Camping in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

Camping

First Come, First Served Campsites

There are 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park. Seven of these campgrounds are operated by the National Park Service at Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth, Norris, Pebble Creek, Slough  Creek, and Tower Fall. Sites at these campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Campgrounds may fill by early morning, especially during peak season (early July - late August).

Campsite Reservations

One of the park's private concessionaires operates campgrounds at Bridge Bay, Canyon, Grant Village, Madison, and Fishing Bridge RV Park. Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only campground offering water, sewer, and electrical hookups, and it is for hard-sided vehicles only (no tents or tent-trailers are allowed).  Reservations are needed for these campgrounds.

Camping Rules

Camping or overnight vehicle parking in pullouts, picnic areas, picnic grounds, or any place other than a designated campground are not permitted and there are no overflow camping facilities. However, camping is often available in neighboring communities and forests outside the park.

Camping is limited to 14 days between June 15 and September 15 and to 30 days the rest of the year. There is no limit at Fishing Bridge RV Park. Check-out time for all campgrounds is 10:00 AM.

Quiet Hours

Camping in Yellowstone is a special experience. Each visitor deserves the opportunity to hear the birds, wildlife, and streams in this beautiful environment. Respect the rights of other campers and comply with the law by adhering to quiet hours, 8:00PM to 8:00AM (10:00PM to 7:00AM at Fishing Bridge RV Park). No generators, or other noise disturbances will be allowed during this time. Generators are only permitted in six campgrounds and the Fishing Bridge RV Park (see the table above for details).

Golden Age / Golden Access Discounts

Holders of Golden Age and Golden Access permits will be given approximately 50% discounts on camping fees. This does not apply at Fishing Bridge RV Park.

Since food and odors attract bears, items such as cooking stoves, utensils, coolers, trash bags, food, and toiletries may not be left outside or in tents or tent trailers, unless they are in immediate use!


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