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. 

Please Check our Camping and Food Storage Regulations document for some valuable information as well as access to our Teton Fire Education Website QR Code

Some rules to know about while disperse camping are as follows:

  • If you are camping on the Buffalo, Jackson or Pinedale Ranger Districts you will need to follow the Bear Food Storage and Sanitation Order No: 04-00-104, which is strictly enforced.  Click on the link for more information.
  • 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) 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger Districts, dispersed camping stay limits will be back to 16 days starting on Labor Day. 
Reservations: There are no reservations for any of the campgrounds (dispersed or developed). They are all "first come first serve." 
Restrictions: Bear Food Storage and Sanitation Order No: 04-00-104


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Dispersed Camping

What is Dispersed Camping?

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.

Keep a Pack-In Pack-Out camp. Follow Leave No Trace guidelines.

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.