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Best Campsites in Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is easily one of the top national parks in the US with the sheer amount of wildlife and the unique geysers that are all over the park. Camping in Yellowstone can be done, but it does take a little bit of planning as the campsite reservations fill up quickly as soon as they are released for the season. Here are the best campsites in Yellowstone National Park depending on how rustic you want to be and if you need utility hookups. The thing to note as well as that there are campsites that are ran by Xanterra and those by the national park system. The ones ran by the park system will be rustic, usually no running water and less expensive but are on a first come, first serve basis. The ones ran by Xanterra will have full hookups, showers, and camp stores and are on the national reservation system. There are also resorts or lodges that you can stay at in Yellowstone if you don’t want to go the camping route.

Madison Campground

Madison is just east of the West Yellowstone entrance and just north of Old Faithful, a 30 minute drive from both. This campsite is located on the river and at dusk you can see many animals coming in for their evening time at the watering hole. You can fish from here and there are lots of hiking trails as well. Madison also has an amphitheater where the National Park Service Rangers put on an educational show a few times a week. An RV dump station and limited group sites are available, but no utility hook-ups or showers.

Canyon Campground

One of the most popular campgrounds is Canyon as it is so close to the center of the park and to the breathtaking Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. This campground has hundreds of spaces and they fill up quickly! It is a little busier and noisy, but sits in some really beautiful scenery. Canyon has a camp store, a restaurant, pay showers, a coin laundry and an RV dump station, but no utility hook-ups. What is also nice is that this has one of the only gas stations with repair service available in Yellowstone. They also have hot flavored coffee to go!

Grant Village Campground

This woodsy campground is located at the southwestern edge of Yellowstone Lake, closer to the South Entrance. There are a lot of hiking trails through the woods and this campground has been known to get more rainfall and snow than some of the other ones. Close by are restaurants, pay showers, a coin laundry, and an RV dump station, but there are no utility hook-ups. Group sites are available.

If you are in an RV and not camping with a tent, there is really only one campsite that can accommodate you and that is Fishing Bridge RV Park. Some of the resorts might let you park there, but most won’t. There are over a dozen campgrounds in Yellowstone, but these are my top three. When making reservations, make sure to inquire if any of the sites are undergoing renovations as it rotates every year.

Yellowstone Campground Dates of Operation and Rates

  Operating Dates 2014 Estimated Rates
Fishing Bridge RV Park 5/9/14 – 9/21/14 $50.00*
Bridge Bay Campground 5/23/14 – 9/1/14 $22.50
Canyon Campground 5/30/14 – 9/14/14 $27.00*
Grant Village Campground 6/21/14 – 9/21/14 $27.00*
Madison Campground 5/2/14 – 10/19/14 $22.50
*Rates include two showers per night. Taxes and utility fees extra.

 

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29 Comments

  1. Kungphoo says

    This is a place i want to visit with the kids.. but we are not campers..

    1. SheriMcCullah says

      You can find any type of accommodations from primitive campgrounds to luxury hotels. Visit their website. Xxantera handles their reservations

  2. DD says

    I would love to take our family here. I just don’t think we would camp.

  3. Felicia says

    Thanks for sharing this! It sounds like such a great place to visit some day! Matt and I have been talking about taking a vacation soon!

  4. BusyBee says

    I went to Yellowstone when I was kid and I would love to go back

  5. LauraOinAK says

    My family would love to visit Yellowstone. Thanks for the tip about showers as so many places do not include any in the fees.

  6. Elisebet F says

    I was excited to read this post! I went to Yellowstone when I was 5 yrs old, and still remember bits and pieces of the trip. I’d love to take my son there!

  7. Michelle F. says

    Great information. I have been wanting to plan a trip there.

  8. Heather says

    I have never been to Yellowstone. I want to go when the kids get older! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

  9. MK says

    Oh I love Yellowstone! I went as a kid and had the best time ever, so many things to see, seriously one of our nation’s best parks!

  10. Nikki says

    Gosh when I showed my hubs this he was to go for sure!!!

  11. Shiny says

    God I would absolutely love to go there one day!

  12. Allie says

    This is good to know. I haven’t been there since I was a child

  13. Janelle says

    I’ve always wanted to see Yellow Stone, maybe now would be a good time.

  14. Pamela says

    Wow, this looks like such a naturally beautiful place, would love to visit.

  15. Petro Neagu says

    Such a great guide. I hear Yellowstone is simply magnificent.

  16. Rosey says

    I’d love to see Yellowstone. Thank you for sharing the information here that you have.

  17. DD says

    That would be a beautiful place to visit!

  18. Jen says

    I really want to go camping this summer. I really fancy an adventure!

  19. Mama to 5 BLessings says

    I am envious, I so want to take my kids there, I hear it’s beautiful. Their prices seem very reasonable!

  20. Allie says

    Just booked my trip, can’t wait to visit this place again. Thanks for the advice.

  21. Amber Nelson says

    They don’t seem very expensive either. That is a bonus.

  22. DD says

    I would love to take my kids here to see this.

  23. Janelle says

    This is just what I need this year, a camping trip. Nothing is more relaxing.

  24. Larissa @ The Pop Up Princess says

    We hit Yellowstone last summer, and it was one of our most memorable trips. We stayed at Canyon Campground in our pop up camper, and it was perfect. It was centrally located, so we didn’t have to drive far to get to anything–and there is so much to see and do. We were busy all day long, and those warm showers were great in the evenings. I highly recommend this campground.

  25. btandon says

    I’m planing on going this summer and only available spots are on bridge Bay, any one have info on this camp ground? We are planning on staying there for three days.

    1. Sheri McCullah says

      We tent camped in Bridge Bay the first time we went. It is on the Southern side of the park next to Yellowstone Lake. It is 40-50 miles from Old Faithful, and that far at least from most wildlife viewing except for Buffalo.

      Madison is good and so is Canyon Village.

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