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Sugarloaf Campground

Medicine Bow National Forest

Medicine Bow Area, Wyoming

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  • Sugarloaf Campground sits at the base of the Snowy Range.- Sugarloaf Campground
  • Campground entrance and a glimpse of nearby Libby Lake.- Sugarloaf Campground
  • Evidence of the tree removal due to beetle damage.- Sugarloaf Campground
  • Views from every campsite.- Sugarloaf Campground
  • The only source of drinking water at the site.- Sugarloaf Campground
  • A beautiful and popular campground.- Sugarloaf Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wonderful scenery. Close to great trails.
Cons: 
Some debris from recent tree removal.
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Region:
Medicine Bow Area, WY
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The Snowy Range is Wyoming’s well-kept secret and far less crowded than the Wind River Range, the Tetons, or even the Big Horns. The camping options are few due to campground closures brought on by beetle-killed trees in many areas, but luckily Sugarloaf, the highest and closest to the range’s high peaks, is still open.

Less than a mile from Highway 130 and a quarter of a mile from the best trailheads in the range, Sugarloaf also has the closest views of the crest. This is usually the last campground to open for the season, typically around August 1. With its great locations and only 16 sites, this is a very popular campground. There are minimal amenities, as is typical of a Forest Service campground, but there are some sites suitable for a 30- to 35- foot RV. All of the sites have a view of the peaks, and Libby and Lewis Lakes are a short walk away. There are a lot of downed trees and logs in the campground area, but this bit of unsightliness is minor compared to the other benefits of this campground.

From the nearby trailheads it is easy to do short day hikes into the alpine country or start overnight backpacking trips. There are 102 lakes in the Snowy Range, and on most hikes you'll see a new lake every half mile or so. Mule deer are common, and the occasional moose can be spotted in one of the nearby meadows. Few areas in the Rockies offer such high mountain beauty that is easy to access with so few crowds.

 

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