There is nothing like a camping trip to Yellowstone. Waking-up in the outdoors seems to bring us closer to nature. Whether you are in a recreational vehicle or a tent, the sounds and smells of a campground will work on you like magic.
Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds and over 2,000 sites to choose from. Campgrounds range in size from 29 sites to over 400. While most of these sites are only available in the summer, the campground at Mammoth Hot Springs is open all year long.
Seven of the park’s campgrounds are managed by the National Park Service and those sites are on a first come, first served basis. It’s best to get to the park early, claim a site and then go exploring. Many of the park’s campgrounds fill each day. Check-out time is 10 AM.
The remaining 5 campgrounds are managed by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, and those sites can be reserved. If you are looking for full hook-ups for a recreational vehicle, the Fishing Bridge RV Park is your only choice. Due to bear activity, only hard sided vehicles are permitted at Fishing Bridge. (www.TravelYellowstone.com).
Many campgrounds offer free ranger-led programs in the evening. Check for availability and times on our website, at a visitor center or on the bulletin board at your campground.
Remember, Yellowstone is home to black bears and grizzly bears. Help protect Yellowstone’s bears. Keep a clean camp and always store any food items in a vehicle or in one of the bear proof boxes that are provided.
When packing for a camping trip to Yellowstone, make sure you include some warm clothes and rain gear. It can be cold or even snow at any time of year.
Camping in Yellowstone has a long and storied past. From the park’s first explorers to President Theodore Roosevelt, the park has welcomed generations of campers. I hope that soon, you and your family get a chance to wake-up with nature right here in Yellowstone National Park.