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Camping with Kids Cody WY

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Gateway Motel & Campground
(307) 587-2561
203 Yellowstone Ave
Cody, WY
 
Elk Valley Inn
(307) 587-4149
3256 N Fork Hwy
Cody, WY
 
Seven K's Motel & Rv Park
(307) 587-5890
232 W Yellowstone Ave
Cody, WY
 
Ponderosa Campground*
(307) 587-9203
1815 8th St
Cody, WY
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Float Trips, River Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Shoshone National Forest (Three Mile Campground)
(307) 527-6921
Lake Junction, WY
Campground Availability
25-May thru 7-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Stream Fishing

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Ponderosa Campground
(307) 587-9203
1815 8th St
Cody, WY
 
Yellowstone Valley Inn & Rv Park
(307) 587-3961
3324 Yellowstone Hwy
Cody, WY
 
Parkway Trailer & Rv Park
(307) 527-5927
132 W Yellowstone Ave
Cody, WY
 
Yellowstone Valley Inn & RV Park*
(877) 587-3961
3324 Yellowstone Park Hwy/Hwy 14-16-20
Cody, WY
Campground Availability
Late Apr-Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Playground, Local Tours

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Cody-KOA*
(800) KOA-8507
5561 Greybull Hwy.
Cody, WY
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 01
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Float Trips, Playground, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Local Tours

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

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My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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