The Best Campgrounds Outside Of Yellowstone & The Grand Tetons

Most travelers coming to Wyoming and Montana focus their time on Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and often try to reserve campsites within park boundaries.  What many people don’t know is that there some amazing camping options just outside of park boundaries, that won’t add much driving time to your vacation, and are often significantly less crowded.  We have compiled a list of some of our favorites, including links that can help you gather more information.

North Yellowstone/ Gardiner:

  • Eagle Creek Campground– A first come first served campground run by the forest service on the Yellowstone river, just 10 minutes from the North Yellowstone park entrance. Arrive early to guarantee yourself a spot! 
  • Rocky Mountain RV Camp. If you are looking for a campground with all the amenities as well as scenic sites, this is the spot for you. Just 10 minutes from the North Entrance, with elk and bison frequently passing through the campground, this is a great place to base as you explore the Upper Loop of Yellowstone. 

West Yellowstone:

  • KOA Campground– Located 6 miles from Yellowstone’s West Entrance. With added amenities such as mini golf, a hot tub, and WI-FI, this is camping at its most glamorous.
  • Rainbow Point Campground–  A 20 minute drive from Yellowstone’s West Entrance, this campground has reservable spaces and is located on the north shore of Hebgen Lake.
  • Lonesomehurst Campground–  Located on the south shore of Hebgen Lake, this campground offers reservable sites, and is only 20 minutes from Yellowstone’s west entrance.

Cody (Yellowstone’s East Entrance):

  • Buffalo Bill Campground–  Located on the shores of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, one hour from Yellowstone lake.  This campground has both reservable first come first served sites. 
  • Newton Creek Campground– Located in the Shanone National forest, this small 31 site campground is all first come- first served and reserved for hard sided campers only.

Jackson Hole:

  • Granite Hot Springs– Located 40 miles south of town, this gem is a well kept secret and often off the beaten track for most tours.  All sites are first come, first served and the sites rarely fill.  If they do fill, the campground is located in the National Forest, meaning you can park anywhere and camp for the night.  Pro tip: Camping outside of the campground is often 
  • Shadow Mountain– Located in the Gros Ventre mountain range, this is one of the best view of the Tetons you can get!  All sites are first come first served, so you will want to get here early to get the best spots!
  • Jackson KOA– Located south of Jackson Hole along the riverbank of the Snake River, this KOA is 20 minutes from the town of Jackson & 40-minutes from the Grand Teton National Park.  
  • Hoback Campground–  Located south of the town of Jackson Hole, this small campground is first come first served, and offers incredible fishing opportunities just steps from your campsite!
  • Hatchet Campground– Located 15 minutes from the northern Moran entrance this small 9 site campground offers primitive sites and all sights are first come first served.