Targhee National Forest: Alpine Loop Campground

Usually, I have a plan for the first couple nights of a road trip and then, we wing it. Well, this road trip was no exception. I had the wild hair to swing up through the Grand Tetons on our way home. Call me crazy for this change of plans, but I’ve always wanted to take a look at the Tetons. I also knew I could find a place to camp in the woods easier than the vast nothingness that is along the interstate in southern Wyoming. So, we left Utah and headed north. I put Joey to work searching for forest service campgrounds. He found us Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground near Alpine, WY.

Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground
Site 7 in Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground
Site 7 in Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground

In hindsight, had I known how easy it was to get a first-come, first-serve campsite in the Tetons, I would’ve kept going. Instead, we quit for the night and set up our tent in broad daylight. We were excited to discover that Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground was actually in Idaho, just across the Wyoming border. The 2017 host allowed us to stay in a nice, flat double for the single price since the campground was not full. We really enjoyed site 7 because it was tucked away from everyone else. We did wake up to a motorcycle camper next to us, but he must have been really quiet when he rolled in because we never heard a thing!

Targhee National Forest Alpine Loop Campground is a basic forest service campground with vault toilets and hand sanitizer dispensers. The amenities were few, but the setting was beautiful. This campsite was well worth the $12 per night.

So how about you? Have you tried a national forest service campground? If so, I’d love to hear about your favorite in the comments below.

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