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.
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.