Rex Hale Campground

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Overview

Rex Hale Campground is located along the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway about 36 miles west of Cody, in northwestern Wyoming. It is just over 16 miles east of Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. The surrounding area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

The campground is named after Rex Hale, one of 15 firefighters who died in the 1937 Blackwater Fire, which burned more than 1,700 acres of Forest Service lands within the Shoshone National Forest.

Recreation

Great opportunities for hiking, fishing, scenic driving and wildlife viewing are available around the campground. The North Fork of the Shoshone River is a popular fly-fishing location for rainbow and Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

A firefighter memorial is located along the highway, just over a mile west of the campground. Forest Service Trail 758 leads to two additional memorials, which mark the locations where other firefighters lost their lives in the Blackwater Fire.

Mummy Cave is less than a mile from the campground. This historical site was discovered in 1957 and found to have been occupied for a period of over 9,000 years. Many artifacts, including a mummified ancient inhabitant, were excavated from the large alcove, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Facilities

REX HALE WATER SYSTEM IS TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE

The campground offers several campsites, some of which have electric and water hookups. Each site is equipped with a table, campfire ring and food storage locker. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Campers are allowed to gather firewood in the area.

Natural Features

The campground is situated near the banks of the North Fork of the Shoshone River and offers views of spectacular red cliffs, where bighorn sheep may be seen early in the season.

A wide variety of wildlife lives in the surrounding area. Visitors often glimpse grizzly bears, deer, elk, bison, moose, fox, coyotes and bald eagles.

Nearby Attractions

Pahaska Tepee, west of the campground, is home to Buffalo Bill's original hunting lodge, built in 1904. Tours are offered daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pahaska also offers guided horseback rides, a gift shop, restaurant and lodging.

Yellowstone National Park's east entrance is 18 miles from the campground via the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. The park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as breathtaking scenery and unique geological features.

The small, historic city of Cody offers a variety of dining, lodging and shopping options. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center offers extensive displays of Greater Yellowstone natural history, Plains Indians artifacts, western art, firearms, Buffalo Bill memorabilia and a wild sheep exhibit.

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Post Point Historical Monument Via Blackwater Trail, WYCody, WY
  • Kitty Creek Trail to Flora Lake, WYCody, WY
  • Pahaska Sunlight Trail, WYCody, WY
  • Pahaska Tepee to Sam Berry Meadow, WYWapiti, WY
  • East Entrance to Fishing Bridge Drive, WYYellowstone National Park, WY
  • Avalanche Peak Trail, WYYellowstone National Park, WY
  • Eleanor Lake Trail, WYYellowstone National Park, WY
  • Dead Indian Creek to Dead Indian Meadow, WYCody, WY
  • The Thorofare and the South Boundary Trail, WYYellowstone National Park, WY
  • Yellowstone Lake to Heart Lake Trail, WYYellowstone National Park, WY

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