Porcupine Falls Dispersed Camping

Bighorn National Forest

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FR-146 Lovell, WY 82431 307-674-2600 Official Website

GPS: 44.8583, -107.9113

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Overview of Porcupine Falls Dispersed Camping

No camping at the Porcupine Falls Trailhead parking lot. Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads. Learn more: Boondocking 101

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 8,398 ft / 2,559 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Porcupine Falls Dispersed Camping 2 people have reviewed this location.

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3 reviews
“good view, wet, few viable vacant sites”

Reviewed 6/17/2021

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: N/a
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Porcupine Falls, gold creek, burnt mountain are all offshoots of a forest service road.

It’s mostly alpine plains with some trees. There was snow in mid June and it was quite damp and muddy from the snow melt.

There were a lot of seemingly empty fifth wheel/trailers parked up there, but very few people. Gave a weird vibe of lots of human presence but very few actual humans. Seemed more like summer RV trailer parking.

My spot was between gold creek and porcupine falls. Not a lot of options. Most were steep to get to or muddy and I didn’t trust my two wheel drive to get me in or out. The place I ended up choosing was pretty and also so many mosquitos.

The gravel road in was almost completely washboarded. Bumpy ride.

It was all very pretty and very few actual humans but not what I was expecting. Could be exactly what you want though.

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CarlaMowell
Denton, TX
14' 72 Tejas
Subaru Outback
38 reviews
“Infinite choices of dispersed camping”

Reviewed 7/20/2015

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

The Bighorn National Forest lives up to the first syllable in its name - BIG, as in bigger than Rhode Island...as in 1,731 square miles. While there are several campgrounds, their amenities are limited to a pit toilet and a shared water pump. It is a perfect park to explore and find a quiet corner to boondock. This is allowed for up to 14 days, for free, after which you must move your rig.

Know before you go:

- gas, groceries and cell service are very limited so gas up, buy groceries and make those calls beforehand
- mid May to mid September you must camp at least 1/2 mile from the main roads, otherwise you can camp closer in
- take a side road off Hwy 14 or 14A, then another side road, and pick a spot - there are many many side roads to pick from!
- treat your cooler and food as you would in bear country - keep things locked in your car when away from camp
- fill up your holding tank with water to cook, bathe etc, and a few jugs for drinking water
- high altitude, 9k feet, means cool/cold nights. We just experienced low 40's in July...be prepared to use your heater and have warm clothes and blankets
- if you want some awesome hiking experiences camp near the trailheads for Porcupine Falls or Bucking Mule Falls. Or just go exploring!
- take your own firewood or an axe for chopping up deadfall - cutting live trees requires a permit and green wood won't burn well. Ask, at any of the lodges or Shell Falls Visitor Center, if there is a fire ban in effect
- you may see a fire ring out there, use it! Otherwise make one from rocks. Tend your fire until it goes out, this is dry country.
- fishing opportunities are abundant but require a permit. A 1 day permit is $14 for out of staters.

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CarlaMowell would stay here again

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  • Dispersed Camping
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