Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Camping

Camping is a great way to experience Yellowstone. The park offers campgrounds with hot showers and flushing toilets and also backcountry spots where you won’t see another person for, possibly, days. Camping and RVing is also available in scenic locations throughout the region, including hot springs in Thermopolis and crowd-free settings in quiet Idaho.

Yellowstone Park Campsite and Campground Reservations

Advance reservations: 307-344-7311    Same-day reservations: 307-344-7901

Campground Sites Dates Fees Elevation (feet) Toilets Showers Laundry Dump
Station
Generators Permitted
Bridge Bay* 432 5/25-9/16 $18** 7,800 Flush no yes yes
Canyon* 272 6/8-9/9 $18** 8,000 Flush yes no yes
Fishing Bridge RV* 344 5/18-9/30 $37**+ 7,800 Flush yes sewer yes
Grant* 425 6/21-9/23 $18** 7,800 Flush yes yes yes
Indian Creek 75 6/8-9/17 $12 7,300 Vault no no no
Lewis Lake 85 6/15-11/4 $12 7,800 Vault no no no
Madison* 277 5/4-10/28 $18** 6,800 Flush no yes yes
Mammoth 85 All Year $14 6,200 Flush no no yes
Norris 116 5/18-9/24 $14 7,500 Flush no no yes
Pebble Creek 32 6/8-9/24 $12 6,900 Vault no no no
Slough Creek 29 5/25-10/31 $12 6,250 Vault no no no
Tower Falls 32 5/18-9/24 $12 6,600 Vault no no no

* Reserve through Xanterra Parks & Resorts – call: 307-344-7311 or TDD: 307-344-5395

**Plus sales tax + 1-4 people

Dates are approximate and may change because of weather or resource management concerns.

Bridge Bay, Canyon, Grant Village, and Madison campgrounds, all contain accessible sites.

Yellowstone Camping Rules

Camping or overnight vehicle parking in pullouts, picnic areas, picnic grounds, or any place other than a designated campground are not permitted and there are no overflow camping facilities. However, camping is often available in neighboring communities and forests outside the park.

Camping in Yellowstone Park is limited to 14 days between July 1 and Labor Day to 30 days the rest of the year. There is no limit at Fishing Bridge RV Park. Check-out time for all campgrounds is 10:00 AM.

Campfires

Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in locations with fire grates. 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.

Quiet Hours

Camping in Yellowstone Park is a special experience. Each visitor deserves the opportunity to hear the birds, wildlife, and streams in this beautiful environment. Respect this by complying with the law: generators prohibited 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM; quiet hours 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. No loud audio devices, or other noise disturbances will be allowed in the Park during this time. Generators are only permitted in six Yellowstone campgrounds and the Fishing Bridge RV Park.

First Come, First Served At Yellowstone Campgrounds

There are 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park. Seven of these campgrounds are operated by the National Park Service at Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth, Norris, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall. Sites at these campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yellowstone Campgrounds for Bicyclists and Hikers

Camping for bicyclists is limited to the developed Yellowstone campgrounds located throughout the park. Campsites are available by reservation (through Xanterra Parks and Resorts) and on a first come, first served basis. The distances separating the different Yellowstone campgrounds and the fact that the campgrounds typically fill early each day during the peak visitation season will pose logistical problems for the bicycle camper in Yellowstone. A limited number of campsites are reserved for hikers and bicyclists at all campgrounds with the exception of Slough Creek. If you are camping in Yellowstone Park, it is not available at Old Faithful. If you are traveling with a group of bicyclists, call Xanterra Parks and Resorts prior to your arrival to check on group campsite availability; not all Yellowstone campgrounds can accommodate groups. If you have access to a vehicle, use it to find a campsite in your destination campground early each day.

Bicyclists camping in Yellowstone without a vehicle can use designated hiker sand bikers sites for $ 5.00 per individual per night. All other vehicle campsites range from $12 to $17 per night depending on the campground. Opening and closing dates vary considerably for each campground. Check the table above to make sure that a Yellowstone campground is open if you are planning a spring or fall visit to Yellowstone Park.

Group Camping in Yellowstone Park

Group camping in Yellowstone Park is available at Madison, Grant, and Bridge Bay from late May through closing date for organized groups with a designated leader such as youth or educational groups. Campsite fees range from $49-79 (plus tax) per night, depending on group size. Advance reservations campsites are required and can be made by writing:

Xanterra Parks and Resorts: PO Box 165 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, or by calling: 307-344-5437

Since food and odors attract bears, items such as cooking stoves, utensils, coolers, trash bags, food, and toiletries may not be left outside or in tents or tent trailers, unless they are in immediate use!

Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking! Read More...

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Ride a Horse

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7. Go Camping

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8. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

9. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

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