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Status: Closed through Wed May 14 2014   Season Dates


Cottonwood Group Campsite is located next to the scenic Cottonwood Lake on Salt River Pass in the lush forests of western Wyoming.

Natural Features:

Peaceful North Fork Creek flows through the campground. Its banks and the surrounding canyon are forested by dense stands of pines and aspens, which offer excellent shade and privacy. Vibrant summer wildflowers are abundant.


The lake offers great canoeing and boating for smaller craft and fishing for brook and cutthroat trout.

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails are in the area.


This group campsite can accommodate up to 50 guests. Two vehicles can be parked at the site and six additional vehicles can be parked at the adjacent Cottonwood Lake Day Use Area. Single-family sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Please bring garbage bags
  • Out-of-state horses must have proof of a current Coggins test
  • Hay brought in must be certified weed-free
  • Off-road vehicles allowed on designated trails only
  • Off-road vehicles must have a current Wyoming State OHV sticker
  • The Cottonwood Lake area is accessed via a narrow gravel road
  • Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, (excluding weekends and federal holidays), 671 N. Washington, Afton, WY
  • Learn more about Bridger-Teton National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.64111, -110.81694
42°38'28"N, 110°49'1"W

From Afton, Wyoming, take Highway 89 south approximately 7 miles to Smoot. After a half-mile look for directional signs to Cottonwood Lake Campground.

The Forest boundary is about one mile up the access road, and the campground is 6 miles beyond that. Continue past the first loop of the campground, then turn left at the 'Y' intersection onto the east loop. The group site is at the far northern edge of this loop, just past the water pump.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 339
AFTON WY 83110

Phone Number:

Information: (307)886-5300