Best Free Camping in Wyoming

Free Camping in Wyoming

Camp for Free near Yellowstone and Other Places in Wyoming

If you are seeking wide-open spaces where you can enjoy solitude, Wyoming may be just the place for your next camping adventure. As the least populous state in the U.S., free camping in Wyoming can be adventurous and visually stunning. Here’s what you need to know about free camping in WY.

Can you Camp in Yellowstone for Free?

One of the biggest attractions for campers visiting Wyoming is Yellowstone National Park. It’s no wonder—Yellowstone is one of the most picturesque national parks in the United States. Campers can spend their time marveling at Old Faithful or observing wildlife including bison, elk, bears, and others.

Camping at a designated campground comes with fees, and depending on how long you plan to camp for, the cost can add up quickly. Luckily, there are some ways you can take advantage of free camping near Yellowstone.

The one caveat to this is you will need to camp outside the park in Montana and Idaho rather than in Wyoming itself. Fortunately, the states are close enough that it is likely worth the short drive if you plan on camping around Yellowstone for free.

Camping for Free in Wyoming on BLM Lands

There are plenty of other options for free camping in Wyoming besides the Yellowstone National Park area. BLM Wyoming, which stands for Bureau of Land Management, manages the publicly owned land throughout the state.

Nearly half of WY is BLM-managed land. Dispersed camping is allowed on most BLM land away from developed recreation facilities. There is no fee for dispersed camping, but campers should be aware of the rules and regulations. Some of these include:

  • Obey stay limits. Campers are permitted to stay in one spot on BLM land for 14 days. After that, they must move at least 25 miles away from that spot, and cannot return to the original campsite for 28 days. This important rule helps prevent the overuse of resources in any one given area.
  • Closed for camping signs. Some areas may be closed to camping in order to protect the wildlife or natural resources.
  • Honor Leave No Trace principles. This includes choosing pre-existing campsites that have durable ground to stay on, packing out all trash and waste, and practicing fire safety.
  • Respect private property. Not all land is BLM-managed. You may not take advantage of free camping in Wyoming by occupying private property. The BLM map overlays on Campendium can help you determine if you are staying somewhere camping is permitted.

Camping for Free in Wyoming in National Forests

The national forests in Wyoming are generally available for dispersed camping. Each forest has rules regarding how long a camper can stay in one spot, so be sure to double-check before you make plans to camp.

National Forests in Wyoming

Camping at Wyoming Rest Stops

While you cannot pitch a tent or extend your slides at a Wyoming rest stop, the state does allow drivers who feel drowsy and unable to drive to nap or sleep in their car.

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Recent Wyoming Free Campsite Reviews

Sep 30, 2022

"Perfect Isolation "

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Note: 20 miles off I 80. Good dirt road. No one else out here tonight except the cows. Full bars for cell service. There is water in the reservoir. Lots of room for big rigs, we are a 41ft 5 ER.

Travel Eve
7 reviews

"Absolutely stunning view"

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I arrived on a rainy Tuesday evening and found that site #6, which is directly above #7, was available. My wife and I set up only a small camp that night because I wanted to chat with the folks down in #7 to see when they were leaving—because the view was that much better. They left the following morning and we drove down the short road to...
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JLondon
5 reviews
Rock Springs, WY

Walmart

Sep 29, 2022

"Safe Place With Almost Everything You Need! "

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We slept 2 nights at this Walmart. Safe place with a lot of RV’s and other cars there for the night. Walmart is open from 6 am till 2300 pm Starbucks on walking distance and we went to the family recreation center where you can Swim, fitness, basketbal , squash, skating and many more for just $7 dollars for a day ticket.

Sep 28, 2022

"Clean, Easy Access For Rv"

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Arrived around noon, late September 2022 on a Wednesday. Whether is sunny in the 80’s. The view is absolutely beautiful! Verizon service is good. Flies are relentless.

camper-749137
1 review
Sinclair, WY

Dugway Campground

Sep 26, 2022

"Shhh Don't Tell Anyone!"

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Our second time here in just under a year!! This in one of our favorite overnight stops when crossing Wyoming either east to west on I-80 or north to south when you are heading to the national parks since it's centrally located. The road in is rough from heavy equipment at the Sinclair Refinery (thus the name of the town) and the harsh...
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Jerrod
23 reviews