Camping is indisputably the best way to experience the beauty of Yellowstone National Park, particularly as lodging in the park often books out six-months in advance. All of the campsites on the lower loop in the park can be pre-booked through the Yellowstone National Park Lodges website. As you venture north to see the terraced Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley wildlife, you will need to structure your days around the first-come first-serve campsites available there.
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Canyon Village Campground is located less than a mile from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, making it one of the parks most popular places to camp. Lying within a lodgepole pine forest, the campsite has shower, laundry and restroom facilities, while the nearby Canyon Village boasts a wide range of stores and restaurants. Sites can be pre-booked. For more information, visit their website HERE
Mammoth Hot Springs Campground
Located just 5 miles from the Yellowstone Park’s north entrance, this campground offers close access to many attractions, including the famous Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces (see right), the scenic Upper Terrace Drive, and the historic Fort Yellowstone. A general store,
restaurant and gift shop can also be found in Mammoth Hot Springs. More information HERE
One of the largest and most central campsites in the Park, Madison sits at the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole river, which come together to create the infamous Madison River. This is also the spot where in 1870 the Washburn-Langford expedition camped and documented the wonders of the region, eventually making Yellowstone the first National Park in the world. Camping sites can be pre-booked, and while there are no showers on-site those desperate for a shower can duck down the road to the pay showers at Old Faithful Inn. More information can be found at their website HERE
Grant Village Campground
Grant Village Campground sits on the west bank of Lake Yellowstone- North America’s largest alpine lake. This campground has great shower and restroom facilities, as well as sites that can be pre-booked. Elk frequently visit this shady campsite, making it a visitor favorite. More information HERE