Dispersed Camping Areas (Not Developed Campground)
The Forest Service uses the term "Dispersed Camping" to mean that visitors to the Forest are camping outside of a developed campground facility. This means that visitors are simply finding a place in the forest where they can drive to in order to camp for free where no development other than a road exists. If you choose to disperse camp while on the Bridger-Teton we ask that you follow this code of conduct while camping:
Practice Leave No Trace. Try to camp in places where it looks like other people have previously camped, instead of creating new sites.
If you build a campfire, use existing fire rings and make sure to clean all garbage out of the fire ring before leaving.
Pack-it-in/pack-it-out; whatever you brought with you, bring it home with you when you leave, including garbage. Use Leave No Trace practices for human waste. Basically, leave the area the same or in better condition than when you arrived.
If you have a campfire, make sure it is dead-out before temporarily or permanently leaving the area. Bring extra water to put out the fire since many of the locations have no water on-site. Use water to smother the fire, and make sure to stir the pit while not forgetting to TOUCH and FEEL the ash to ensure the fire is completely out.
If you are dispersed camping, you are not allowed to drive off of a designated route any further than 300 feet.
There are specific stay limits and seasons of use for how long you are allowed to camp depending on the area you choose to camp in. Select a Ranger District below to learn about any unique rules for the area you wish to camp in. For more information, contact the Ranger District you wish to visit.
Jackson and Greys River Ranger Districts - Special Order and Map (Map is Jackson RD only - for Greys River, call the Ranger District at 1-307-886-5300)
Buffalo Ranger District
Pinedale Ranger District
Big Piney Ranger District
Kemmerer Ranger District
At a Glance
For the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts, dispersed camping stay limits will be back to 16 days starting on Labor Day.
There are no reservations for any of the campgrounds (dispersed or developed). They are all "first come first serve."
Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It is your responsibility to know the camping rules and regulations to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.
Rules for Disperse Camping:
Groups of over 75 people who wish to use the forest, need to obtain a special use permit.
You need to be self-contained. No amenities are provided; such as water, restrooms or trash cans.
You may camp in a dispersed area for up to 16 days. After 16 days, you must move at least 5 road miles for camping in another dispersed area. Campers may not return to the same campsite within the calendar year.
Please place your campsite at least 100 feet from any stream or other water source.
Contact the local Forest Service office to see if any restrictions, especially fire restrictions are in place.
Be Bear Aware. There are bears on the National Forest, so camp accordingly.
Where Can I Disperse Camp?
Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, or trailheads. Many people drive out on Forest Service roads into the woods and find a clearing or a spot near a stream or with a view of the mountains. Drive on existing roads to prevent resource damage. Dispersed camping is allowed in a one-mile perimeter away from campgrounds and 100 feet from any stream. To prevent resource damage please keep your campsite within 150 feet from a roadway.
How to Pick a Campsite?
If you are going to an area where others have camped before, pick a site that has been used before. Plants, soil and wildlife are impacted by new campsites so using existing ones will minimize your impact in the forest. If there is no existing campsite, then follow these Leave No Trace guidelines.
Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damage or killing plants and grass.
Do NOT camp within 100 feet of any water source, plants near water are especially fragile.
Do not camp in the middle of a clearing or meadow; try to make your campsite less visible so that other visitors will see a "wild" setting
Do not try to level or dig trenches in the ground at your campsite.