Yellowstone National Park RV Camping
You will find many resources here to help you plan your Yellowstone National Park RV Camping trip. Keep in mind that there are many additional interesting places nearby in addition to enjoying the wonders of Yellowstone. Be aware that the National Park Service charges an entrance fee to get into Yellowstone National Park.
When you are visiting this National Park please be especially careful as the roads are often narrow and in places very curvy. Take your time while driving and watch out for elk and buffalo standing on the highway.
Yellowstone National Park Camping Season
Although Yellowstone National park is open all year, the only available entrances during the winter season are the North and Northeast entrances and the roads from those entrances are plowed during the winter months. Depending on local weather conditions Yellowstone entrances open in late March or early April and close in November. From July 1st until Labor day you can only occupy campsites for 14 days. Before and after the 14-day restriction you can camp for 30 days. The exception is Fishing Bridge Campground which has no length of stay restrictions. Oversnow travel conditions typically end in March and during that month there are roads that close at 9 PM on certain days listed on the NPS website.
Mammoth Campground has 85 campsites that are open all year. Although the Mammoth campsites will accommodate large RV rigs, there are no utility hookups. You will be able to access this campground 5 miles south of the North Entrance near Gardiner, MT. There is a fee to camp at Mammoth and sites are to be had on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to arrive early with the understanding that no sites may be available during the busy season.
Approximate opening dates for other first-come, first-serve sites are Tower Falls and Norris Campgrounds opening in late May, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Indian Creek Campgrounds opening in late June, and Lewis Lake Campground opening in early July.
Camping that may be reserved in advance are Madison Campgrounds in early May, Fishing Bridge RV Campgrounds opening in mid-May, Bay Bridge Campgrounds at the end of May, and Canyon and Grant Village in June. Reservations may be placed by calling 1-866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375) or 307.344.7311 or using the online reservation system at http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com through the Xanterra Parks & Resorts website.
Yellowstone National Park Entrances
Yellowstone East Entrance
The East Entrance is through Cody, WY on Highway 14-16-20. This entrance is open from the second Friday of May until the first Sunday in November, depending on weather conditions.
Yellowstone South Entrance
Coming from Jackson, WY you will access the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 89-191-287. The South Entrance is generally open from the second Friday of May until the 1st Sunday in November.
Yellowstone West Entrance
US 20-191-287 from West Yellowstone, MT takes you into Yellowstone National Park at the West Entrance. This entrance is generally open from the third Friday in April through the 1st Sunday in November.
Yellowstone North Entrance
Traveling south on Highway 89 from Gardiner, MT will take you to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This entrance is plowed and open year-round.
Yellowstone Northeast Entrance
The northeast entrance to the National Park is not far from Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT on Highway 212. Depending on whether the Beartooth Highway route is open from late May until mid-October. Winter access to Cooke City is from Gardiner, MT through the North Entrance.
Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds
There are approximately 2,000 campsites available for camping. Not all of the sites are suitable for RV Camping and there are a limited number of sites that will accommodate large rigs. During the Yellowstone National Park peak season in July and August finding an open site at the first-come, first-serve areas is an iffy proposition and most of the reservable will already be taken. Reserve your site early so you will not be disappointed. After Labor Day and before mid-June the sites are easier to find.
Bridge Bay Campground
Reservations are highly recommended if you want to stay at this popular campground. Bay Bridge has no utility hookups available for your RV, however, there is a dump station nearby. You are allowed to run a generator between 8 am to 8 pm. The Bay Bridge Marina and store are nearby. Camping is open beginning around the end of May until the middle of September depending on weather conditions and over 425 camping sites are available.
You will want to make reservations in advance for this campsite before arriving in your RV. Canyon Campground sites have no hookups, but there is a dump station not far away. Generators are permitted to run between 8 am until 8 pm. Sites are open the first week of June until Labor Day. This 272 site campground has pay showers and a laundry facility onsite.
Fishing Bridge Campground
Fishing Bridge has utility hookups including water, sewer, and a limited number of electrical hookups for RV camping. Only hard-sided RV campers are allowed in this 346 site due to bear activity in the area. Reservations are a very good idea during the busy peak season, but after Labor day finding a site without a reservation is generally not difficult. There is a 40′ RV length limit and sites are back-in only.
Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone River are both within easy walking distance as is a store. There are restaurants and a visitor center both close to Fishing Bridge RV Park. Campgrounds open in late May continuing until late September.
Grant Village Campground
Grant Campground has 425 sites and is open for camping beginning the last week of June until mid-September. Reservations are advisable for this camping site during the Yellowstone National Park peak season. No utility hookups are available and stores, restaurants, a dump station, showers, and laundry are about a half mile away. It is permissible to run your generator between 8 am and 8 pm.
Madison has 275 campsites and – depending on local weather conditions – campgrounds open the 1st week of May and close near the end of October. There are no utility hookups available but it does have a sanitary dump station. You will be able to operate your electrical generator from 8 am until 8 pm. The Madison River is a short walk from the campground. This is another campground that you will want to schedule your reservation in advance.
Indian Creek Campground
Indian Creek opens around the middle of June and closes in the middle of September. The 75 camping sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and there are no RV hookups and generators are not permitted. Some sites can accommodate up to 40′ RV units. Amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. The Gardner River is within walking distance from the Indian Creek campsites.
Lewis Lake Campground
Lewis Lake does not open until the 1st week of July but remains open until the first week of November. It’s 85 sites are only available on a first-come, first-serve basis and have no hookups. The campsites are small and a few will handle a 25′ RV. There are vault toilets available and the National Park Service website does not indicate that generators may be used.
Mammoth’s 85 campsites are available all year on a first-come, first-serve basis. Located near the North Entrance there are no utility hookups at the campsites but you may run a generator between 8 am and 8 pm daily. Most of the campsites are pull-through sites that accommodate RVs up to 75′. Flush toilets and potable water are available at this campground and the nearest RV dump station is in Gardiner, MT.
Over 100 first-come, first-serve campsites are available beginning late May and closing in late September. There are no utilities available but all sites have a fire ring and picnic table, and flush toilets and potable water are provided at this campground. Sites that accommodate RVs over 30′ are very limited. This campground permits campers to run a generator between 8 am and 8 pm.
Pebble Creek Campground
Pebble Creek is first-come, first-serve camping with over 30 sites. A few of the sites will accommodate a larger RV. This is a small primitive camping area that has vault toilets and potable water from hand pumps. The facility is located in the Northeast section of Yellowstone National Park.
Slough Creek Campground
You will be able to camp at Slough Creek beginning the last week of June until the facility closes at the end of October. This 28 primitive campsite primitive will accommodate a few Rvs up to 30′. There is potable water from hand pumps and vault toilets are on site. No utility hookups are provided and this is a first-come, first-serve facility. According to the NPS website, Slough Creek is located about two and a half miles down a dirt road near Tower Junction.
Tower Fall Campground
The Tower Fall facilities are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and there are 31 sites suitable for small RV units and tents. Amenities include vault toilets and potable water at hand pumps. You will be able to camp at Tower Fall around the last week of May until the facilities close near the end of September.
Yellowstone National Park Fees and Permits
To enter Yellowstone National Park you will have to buy a 7-day temporary permit that allows you access to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. You also have the option of purchasing an annual pass to Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National parks or a slightly more expensive annual pass that will allow you to enter any US National Park at no additional charge.
Once inside Yellowstone National Park you will have various permits and fees for services such as camping and fishing, The Ranger programs are free and typically very informative and entertaining.
Yellowstone National Park Resources
Yellowstone National Park lodging reservations – call 1-866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375) or 307.344.7311 or visit the Xanterra Parks & Resorts website at http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com.
US National Park Service Website http://www.nps.gov
Free Wyoming Tourism Guide http://www.wyomingtourism.org