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Camping in Wyoming. So many places to camp in Wyoming and in Casper. Wyoming. From lakes, to rivers to mountain camping, there are so many choices. Are you a tent camper or do you prefer camping in an RV. I am for sure more of a glamper! I love camping in my fifth wheel with our then ability to use the generator. One of my favorite places to camp in Alcova Lake! What is your favorite? So many choices of where to camp in the Casper Area. We are so lucky to live where there are places to boat, fish and camp near home! Whether you are planning to move to Casper Wyoming or you are coming to visit you are sure to be thrilled with all Casper, Wyoming have to offer.
Are you someone who loves to camp? Are you a tent camper, an RV lover, or maybe you’re into dry cabin camping? I wanna tell you about all the locals’ favorite places to camp. Hi, I’m Alisha Collins with RE/MAX The Group and the Alisha Collins Real Estate Team.
As a real estate agent, I pride myself on knowing everything I can about our local area, and that includes knowing things that people like to do, including camping. Our Casper area offers something for every type of camper, from those tent campers who like to sleep on the ground all the way to the people who prefer a more glamorous form of camping. I call it glamping, and I love glamping. Not far from town, there is a really cool place to camp called Trapper’s Route, a special recreation management area that includes public land up and down the North Platte River between Alcova and Casper. Many people don’t know about this area and its close proximity to Casper. It offers an abundance of geological formations, endless plants, and a ton of wildlife to observe and share in your outdoor camping adventure. Trapper’s Route offers opportunities for fishing, floating, and wildlife observation, as well as your plans for picnicking and camping. It is just a few minutes outside of town and worth every bit of the drive.
Did you hear me say Alcova? Well, that’s the next place on the list of great places to camp. The Alcova Reservoir is located just 30 miles from Casper and covers over 2,400 surface acres; that’s a lot. Facilities include six campgrounds, eight boat-launching ramps, an interpretive trail, and a marina. If you’re into fishing, you’ll be excited about this: There are many fish species in Alcova Reservoir, including brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and walleye. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked every year. There is even a dinosaur interpretive trail located near Cottonwood Creek Beach. With all of that information, I would say Alcova is a great place to camp, especially if you’re looking for a place where you can boat, fish, swim and explore while you do it all.
Another little gem that comes with Alcova is Fremont Canyon. In addition to the fishing, Fremont Canyon is one of the most beautiful places to kayak, canoe, or boat, with water access from Alcova Reservoir. Additional attractions include top-notch rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking.
If you drive just a few minutes further past Alcova, you’ll reach our next camping destination: Pathfinder Reservoir. It has many of the same things to offer as Alcova, but typically has less of a crowd. One of the hotspots at Pathfinder Lake is Bishop Point, which features 40 campsites sitting at an elevation of 5,870 feet. Campers visiting, there’s a Wyoming first-come-first-served camping area, can expect to find good fishing, quiet camping, and typically at least a slight breeze. Campers will find many amenities, with toilets and a comfy place to pitch their tents. The area also offers the simple pleasures of being outside to all of us that love the outdoors.
The Pathfinder Dam is one of the first dams that was constructed by the Reclamation Service, now known as the Bureau of Reclamation. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Pathfinder Dam is the primary historic attraction at the reservoir. The construction of the dam happened between 1905 and 1909 and was a major engineering feat. There’s a small interpretive center located in the dam’s tender house. The masonry gravity arch dam is a canyon made of granite located on the North Platte River. Parts of the reservoir are included in the Pathfinder’s National Wildlife Refuge. Did you know that even existed? The interpretive center and almost a two-mile-long interpretive trail are located near the dam. To get to the interpretive trail, you get to walk across the historic suspension bridge or you can just get there from the dam. Sounds like fun to me.
Of course, we wouldn’t be talking about Casper camping if we didn’t talk about Casper Mountain. This beautiful location is just a few miles south of Casper. You can see it from anywhere around town, and the drive up there is beautiful and quick. If you decide on a last-minute adventure, Casper Mountain is the perfect place for you. Sometimes, what we really need is a quiet night sleeping underneath a blanket of stars. With more than 60 unique camping spots on Casper Mountain, all you need to make that a reality, a sleeping bag, a tent, a camper, or an RV. There are many trails throughout the mountain for hiking and biking. There are beautiful places to explore, including Beartrap Meadows, which serves as the host to one of summer’s hottest local events: the Beartrap Summer Festival. This multi-day event features vendors from all over, as well as great musical guests and delicious food. It’s a must-do for anyone wanting to explore our local area.
You can also find adventure at the base of the mountain as you explore Rotary Park and visit Casper’s beautiful Garden Creek Waterfall. The hiking around this park ranges from difficult to easy, and every trail is worth the effort it requires. If you’re into a little bit of a spooky story, then you might wanna go explore Crimson Dawn, located atop Casper Mountain. You really cannot go wrong with this local camping choice. It’s close enough to town to be convenient, but far enough away to feel like you’re in another world. Camping permits for Casper Mountain are available for $10 a night, which is a steal. Casper even has some camping within its city limits.
There are a handful of RV parks around Casper, including locations in Mills, Bar Nunn, and even Evansville off of Cole Creek, just a few minutes east of town. All of them offer hookups and convenience. These might be just the perfect place to plug in and enjoy a more glamp-orous adventure, less rugged and just as much fun.
I don’t have enough time to tell you about every camping spot that our area has to offer, but there are so many of them. I would love to hear about your favorites. Be sure to comment below and tell us where you go to camp in Wyoming. Of course, Casper-area real estate is what I love and I know best, but I spend a lot of my free time outdoors and love to share it with all of you. For more information on our area here in Casper and where you might go camping, be sure to subscribe to my channel. I love talking real estate and I love talking to all of you. We would love to help you find the home of your dreams, so reach out to us; we have time for you. We want you to love where you live. See ya soon.