With the addition of approximately 1,000 new sites to the statewide system, Wyoming residents wanting to spend time at a Wyoming State Park have an expanded range of opportunities by which to reserve their campsites.
To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, all camping at Wyoming State Parks - including Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Medicine Lodge, Seminoe, and Sinks Canyon - is currently open only to Wyoming residents and now requires a reservation.
The reservation system, operated by Aspira/ReserveAmerica, allows in-state campers to make a reservation, receive instant communication about that reservation, and head into their camping experience knowing that they have a campsite waiting for them upon their arrival.
Although campsites are no longer available on a first-come, first-served drive-up basis, there is still the opportuniKH4th-of-july-2016ty for last-minute camping. Visitors can secure a spot without a prior reservation by contacting ReserveAmerica upon arrival at the park. The reservation system is updated in real-time, allowing users to know which campsites are still available and which are not.
Due to the need to follow social distancing guidelines, not all campsites are available; those that are too close to others will be blocked off until further notice. Only single-unit campsites will be made available, with no more than 10 persons allowed per site. Cabins and yurts can be reserved for Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, thus allowing adequate time to clean and disinfect each structure prior to the next reservation.
Fee compliance and reservations will be verified in the campgrounds themselves by staff and law enforcement.
For the safety of our staff and visitors, fee booths may be manned for information purposes, but will not be accepting cash payments. Until park offices are allowed to open, annual camping and day use permits will be available only through ReserveAmerica and authorized local vendors.
Due to social distancing and CDC guidelines, all playgrounds, group shelters, group campsites, and some indoor facilities will remain closed to the public.
Wyoming State Parks offers a few suggestions that may enhance the camping experience. Bring a first aid kit, trash bags and hand sanitizer. Also, please remember that fires are restricted to established fire rings.
Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing recommendations while recreating at boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, beaches, and other areas where people tend to congregate.
Camping in Sinks Canyon is a great way to experience the beauty of the area. Sitting beside a crackling campfire with a blaze of stars above the canyon walls at night is a wondrous thing. From every campsite you can walk to the river to fish, explore or access the hiking trails.
There are several small campgrounds scattered along the river in the canyon.
All of the camp sites are primitive, with fire pits, tables, pit toilets. There is limited room for large RVs. Tents can be used in any site, and some are tent only. All camping is first come first serve.
No wood may be collected in the park. Campfire wood is available during peak season at the camp host in Popo Agie Campground (donation suggested). The cutting of any standing tree or branch, dead or alive, is prohibited and is punishable by a fine.
The campsites are all close to the river at the base of the soaring cliffs.
Sawmill Campground at the mouth of the canyon is mostly a day use area, but there are a few campsites.
Popo Agie Campground one mile up the canyon from the Visitor Center has 25 sites, access to hiking trails and quiet tree shaded sites by the river.
The National Forest run Sinks Campground is just beyond the boundary between the state park and Shoshone National Forest.
At the end of the canyon near the falls trailhead Bruce’s Picnic area is a quiet, pleasant place for a picnic. There is no camping at Bruce’s.
Other National Forest Service campgrounds are found along the Loop Road as you climb up out of the canyon.