Gillette, Wyoming, also known as the Energy Capital of the World, is a great place for camping with children. Located in northeast Wyoming, Gillette got its start in 1891 as a railroad terminal. Today it boasts many options for families visiting the area.
Where To Camp
Whether camping in a tent or an RV, inside the city of Gillette has a couple of options to consider.
Green Tree’s Crazy Woman Campground offers shade trees and grassy tent sites for those looking to tent-camp, or there are also options for RV camping such as full hookups and pull-thrus. Hot showers are available no matter the type of camper, as well as a hot tub and sauna. There is also a lending library, playground and game room to keep everyone interested. For those who aren’t “roughing it,” free wi-fi and even a tanning bed is available. There’s no need to leave the family pet behind as this campground is pet friendly.
High Plains Campground is another camping option. They too have hookups and pull-thrus for RVs, as well as wireless internet connection. Pets are also allowed here, and they advertise the campground as family-friendly.
All Seasons RV Park is a third option, with similar amenities as the others (hookups and pull-thrus for RVs), but they place an emphasis on easy access and spacious sites. They too have both laundry and shower facilities, as well as free wi-fi (which seems to be a new necessity for today’s campers). Their family friendly options emphasize a basketball hoop, playground and even horseshoe pits. They too welcome pets.
What To Do
Check out our list of things to do and goings-on in Gillette. You definitely will not run out of things to do!
Go to the park. You have 21 community and neighborhood parks to choose from. On the north side, Lasting Legacy Park features the Gillette Skatepark for rollerbladers and skateboarders. Or just go have a BBQ, a picnic, play baseball, fly some kites, throw a Frisbee around or start up a game of baseball.
Go to the rodeo. If it’s the right time of year, you’ll have your pick.
Play a round of golf. You’ll have your choice of the 18-hole Bell Nob Golf Course (operated by the Parks & Recreation Department) or the 9-hole Gillette Golf Club course.
Go swimming. The Campbell County School District Aquatic Center has a 50-meter pool (the only one in all of Wyoming) and an outdoor portable pool for the summer months.
Check out the Rockpile Museum (it’s free!). It’s touted as Gillette’s own local history center. Open from 9-5 Monday through Saturday, it offers regular mining video showings and exhibits that include regional artifacts.
The Eagle Butte Coal Mine is another local attraction. Learn about how a mine actually operates.
Explore the AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) Community Art Center. Located in the heart of the city, it is a non-profit organization that has a variety of art exhibitions. In the summer time it hosts the Community Art Show so local artists can display their talents.
Check out events at the CAMP-PLEX. This 1,100 acre hosts 400 events throughout the year, so you’ll probably find something to your liking just about any time. Indoor events include the National High School Finals Rodeo as well as other rodeo competitions, ice skating in an NHL-size rink, art gallery, Broadway-style shows, volleyball tournaments, a scholarship fundraising auction, a beauty pageant and even nightly dances. Outdoor events like a 21-acre park and even a horse racetrack are popular.
Go to the movies. There are two movie theaters in Gillette: Foothills Theater (on Highway 14) is open all year long and has stadium seating, and Sky Hi Cinema (on Shoshoni Ave) which is the drive-in theater, closed during the wintertime.
Go fishing. The rivers and streams the wind around Gillette attract fishermen worldwide.
Check out the community Rec center. Campbell County Recreation Center has tennis courts, basketball courts racquetball courts, squash courts and volleyball courts, as well as weight rooms, an indoor running track, a 42-foot climbing tower and an elevated walking track.
Visit the nearby Devils Tower National Monument (featured in the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”) It became a national monument in 1906 (the first in the nation) and is popular with climbers and hikers.
Have a family-friendly game of bowling at one of the two bowling alleys in Gillette: Family Fun Frontier Center or Camelanes.
When you need a break from dining on freshly caught fish, try out some of these famous nearby restaurants.
Pokey’s BBQ. This is where the locals go for fresh homemade barbecue.
The Main Bagel Co. For breakfast, try a made-from-scratch bagel baked that very morning.
The Chophouse Restaurant. This is where to go if you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience. Steak, seafood and pasta are all offered on the menu, and the beef is certified aged Angus.
Gillette Farmers Market. If you’d rather fix your own meals, you can’t go wrong buying locally-grown ingredients at the farmers market. It is available every Saturday from mid-July until the first frost. Check it out on the grounds of the Gillette College.
Whatever is on your wish list, Gillette has it all. Come play, eat and stay with us!