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Old 05-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Boondocking near Cooke City (Yellowstone) and Jackson Hole (Grand Teton)?

We're on our way up to Alaska and are currently staying in Santa Fe, NM. On Friday, we're hoping to make our way up into Utah, followed by the Grand Teton / Yellowstone area towards the end of May.

Are there any good campsites in the area, preferably of the free kind (or something like national forest in the area of $10 per night)?
I love Lamar valley in Yellowstone so the Cooke City area would be first on the list.
Before heading up to Yellowstone, we might stay in the Grand Teton (Jackson) area. We've been to both parks before, so we've visited the highlights several times. Our main goal now is peace, solitude and wildlife

Thanks!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Outside of West Yellowstone, Montana there are several NF campgrounds. Nice spacious sites. Many with electric only but water and dump available. So if that fits your route you will have several to choose from.
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You may want to contact the Bridger Teton National Forest office in Jackson (307-739-5500). This early in the season some of the boondocking sites (use the term "dispersed camping") may still be snowed in or too muddy to access. Also, I've heard rumors that some NF campgrounds are closed due to sequestration, but I suspect this varies from forest to forest. Bridger Teton probably has a recreation planner whose job it is to help the public. Couldn't hurt to give them a call.
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Slough Creek and Pebble Creek campgrounds - no hookups - might be open by Memorial Day. They will get you into the best part of the park for wolves and close for all the other stuff. And, as you know, it's out of the "main" route so quieter.
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