Yellowstone RV Parks





Yellowstone National Park is one of our favorite places to visit and there are lots of Yellowstone RV Parks to choose from. Yellowstone is absolutely breathtaking and there’s so much to see and do. It encompasses such a huge area. If you decide to go, you’ll want to plan on doing a lot of driving to see all the sights. But, it’s definitely worth all the extra time in the car. Yellowstone is 3,472 square miles – about 54 miles wide and 64 miles north to south. We had such a great time and were in awe with all the unique geothermal sights throughout the park … and the wildlife is everywhere.

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Terri in front of Hot Springs

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Vern ‘in his glory’ in front of Morning Glory

Which Yellowstone RV Park did we choose?

Bridge Bay Campground
We believe we had the best Yellowstone camping site! It was a pull-thru and it had the most beautiful view of Lake Yellowstone. Wish we could remember the site number. We must have been so excited to have finally arrived we forgot to jot down the site number. We remember it was a pull-thru and it was 2-3 loops past the amphitheater. We felt like we were on ‘top of the world’ with such spectacular views. Many of the other sites seemed a bit crammed since we also needed room for our tow vehicle, too. yellowstone,rv,park,bridge bay,yellowstone lake
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To view or download a copy of Bridge Bay Campground map, click on the following link. Click to download the PDF campground map here.

The rest of the campground – well, how should we say this … was just ‘okay’ in our humble opinion. However, the good thing about Bridge Bay is that it’s very well located (just about the center of everything), which means you can get to all the sightseeing areas with the least amount of driving. Keep in mind with all the driving and sightseeing you’ll be doing you probably won’t be spending all that much time in any one of the Yellowstone RV parks anyway. >

If you’re planning to make a reservation at one of the Yellowstone RV Parks, we’d recommend booking your site way ahead. We made our reservation about eight months in advance of our stay.

Bridge Bay has no services, so you’ll need to bring your own power, water, etc. There is a water station to fill your water tank at the entrance and generators are allowed. There are no tents allowed because of the bears and other wildlife. When we were there we enjoyed watching this big buffalo roam the campground. He was amazing to watch – he didn’t think twice about coming right through your site!

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Yellowstone RV Park Information and Reservations
RVs are welcome at all Yellowstone RV parks (size restrictions may apply). The only campground within Yellowstone that offers RV services like electrical hook ups, water and sewer is Fishing Bridge RV Park (no tents or tent-trailers allowed).

If you seek additional services there are a number of RV, camping and lodging options within the gateway communities that surround Yellowstone.

Yellowstone RV Parks and Campgrounds

Bridge Bay
Reservations accepted
Open: 5/28 – 9/12
# of Sites: 425
Services: Flush Toilets, Showers and Laundry nearby, Dump station, generators permitted

Canyon
Reservations accepted
Open: 6/4 – 9/6
# of Sites: 250
Services: Flush Toilets, Showers and Laundry, Dump station, generators permitted

Fishing Bridge RV
Reservations accepted
Open:5/14 – 9/26
# of Sites:325
Services:Flush Toilets, Shower and Laundry, Sewer, generators permitted

Grant
Reservations accepted
Open:6/21 – 9/19
# of Sites:400
Services:Flush toilets, shower and laundry, dump station, generators permitted

Indian Creek
First come/first serve
Open:6/11 – 9/13
# of Sites:75
Services:Vault toilets, 40′ sites (10), 30′ sites (35) pull -through

Lewis Lake
First come/first serve
Open:6/15 – 11/6
# of Sites:85
Services:Vault toilets; 25′ sites

Madison
Reservations accepted
Open:5/7 – 10/24
# of Sites:250
Services:Flush toilets, dump station, generators permitted

Mammoth
First come/first serve
Open:Open all year
# of Sites:85
Services:Flush toilets, generators permitted, pull-thru sites

Norris
First come/first serve
Open:5/21 – 9/27
# of Sites:100
Services:Flush toilets, generators permitted, 50′ sites (2), 30′ sites (5)

Pebble Creek
First come/first serve
Open:6/11 – 9/27
# of Sites:30
Services:Vault toilets, some long pull-throughs

Slough Creek
First come/first serve
Open:5/28 – 10/31
# of Sites:29
Services:Vault toilets, 30′ sites (14), walk through first to assess sites beyond #16

Tower Fall
First come/first serve
Open:5/21 – 9/27
# of Sites:32
Services:Vault toilets, all sites 30′ or less, has hairpin curve

Yellowstone RV Campground Reservations
Advance reservations can be made at five campgrounds (Bridge Bay, Canyon Village, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Grant Village, and Madison Junction) through Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the official lodging concessionaire within Yellowstone National Park. Call (307) 344-7311 to make a reservation at one of these five campgrounds. All other campgrounds within Yellowstone National Park are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Yellowstone Park Side Trips

South of Yellowstone
The Grand Tetons National Park is about 25 miles south of Yellowstone on Hwy. 89. Go there if you can. We saw just as much wildlife on this trip as we did in Yellowstone. The Tetons are a definite must see. We stayed at Grand Teton National Park, Colter Bay Campground. It’s one of the larger parks in the area, so we had no problem finding a nice site when we arrived. Check out the moose, which were very close to where we were camping.
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Jackson Hole
A little further south on Hwy. 89 is the town of Jackson Hole. Another definite must see. The town is a fun place to walk around and visit for the day.

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Vern ‘riding in the saddle’ at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

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Check out all the antlers!

East of Yellowstone
Cody, Wyoming is another must see. A day trip to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is another ‘gotta see’ while you’re there.buffalo bill museum,rv camping yellowstone

Getting ready to tour Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Can’t wait to check out all the museums!

yellowstone rv camping, buffalo bill museum Terri said he needs a manicure!

Northeast of Yellowstone Park
Hwy 212 is a beautiful drive to the northeast entrance of the park. It takes you to the Bear Tooth Highway and the town of Cooke City. We stopped there and had a nice meal and enjoyed the remote mountain scenery and wilderness. After lunch we took a nice scenic drive further down on Bear Tooth Highway and then decided to head back to camp.

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Enjoying a burger on Bear Tooth Highway near NE entrance to park.

OTHER STUFF

Cell Service
Our Verizon phone service seemed to work pretty well throughout the park.

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Comments

  1. Just wondering, are the Yellowstone Parks and RV camping parks handgun (concealed / open carry ) tolerate? Too disabled to fight or run. Too young to die! TIA

    1. Hey Jerry. We not sure, but our policy would ‘don’t ask … don’t tell.’ 🙂 Anywho … we found this on the national park’s website. Hope it helps!
      ‘As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

      The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the national park system outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.

      It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. Yellowstone encompasses parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Each state has different regulations and these are listed below.

      Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Hunting and discharge of firearms remain prohibited in Yellowstone National Park.

      Firearms should not be considered a wildlife protection strategy. Bear spray and other safety precautions are the proven methods for preventing bear and other wildlife interactions.

  2. Make sure you go to the Canadian side of the Falls much better view. AND don’t miss Letchworth State Park on your way ascors NY. It’s south of Rochester and called the Grand Canyon of the East . Lots of CCC trails and stonework, awesome gorge. Stony Brook is cool too, and try to take Route 77 through the Iroquois NWR when you leave the Falls. Sunrise there is very, very cool this time of year with the waterfowl lift-off at dawn.

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