The designated campgrounds within the Pinedale Ranger District of the Teton-Bridger National Forest are open from June through September, with heaviest use during July and August. While some campgrounds require a reservation, most are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Campground reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation System at Recreation.gov. Reservations must be made at least ten days in advance. Fees range from $5 to $15 per night.
Most developed campgrounds are RV-accessible, but none have hookups. Some campgrounds have drinking water, restrooms, trash dumpsters, and bear proof storage areas. In a few of the areas there will be Campground Hosts, providing information and resources for those who need it.
A tenting basecamp and dry camping option is the South Avenue Campground. South Jackson Ave. Campground provides a clean and convenient place to pitch your tent. They have potable water, a portable toilet and garbage service. No frills = cheap price! $10 per tent per night. https://www.greenrivergear.com/south-jackson-camping/
- Practice good campfire safety and make sure the fire is completely out before leaving your camping site.
- Be familiar with food storage requirements when camping
- Organized Groups and Recreational Livestock Users are required to have a Bridger Wilderness Permit
South of Pinedale:
For those who prefer a more private camping experience, there are many scenic spots located next to great fishing streams and lakes. Dispersed camping sites need to be located at least 200 feet from water and at least 100 feet off roads or trails. Campfires are allowed in these locations as long as the fire danger on the forest is not too high and campfire restrictions are not in effect. Please check with the local Forest Service Ranger Station to ask about current conditions and advisories.
In order to be respectful to future campers, as well as environmentally friendly towards the area, keep in mind the "pack it in, pack it out" system. Unlike the developed campgrounds, dispersed camping locations do not have restrooms, trash disposal services, or drinking water. It is the responsibility of the camper to provide clean water and bear storage.
Both grizzly and black bears inhabit the mountain forests in the county. Bears are usually not a problem at campgrounds, however, during seasons of drought, their natural food supplies are limited. Occasionally they will come to human occupied areas in search of food. Some campgrounds, such as Green River Lakes and the Big Sandy area, have bear proof storage. It is important for campers to be follow food storage requirements and be "bear aware" and keep a clean camp at all times in order to not attract bears and carry bear spray.
Pets are welcome in the National Forest, but it is the obligation of the owner to keep their pet under control at all times to avoid injury to horses, riders, hikers and other forest visitors. Areas are abundant in wildlife such as deer, moose, antelope, bears, skunks and porcupines, which may present unpleasant surprises for animal owners who let their pets run loose. Dog owners are asked to be considerate of others and not leave pet waste on trails or in campsites.