Wyoming State Parks Hopes Yellowstone Tourists Seek Out Different Camping Opportunities Instate
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 14, 2022
With the complete closure of Yellowstone, the State of Wyoming encourages suddenly-stranded tourists to consider the many opportunities in Wyoming State Parks.
After extensive damage and flooding in Yellowstone National Park, park officials evacuated the entire park to keep visitors safe. Many tourists suddenly found themselves stranded in northwest Wyoming with no contingencies.
There is no official word on when the park will reopen, nor what lodges and campsites will be accessible. However, nobody needs to cancel their Yellowstone vacations yet – especially when so many options are just a short drive away.
Wyoming State Parks hopes stranded Yellowstone tourists will consider a stay at the state parks lining the routes to the national park.
“With the closure of all roads into Yellowstone National Park due to ‘multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues,’ travelers may want to look at accessing camping and other accommodations before getting to northwestern Wyoming,” reads a Facebook post on the Wyoming State Parks Facebook page after the closure was announced.
Many state parks are located throughout the state, most on the way to Yellowstone National Park.
Cheyenne to Casper to Shoshoni/Thermopolis/Cody (I-25 to U.S. 20-26, etc.)
- Guernsey State Park
- Glendo State Park
- Boysen State Park
- Hot Springs State Park
Cheyenne to Rock Springs or Evanston (I-80 corridor)
- Seminoe State Park
- Curt Gowdy State Park
South Dakota to Gillette to Greybull (I-90 corridor)
- Keyhole State Park
- Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site
Other camping opportunities are listed on the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Wonder Map.
The Wonder Map lists the location, costs, and amenities for campgrounds across Wyoming. In addition to state park campgrounds, the map includes local and private campgrounds and sites managed by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.
Furthermore, the interactive map includes information on various activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and other activities.