Wyoming winter camping

TeamJenkins17

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Looking for some suggestions on great winter camping spots in NW Wyoming, would really love somewhere close to the Dubois area as we spend a lot of time there in the spring and summer. We have a canvas tent, stove and all the necessary gear, just wondering if anyone knows of decent places? Thanks for any help you guys can give.
 

Kmatjhwy

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Now you are looking for some winter camping areas here in NW Wyoming. Now here are a few suggestions. Both the Dubois Area and the Cody Area do not receive that much snow in the winter being on the east side of the mountains. In fact in both places were areas in which the Indians wintered many years ago.

Now as for the Dubois area. Remember being here in the town in the middle of winter and not much snow. Nearby is the Whiskey Mountain Road. You could very probably go up the road to the end where the trails start to go back in the Wind Rivers and have some camping. Bighorn Sheep winter in this country area. In the summer they are up on top in the Wind Rivers. Was here in the winter many years ago, not much snow around. You could also go north up to the south flanks of the Absarokas, maybe up to the Wiggins Fork Area and find some camping spots in here also. Lots of drainages here coming out of the Absarokas - the Washakie Wilderness. Lots of country here around the whole Dubois area.

As for the Cody area, there is going up the road toward Yellowstone. On the way is the Elk Fork flowing North out of the Absaroka Mountains. Right here where the Elk Fork meets the highway, the Forest Service has a nice campground which is open year round. There is also a good trail going up the Elk Fork to the south up into the Washakie Wilderness. Here up the trail also would be areas where one could camp. Being outside of Cody, the lower Elk Fork does not receive as much snow as further on up the Elk Fork. also There is also some other campgrounds here outside of Cody near Wapiti. Also near Cody, one could travel on up the South Fork of the Shoshone and camp way up the valley. There is camping up the South Fork where Deer Creek comes down out of the wilderness. To the NW of Cody is the Sunlight Creek and basin area which lower on down might offer some good camping. Personally do think after retirement might be spending time here outside of Cody especially in the Elk Fork Area.There is lots of country here where the high mountain wilds meet the lowlands. Lots of wildlife also winter in this lowland areas at the base of the mountains outside of Cody. Now if you want a real wilderness experience, all that NW Wyoming Wilderness is still there except right now it is covered with how much snow.

Now have some thoughts of this next spring heading to the Elk Fork for a good while possibly. On YouTube there is some videos from WyoPoBo who did some camping up in the Elk Fork in a nice canvas tent and stove, etc. in the month of March some years ago. If interested then go check it out.

It is all up to you. Hope this helps. Wishing You The Best!
 

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Now you are looking for some winter camping areas here in NW Wyoming. Now here are a few suggestions. Both the Dubois Area and the Cody Area do not receive that much snow in the winter being on the east side of the mountains. In fact in both places were areas in which the Indians wintered many years ago.

Now as for the Dubois area. Remember being here in the town in the middle of winter and not much snow. Nearby is the Whiskey Mountain Road. You could very probably go up the road to the end where the trails start to go back in the Wind Rivers and have some camping. Bighorn Sheep winter in this country area. In the summer they are up on top in the Wind Rivers. Was here in the winter many years ago, not much snow around. You could also go north up to the south flanks of the Absarokas, maybe up to the Wiggins Fork Area and find some camping spots in here also. Lots of drainages here coming out of the Absarokas - the Washakie Wilderness. Lots of country here around the whole Dubois area.

As for the Cody area, there is going up the road toward Yellowstone. On the way is the Elk Fork flowing North out of the Absaroka Mountains. Right here where the Elk Fork meets the highway, the Forest Service has a nice campground which is open year round. There is also a good trail going up the Elk Fork to the south up into the Washakie Wilderness. Here up the trail also would be areas where one could camp. Being outside of Cody, the lower Elk Fork does not receive as much snow as further on up the Elk Fork. also There is also some other campgrounds here outside of Cody near Wapiti. Also near Cody, one could travel on up the South Fork of the Shoshone and camp way up the valley. There is camping up the South Fork where Deer Creek comes down out of the wilderness. To the NW of Cody is the Sunlight Creek and basin area which lower on down might offer some good camping. Personally do think after retirement might be spending time here outside of Cody especially in the Elk Fork Area.There is lots of country here where the high mountain wilds meet the lowlands. Lots of wildlife also winter in this lowland areas at the base of the mountains outside of Cody. Now if you want a real wilderness experience, all that NW Wyoming Wilderness is still there except right now it is covered with how much snow.

Now have some thoughts of this next spring heading to the Elk Fork for a good while possibly. On YouTube there is some videos from WyoPoBo who did some camping up in the Elk Fork in a nice canvas tent and stove, etc. in the month of March some years ago. If interested then go check it out.

It is all up to you. Hope this helps. Wishing You The Best!
Thank you for the reply, as always I appreciate your incredible input and advice. I’ve been up Wiggins pretty extensively in the spring and summer just never winter and didn’t know how much snow would be up closer to double cabin. I think that’s actually where we may head up to and see how it is. I’ll have to email you some pics from our Fox Park trip this summer where we spent 3 weeks, it was just as wild and incredible as you had explained. I need to get a trip report done on here as well.
 

Kmatjhwy

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Now would love to see your pics and a trip report from your trip to Fox Park. It must of been nice!

Now there is probably snow up at the Wiggins Fork but how much or how little would not know. Hope you have a marvelous trip!
 
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