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    Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Campground Location: - Location Map


    Campground Information: - http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/roc...cmp.htm#newton creek


    Date of Visit: - June 18 to June 20. 2009 (3 nights)


    Cost: - $15/night with 3 tents, 2 bikes and 1 car on the site


    Weather: - warm with day times highs in the mid-upper 70s, with night time lows in the mid-upper 50s. Mostly sunny, with the odd typical Rocky Mountain late afternoon thunderstorms



    A friend and I found this delightfully handy to Yellowstone campsite, when we couldn't find an available campsite in the entire Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Parks system. It was pouring rain when we left the gas station/general store at Fly Bridge, where the Park Services/Information Center is also located. We headed out through the East Gate, on Hwy 16/14/20 and came upon this campground, 14 miles east of the gate.
    It was just 'spitting' a bit when we located a campsite and set up our 2 tents.
    Each site has a fire ring/grill, picnic table and a metal bear box. There are no showers, electricty, or WiFi service. There is one hand pump for potable water and a very clean wheel chair accessible vault toilet. It is set among some scattered pines, along the banks of the Shoshone River, which can be heard throughout the campground. It is situated in a bit of a canyon, bordered by the river on one side and the highway a short distance away on the other side. I don't remember highway noise as being an issue/intrusive. Our campsite was large, with a few large pines on our site, with a grassy understory and not far from the vault toilet. At the time of our visit, a couple of campsites(further to the east) were restricted to hard sided campers, due to threat of Grizzlies coming along Newton Creek(spawning fish??)
    (Due to this limitation, I was approached later in the afternoon(7ish) by a fellow, wondering what a 'hard sided camper' was and if there was another campsite available. I asked him how many tents/person were in his party and when he replied just the one tent as he was travelling alone, I told him we had lots of space for another tent and that he was welcome to set it up on our site, after checking with the camp host 1st. Rick, the camp host said sure.(no extra fee/cost))

    This is a great campground to use as a base camp to explore Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Parks, Cody and the surrounding area. There were both tenters and the RV crowd here when we stayed and it was pretty quiet during the evening hours.
    It is a beautiful ride up Sylvan Pass and on into the park. Gas, limited groceries/camping supplies and pay showers can be had in the park at Fly Bridge.
    Cody is a 25 minute ride to the east, where they have all the amenities and lots of historic things to see, (Buffalo Bill Museum is a must and they have a rodeo every night) along with a couple of motorcycle dealers if you are needing something for your bike.
    We did a couple of loop day rides, which included Chief Joseph/Beartooth Pass Scenic Byways, the Bighorns loop and did a large figure 8 loop of Yellowstone, leaving very early in the morning to avoid the masses that build up by 2pm. Unfortunately, no pictures of the actual campsite, other than this short video -

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dusty-boots/3672353498/

    Here's a couple of shots of where the campground is situated, along US 14/16/20





    A short video of the area around the campground -

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dusty-boots/3671619777/

    riding up to Sylvan Pass



    Yellowstone Lake




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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Looks like a nice place to stay at for a night while on the way out west.. I think it might be doable to go thru the Grand Tetons at least...want to hit #20 thru Idaho also...will note this place on my notes and info about groceries, gas, showers...thanx!

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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Should be pretty easy for anyone to ride that in a day.
    We took this route that day, taking lots of breaks/photo ops and had lots of time for setting up camp and cooking dinner that night at Newton Creek.

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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Great info DB. Sounds like this will come in handy as several of us are going to spend some time in that area next summer. Will mark this and check it out. Thanks!
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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Stayed at this one again on July 17 - 2011, in exactly the same campsite.

    Still $15/night

    Still a great location/scenery



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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    I was in the area in August, 2013 and this campground was closed to tents (only hard-sided units allowed) presumably because of bear issues. Same thing for a few sites up on 212 near the North-east Yellowstone entrance. On both roads, once you got a bit further east of Yellowstone, the forestry campsites started to allow tenting again.

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    Re: Newton Creek Campground, Shoshone National Forest, Wapiti, WY

    Quote Originally Posted by dfg View Post
    I was in the area in August, 2013 and this campground was closed to tents (only hard-sided units allowed) presumably because of bear issues. Same thing for a few sites up on 212 near the North-east Yellowstone entrance. On both roads, once you got a bit further east of Yellowstone, the forestry campsites started to allow tenting again.
    Thanks for the Heads Up on it's latest status!

    That means that the next closest Nat Forest Campground available to tenters/pop ups would be Rex Hale campground about 2 miles further east, or about 18 from the East Gate of Yellowstone NP.


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