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

Cody, WY


Sep 22, 2023

"Safe and friendly!"

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Lots of RVs. Friendly Walmart staff. Quiet at night and felt very safe!

32 reviews
Sep 21, 2023

"Good Stop"

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We arrived at 9 and all the spots were taken by semis. Found an area that we could safely put the slide out. Pretty noisy but that’s fine it’s a rest area. Woke up and found out that some semis blocked us in. All in all it was a good stop and can’t beat the price. There was also a dump station which would be convenient if we needed to use it.

13 reviews
Sheridan, WY


Sep 21, 2023

"good Overnight Stay In My Sprinter Van. Felt Safe. A Few Other Rv'ers were there too. "

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good Overnight Stay In My Sprinter Van. Felt Safe. A Few Other Rv'ers were there too.

the Dude
1 review

"Great view of the mountains!"

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Arrived around 2:00pm. There were several larger campers at the base of the mountain. I headed up the mountain road. I was in a Honda Ridgeline and had no issues. The road was in good condition and it should be doable in most cars. There was a sign recommending against taking larger campers, but I passed a pretty large trailer at a campsite....
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2 reviews

"Excellent Individual Sites On The Green River"

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Lots Of Individual Sites Up The Road And Off On The Green River. Farther up the road the rougher the road gets. Most Have Fire Pits... Some Have Out Houses. Sites 4-8 are all amazing!! Quite a few others for day use only. Couple of different boat entry (not paved).

1 review