Ep. 108: Wind River Mountains | Green River Lakes Wyoming RV travel camping


How’s this for a campsite view!? Hey,
welcome back to Grand Adventure! I’m your host Marc Guido, and in this episode
we’re going to be exploring the Green River Lakes in Wyoming’s Wind River
Mountains, so stay tuned! So, the Wind River Mountains run through
north central Wyoming. They’re a wonderfully underutilized mountain range. We’re southeast of Jackson, and just north of the town of Pinedale in the
Green River Lakes area. Now just so you know, this is about 50 miles from the
nearest town — which is Pinedale — and about 19 of that, about the last 19 miles is
dirt road. Now it’s a graded dirt road, but it does have a lot of embedded small
rocks in it, and washboard. It’s slow-going – it’s going to take you an hour
to go that last 19 miles, but it is worth every little bump, every little bounce,
every little screw that I had to put back in the RV, because this is an
absolutely gorgeous spot! Our camp is positively overrun with
prairie dogs. That’s a good thing, because they’ve cleaned up any food scraps that
previous campers may have left behind. This is bear country, home to both black
bears and grizzlies that can smell food from miles away. We had intended to camp
in the campground at Green River Lakes, which is the only place you’re going to
get within a quarter mile of the lake and with an RV to be able to camp,
because they do restrict boondocking for the last quarter mile of that road. But
just outside that quarter-mile limit we found this absolutely gorgeous spot
right on the Green River. Green River Lakes Campground is a dry Forest
Service campground located near the shores of beautiful Lower Green River
Lake at an elevation of just over eight thousand feet. 39 sites, including three
group sites, feature fire rings and picnic tables, and vault toilets and
drinking water hydrants are scattered throughout the campground. Single sites
cost $12 per night, and the group sites are $35 per night. Only the group sites are
reservable — the single sites are all first-come, first-served. Forest Service
officials tell us that the campground seldom fills, and on this weekend
preceding the fourth of July we found the campground perhaps 20% full.
Nevertheless, if you’re unable to find space in the campground we found
seemingly unlimited boondocking sites alongside the Forest Service road
leading to the campground, along the banks of the Green River. Now I’ve been here exactly once before.
It’s been almost 10 years since I was last here with my buddy Jon to do some
kayak camping on the upper of the – Green River Lakes. Today I want to get
back on that lake because I’ve missed it so much, go back and paddle Lower Green
River Lake. So we truly hope that you’ve enjoyed
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100 thoughts on “Ep. 108: Wind River Mountains | Green River Lakes Wyoming RV travel camping

  1. My goodness… If I was able to camp there, I wouldn't ever want to leave. How beautiful.

  2. You find the most amazing places! That is an incredible location!! Thank you as always for your videos! Cell service?

  3. The scenery in this video is what postcards are made of. I just put this place in Wyoming on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. This looks like a place my husband and I would certainly enjoy. Kayaking! Peaceful and solitude.
    Did you see any bears?

  5. You amaze……………LOL…………… Outstanding video as usual . I would expect nothing less. Love this channel.

  6. Me screaming at the computer. "Marc, where is your fly rod!" What a camp. Thanks Marc.

  7. This clip is definitely one of your best edits yet. Amazing footage.

  8. Marc, I was very excited when I saw your teaser about your trip to the wind river. Why? Because that very campground was my first western camping trip experience with my two brother-in-laws and all of our families. BTW, my one brother-in-law lives in Syracuse UT, probably not to far from you. I couldn't wait until your video came out – and it didn't disappoint.

    Your video captures, as good as you possibly can, the beauty of the area, although I think you'd agree that only by being there can you truly appreciate the magnificence of the area.

    My two children, both now in their early/mid 20's have been all over the world, from Central America, to the Caribbean Islands, to Spain and the Canary Islands, Vietnam, Bali and Thailand. But ask them what their favorite vacation was – the Wind River Campground, hands down. It's amazing.

    Thanks for another great video!

  9. Beautiful footage and great information as always. Putting it on the list! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Absolutely a great video … awesome footage .. and a beautiful spot … keep up the great work.. Onward, Onward is the watchword.

  11. Love your channel. I found this secret spot using Google Maps, thanks for sharing! It's just 3/4 mile north Green River Lakes recreation area. Beautiful area, I'm marking it down. I'm there, fall 2020.

  12. Another awesome camping site. But I have heard the prairie dogs, in some areas can cause problems for dogs. Any insight?

  13. Love your videos! Thanks for bringing great camping sites to life. Green River Lakes is certainly going on my map. Cheers!

  14. Beautiful Marc 👍😎🚌🌎 thanks for sharing and safe travels

  15. EPIC! You always find the most amazingly beautiful spots to boondock! Thank you for sharing another one with us! Fantastic drone work, Mark!

  16. This was great, Marc. I'm actually currently on my own adventure retracing your post this year in Mancos, Colorado and Mesa Verde/Silverton R/R! You do inspire us. This is a long way from Indiana and the elevation from sea level is a challenge , not to mention Wolf Creek Pass. BTW, the wife even ordered the coffee grinder and press; it has made the trailer smell good in the mornings. 🙂

  17. We tried to stay there several years ago and had to leave because of the mosquitoes. They were so bad we could even unhatched our trailer, and had to head back to Pinedale to spend the night.
    I hope you didn't experience the same thing.
    By the way, your videos are the best of any that I subscribe too. Keep them coming.

  18. Also one of my favorite places. We camped on the river between the lakes a couple years ago. Beautiful country. Great video!

  19. What a beautiful place and very well done video! This is definitely going on our list of places to stay. Thanks so much for posting this!! Safe travels.

  20. Excellent video. Very relaxing. Beautiful music. I bet that “leveled you out”

  21. Great video. Love the use of the drone for the aerial shots. I have become a fan.

  22. This is a really enjoyable video and I am amazed at the panoramic shots that you were able to achieve. Really nice work. We have been enjoying all of your videos and we look forward to following your trail over the coming years.

  23. My wife wanted to have our wedding at the Green River Lakes, but because of its remoteness that couldn't happen for other family members. I hope they leave the roads rugged, it's an incredible place that needs to be protected. Too many tourists just ruin places like this.

  24. Awesome spot! Thanks as always for letting us know what is “out there”!

  25. Marc, can you be our gps map when we go camping! 😂 amazing place!

  26. Oh yes. Another beautiful place. Thank you gain for letting me go on such a cool adventure. I can’t wait to get out there one day. And what a cool story below about your Grandfather below. Very cool. Good luck with the fly fishing 🎣. One thing I have not ever done. I could surly tangle up some line doing that. LOL….

  27. 1st time subscriber. All I can say is wow! Too far for me, but thanks for taking us along.

  28. Nice Job guys, love the content. We live in the Sun Valley area, always looking for new camping and Fly Fishing locations close to home.
    never even heard of that part of the Green river. Thanks so much

  29. All I can say is WOW! Never heard of this place. Like some other places you have shared with us, this one definitely goes on my list. Thank you!

  30. A place that is on my list! Great views!! Only I won't forget my fly rods!!

  31. Gorgeous. Thank you. We had some less than great experiences in Pinedale but will have to check out this area. Just lovely. I love the Winds. Thanks for sharing.

  32. How in the world could someone give a thumbs down on this video. Absolutely beautiful Mark. Bravo again. So can't wait to get there someday. Thank you.

  33. Another reason we love your channel. You have the guts to go where most of us wouldn’t dare. You find the most beautiful places, and then bring it to us in wonderful and informative videos. Another video well done. Another epic boondocking location. 👌🏾

  34. This is the only RV travel channel on YT that makes us think our home theater could use a bigger projector screen.

  35. Simply amazing Marc! Another fantastic, beautifully shot video. My wife and I are watching in amazement and wanting to go to another Grand Adventure location! Thanks so much Marc and please continue to capture the beauty of this great land of ours

  36. Love the ending on that video!!! We are going to place this on the must go list. Thank you for sharing, stay safe Keep Adventuring!

  37. You have certainly perfected the ability to find outstanding boondocks campsites. Thanks for reminding me why I want to visit the Winds.

  38. Beautiful video I enjoyed watching your journey ours about to start in less then a month so excited

  39. I've watched 3 of your videos so far and had to subscribe. I like how you don't talk too much or try to be cute. Too many YouTubers talk endlessly saying nothing or try to be cute with commentary.

    I'm strongly considering the nomadic/rv life. Thank you for all the information without the blabbering filler I see so much of.

  40. As this area is in a national forest, we can boondock on any two-track off of the Green River Lakes Road (650), correct?

  41. 1st timer with your vlog, you attracted my attention when I saw you had a trailer with a slide-out and a bigger PU, you're more my size and capability so I can get a better idea of what I could do with it. good pic!

  42. Americans wide open spaces
    We are blessed and those who can travel to these places

  43. Heading to Canada in Sept. Just found a new spot to check out on the way! Thank you Mark and Grand Adventure!

  44. Now I'm confused. We're heading south on a trip from Canada to Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. After the Tetons, I was set on exploring the middle fork salmon river near northfork id. Now this area has me really intrigued. Thanks for the capturing it like a champ 👍

  45. Awesome area. Do you know if they allow ohv riding in the area

  46. Glad I found your channel. Was just watching episode 83? 10 rules when boon docking. What is your solar setup? Panel watts size, batteries…etc.
    Thank ya

  47. Absolutely Amazing Video. I don't think I could have found a more enjoyable channel. Keep up the great work.

  48. Somehow I missed this video! So how were the mosquitos there? Could you sit outside with repellant on? Thanks.

  49. Hope the road was not to bumpy, but yes you are right it’s great and totally worth it ! But I would be also happy in the camp ground 50 miles from civilisation that is truly wonderful
    Thanks for sharing Gavin &Zehra

  50. Wow just simply amazing, will put this on my bucket list.. Thanks for the info,> happy trails !!

  51. Great video, the production quality is real high . I love seeing the beautiful places you've been such as this one! Thanks again!

  52. Enjoyed watching this video before going to work Monday morning….
    What an awesome place! Thanks for sharing this and your other great finds.

  53. I'm a new subscriber as of 9/29/18 and I have to compliment you on a great channel. This video was awe inspiring and very impressive. Everything about the video was perfect, the sound tracks, the drone shots, just beautiful. As I watched the video I had a sense of freedom myself. Thank you for producing such a great video. I'm hooked.

  54. Just found you. And this is a great video. I have camped in Wyoming Southwest of Sarotga Wyoming up in the mountains but did not know this spot existed. Look forward to trying it out.Your videos are great.

  55. Marc,

    I liked a number of your remote water close up videos clips. They have a kind of documentary appeal to them and add allot of additional visual relief to your content.

    This is just some feedback to your video techniques. Knowing what people enjoy… at least for me.

    I'm into photography and am familiar with some of the techniques you employ in you video work. I personally love the close up and down low surface shots you take of nature and moving water. It is very involving for the viewer.

    Gord

  56. How do you find all these great places… Experience and word of mouth I'll bet… Thanks Oh yea… What type of camera and drone do you use????

  57. So new to this site, Love the recommendation of Green Lakes looks awesome. I am heading out for 2 months for my Grand Adventure. From Tennessee and driving to the real mountains of the winds, glacier, French church, Tetons and any others anyone wants to recommend. love the site. I will be backpacking, kayaking and small off road RV boon docking.

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