyon is also a great place to stop. Aside from animal and geologic exhibits, you'll find an auditorium, a
"Young Scientists" room for kids, a gift shop, and staffed ranger desk.

Grizzly Bear activity at Brooks Lake and Turpin Meadows
Due to grizzly bear activity, the Shoshone National Forest now requires hard-sided camper units for the Brooks Lake and Pinnacles campgrounds (and nearby dispersed campsites). Tents or canvas pop-up trailers are not permitted. Likewise, tents are not permitted in the Bridger-Teton National Forest's Turpin Meadows campground east of Grand Teton National Park. Bear activity has also been very high around the Colter Bay area.

Shoshone National Forest Campgrounds (North Unit)
Big Game Campground, a Forest Service camp west of Cody, was renovated and now offers electric service at some sites. Fox Creek Campground also received a massive overhaul. It now includes 34 long parking spurs and electric hookups. All this comes with a fee increase: $20.

Grand Teton National Park Additions
The newish Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center is located in Moose (near Jackson). If you're anywhere near GTNP, be sure to stop by this gem. Also, the grand aerial tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is operating - go take a ride!

Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

SOUTHWEST REGION
Shoshone National Forest Campgrounds (South Unit)
Some of the camps in the Shoshone National Forest (as well as the BLM camps between Pinedale and Lander) are being effected by the pine bark beetle. You'll find that the forests have been thinned (or will be thinned). Fortunately, many of these camps have a diverse forest of aspen, spruce, and fir, so they shade can still be found.

Fremont Lake Campground
This campground near Pinedale received a recent renovation. You'll find more accessible sites, including longer pull-throughs.

Bridge Campground converted to day-use only
The tiny Bridge Campground along the Greys River in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (near the town of Alpine) is now a day-use/picnic area.

CENTRAL REGION
Changes at Guernsey State Park
If you have a First or Second Edition of the camping book, take note that
Spring Creek Cove campground is permanently closed and Sitting Bull Campground was converted to a day use-only area. The Sandy Beach Campground now has a row of campsites with water and electric hookups. Guernsey State Park now offers rentable yurts (sleeps 8, $57 per night). These are situated on a scenic overlook, have decks, and a shared vault toilet.

Yurts

Changes at Glendo State Park
If you haven't been to Glendo in a few years, it's worth going back. There are new trails (foot and mountain bike) that are worth checking out, such as the one pictured below that is off the Wetlands Trail. Overall, the park has been working toward a safer, more family-friendly atmosphere, and after a recent three-day stay, I'd say it seems to be working.

bike trail

Changes to Seminoe State Park
Some motorized restrictions have been put in place in recent years to help mitigate out-of-control ATV and dirt bike use, though there is still plenty of good sand riding just outside of the park. Looking for more places where you can ride? Check out our new WYOMING BACKROADS book, which has 145 backcountry drives, 4WD routes, and ATV trails.

South Pass City
South Pass City near Lander features a historic restored mining town, two excellent BLM campgrounds, and starting last season, a new 1.6-mile intrepretive trail. This footpath highlights some of the equipment used in the area, such as a 9-ton stamp mill, a water-wheel grinding machine, and a kiln that was used to make the local bricks. Some of the old mining equipment in the nearby Carissa Mine is started up for demonstrations.

NORTH-NORTHEAST REGION
Our Guidebook for the Black Hills
One thing learned over the years is that a lot of Wyoming campers incorporate the Black Hills into their trip. Our 180-page guidebook focuses on the dozens of public campgrounds in northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. While a lot of free Black Hills campground info can be found on the web, you'll discover that it's incomplete, inaccurate, and just spotty. This new book is an answer to that. http://www.campingblackhills.com

BLACK HILLS Camping book

Burgess Junction Visitor Center Closed
The Burgess Junction Visitor Center in the northern Bighorn National Forest (interesection of HWY 14 and 14A) is closed indefinitely.

Bighorn National Forest Campgrounds
In the northern Bighorns, Upper Paintrock Lake is closed for good--not a big loss considering there are two other camps right next to it.

In the southern Bighorns, Bull Creek (near Meadowlark Reservoir) and Crazy Woman Campground are now permanently closed. Sitting Bull (also near Meadowlark Reservoir), has been thinned enough that it no longer offers the private sites that it once did. But that isn't keeping visitation down; in fact, many of the camps in the southern Bighorns now fill during the main summer months.

Cook Lake Campground Closed in Black Hills National Forest
The Cook Lake Recreation Area in the Black Hills north of Sundance is currently closed due to landslide concerns. See the Forest Service Press Release for more information.

SOUTH-SOUTHEAST REGION
Curt Gowdy State Park Campgrounds
Tumbleweeds campground, along the north shore of Granite Reservoir now has paved parking spurs and water hydrants at each site. Also, if you haven't seen this park's extensive trail network (a regional draw for mountain bikers), you've got to check it out. Outstanding!

Medicine Bow National Forest
A new visitor center just west of Centennial is now open. This is a popular place for hikers to buy our Medicine Bow hiking book, but you can also get a copy at the JN Mercantile on the edge of Centennial. The Brush Creek Visitor Center (on the west side of the mountain range) is another option as is the Forest Service headquarters in Laramie.

The segment leading from HWY 130 to North Fork Campground on FR 101 is now mostly paved. This greatly improves access along a stretch that was often heavily washboarded.

Medicine Bow/Sierra Madre Campground Changes
A large blowdown of pines along the Barber Lake Road on the east side of the Medicine Bow Range has impacted the recreation sites in that area. Check with the Medicine Bow National Forest for more information about these sites.

The campgrounds in the Medicine Bow National forest have suffered from extensive bark beetle damage and the trees are now prone to falling or blowing over. The Forest Service response is to either clear out the trees or just permanently close the camp altogether. Popular camps that have been cleared include South Brush Creek, Nash Fork (still closed), Sugarloaf, Brooklyn Lake, North Fork (partially open), Ryan Park, Bottle Creek, Hog Park, and Rob Roy Reservoir (partially open). Boswell Creek and Haskins Creek Campground have been permanently closed. Camps that may open again include Bobbie Thompson and Miller Lake.

Silver Lake Campground is open again after crews cleared and re-planted trees. This used to be one of the most popular camps in the Snowy Range before it was hit hard by the spruce beetle. Though it now looks like a much different place than it did years ago, campers are slowly returning to this high hilltop to take advantage of the fun fishing that the nearby lake offers.


Tree seeding at Silver Lake Campground

Even though many of the trees are now gone, it's good to see the campgrounds at least being re-opened. Grasses, shrubs, and aspen are taking off quickly in many of these camps, turning dirt patches into mountain meadows. As one camper from Kansas told me, "A day up here, even without the trees, is better than a day back home." I couldn't agree more.


Correction (First Edition only): The driving directions for Silver Lake (now closed), Ryan Park, Brush Creek, and Lincoln Park Campgrounds (pages 353-356) falsely state to drive west on HWY 130 from Saratoga. The directions should read "east."


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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