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Ranger Creek

Bighorn National Forest

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Ranger Creek Road Shell, WY 82441 307-548-6541 307-674-2600

GPS: 44.546, -107.501

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Overview of Ranger Creek

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

Number of Sites 17

Elevation 7,644 ft / 2,329 m

Max Length 45 ft

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Denton, TX 14' 72 Tejas Subaru Outback
37 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 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 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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  • dry camping
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available


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