Best Camping Near Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Camping

By Alex Murphy

Arguably the most household name when it comes to National Parks or outdoor spaces, Yellowstone National Park is the literal first of its kind. President Grant named Yellowstone a National Park in 1872 and kicked off the start of America's NPS.

Today, Yellowstone sits in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho and is famous for its pine forest, tall mountains, a wide range of animals, including grizzlies, and of course its geysers.

Despite its popularity, there are plenty of places off the beaten path for visitors to check out and to find camping in Yellowstone.

Here's a look at some of the best campgrounds in and around the park.

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Yellowstone National Park Camping

The large size of the National Park means there are several of campgrounds in Yellowstone to choose from, including some campgrounds specifically for tent campers or aiming to accommodate RVs.

It's important to note, the size of the park means there can be long driving distances between destinations so plan accordingly. This is one of the reasons why Madison Campground is so popular. Campendium users say thanks to Madison Campround's central location within the park it's easy to get around and see popular attractions like Old Faithful.

Bridge Bay Campground has great campsites for anyone looking for easy water access as the campground sits near Yellowstone Lake.

Canyon Village Campground is another popular destination, but as with many of these popular spots, it's important to book reservations to secure a campsite.

Finally, for camping inside the park, Fishing Bridge RV Park has full hookups, a dump station, and asphalt campsites for anyone visiting the park with an RV.

RV Parks Near Yellowstone

Unlike other popular NPS destinations like Rocky Mountain, Yosemite or Mount Rainer that have major metro areas and therefore nearby busy airports, Yellowstone is a driving destination which makes it very popular for campers and RVs.

West Yellowstone RV Parks

Many RV campgrounds can be found in West Yellowstone, which is both the name of the town in Montana and near the popular western entrance is into the park.

One of the most popular Yellowstone campgrounds is Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park. This RV park has full amenities including access to laundry facilities while also being a short drive into the park. Visitors will find similar options at KOA Yellowstone.

Also on the western side of the park, but farther from the entrance is Jolly Camper RV Resort. This RV park's southern location also puts visitors in close proximity to Grand Teton National Park.

East Yellowstone RV Parks

On the eastern side of the park, visitors can find campgrounds in Wyoming. Some of the more popular locations on Campendium include Ponderosa Campground and Absaroka Bay RV Park. Both are located in Cody and are about an hour from the park entrance.

Free Camping Near Yellowstone

With fairly rural areas outside Yellowstone National Park, there are plenty of free camping spots to choose from, and many of them can be found within surrounding National Forests.

Sites to choose from like West Fork Denny Creek Dispersed Camping in Gallatin National Forest and Targhee Creek Trailhead in Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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Recent Yellowstone National Park Campground Reviews

West Yellowstone, MT

Fox Den RV & Campground

Oct 19, 2021

"unfortunately I have to give 1 star should be minus one"

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we initially made a reservation on the phone on oct. 1. Our request was for arriving Sunday oct.10 leaving Monday oct 18 ( stay 8 nights) we agreed on a 20% discounts as this is off season. We where charge 524.42 for a 7 nights stay . We decide to keep the reservation as is instead of the 8 nights. We arrived on Sunday oct10 at night. The camp...
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Arielle cohn
1 review
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Grant Campground

Oct 18, 2021

"Best Yellowstone RV Campground - Just Not As Well Located"

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Grant is a wonderful campground. Our site was very private even though it backed up to the road into the campground. The pull through was tight enough that we actually had to back out to avoid a tree but that was our only issue. There were water spigots nearby and dumpsters evenly spaced. It was well treed so lots of shade during a hot...
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Bryan Midlam
19 reviews
Yellowstone National Park, WY

Bridge Bay Campground

Oct 18, 2021

"Not The Best Laid Out Campground But Amazing Location"

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The location of Bridge Bay is pretty ideal. It's such a close drive to the majority of lower loop points of interest. The marina and shops are also great plus there are trails right in the campground. We were frequented daily by bison walking through and a bear came through just after we left. That said the layout of the campground is...
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Bryan Midlam
19 reviews
West Yellowstone, MT

Fox Den RV & Campground

Oct 17, 2021

"Good Park and Staff"

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We had hoped to camp in Yellowstone but it was full. Stayed one night at another park but they were full also. Fox Den was able to fit us in. We had a back in site at the end of the row so not too crowded. Park is on the edge of W Yellowstone so close to town and the NP. Not fancy but it has the basics and is clean. It was rather cold when...
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Jim Smith
20 reviews
Gardiner, MT

Eagle Creek Campground

Oct 14, 2021

"Beautiful views, quiet site, steep roads..."

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Overall, a great spot to camp. Close to town, close to Yellowstone north entrance, but beautifully set in a quiet spot on top of a hill. It is first-come first-serve, and there is a honor system drop box by the bull item board for the camping fee. There were several spots open when we arrived at 8pm, Oct. 13th. What I didn’t see in the reviews...
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Mary Allman
1 review