Roughin' it in The Cowboy State
Yellowstone National Park Lodges
When coming to visit Yellowstone National Park’s spectacular natural attractions -- like the geysers, waterfalls, bubbling mud pots and caves -- there’s no better place to stay than within the park itself. As Wyoming’s biggest attraction, it’s no wonder that there are 11 different campgrounds within the park -- five that accept reservations and six that operate on a first-come, first-serve basis for those last, minute trips.
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Rates: Vary by campground and site amenities; from $12-45 a night
Devil’s Tower KOA
Family-run equals family-friendly at the Devil’s Tower KOA Campground. Nestled in the foothills of Devil’s Tower itself, the impressive views are just the beginning of amenities at this KOA. Little ones love climbing around on the stagecoach-themed play ground, while the whole family can take advantage of the on-site swimming pool. The grounds also feature a full-service café, a sweet shop and wireless internet access.
Location: 60 Highway 110, Devils Tower, WY 82714
Rates: Rates vary by dates and site-type, starting at $35
RV World Campground
In the land of Southern Wyoming where the deer and antelope really do play, there’s not a more family-friendly than RV World. The campground delivers on its promise to provide a home-away-from-home by providing picnic tables and electric at all sites, along with free wireless internet access throughout the grounds. Keeping kids entertained is easy at RV World with the on-site mini-golf course, horseshoe pits, a playground and a community TV area. As a plus for pet owners, the park also has a lovely fenced-in puppy park.
Location: 3101 Wagon Circle Road, Rawlins, WY 82301
Rates: $18 tent site; $23 electric-only site; $25 electric and water only; $29 full-hookup with cable TV
Fountain of Youth RV Park
The third largest hot mineral pool in the world is the draw that brings guests to the Fountain of Youth RV Park. Divided into three sections, the naturally-warm mineral waters will relax parents, while still providing room enough for kids to play. For young families, the park has toys and playground equipment perfect for the kindergarten set, while older kids will enjoy hiking, playing rounds of Holey Board and horseshoes, or telling stories at the “Liars Tree.”
Location: 250 N. Highway 20, Thermopolis, WY 82443
Rates: $25 primitive tent site; $35-38 RV sites; $30-45 bunkhouse; $135 guesthouse, lodge or log loft cabin
Terry Bison Ranch
There’s always something new to do at the Terry Bison Ranch. On one day, families might find themselves fishing for Rainbow Trout at the nearby lake and the next they’ll be taking a Bison Tour on the ranch’s very own train. When kids are clamoring for more entertainment, round them up and head on over to the Kid Corral where the ranch has several small amusement park rides, including a mini-Ferris wheel, a playground, horseshoe pits and roping dummies. Of course, the ranch also offers guided horseback rides for guests ages eight year old and older, plus pony rides for those under age eight.
Location: 51 I-25 Service Road E., Cheyenne WY 82007
Rates: $18 tent sites; $35 RV sites; $59 bunkhouse rooms; $90 cabins.
Love tent camping? Well, why sleep in a tent when you can sleep in a teepee? That’s right! At the Ponderosa Campground you can reserve a teepee for your family, or you can opt to pitch your own tent, or reserve a cabin, or RV site -- the choices are endless. As for entertainment, Ponderosa has plenty of family fun, including a playground, a game room with a billiard table and a video arcade, live entertainment, plus free internet and cable TV.
Location: 1815 Eighth St., Cody, WY 82414
Rates: $24 tent sites; $27 teepees; $45 camping cabins; $32-43 RV sites. Additional fees are required for some of the ranch’s attractions and activities.
Heart Six Ranch
All-inclusive and luxury perfectly define the family vacation that awaits you at Heart Six Ranch. Delivering on a horseback riding vacation unlike any other, you’ll sleep in well-appointed, comfortable cabins, dine on menus prepared by gourmet chefs and spend your days riding and relaxing. Vacation packages include river floats, campfires, paintball, ranch roping and cocktail hours for the adults. Catering to families, the ranch also offers specialized children’s ranch programs for kids of all ages that include riding lessons for older kids, or pony rides and other activities for the younger set.
Location: 16985 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY 83013
Rates: Vary by all-inclusive package from $1299-2599 for guests ages 13 and up, $1099-2199 for kids ages 6-12, and $643-1095 for kids ages 3-5.