A group of campers is trying to get the Great Smokies off the tourist hot seat.
The Smokys are popular for hiking, but not so much for camping.
Wyoming’s tourism industry has been in a slump for several years, and tourism has suffered since the state enacted new laws in 2014 that restrict the number of campsites and allowed fewer camping permits.
The state has had to scramble to find new ways to get people back to the mountains.
The Great Smokes are one of several states that have limited the number and types of camping permits, and now Wyoming is trying something new.
It’s launching a new permit program that allows people to camp in the Smokiness for up to a year.
It doesn’t have an official launch date yet, but the state hopes to begin accepting applications in the coming weeks.
The campgrounds are located on land managed by the state, but people who want to camp can use state-owned land, too.
Wyoming is one of five states in the nation that allows campers to use state park land for campsites, but it’s also one of the few states where campers are restricted from camping on private property.
People can camp on private land and in state park lands, but campers cannot use state parks for anything other than a campsite.
State parks are open from July through October, but they close for the winter when the weather is cold and snowy.
Wyoming law requires campers who want a campsites to apply for a permit.
A campground permits can be purchased online for $30, but in most cases campers will need to have a state-issued camping permit.
Some people who do apply for permits have been turned away for lack of permits, so there’s a waiting list.
The list for camping permits is currently more than 3,500 people.
Campers can apply for two permits, but some states only require one permit.
The most common campgrounds include Big Bear National Park, Mount Bachelor, and Mount Baker.
For more information on the permit program, read more about Wyoming’s campsite ban in our article about state parks.
Camping in Wyoming Read more about the campground ban in Wyoming.