Although we hated to leave, we needed to be moving along, so finally bid Grand Teton National Park a fond farewell. Our next stop would be a short one, just one night, as we already had reservations for the two nights after that in a spot where we wanted to ride a particular rail-trail. For our one night, we drove south to a small but very nice national forest campground, Allred Flat.
On the way, the foliage was really getting nice. This was just the day after Labor Day so quite early by our standards, coming from the east and midwest.
Allred Flat Campground is in the Bridger National Forest off Highway 89, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is a lovely spot, though, very peaceful and quiet. When we arrived, we were surprised to see that there was not another soul there. This is one of the only times we've had this experience in a campground, and we love it when it happens. Since this campground doesn't take reservations, we could choose from all the sites!
This campground is rustic and has no hookups. There are vault toilets and old timey hand-crank water pumps. Driving around the gravel loop, it was fairly tight, and there were a few overhanging trees, so it wouldn't be suitable for rigs much larger than ours (32'9" Class A).
Our night cost us just $5 (half price) with Barry's Senior Pass.. We chose site 28 and pulled in facing the front, rather than backing in, which put the picnic table and "patio" area on the correct side of Pearl. It was such a nice spot to sit outside, with nothing but woods and birds around us.
Here I am at the very old timey water pump. It was actually hard to crank and took far more than the 25 turns the sign purports (more like 100!), so this photo was just for laughs -- Barry did the actual pumping!
A bit later, another motorhome did come into the campground. They didn't even drive around the loop but took the very first site. They probably didn't want to risk the overhanging branches and tight road. There were only the two of us there for the night!
Oh, but there was wildlife keeping us company as well. We saw mule deer when we first arrived, and then later in the evening. Barry actually saw a whole herd!
There were also plenty of birds, of course, including this one that Barry caught crossing the road, probably a Ruffed Grouse.
There wasn't much in the way of cycling here, since the campground is right off the highway, but Barry rode his mountain bike around the gravel campground road. The road is quite hilly, making for a good workout for heart, lungs, and legs.
We enjoyed our brief stay here in this hidden gem of a campground and wished we could have stayed longer. But the next morning, we were Utah bound!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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