The Newton Creek campground is situated a scant 16 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It’s a beautiful place to spend one or several nights. The campground has great access to the river with wide sites separated by trees and shrubs.
What Makes It Great
Newton Creek Campground is really a pleasant spot. Because the campground itself is below the level of the highway it’s surprisingly quiet. Instead of road roar, you hear the river’s murmurs and splashes and the subdued sounds from your fellow campers. This is a favorite campground with locals due to its location - just close enough to town for a quick weekend excursion, but far enough you feel you’re really away from it all.
The campground is excellent for families. There is fishing and water fun in the river, if you can stand the very cold water. The river even has carved a perfect, deep swimming hole which is easily accessed from the east loop. Moose frequent this area and campers are often lucky enough to enjoy the company of a cow and calf bedding down in the willows not far from their trailers.
Grizzly bears also visit the campground, especially in early spring when they’re fishing for spawning trout up and down Newton Creek. Check with the Forest Service to determine if closures are in effect before heading up. Due to the presence of bears, only hard-sided recreational vehicles are permitted in the campground. Neither tents nor popups campers are allowed.
Who is Going to Love It
Newton Creek is just an overall great campground. There are 31 sites so it’s not overly large and the tall trees provide nice shade. Despite this being a campground designed for RVs, you won’t hear the constant buzz of generators because there are no electrical hookups. The sites aren’t designed for excessively large RVs and there are no pull thru sites.
The campground is close enough to Yellowstone to make day trips into the park. If you get tired of camp cooking, you can stop at one of the guest ranches along the North Fork for dinner. Limited groceries and gasoline are available at some of the area guest ranches and Pahaska Tepee Resort. There are nearby hiking trails or you could go for a trail ride at one of the dude ranches. Fishermen will need a valid Wyoming fishing license.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Cody, take US HWY 14/16/20 west 32 miles to the campground. You’ll first pass Newton Springs Picnic Ground on your right, then the campground turnoff will be around the corner and to the left.
Fees are $15 per night. Average size of the dirt sites is 16’ x 40’. Length of stay is restricted to 16 days. Bear-proof food storage boxes are located at each site - exercise good bear safety practices.
Stop at the Wapiti Ranger Station in Cody or the Visitor Information Center near the Elk Fork Campground for information about staying safe in bear country or any recent closures.
There will be no cell service once you get past the forest boundary.
This is a typical Forest Service campground with the standard vault toilet and a hand pump for water.