Dispersed Camping

Camping is free in the remote areas of the Shoshone and is a great way to get away from it all.

Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, tables, or drinking water. Follow these guidelines to ensure these areas can be enjoyed by future generations.

  • Campsites must be 200 feet from trails, lakes, or wet meadows and 100 feet from streams or creeks.
  • There is a 16 consecutive day stay limit. Any new location must be at least 5 miles from the previous location.
  • Group size may be limited. Check with the local ranger district office for specifics in the area you want to go.
  • Grizzly bear food storage regulations must be followed in designated grizzly bear use areas. See our Bear Safety page for more information.
  • Dispersed camping or campfires are not allowed in the area commonly known as the North Fork Canyon and includes the area 1/2 mile on either side of the centerline of U. S. Highway 14/16/20 between the national forest boundary and the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Within this special recreation corridor, all camping and campfires must be within developed recreation sites.
  • Some areas on the Shoshone are closed and signed as such to dispersed camping due to grizzly bear activity or resource protection. Be alert to signage.
  • Check with the local ranger district office in the area you want to be for any seasonal restrictions that may apply.

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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Beartooth Plateau area description
  • Lily Lake Camping Area
  • Little Sunlight Camping Area
  • Lander area description
  • Hugh Otte Camping Area