General Camping Info
If you love camping then you are going to love Yellowstone Camping. The park has 12 campgrounds in many locations. Whether you want to be close to a river or lake, or in a quiet, secluded site, or close to the many comforts of a village, you will find it in Yellowstone.
Xanterra Parks and Resorts run the campgrounds at Canyon, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Madison, and Fishing Bridge. Campgrounds usually fill up early in the day so plan on securing your campsite as soon as you can. Reservations can be made by calling Xanterra Parks & Resorts at 866-GEYSERLAND (439-7375) or you can Book your Reservation Online.
The following campgrounds are first-come-first-served: Lewis Lake, Indian Creek, Norris, Mammoth, Pebble Creek, Tower Fall, and Slough Creek. It is not unusual for the campgrounds to be full by 11:00 am so arrive early to get a good site.
You can check live, up-to-date campsite availability here: Yellowstone Campground Availability.
The camping length of stay is limited to 14 days between July 1st and Labor Day and 30 days the rest of the year.
Wood and charcoal campfires are permitted at all campgrounds except for the Fishing Bridge RV Park. Occasionally, when the fire danger is high, restrictions will be put in place. If you are unsure about fire restrictions, please ask a park employee or ranger. Propane grills and stoves are permitted in the campgrounds.
Yellowstone Campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV Park
All campgrounds operated by Yellowstone Park have restrooms with cold running water and flushing toilets
Coin-operated ice, soft drink machines, recycling and refuse containers are located throughout the park
All individual campsites have a picnic table and a fire grate (except at Fishing Bridge RV Park-which has neither)
Group campsites have a fire grate and a picnic table. Showers are not included in group campsite rates
Firewood is available for sale at all campgrounds except for the Fishing Bridge RV Park
Food storage rules are strictly enforced at all campgrounds
Generators may not exceed 60 decibels
Sites that accommodate RVs at Bridge Bay, Canyon, Grant Village, and Madison campgrounds are either pull-through or back-in. Some have limited width for slide-outs and may or may not be level
All sites at Fishing Bridge RV Park are back-in. They are located in an open area surrounded by a pine forest
Food Safety At Your Campground
Bears are attracted to our food odors. In order to maintain safety while camping in Yellowstone, the following items (new, clean, dirty, empty or full) may NOT be left outside, in tents, or in-tent trailers at any time. Items listed below need to be stored in a hard-sided vehicle or in shared food storage boxes located throughout our campgrounds when not in use. Breaking these rules may result in a citation and/or confiscation of these items. The bears’ future and the safety of others depend on your cooperation.
- Cooking, eating, drinking utensils
- Water containers
- Beverage containers
- Ice chests
- Trash or trash bags
- Pet food
- Pet food or water bowls
- Wash basins
- Anything with food odor
- If you are unsure, please secure it!