Campgrounds Inside Yellowstone National Park

All about Yellowstone campgrounds, reservations, camping rules, campgrounds for bicyclists and hikers, and group camping in the National Park.
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First Come, First Served At 7 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.

Reservations Required at 5 Yellowstone Campgrounds

Five campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park require reservations (shown with an asterisk below). They include Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV, Grant and Madison. Reserve these campsites through Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Advance reservations: 307-344-7311
Same-day reservations: 307-344-7901
TDD: 307-344-5395 
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Yellowstone Campground Facilities

Campground

Sites

Toilets

S/L

DS

GP

Bridge Bay*

432

Flush

No

Yes

Yes

Canyon*

272

Flush

Yes

No

Yes

Fishing Bridge RV*

344

Flush

Yes

Sewer

Yes

Grant*

425

Flush

Yes

Yes

Yes

Indian Creek

75

Vault

No

No

No

Lewis Lake

85

Vault

No

No

No

Madison*

277

Flush

No

Yes

Yes

Mammoth

85

Flush

No

No

Yes

Norris

116

Flush

No

No

Yes

Pebble Creek

32

Vault

No

No

No

Slough Creek

29

Vault

No

No

No

Tower Fall

32

Vault

No

No

No

Key:
* = Reservations Required
Sites = Number of campsites in campground
Toilets = Type of toilet facilities
S/L = Shower and laundry facilities
DS = Dump Station
GP = Generators Permitted

Approximate 2016 Open Dates for Yellowstone Campgrounds

Weather permitting

Campground

2016

Fee

Bridge Bay

5/20 - 9/5

$23.50

Canyon

5/27 - 9/11

$28

Fishing Bridge RV

5/6 - 9/18

$47.75

Grant

6/19 - 9/18

$28

Indian Creek

6/10 - 9/12

$15

Lewis Lake

6/15 - 11/6

$15

Madison

4/29 - 10/16

$23.50

Mammoth

All Year

$20

Norris

5/20 - 9/26

$20

Pebble Creek

6/15 - 9/26

$15

Slough Creek

6/15 - 10/7

$15

Tower Fall

5/27 - 9/26

$15

Yellowstone's Pebble Creek Campground. Photo by NPS Neal Herbert

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 a.m.

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 wildfires 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 p.m. to 8 a.m.; quiet hours 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. 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.

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!