Yellowstone Camping and Campground Information
Camping is a great way to experience Yellowstone Park. Sure, you could stay in one of the many lodges or hotels within the park, but it can be a lot more economical and fun to stay in the outdoors. Camping in Yellowstone is available in most campsites from June through September. Mammoth hot springs campground is even open year round for those looking to brave the colder temperatures. There is nothing quite like waking up to the crisp mountain air after a full nights sleep. A Yellowstone camping trip is perhaps going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your vacation.
Many campgrounds within Yellowstone are operated by Xanterra, which is a company with a contract to offer services within the park. There are also several campgrounds run by the National Park Service. The Xanterra operated campgrounds will take reservations, however the NPS run campgrounds are first come first serve. So during the peak of the summer it is a good idea to try to secure a campsite as soon as you can. These sites will all fill up quickly, so get an early start to ensure a successful Yellowstone camping trip.
Interactive Yellowstone Camping Map
Below you will find a Yellowstone campground map with all of your camping options listed within the park. You can toggle the map to show aerial images or the standard view. If you need help navigating to any of these campsites there is a link for directions to each of the sites below.
Tower Falls Campground
This campground has only 31 sites, so you should be here early if you want one. It is located in the North part of the park and has less traffic than many other areas. You can visit Tower falls or just hang out and watch the animals in the area. Fishing is good around here and so is the scenery. Lots of great hiking is also nearby.
Slough Creek Campground
23 campsites can be found at the Slough creek campground. This is a popular fishing area within the park. If you wake up early and start hunting for a campsite here you might be able to score a riverside camping hotspot.
Pebble Creek Campground
27 sites are available here. You will find lots of hiking and fishing opportunities available here in the Northeast portion of the park.
Norris campground has about 100 campsites. It is centrally located and offers nightly campfires around a large ring. This area is known for its geysers and outstanding geothermal activity.
This is the only campground in Yellowstone open year round. It is a first come first serve. Check in early if you want a campsite here. You will find this campground has some good shady spots and is in a good area. It is particularly popular with large RV users because of its size and layout.
Madison campground is located near the West entrance to the park and in close proximity to old faithful. You will find plenty of activities to do in this area. Whether you are looking for a fun hike, amazing fishing opportunities or even a visit to nearby old faithful, this is a good place for you. Madison campground is one of the largest in the park with 278 campsites available. You can reserve sites here by calling: 1-866-Geyserland (within the. US.), (307) 344-7311
85 sites are available here. This is a first come first serve campground located near the South Entrance to the park. This is a beautiful area of the park that is a great place to stay on your way South into Teton National park or Jackson Hole Wyoming.
This is one of the smaller and more rustic campgrounds within Yellowstone. It is located in the Northern part of the park and is open from June through September. This campground has 70 sites that will fill up quickly during the heat of the season.
Grant village offers 430 campsites and is located right at the South end of Yellowstone Lake. In this area you will find some of the most impressive geothermal activity in the park at the West thumb geyser basin. This is one of my favorite areas of the park and I visit it often.
Fishing Bridge RV Park
If you are an RV camper, this is the best site within the park. Fishing bridge RV park is the only campground in Yellowstone that offers all of the commonly requested RV facilities such as water, sewer, and electrical RV hookups. This is one of the Xanterra campgrounds and will accept reservations. You can reserve a spot by calling: 1-866-Geyserland
Canyon campground is located near the Grand canyon of Yellowstone. It has 273 campsites and lots of nearby activities. In this area of the park you will find lots of great hiking, a visitor center and stores. It also features some of the most amazing scenery available inside Yellowstone.
This campground is one of the largest within Yellowstone. It has 432 campsites comprised of several out in the open and many offering shade and privacy. Bridge bay campground is just across the street from Yellowstone lake. This area of the park has a lot to do including some very nice hikes and great fishing areas.
If you need more information about camping in Yellowstone, you can visit the camping page on the NPS website here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm