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Everything You Need to Know About Camping in Yellowstone

Tents at the Norris Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Recently I spent 10 days in June in Yellowstone National Park. I camped every night! It was sooo nice to wake up each morning in the park. It made getting out to see the sights or go for a hike MUCH easier since we didn’t have to commute into Yellowstone. And for me, camping is the best way to experience nature! On my June trip, I spent 3 nights in Mammoth, 3 nights in the backcountry and 3 nights at Norris. It was a bit of a last minute trip so I was too late to make reservations. We made do with first-come, first served campgrounds, and it worked out really well. However… I always want to make sure I’m choosing the best option. So while we were touring around the park, I checked out most of the other campgrounds to see which campgrounds were awesome… and which were not.

I’ve put together a truly MASSIVE guide to camping in Yellowstone for you. It’s got literally everything you need to know including:

  • The difference between reservable, first-come, first-served and backcountry campgrounds in Yellowstone
  • Tips for getting first-come, first-served campsites in Yellowstone
  • Rules and tips for camping in Yellowstone
  • My recommendations for the best campgrounds in Yellowstone
  • A detailed breakdown of what you’ll find at each of Yellowstone’s 12 campgrounds
  • A complete list of all the campgrounds outside Yellowstone

 

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Types of Camping in Yellowstone

There are three main types of campgrounds in Yellowstone: reservable campgrounds, first-come, first-served campgrounds, and backcountry campgrounds. You can drive up to the first two types but you’ll need to walk, paddle or ride a horse into the backcountry.

 

Reservable Campgrounds in Yellowstone

There are five reservable campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park: Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Grant Village, and Madison. If you don’t want to worry about finding a campsite when you get to the park, reserve a campsite. The reservable campgrounds are huge, with hundreds of sites. They all have flush toilets and RV-friendly sites and some have showers. Scroll down for details about each campground.

The reservable campgrounds are run by Xanterra/Yellowstone National Park Lodges, a park concessionaire. They are not run by the parks service. You can make reservations on the Yellowstone National Park Lodges website. They get fully booked up for the summer months in advance, so make a reservation as early as you can. (The earliest you can book is May 1 the year before your trip.) If your dates are sold out, keep checking back. They do get last minute cancellations and sites open up again.

 

First-Come, First-Served Campgrounds in Yellowstone.

In Yellowstone, Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth, Norris, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall campgrounds do not accept reservations, they are first-come, first-served. Yellowstone’s first-come, first-served campgrounds are generally smaller than the reservable campgrounds. They don’t have showers and some of them don’t have flush toilets. They may have some RV friendly sites, but there can be length restrictions. Scroll down for details about each campground.

The parks service is in charge of first-come, first-served campgrounds in Yellowstone. There are volunteer camp hosts in each campground who run the registration process.

 

Backcountry Campgrounds in Yellowstone

Backcountry campsite at Blacktail Creek in Yellowstone National Park

Backcountry camping at Blacktail Creek campsite

There are over 300 backcountry campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park that you can reach by foot, horseback or boat. Some of them are less than a mile from the road, while others are a LOT further. I stayed at three of them during my trip to Yellowstone, and they were all pretty gorgeous. However, info on backpacking in Yellowstone is outside the scope of this campground guide, so I won’t get into details. If you want more info, see the Backcountry Camping page on the Yellowstone National Park website.

 

How to Get First-Come, First-Served Campsites in Yellowstone

Getting a first-come, first-served campsite in Yellowstone can be challenging since they are usually full or close to full. I read all kinds of horror stories online before my trip about people who weren’t able to find a campsite. Since I didn’t have campsite reservations, I knew I NEEDED to figure out the trick to getting a first-come, first-served campsite in Yellowstone. After lots of research online and experience in the park, here’s my complete guide.

 

Know Which Campgrounds Fill Up First

The daily campground fill time report for Yellowstone National Park

A sample screenshot of the campground fill time report on Yellowstone’s website

Yellowstone National Park publishes each day’s campground fill times on their website. Check it daily in the weeks leading up to your trip to see how early your chosen campground tends to fill up. Keep an eye out for patterns around days of the week or weather. From my research, Norris and Slough Creek usually fill first, often first thing in the morning.

 

Get There Early

For your best chance at getting a spot, get to the campground early. For popular campgrounds that may mean arriving well before 7am to line up near the registration kiosk. We got in line at Norris at 6:45am and were second in line! Around 8am the campground host comes to the kiosk. (This time can vary from campground to campground or host to host. From what I understand, 8am is standard but some hosts may come at 7:30am. Others may not come until a bit later.) 

The previous night’s campers have until 10 am to check out. The host starts allocating campsites to the people in line starting with the campsites that are currently empty since the campers have already checked out. If the host knows that other campsites will be empty by 10am, he or she may also allocate those campsites too. However, if you get one of those campsites, you’ll be able to register and pay, but you’ll have to wait until 10am to actually move in to your site.

 

Have a Backup Campground

You may not get a site in your preferred campground. There may not be very many sites available. There might be lots of people in line ahead of you. Or you might have seen online that the campground had sites available, but by the time you drive there, it’s full.

It’s smart to pick up a backup campground close to your first choice. Your backup campground should be less popular than your first choice. There’s also a list of campgrounds outside the park at the end of this post if you need it.

 

Yellowstone Campground Rules and Tips

In most ways, camping in Yellowstone is a lot like camping in any other National Park. Except for the bears… and a few other things. Here are some tips and rules you need to know about camping in Yellowstone. And to get you in the camping mood (and help give you a better idea about what campsites look like in Yellowstone) here’s a somewhat cheesy National Parks video about camping in Yellowstone.

 

Campfires in Yellowstone

Each campsite at all campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park has a fire ring. However, there may be season fire-bans during dry summers when the fire danger is high. You can buy firewood at some campgrounds (see details below.) However, at the first-come, first-served campgrounds that have firewood for sale, typically the firewood kiosk is only open in the evening from 6 to 8 pm. You can also buy firewood at most stores and gas stations in the park. 

 

Drinking Water at Yellowstone Campgrounds

There are water taps in all campgrounds in the park. It’s fresh mountain water and is safe to drink. You can fill up there or water bottle refill stations at visitor centres. There’s no need to bring wasteful and expensive bottled water!

 

Group Size at Yellowstone Campgrounds

You are only allowed to have six people per campsite. If you have more than that, you’ll need more campsites.

 

RVs in Yellowstone

Most campgrounds in Yellowstone accept RVs. RVs are welcome at all of the reservable campgrounds. Just make sure you book a spot that is big enough to accommodate your rig. The first-come, first-served campgrounds also have some RV spots. However, many of them won’t fit longer RVs and have maximum length restrictions. Check the details in the campground descriptions below to see if your rig will fit.

 

Bear Safety in Yellowstone

A bear tries to get in to a bear proof garbage bin in Yellowstone National Park

A curious black bear investigates a bear-proof garbage bin. Photo credit: skeeze on Pixabay

All of Yellowstone’s campgrounds have strict bear safety rules. You’ll get an info sheet about it when you check in to your campsite, and maybe a mini-lecture too! The reality is that bears walk through all the campgrounds. To ensure the safety of campers and bears, you have to protect all your food and smelly stuff. Of course, bears (and other critters) are interested in your food, but they might also like your dishes, pots, stove, drinks, cooler, pet food, garbage, and toiletries. 

Unless you are actively using them, you need to put those items away. You can’t leave them sitting out in your campsite or store them in your tent. You can put them in your car or you can store them in the bear-proof storage box. The bear-proof storage boxes are large metal lockers big enough to store a few large coolers. In most campgrounds, you’ll get your own, but in some of the reservable campgrounds, you will need to share them between 2 or 3 campsites.

If a ranger or campground host finds unattended food or smelly items in your campground, you could get a fine or a ticket. They will also put your gear away for you. We saw that happen to three different groups during our trip! For more tips, read my post about bear safety for campers and hikers.

 

 

What to Pack for Camping in Yellowstone

All of Yellowstone’s campgrounds are above 6000 feet so it can get cold at night. As well, it can rain at any time in the mountains. Make sure you’re prepared. For my recommendations on what to bring camping, see my Yellowstone Packing Lists

 

 

 

Which Yellowstone Campground Should You Stay At?

That’s a tough question to answer. It really depends on what you are looking for in a campground. As well, Yellowstone is a REALLY big park so many attractions are hours apart. It might make sense to stay in one campground for a night or two, then move to another one to be close to other sights. On my visit we stayed at Mammoth for two nights, then at Norris for three nights. I also visited most of the campgrounds just to see if we might want to consider trying to get a site there.

Here’s my campground-by-campground breakdown of each of the places to camp in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve got all the info on each campground so you can decide for yourself which Yellowstone campground is the best.

However, if you need some recommendations for the best campgrounds in Yellowstone, here are mine:

Most Central Campground: Norris

Best Reservable Campground: Canyon Village

Best Yellowstone Campground for Wildlife Watching: Slough Creek

 

Details for Every Yellowstone Campground

Campground Reservations Price  Sites  Toilets Showers  Near (ish) Attractions Location
Mammoth No $20 85 flush no Mammoth Hot Springs North
Indian Creek No $15 70 outhouse no Mammoth Hot Springs North
Norris No $20 111 flush no Norris Geyser Basin Central Westside
Madison Yes $26 278 flush no Old Faithful West
Grant Village Yes $31 430 flush yes West Thumb Geyser Basin South
Lewis Lake No $15 85 outhouse no West Thumb Geyser Basin South
Bridge Bay Yes $26 432 flush no Yellowstone Lake South 
Fishing Village RV Park Closed for renovations in 2019 Yellowstone Lake South
Canyon Yes $31 273 flush yes Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Central Eastside
Tower Fall No $15 31 outhouse no Tower Fall North East
Slough Creek No $15 16 outhouse no Lamar Valley North East
Pebble Creek No $15 27 outhouse no Lamar Valey North East

 

 

Mammoth Campground

Mammoth Campground in Yellowstone National Park

The view from Mammoth Campground

Open: Year Round

Reservations: No

Price: $20/night

Sites: 85 total. RVs: max 65′ combined length.

Elevation: 6200 ft (1890m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, cell reception, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale. No showers. (Closest pay showers are at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.)

Nearest Grocery Stores: Mammoth town, Gardiner, MT

Location: Mammoth Campground is in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, just a few minutes from the north entrance at Gardiner, Montana. 

Pros: It’s a good place to base for a night or two to see the sights in the northern part of Yellowstone. It’s easy to drive to Gardiner for groceries or a dinner out. The Mammoth area is very popular with elk, especially in the spring. You may even see elk in the campground. On my visit, there were protective elk mamas with calves hanging around. We had to give them a wide berth. 

Cons: The Mammoth campground is in the middle of a long switchback in the main park road. This means that it is not very quiet as there is traffic going in and out of the park at all hours. If possible, request a site away from the road. The campground is in an open sagebrush environment with few trees. Some sites don’t have much shade and it’s pretty hard to string up a tarp in wet weather.

 

Indian Creek Campground

Campsite at Indian Creek Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Campsites at Indian Creek Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Diane Renkin

Open: Mid-June to early September

Reservations: No

Price: $15/night

Sites: 70 total. RVs: 10 sites with 35′  combined length. 35 sites with 30′ combined length.

Elevation: 7300 ft (2225m)

Amenities: Pit toilets. No generators allowed, no cell reception, no showers. (Closest pay showers are at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.)

Nearest Grocery Stores: Mammoth town, Gardiner, MT

Location: Indian Creek Campground is south of Mammoth, but higher up in the mountains. From Indian Creek, it’s a 20-minute drive to Mammoth Hot Springs. 

Pros: Indian Creek is a rustic campground so it’s great if you want a more natural experience. The no generator rule and the location away from the main road also makes it nice and quiet. It also is usually one of the last campgrounds to fill up. There is lots of tree cover at this campground, which is good for shade or stringing up a tarp on wet days.

Cons: There isn’t anything to do nearby. There are a few backcountry hiking trails in the vicinity, but unless you’re a hardcore hiker, you’ll need to drive a good distance to get to any of the sights from Indian Creek. 

 

Norris Campground

Camping at Norris Campground in Yellowstone National Park

The walk-in tent sites at Norris Campground

Open: Mid-May to late September

Reservations: No

Price: $20/night

Sites: 111 total, including some walk-in sites. RVs: 2 sites with 50′ combined length and 5 sites with 30′ combined length.

Elevation: 7,500 feet (2286 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale. No cell reception, no showers. (Closest pay showers are at Canyon Village)

Nearest Grocery Store: Canyon Village General Store

Location: Norris Campground has a good central location on the western side of the park. It’s about 35 minutes to Mammoth, 25 minutes to Canyon Village, 55 minutes to Old Faithful and 55 minutes to Yellowstone Lake.

Pros: Norris is really central. It’s easy to see the whole park from here since most attractions are less than an hour drive. The only thing that is further is the Lamar Valley. The campground is located along the banks of a creek, which is really pretty. If possible, get a site in loop A or a walk-in for the best views. Bison often hang out in the area, so you might be able to spot them grazing without leaving your campsite. There is also a 1-mile trail directly from the campground to Norris Geyser Basin so you don’t have to deal with finding a parking spot there.

Cons: Norris is really popular and can fill early. As well, some of the sites are really close together (especially the walk-in sites), so they don’t feel that private.

 

Madison Campground

Camping at Madison Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Camping at Madison Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Renkin

Open: Late April to mid-October

Reservations: yes

Price: $26/night + tax and utility fees for RVs

Sites: 278 total. RVs: Some sites will fit rigs up to 40′ long when parked.

Elevation: 6,800 feet (2073 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale. No cell reception, no showers. (Closest pay showers are at the Old Faithful Lodge.)

Nearest Grocery Store: West Yellowstone, MT

Location: Madison Campground is just 25 minutes from the west entrance of the park. It’s also only about 30 minutes to Old Faithful. It’s about an hour to Mammoth, an hour to Yellowstone Lake and 45 minutes to Canyon Village.

Pros: Camping at Madison puts you within an easy drive of all the major geyser basins on the west side of the park. It’s also not that far from Mammoth, Canyon Village or Yellowstone Lake. And if you need a bit of civilization, its easy to drive out of the park to West Yellowstone to get dinner at a restaurant. The campsites are also near the Madison River, which is good for fishing.

Cons: There’s not too much to do nearby. There are a few hiking trails (Harlequin Lake and Purple Mountain), but otherwise, you’ll have to drive everywhere from your site. Loops G and H (for tents only) are the quietest. The rest can get a lot of road noise from the highway to West Yellowstone. As well, since the campground has hundreds of sites, it can feel crowded as the sites are close together. 

 

Grant Village Campground

Campsites at Grant Village Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Campsites at Grant Village Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Peaco

Open: Early June to mid-September

Reservations: yes

Price: $31/night + tax and utility fees for RVs

Sites: 430 total. RVs: Some sites will fit rigs up to 40′ long when parked.

Elevation: 7,800 feet (2377 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, cell reception, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale, two free showers a night. 

Nearest Grocery Store: Grant Village

Location: Grant Village Campground is situated on the west shore of Yellowstone Lake. It’s part of the large Grant Village community that includes a visitor centre, hotel, grocery store, marina, restaurant, and gas station. West Thumb Geyer Basin is a 5-minute drive. It’s also about 40 minutes to Old Faithful.

Pros: You can walk over to Grant Village from your campsite to check out the visitor centre, buy groceries or go to the restaurant. If you are into boating, the location on Yellowstone Lake is great. Grant Village is also an easy drive to Old Faithful. If you get a spot towards the end of loops E, G, H, or on the north side of I, you’ll be really close to Yellowstone Lake

Cons: Loops J, K, L and get road noise from the highway south to Grand Teton National Park. The sites are small and close together, without too much privacy. Being located in the south of the park means this campground is a far drive from many attractions.

 

Lewis Lake Campground

Camping at Lewis Lake Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Camping at Lewis Lake Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Neal Herbert

Open: Late June to late October

Reservations: no

Price: $15/night

Sites: 85 total including some walk-in sites. Some sites fit RVs 25′ combined length or less.

Elevation: 7,800 ft (2377 m)

Amenities: Pit toilets. No cell reception, no showers, no generators allowed. (Closest pay showers are at Grant Village.)

Nearest Grocery Store: Grant Village

Location: Lewis Lake Campground is on the shores of Lewis Lake in the southern part of Yellowstone. It’s a quiet part of the park, but Grant Village is only 20 minutes away. It’s a longer drive to the rest of the park.

Pros: Lewis Lake is popular with boaters. It’s also the gateway to the backcountry of Shoshone Lake, which is only open to canoes and kayaks. The campground is rustic with no generators and pit toilets, so it’s great if you want a more natural experience. It also tends to fill up later than other campgrounds.

Cons: This is the southern-most campground in the park. That makes it the farthest away from most attractions. 

 

Bridge Bay Campground

Tents at Bridge Bay campground in Yellowstone National Park

Bridge Bay Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Renkin

Open: Mid-May to mid-September

Reservations: yes

Price: $26/night + tax and utility fees for RVs

Sites: 432 total. RVs: Some sites will fit rigs up to 40′ long when parked.

Elevation: 7,800 ft (2377 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, cell reception, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale. No showers. (Closest pay showers at Grant Village and Fishing Bridge RV Park.) 

Nearest Grocery Store: Lake Village, Fishing Bridge

Location: Bridge Bay campground is located on the northern part of Yellowstone Lake in the southern part of the park. The Bridge Bay Marina is right next door. It’s a short drive to Canyon Village and West Thumb Geyser Basin, but other sights are much further away.

Pros: This is a good campsite to choose if you brought a boat since the marina is nearby. It’s a short drive to Lake Village and Grant Village if you need groceries or want to eat at a restaurant. And you can hike the popular Natural Bridge Trail right from your campsite.

Cons: Many of the campsites are very close together with no privacy since there aren’t many trees. As well, some people have complained that the tent sites are not very level.  Being located in the south of the park means this campground is a far drive from many attractions.

 

Fishing Bridge RV Park

RVs in Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone National Park

Fishing Bridge RV Park before the 2018/2019 renovations. Photo credit: NPS/Peaco

Note: Hard-sided RVs only. No tents. No tent-trailers.

Closed for Renovations in 2019. Reopens in 2020.

Reservations: yes

Price: $47.75/night + tax and utility fees for RVs

Sites: 340 total for hard-sided RVs only. Some sites will fit rigs up to 40′ long when parked.

Elevation: 7,800 ft (2377 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, cell reception, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, pay showers, full hookups. No campfires allowed.

Nearest Grocery Store: Lake Village, Fishing Bridge

Location: Fishing Bridge RV Park is at the north end of Yellowstone Lake. It’s close to the Fishing Bridge over the Yellowstone River and a general store. Lake Village is a short drive away. It’s a short drive to Canyon Village and West Thumb Geyser Basin, but other sights are much further away.

Pros: If you camp in an RV and want full hook-ups, this is your only option for that in Yellowstone National Park.

Cons: The campground is set up like a traditional RV Park with rigs parked very close together. The hard-sided RV requirement is because grizzly bears frequent the campground. You aren’t allowed to have a campfire at these sites, which is a bummer on cold nights.

 

Canyon Campground

Camping at Canyon campground in Yellowstone National Park

A campsite at Canyon campground. Photo credit: NPS/Neal Herbert

Open: Mid-May to mid-September

Reservations: yes

Price: $31/night + tax and utility fees for RVs

Sites: 273 total. RVs: Some sites will fit rigs up to 40′ long when parked.

Elevation:7,900 feet (2408 m)

Amenities: Flush toilets, cell reception, generators allowed, amphitheater with ranger programs, firewood for sale, two free showers a night.

Nearest Grocery Store: Canyon Village.

Location: Canyon campground is located in Canyon Village near the north rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It’s a pretty central location on the east side of the park.

Pros: Canyon Village is within walking distance of the campground and it has a grocery store and restaurants. The campground is away from the village and the main road so it is quiet. If you don’t want to worry about parking on the canyon rim, you can follow a trail one mile from the campground through the cabins to the North Rim.

Cons: As with the other reservable campgrounds, the sites are small and close together. As well, people complain that some of the sites aren’t very flat.

 

Tower Fall Campground

Camping at Tower Fall Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Tower Fall Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Neal Herbert

Open: Late May to late September

Reservations: No

Price: $15/night

Sites: 31 total. RVs: Best for rigs 30′ combined length or less due to a hairpin curve.

Elevation: 6,600 feet (2012 m)

Amenities: Pit toilets, amphitheater with ranger programs. No cell reception, no showers, no generators allowed. (Closest pay showers are at Roosevelt Lodge.)

Nearest Grocery Store: Tower Fall

Location: Tower Fall campground is located across the road from Tower Fall in the northern part of Yellowstone. It’s a 10-minute drive away from Tower Junction and the Roosevelt Lodge.

Pros: It’s a small campground so it won’t feel crowded. You can walk to Tower Fall from your campsite. If you want a restaurant meal, the Roosevelt Lodge is a short drive away.

Cons: The sites are smaller so they are better for tents, not RVs (although shorter RVs are permitted.)

 

Slough Creek Campground

Camping at Slough Creek Campground in Yellowstone National Park

The Slough Creek Campground. Photo credit: NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Open: Mid-June to mid-October

Reservations: No

Price: $15/night

Sites: 16 total. RVs: 14 sites fit rigs 30′ combined length or less.

Elevation:6,250 feet (1905 m)

Amenities: Pit toilets. No cell reception, no showers. (Closest pay showers are at Roosevelt Lodge.)

Nearest Grocery Store: Tower Fall

Location: Slough Creek is located on a gravel road in the northeast part of Yellowstone. It is in the Lamar Valley, one of the park’s best wildlife watching destinations. Since it’s the remote northeast of the park, it’s not near any of the other attractions.

Pros: There is a wolf den nearby so this is the best place in the park to try to spot a wolf. Bison, bears, pronghorn, and elk are also common. It’s a small and quiet campground with a wilderness feel. 

Cons: RVs won’t really fit in this campground. (Although very small rigs may fit.) This campground is a long drive from the rest of the park and frequent bison jams can make the drive even longer.

 

Pebble Creek Campground

Pebble Creek Campground in Yellowstone National Park

Pebble Creek Campground. Photo Credit: NPS/Neal Herbert

Open: Mid-June to late September

Reservations: No

Price: $15/night

Sites: 27 total. Some have long pull-throughs that will accommodate RVs.

Elevation: 6,900 feet (2103 m)

Amenities: Pit toilets. No cell reception, no showers. (Closest pay showers are at Roosevelt Lodge.)

Nearest Grocery Store: Tower Fall, Cooke City

Location: Pebble Creek Campground is in the northeast corner of Yellowstone at the foot of the Absaroka Mountains. It’s a 20-minute drive to Cooke City, MT on the eastern edge of the park. Otherwise, it’s not near anything else in the park.

Pros: Pebble Creek is a small and quiet campground with a wilderness feel. There’s a pretty little creek right in the middle of the campground. Nearby Soda Butte Creek is popular with anglers. It’s also close to the wildlife mecca of the Lamar Valley.

Cons: It’s a LONG drive to the rest of the park.

 

Campgrounds Outside Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone RV Park in Gardiner, Montana

Yellowstone RV Park in Gardiner, Montana. Photo via rvparkyellowstone.com

If you can’t get a campsite inside the park, you aren’t out of camping options. There are first-come, first-served campgrounds in the National Forests outside Yellowstone. There are also RV parks in some of the nearby towns. I haven’t visited any of these, so I can’t give you any recommendations. But here’s the list of all the campgrounds near Yellowstone I know of, sorted by which park entrance they are closest to:

North Entrance:

Northeast Entrance

East Entrance:

West Entrance:

South Entrance:

 

So that’s everything you need to know about camping in Yellowstone. I know you’re going to have an AWESOME trip! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section. I’ll be happy to answer!

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Kay
    July 5, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I feel like there should be a bear reality show or something. Like “The Bears of Yellowstone”

    • Reply
      Taryn Eyton
      July 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

      OMG that would too funny. I would definitely watch it!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    July 5, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    What a great post! I love camping and this makes me even more excited to visit this beautiful place! I might go there this year already, so excited!

  • Reply
    Andrea LaPlant
    July 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    What a thorough overview of all the campgrounds at Yellowstone! I haven’t been there yet but I’d definitely want a campground with flushing toilets and showers – ha!

  • Reply
    Suzy
    July 6, 2019 at 6:54 am

    How cool is this!! My husband and I have been dreaming of a road trip around US National Parks for years. We love camping and hiking, and yet I had never thought about camping in Yellowstone until now – how did I miss this? Camping in a super volcano would be quite a unique experience 😀

  • Reply
    Linda
    July 10, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    This post was so, so, so helpful in my research! We’re planning a trip there for next summer. We’re planning on taking an RV through Yellowstone. Do you know if there is a time we have to make it to a reserved campground before they would give your spot away?

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