Environmental

Campsites are filling up quickly, so where should you go?

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Forest Service (FS) has noticed that popular camping areas around Jackson have been filling up quickly over recent weeks when the valley sees many visitors.

Camping is an activity that both locals and visitors love doing over the summer months. But what happens if you load up your car, drive all the way up to Shadow or Curtis, and can’t find an open campsite?

“Because of the spike in use, visitors are struggling to find Forest locations to camp, often searching for hours for a place to park and set up,” The Forest Service recently stated in a message to the public. “Popular areas in the Jackson and Blackrock Districts are filling by early to mid-morning.”

Not only is it inconvenient to load up your car and drive up rough dirt roads only to find out there are no available sites, but more people camping are creating additional problems as well.

“The higher use is also resulting in an increase in violations and resource concerns, most notably building new fire rings, abandoned campfires, proper food storage in bear country, human waste, and off-route motorized travel,” the Forest Service said.

The best way to assure an open campsite is to get there very early in the day. Many sites are taken early, leaving few options available in the afternoon.

You can also do your research prior to camping. The FS provides resources to see which areas have been running at full occupancy and which have higher chances of finding an available site.

Details on camping areas in the Bridger-Teton National Forest around Jackson are also available online.

And if you do manage to snag a campsite around Jackson, don’t forget to follow these tips for a successful camping experience provided by the Forest Service.

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