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The site consists of 20 camping and picnic sites nestled in an oxbow of the Tongue River in the shade of large cottonwoods. There are two restrooms, a playground, and horseshoe pits. Each camping and picnic site has a grill and table and two sites are ADA accessible. Connor offers a quiet, relaxing campsite, away from the hustle of the road in the peaceful shade of a river bottom. Community facilities are within a few blocks, and yet a visitor would never know it. Camping sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis, without reservations. Camping is seasonal. The park closes to camping and vehicles on October 31.


In the summer of 1865, General Patrick E. Connor led a column of troops from Fort Laramie into the Powder River Country of northern Wyoming. The Powder River Expedition's mission was to make war on Plains Indian tribes to force them into submission and keep the peace. On August 28th, with the column located on Prairie Dog Creek, Pawnee scouts arrived with information of an Arapaho village encamped on the Tongue River. Following a night march with 250 soldiers and 80 Pawnee scouts, Connor's force attacked Black Bear's Arapaho village while they were in the act of packing to move. The soldiers overran the camp and pushed the Arapaho 10 miles up Wolf Creek. The Arapaho fought a desperate rear guard action, protecting their families and eventually forcing the soldiers to withdraw. During this action, other soldiers burned the camp and its supplies, making it a funeral pyre for their dead. Arapaho casualties included 64 warriors and several hundred ponies. As the soldiers withdrew the Arapaho advanced, recapturing several of their ponies, and continued harassing the column for several days. Connor's column marched back to Fort Laramie following the establishment of Fort Connor on the Powder River near present-day Kaycee.


Site Status


Connor Battlefield Campground is OPEN for camping!

Connor Battlefield is a non-reservable campground, and sites are open on a first-come, first-served basis. 



  • April 24- October 31: Weather permitting, camping is open. If the campground is closed, updates will be posted here. 
  • Dry camping only: no electric, water, or sewer hookup are available. 
  • Restrooms and drinking water systems are available when the campground is open. 


  • November 1- April 23: Campground is closed to camping and vehicles, however, the site can be accessed via a walking bridge across the creek. 
  • Restrooms and drinking water systems are closed from November 1 - April. 23.



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Connor Battlefield
Co. Road 67
Ranchester, WY 

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