by Kenneth L. Graham (Falcon Guides)
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For the budget-minded camper, camping outside of Yellowstone is a must! There are 3 campgrounds I know of that don't charge a fee, and all are within 20 miles of an entrance to the park. We recently stayed at Canyon (aka Hell's Canyon), located just 15 miles north of Mammoth Hot Springs. The campground was filled with boulders of all sizes, making you more than a little nervous about the massive boulder field hovering above. The downside to this campground is that it's located directly on the road, but that also means that you'll be back in Yellowstone in no time. There are a few sites that will afford you some privacy, these are located right near the very clean and large outhouse. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit, and at least one level place for a tent.
The other 2 free sites are Spring Creek and Cherry Creek, located off Hwy 20 on Hebgen Lake Rd (closest entrance is at West Yellowstone).
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