Yellowstone National Park Camping Grounds

Yellowstone National Park Camping Grounds
Famous for its wildlife, natural beauty and attractions such as the Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone National Park is also America's original national park. Despite its location in remote northwestern Wyoming, the park is a major magnet for outdoors enthusiasts and tourists, drawing more than 620,000 campers alone in 2009. Within its 3,472 square miles, Yellowstone offers a diverse selection of campgrounds great and small, developed and primitive.

Bay Bridge Campground

Bay Bridge Campground is set on the banks of Yellowstone Lake, about 30 miles from the park's east entrance. The campground is adjacent to the lake's marina, making it a logical camping choice for anglers. The campground consists of a mix of 400 tents-only, RVs-only and joint tent-and-RV campsites. Some of the campsites are hike-in and/or bike-in. Every campsite has its own picnic table and fire grate. Bay Bridge is situated on a wooded slope by the lake, with the camping loops downhill and closest to the lake being more grassy and open, while those farther up the slope are more densely wooded. Sixteen restrooms with flush toilets and dish washing sinks are located throughout the campground, but there are no showers at Bay Bridge. The campground is open from late May to mid-September, and reservations are available.

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Canyon Campground

Less than a mile from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the appropriately named Canyon Campground is described by Xanterra, Yellowstone's campground-operating contractor, as one of the most popular in the park due to its wooded environment and central location. The campground offers a mix of 270 tents-only, RVs-only and joint tent-and-RV sites. Every site has its own picnic table and fire grate, and 15 restrooms with flush toilets are located throughout the campground. Most of these restrooms have dish washing sinks, and the campground as a whole is serviced by a central camper services building with pay showers and coin-operated laundry machines. The campground is open from early June to early September and accepts reservations.

Grant Campground

Grant Campground is open from late June to mid-September and accepts reservations. The campground is set in a thick pine forest just a few miles from West Thumb Geyser Basin, about 22 miles from the park's south entrance. The campground's over 400 campsites offer a mix of tents-only, RVs-only and joint tent-and-RV campsites, and some of the campsites are hike-in and/or bike-in. All the campsites have their own picnic tables and fire grates. Grant Campground is serviced by its 17 restrooms with flush toilets and dish washing sinks, while the pay showers and coin laundry is located at the campground's central camper services building. Within half a mile of the campground is a grocery store and a number of restaurants.

Slough Creek Campground

Slough Creek is an example of one of Yellowstone's smaller campgrounds. Open from late May to early October, the campground is situated about 2 1/2 miles down a dirt road, five miles to the east of Tower Junction. Part of the campground is in the forest and part in a sage meadow, but all of it is set on the banks of Slough Creek. The campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and generators are banned. The only facilities present at Slough Creek are a pair of hand-pumps for water and vault toilets. Given its small size and popularity, the National Park Service recommends arriving early at this campground to secure a campsite.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

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