CAMPING

There is plenty of free camping in the surrounding area.  Upon arrival you will be given a map showing the locations of designated camping communities as well as many other camping options in the area if you desire a bit more privacy and quiet wilderness experiences.  Heart 6 Ranch is literally located in the Bridger Teton National Forest and borders Grand Teton National Park.  It’s only 25 miles from Yellowstone National Park.  You will have no issue finding breathtaking and remote camping if you desire. These other camping options are in developed campgrounds within the Grand  Teton National Park, developed campgrounds within the National Forest Heart, or “dispersed” camping on undeveloped campgrounds in the National Forest.  Developed campgrounds have toilets, garbage disposal, running water and bear boxes for safe food storage.  These sites also require a nominal fee for use of these facilities.  This is the best option for an inexperienced camper, or someone who desires more facilities at their disposal.

Below is a list of “Developed Campgrounds” within the Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest. These can be good options to stay at if you want more peace and privacy from the festival, but also want the comforts of a developed campground. 

National Park Campgrounds are   – Signal Mountain, Colter Bay, Jenny Lake, Gros Ventre, Lizard Creek.  More information on these campgrounds are available at

https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/camping.htm#CP_JUMP_1831980

National Forest Campgrounds are – Turpin Meadow, Hatchet, Pacific Creek, Box Creek Trailhead, and Sheffield Creek. More information on these campgrounds is available at

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/btnf/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=71389&actid=29

Dispersed camping is only for the experienced outdoors man/woman, with proper knowledge, plans, and equipment.

This is the wilderness and it’s no joke.  It can be dangerous.  For your safety, the safety others and the safety of our pristine ecosystem please read all the camping regulations below, prepare for these regulations before coming here.  Be sure to abide by them while camping here.

SANITATION

Human waste and garbage. If you are staying at a developed campsites please us the toilet facilities and the garbage dumpsters provided.  If you are dispersed camping you MUST use the toilet facilities provided at the concert venue at Heart 6 Ranch.  Additionally, please use our garbage cans for your personal garbage disposal.  Remember:  this is the largest grizzly bear habitat in the lower 48.  For your personal safety you must dispose of garbage properly. Otherwise you may pay the ultimate price.  Please refer to the Bear and other wildlife section for tips on how to stay safe in grizzly county.

FIRE SAFETY

EVERY FIRE MUST BE DEAD OUT. Fire in the Mountains is not literal.  It’s a metaphor.  Please respect our pristine wilderness and be sure put out any campfires.  Below are the regulations, tips, and tools

If you are staying at a developed site you can only use a steel fire ring. Please use water to put out your fire. All campers should have a shovel to put dirt on the fire as well. If you are staying at a dispersed site you can only use a pre-existing rock fire ring. Come prepared with plenty of water to put your fire out, a bucket and a shovel to put dirt on the fire.

Remember: a fire ring is not a garbage pit and should not be used to burn items like food, tin cans, glass, etc.

WILDLIFE

Camping in Bear Territory – Fire in the Mountains is located in the densest grizzly bear country in the lower 48. While we hope you get the opportunity to experience bears from afar in a safe manner, please follow the guidelines below to avoid close and/or dangerous encounters.

 

Two Key Terms – Bear Attractants and Proper Food Storage

BEAR ATTRACTANTS

Anything with a scent – food, coolers, garbage, beer, soda, glass bottles (even unopened), scented candles, chap stick, toiletries, pet food, dirty utensils, pots, pans, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. Bear have an incredibly acute sense of smell and want to explore and get into anything that has a scent.  Your first order of safety is not to attract them in the first place.

PROPER FOOD STORAGE

Food must be stored properly so bears cannot get to it. All food, garbage, and attractants must be properly stored when not in immediate attendance, day and night.  Never store food in your tent.  Proper food storage includes:  a completely enclosed vehicle with the windows rolled up entirely, bear approved coolers – Yeti is an example.  Bear Boxes are provided at developed camp sites and should always be used.  If you are staying in a dispersed campsite where there are no Bear Boxes you must use your car, a Yeti style cooler, or speak with a Fire in the Mountains volunteer to be directed to proper food storage options on site.

Refer to the following website for more information proper food storage on public lands and products that are Bear Safe: http://igbconline.org/bear-resistant-products/

MOTOR VEHICLE USE

We are committed to protecting our environment, so Fire in the Mountains can be an enduring experience for people for years to come.  This means we must respect our lands around the Fire in the Mountains venue at Heart 6 Ranch.  With increased people to the area means increase motor vehicle use which can damage vegetation as well as stream/riparian resources.  All camper MUST drive only on designated roads.  No off-roading please.  A map of all registered roads is available at the link below or at any Ranger Station in the area.  Alternatively you can download the free Avenza map application on your mobile device that will show you in real time where you are on the Forest Service roads.

 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/btnf/maps-pubs