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Roadtreking: ‘Boondocking’ in closed national forest campgrounds

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

This is great – all the benefits of campgrounds, and none of the drawbacks. They’re closed, yet open. Fall camping in the Yellowstone Ecosystem can be just as solitary as you want it to be, thanks to the Forest Service’s practice of leaving the gates to the campgrounds open after they have closed them for the season.

No more camp host, no fees, no water, no electricity, but most importantly, no crowds of rookie campers. I love it.

The view behind our campsite at Wapiti Campground, Shoshone National Forest.

Last week we were in the Bighorn Mountains of northcentral Wyoming, and after six days we headed toward town for provisions (doughnuts).

Town in this case is Cody, Wyo., a thriving metropolis of 9000 people in the middle of the Bighorn Basin between the Bighorns and the Absaroka Range in northwestern Wyoming surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

After doing laundry, hitting the Walmart, and provisioning ourselves with an adequate supply of doughnuts, we headed west on US 14/16/20 – there’s a bit of a bottleneck in the Rockies, all these roads get squeezed together – up the north fork of the Shoshone River toward the Yellowstone east gate.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

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