Duration: 5 minutes, 12 seconds If you’re interested in camping, Yellowstone is the place to go. We have 12 campgrounds and well over 2,000 campsites, and that’s not even mentioning the backcountry sites.
Yellowstone has always been one of the most popular camping destinations in America. Today, there are 12 campgrounds and well over 2000 individual campsites in the park. The 5 largest campgrounds are managed by Xanterra Parks and Resorts and the 7 smaller campgrounds are managed by the National Park Service.
The campgrounds operated by Xanterra take reservations while the NPS managed campgrounds are first come, first served. If you plan on visiting Yellowstone in a recreational vehicle, it is best to make reservations. Many of the smaller campgrounds have a limited number of sites for RVs. (1-866-GEYSERLAND)
Only one of the campgrounds in Yellowstone offers water, sewer and electrical hook-ups; the Fishing Bridge RV Park with over 325 sites also has laundry and shower facilities. Located near Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge is centrally located along the East Entrance road. Because grizzly bears frequent the area, Fishing Bridge RV Park is for hard-sided campers only; no tents or tent-campers are allowed. Make reservations early, this campground is full most nights.
The other campgrounds managed by Xanterra all take reservations. Those campgrounds are designed for RVs and tents. Canyon, Madison, Grant and Bridge Bay campsites all can be reserved. The Canyon and Grant Campgrounds offer laundry and shower facilities.
If you plan on camping in Yellowstone but do not have reservations, you need to get here early. The 7 campgrounds managed by the National Park Service often fill daily, but there are usually sites available each morning. It will be important to go to the campground of your choice and secure a campsite as soon as you can. Many campgrounds fill before 11 AM.
Many Yellowstone camping veterans prefer to spend the night before they get to the park in one of the gateway communities in the region. With an early wake-up call you can be camping in Yellowstone by lunch.
When you are deciding which campground you would like to stay in, take in consideration which gate you will be using to enter Yellowstone. Traveling around the park in mid-summer will take longer than you think; the speed limit is 45 MPH or less. Visitors watching wildlife from their cars and road construction can cause significant delays.
The campgrounds located at Tower Falls, Slough Creek and Pebble Creek have fewer facilities, but they are farther from the masses. Lewis Lake and Bridge Bay are the only campgrounds with boat docks; Bridge Bay offers a full service marina.
Check the official park newspaper that you will get when you enter Yellowstone, for campgrounds offering evening programs while you are here.
Once you have a campsite, the adventure begins. You will be free to explore Yellowstone with no time limits. But there are precautions to take. Always keep a clean camp; the entire park is bear country. All food items, including grills and stoves, must be stored with your food inside a vehicle.
Bear proof boxes are provided at many locations for items you cannot store inside. Be aware that several campsites may share these boxes, so consolidate your items to minimize the space they use. If you are in a campsite and a bear approaches, take shelter inside a vehicle; if there is enough time to safely take your food with you, do so. Never feed wild animals. Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear.
Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in sites that have grates, if conditions allow. Your campground host will know the current wildland fire conditions. If you do plan on building a fire, you can collect dead and down wood from the forest for use in the park; if possible collect wood well away from the campground to limit your impact. Always be aware of wildfire dangers. All campfires must be extinguished before you go to sleep or leave your site.
Always be considerate of other campers when in Yellowstone. All of the campgrounds managed by Xanterra, plus the Norris and the Mammoth Campgrounds allow generators between 8am and 8pm; all others prohibit all generators.
The Mammoth Campground is open all year; the remaining campgrounds open and close on a staggered schedule. Madison Campground has the longest season and is usually open from early May to late October.
If you prefer a far more secluded campsite, consider backcountry camping. There are many backcountry campsites for those interested in packing their gear.
If you did not plan on all Yellowstone’s campgrounds being full, there are numerous facilities outside the park. Check the plan your visit link on our website for local Chamber of Commerce numbers. (www.nps.gov/yell)
When coming to Yellowstone, make sure you pack rain gear and warm clothes, even in mid-summer; it can freeze or even snow at any time of the year. Remember, we are here to help you make your trip a success, stop by a visitor center or backcountry office for more information. Its time to rediscover Yellowstone and a camping trip is a great way to start.
Bridge Bay Campground
Campsite Reservations Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates campgrounds at Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Grant Village, and Madison. Same-day reservations can be made by calling: 307-344-7901. Future reservations can be made by calling: 307-344-7311 or 1-866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375), or by writing: Yellowstone National Park Lodges, PO Box 165, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190.
Visitors can make online reservations at www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.
TDD service (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) is available at 307-344-5395.
Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only campground offering water, sewer, and electrical hookups-50 amp service; it is for hard-sided vehicles only (no tents or tent-trailers are allowed).
Please make your reservations early and/or plan to secure your campsite as early in the day as possible. Campgrounds may fill by early morning, especially during peak season (early July-late August).
It is recommended that people driving recreational vehicles over 30' make a reservation since there are a limited number of campsites over 30' available in Yellowstone. Large RV sites are located at Flagg Ranch, Fishing Bridge RV Park, West Yellowstone and Gardiner.
Campsite Availability & Reservations Availability is first-come, first serve at the following seven campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park: Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth, Norris, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall. Campgrounds may be filled by 11 a.m.; arrive early to obtain a site. Overnight camping of any type (tent, vehicle, or RV) outside designated campgrounds is not permitted. Campsite occupancy is limited to 6 people per site.
Length of Stay Camping is limited to 14 days from July 1 through Labor Day (first Monday in September) and to 30 days the rest of the year; no limit at Fishing Bridge.
Drinking Water, Campfires, Grills & Stoves
Drinking water is normally available in all campgrounds with occasional exceptions. Campfires, including those in portable wood or propane fire pits, are prohibited in the Fishing Bridge RV Park. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in all other campground locations, though special fire restrictions are occasionally put in place when the danger of wildland fires is great. If you plan to light a fire in the park, please ask about current fire restrictions at the entrance station when you arrive or email our Visitor Services Office immediately prior to your visit. Propane grills and stoves are normally not restricted.
Click on a Campground Name Below to Take an Interactive Tour (Flash Player required-free online). (NPS Photos/Hafey, Cawley, Olliff) See below for key to symbols.
*Campgrounds close for the season at 11 am of the last date listed
Δ Sites you can reserve
Ω Rate does not include tax or utility pass-through
‡ Site with full hook ups
A Accessible sites available
F Flush toilets
V Vault toilets
S/L Pay showers/laundry onsite
NS Showers not included
2S Two showers included each night
DS Dump station
G Generators OK 8 am-8pm
Dates are approximate and may change because of weather or resource management concerns. Campgrounds close at 11 a.m. on the date listed. This campground information is also available in as a pdf file for easy printability.
Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.