Has the West been calling your name for too long? Get back to basics with this incredible wild west camping road trip that will soothe your soul.
If you love camping, chances are that you’ve been everywhere within a 100-mile radius of where you live. Consider taking a leap and heading out west this summer – this ultimate wild west camping road trip is the only guide you’ll need. While there are thousands and thousands of ways to make the trip, here’s one version that takes you through a few forests less visited. Book your campsites soon, lest they sell out!
We’ve already got the whole route mapped out for you. Visit the camping section at Cabela’s to make sure you have everything you need and nothing you don’t!
To begin, you’ll fly into Denver International Airport to get started. Bring your camping pack set up with everything you need. From here, rent a car and drive a few hoursnorthwest into beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.
There are a few different regions where you could camp, but Bear Lake Campground in Estes Park is a scenic, relaxing place to set up. From there, you can hike to some 14ers, Colorado’s famous highest peaks, all 14,000 feet or higher. Linger in Colorado, the sunrises and sunsets alone make it worth it.
When you’re ready to hit the road again, hop in your rental car and head to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. The best part about the drive? You’ll cross over to the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming, which is certainly a road less travelled. Savor as much of Wyoming on the drive as you can, Utah is calling your name.
Once in the National Forest, set up camp at Strawberry Reservoir where you can get onto some of the best fly fishing in the country. Aim for trout or kokanee salmon, either way you won’t be disappointed.
Oh Idaho, our often overlooked land of potato farmers and some of the lushest forests on the planet. When you’re ready to leave Utah behind you, head up to Boise National Forest in Idaho on a road that will take you through Twin Falls and Boise, the capital.
Hot Springs Campground is our vote for where you should set up your site. Plan to spend a few days here – you can linger in the hot springs soaking pool at the site, or spend time on the trails by bike or on foot. The fly fishing is excellent, and there are also rafting guides dotted along the South Fork Payette River in case you want to embrace your adventurous side.
No western camping trip would be complete without heading to Montana. Isolated and serene, Montana is known as Big Sky Country for a reason. That’s why we’re sending you to Flathead National Forest. The undeveloped wilderness areas in the huge forest will make you want to stay in the middle of nowhere forever, seriously. Lost Johnny Campground is your best bet to take advantage of everything Flathead has to offer. You’ll be near water access, where you can even rent a boat for waterskiing, while only being a few miles away from the lush Jewel Basin Hiking Areas.
We don’t want to say it, but it’ll be time to end your trip soon. Drive back down I-93 from Flathead and drop your rental car off at Missoula International Airport. Hopefully you got your fill for one summer, but be sure to plan a return trip soon!
Remember, all of these spots are way above sea level, so don’t be embarrassed if you get out of breath while hiking. Just be sure to bring plenty ofsunscreen(the sun is much stronger at higher elevations) and morewater than you think you’ll need.