Boondocking / Dry Camping, Off the Beaten Path Series, Travel Destinations & Stories

Off the Beaten Path in Wyoming. Our Top Hidden Gems!

As full-time RV’ers, we travel and see a lot. This is part of our Opting Out of Normal series where we explore the “Off the Beaten Path” of every state. We love the big popular stuff like everyone else, but there is just something incredible about discovering something unique, different, and maybe a little “off the beaten path”. We certainly can’t explore them all, but we’d love you to include your favorites below, too. Each series will include a link to all the amazing free places we have stayed. And there is no shortage in Wyoming!

Hell’s Half Acre

Located 40 miles west of Casper. This geologic curiosity comprises of deep crevasses, caves, rock formations, and hard-packed eroded earth. Even though it’s called Half Acre, it’s actually over 300 acres of mysterious beauty. 

Travertine Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

This place is incredible! I know I say that a lot, but our country just amazes me, and though this place is possibly on the border of being popular if you go at the end of summer, it’s quiet and peaceful.

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  It’s ever-changing and one of those things that make you feel you’re on another planet. 

Smith Mansion

Ok, so you all know I love castles or strange houses, but mostly I love the history behind them, which is usually kind of mysterious and bizarre. This is no exception. Wyoming’s Smith Mansion has many rumors surrounding it, but the truth is that it is simply the work of a man who could not stop building.

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I’ll let you read this interesting, strange story and the myths surrounding it today. Location: 2902 North Fork Highway, Cody, Wyoming, 82414 TIP: There is a RV Park so close to Smith Mansion, you could probably walk. 

Buford, Wyoming

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Buford is the smallest town in the United States. Just fun to drive through to take a picture of the sign. Don’t forget to check out “Tree in the Rock”. The population is 1. 

Intermittent Spring

Located at the foot of a mountain just outside of Afton, Wyoming, Intermittent Spring (otherwise known as the Periodic Spring), is one of only three springs of its kind in the world that start and stop every few minutes for a reason science can only speculate on.

Researchers have not pinpointed exactly what causes the surprisingly regular ebb and flow of the spring, but they believe it has to do with an underground siphon effect. The water at the spring site is said to flow for 18 minutes straight before stopping for another 18 minutes. TIP: Follow the signs to the gravel road and drive 5 miles up. Hike an amazing 3/4 mile hike to the spring. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Don’t forget to explore the more popular things too. They are never less beautiful or less amazing. We love to travel to these more popular places, too. But we tend to do it more off-season and during the weekdays because we can! Wyoming has endless beauty. 

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Highly recommend exploring The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. And of course the National Parks! Our country is breathtaking. This is a more popular place, but it was worth a mention!

World’s Largest Hotsprings

Thermopolisme

Located in the town of Thermopolis, you can find the breathtaking hot springs. The Hot Springs are located at 168 Tepee Street.

Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway

Yes, you can drive through the three tunnels with your RV in tow. The tunnels are 14 feet high. So know your height, but most RV’s can make just fine! It’s definitely worth the drive! The Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway begins in the town of Shoshoni at milepost 100. Following U.S. 20 north through Wind River Canyon and the Wind River Indian Reservation, the route ends just north of the city of Thermopolis at milepost 134. Without stopping, the total drive time is about 40 minutes. 

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Boondocking / Dry Camping, RV Camping, Travel Destinations & Stories

RV Camping in Wyoming

Boondocking is what we do best! This is our preferred way to camp and we have found some amazing, epic places we want to share with you! But we are also members of Boondockers Welcome, Escapees and Thousand Trails. So we’re here to share our tips on all the locations we stayed while traveling in Texas. We live and travel full time in our RV, so we will be updating this blog often! Come back often!

Boondocking

  • Encampment – GPS: 41.211333, -106.792139. This is an amazing spot with free hook-ups (they encourage a donation). You can stay 3 days here. We loved it here and explored the town and the museum, which has some fascinating history.
  • Palisades Reservoir – Indian Creek. GPS: 43.244523, -111.110526 Free. Access is easy, and length is unlimited. Epic views, and Afton (which is where the Intermittent Spring)
  • Granite Creek – GPS: 43.296483, -110.502150 There are several spots in a 5-8 mile area here. Just keep following the dirt road down. Because of weather, and possible closings, my advice is to unhook and scout a location. Make sure your size rig is good to get down the road. Dirt roads are so unpredictable.
  • Spread Creek National Forest – GPS: 43.775901, -110.511950. If you’re heading to the Tetons, this is your place! It’s about 20 minutes from the entrance to the National Park, and a beautiful, clean boondocking area. When we visited, there was a 5-day max stay, so make sure you check out the length of stay, and that it fits your needs. Lots of big rig friendly spots.
Spread Creek National Forest
  • Schwabacher’s Landing GPS: 43.7638, -110.5538 A perfect boondocking spot if you want to head to the Grand Tetons NP
  • Wheatland WY City Park – GPS: 42.04763, -104.953217 (not pictured) Free electric hook-ups, with free water and dump in the park. They ask if you are staying more than a couple of nights, that you leave a donation. It is right next to a train that runs through which didn’t bother us. Not the epic views we love but have to say it was nice to be able to have free water, electric hookups, and dump. 
  • Wind River Casino – GPS: 42.983322, -108.393928 – I didn’t get any pictures here, but there is plenty of room for your big rig here. Electric hookups in the parking lot for $25 per night. OR you can just stay for free with no hook-ups. Normally we wouldn’t pay that, but it was 96* in July. Really awesome hotel and casino. Great people. WiFi service provided by the hotel, but we had a hard time getting any services to work. For one night it worked out ok. 50amp service pedestals are brand new (2019).
  • Lovell Camper Park – GPS: 44.841944, -108.383498 Awesome, free city park. No hookups but they do have a dump station and fresh drinking water to fill your tanks for free. Also, there are bathrooms, with showers (we didn’t inspect them but it was a very clean and maintained area so I’m assuming they were very nice). There are also large dumpsters for trash. As you can see, the spot we have is a pull-thru spot. But we did back into it (Justin is a rock star!) because it was easier for him to just back all the way in from the entrance vs. making the loop in which the turns were a little sharp. So I’m making this a big rig friendly park, but as you can see from the picture, it was a little tight.

Paid Campgrounds

With so many boondocking areas in Wyoming, we didn’t stay in any paid campgrounds. We’d love you to share your suggestions for paid campgrounds!

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