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17 Unforgettable RV Camp Spots Near Yellowstone

Published on May 20th, 2019 by Camper Report
This post was updated on May 4th, 2021

Couple enjoys coffee near their RV parked by a lake.

Yellowstone National Park; one of the most beautiful parks in the United States. What makes it even better is that you can camp and enjoy nature right up close on Yellowstone’s back door.

What is not to love about kicking back, in style, feeling the sunshine and admiring the wildlife? The answer is nothing, but a question you may have is where can I find the best place to park my RV to have a perfect adventure? This post will give you 17 unforgettable spots where you and your RV will feel right at home.

1. Grant Village Campground

Don’t worry, this place won’t be taken for “Grant”-ed with all of the cool features like private shady spots from the trees, scenic areas, and blessings of modern technology.

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There are a ton of wonderful qualities about this site you don’t want to miss out on. It is simply a beautiful place to get some R&R even without all the cool bells and whistles.

Currently, there are sites available, and you can go online to this campground’s website to reserve your spot. Spots for bicyclists and hikers are also here at the Grant Village Site, but it may be limited. I would recommend calling or checking ahead for those specific needs.

Below is a table about some details about Grant Village campground you may be interested in!

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Here are some other features as well. This place just keeps giving!

  • Two Words–Boating access. You can check out their website as well to see boating regulations and requirements if you choose to hit the water. #boatramp on site
  • Flush toilets-hallelujah. (Sinks equipped with running water)
  • Pay Showers/laundry onsite. 2 showers included each night.
  • Dump station, however it does close when temperatures are too low.
  • Two stores
  • A restaurant
  • Gas Station
  • Picnic tables at every site
  • Fire pit with a grate at every site
  • Visitors Center
  • Rangers hosting evening programs at the amphitheater (Mid June- September
  • Generators are allowed from 8am to 8pm (60bd limit). Group sites are available (reservation required)

2. Bridge Bay Campground

Besides being the largest campground in the park, it is one of the most beautiful ones being located just 30 miles from the East entrance of Yellowstone. With loads of sites available, you won’t miss out on getting to camp here.

The Bridge Bay Campground is a cheaper rate than some of the other campgrounds you’ll find in Yellowstone.

In terms of the site itself it has the following amenities:

  • Each campsite includes a fire pit with a grate and a picnic table.
  • Accessible sites
  • Sites for bicyclists and hikers
  • Flush toilets- just a blessing
  • (showers not included)
  • Dump Station
  • Generators are allowed from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Group sites are available (reservation required)
  • The Rangers are at it again with the evening amphitheater programs from early June to September

If you go to the Bridge Bay Marina it offers a small store, backcountry office, and you can find boat rentals and tours for Yellowstone Lake.

If you have your own boat, you will have to check out the regulations before you launch out onto the lake, but once you are in line with the recommendations, go crazy and have a blast!

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3. Madison Campground

Airstream camper at public campground parked under a tree.

Madison Campground can hold it’s own when weighing options for the perfect camping spot. Being one of the largest areas for camping in the park, along with it’s stunning location and vibrant landscape it will make you say, “this is breathtaking.”

Located near the Madison River an abundance of wildlife can be seen and a unification of three rivers come together here which makes the fishing fantastic–world class even. It is also located close to Old Faithful and the Upper, Midway and Lower Geyser basins.

Even for the kids, The Madison Information Station has Junior Ranger activities from May to September to help the youth build appreciation for wildlife and learn some new skills.

Although electricity, water or sewage hook ups or pay showers are absent from this site, the list below highlights some of the features that are definitely a plus.

  • One of the longest open sites and more central in the park (14 miles from West Yellowstone Entrance and 16 miles from Old Faithful)
  • Evening Ranger Programs late May through September at the Madison Amphitheater
  • Accessible sites available for tents, RVs, ADAs and RV/Tent combinations
  • Sites have been set aside for bicyclists and hikers
  • Group sites! Party with your friends and family.
  • Flush toilets– I love modern technology!
  • Dump Station
  • Generators allowed from 8 am – 8 pm (60 db limit)
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4. Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park

This park has a lot of variety to fit your personal camping needs and desires for fun. With plenty of hook ups, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, IMAX Theatre, Museum and Historic Center as well as an aerial ropes adventure course are just a few of the perks of camping out here.

The main building has restrooms, showers, a convenience store, gift shop, conference room, and laundry room—*breath*– There is a pavilion for groups with tables and a sink for a little picnic with the crew.

For the kids, there is also a playground in the area. For those who have special needs or other preferences, they do have a bathhouse and several other satellite showers.

Depending on which vehicle you own whether it is a motorhome, camper van, or even pick up bed camper, the nightly rates will vary. In some ways, this is really nice as it allows you to get a spot just perfect for your needs. This site opens May 1st, 2019.

“We offer 7 different types of full hook-up RV sites; Our full hook-up sites offer 30-50 amp electric service, water, sewer, cable TV and WIFI (with some restrictions)” (Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park and Cabins website).

They DO NOT allow tents and generators on their sight. If you also have a smaller RV, they will have limited or no hookup spots, however, they do have 24-hour access to clean bathrooms, hot showers, and laundry. The dump station and potable water is open from 7am-5pm.

5. Canyon Campground

Canyon Campground is actually one of the most popular campgrounds here in the Yellowstone area. Because of its popularity, this site is first come, first serve, but don’t worry, they usually do not sell out during the first week reservations become available. You’ve got time to book your trip.

The location of Canyon Campground is relatively in the middle of the park. Because of this location, there are some beautiful access points and views of the Lower Falls. The Canyon Visitor Center is definitely a place you want to stop by as well, where you can learn more about Yellowstone’s super volcano and other facts about the wildlife through interactive exhibits.

I personally have gone to the Canyon Visitors Center and it was a ton of fun! I would recommend it for adults and kids. No shame adults… it’s good for our inner child!

With a mix of tent, RV, ADA and combination sites, you get a large variety of areas to start your vacation.

Love hiking? Great, me too! Cascade Lake, Mount Washburn, and the Canyon Rim trails are nearby for some fun excursions. When you are done with traversing the wild, Canyon Village even has stores, restaurants, and additional lodging- if needed.

Below are some bullet points from the Yellowstone National Park Lodges website regarding the Canyon Campgrounds features!

  • There are no electricity, water, or sewer hookups at any of the campsites, however, 2 pay showers are included each night and there are laundry services available.
  • 15 public restrooms with flush toilets and faucets with cold running water
  • Dish washing stations are located at most restroom buildings
  • Dump Station
  • Generators are allowed from 8 am- 8 pm
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6. Slough Creek

If you love a little privacy and want to get in touch with the tree-hugger inside of you, this is the place for you to go. Open for five months, Slough Creek is the perfect place for multi-season camping.

Well priced for such an exquisite location, you will love the serenity that can be found in Lamar Valley with clear skies and lots of trees. I’d camp here this summer!

There is one accessible site, the rest of the–RV sites– are available with a maximum length of 30′ and is recommended that you walk through them first to assess your spot.

Rural, but gorgeous is how I would define Slough Creek. Stargazing and listening to the night ambiance is not only relaxing but a fascinating bonus to this location.

Picnic tables and fire pits with grates are available along with food storage boxes for sharing. Not to mention pet-friendly.

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7. Lewis Lake Campground

Travel trailer at lakes edge with inflatable motor boat.

Lewis Lake is one of the most economical campsites out there and the one with one significant amenity– a lake right in your backyard! Yellowstone has a lot of neat things to see and do and luckily this one is close. It’s the perfect size for a variety of activities!

Picnic tables and majestic trees dot this area. There are a variety of camping spots which are all tucked away in wooded areas making it private and serene. Being just eight miles from the South Entrance, you are also close to the action so you can save some travel time to the park every day.

Some amenities include vault toilets, accessible sites, and spots for bicyclists and hikers. Just be aware that the water in Lewis Lake is great, but drinking water in this area may be a little frozen early to mid-October… so BYOW (bring your own water)!

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8. Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground

I have to say that staying here would be a real holiday. There are some great amenities and things to do. Yellowstone Holiday RV campground also doubles as a Marina to ensure you will have a fun filled vacation.

The location of this site is 15 minutes away from the west entrance of Yellowstone. We know that you are looking for RV sites, but just in case of an unhappy camper, Yellowstone Holiday also offers cabins for guests!

Depending on where you pick your spot, the prices vary. If you park on the lakeside aka the “premium” spot it is $75 USD, the RV Park East is $65, and the RV Park is $60 USD. A nice quality about all RV sites is full hookups with water, sewer, and 20/30/50 amp hookups! What’s not to love?

The site is a little more enclosed and since there aren’t a lot of spots for a huge crowd it’s quiet and has a lot more potential for one on one time for you and the lake.

Another unique and unforgettable feature is the ability to take a horseback riding tour on the mountain trails of Yellowstone. Riding horses, for me, has always been a pleasurable experience! There is just something about going places was cars normally can’t to enjoy a bit more of nature.

This site also offers many other fun activities you can do, to name a few: volleyball, water sports, white water rafting, museums, movie theaters, and even a classic Old West gold mining town!

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5/15-9/30$60-75 USDRV:36 Cabins: 166,535

9. Wagon Wheel RV Cabin Campground

Sun reflects of 3 Class B RVs.

The Wagon Wheel Campground is sure to make your stay feel like the vacation of a lifetime as there is free WiFi in this wild west themed site!

What else do you need! But seriously, there is more to love about this place. Just a few blocks from the West Entrance, this is also another most wanted spot to park it!

Pets are allowed and self serve laundry is on sight! Not just an RV site, The Wagon Wheel has log cabins and a campground for all your friends who want to tag along but maybe don’t fit as snug in your RV.

The Campground is currently open and has availability for rent-able sites up to October 31st. This makes this place a load of fun all summer with affordable prices as well!

With a range of $46 to $78 US dollars, there is something here for everyone. You will have to make reservations as spots are already getting booked.

Depending on the size of your RV or spot you would like to reserve the price will fluctuate! The price automatically includes two people. Each sight–pay attention when you book– also varies in amenities available like amps and if it has full hookups or not!

I love the United States and this park does too. If you are a senior citizen, AAA, AARP and/or a Good Sam member, you can receive discounts and other perks when you stay here!

10. Yellowstone Park/ Mountainside KOA Journey

5th wheel parked at campground near Yellowstone.

You won’t be disappointed with this beautiful sight! With over a thousand positive reviews from campers just like you, its sure to be a great place to be! Yellowstone Park/Mountainside KOA Journey has a rich abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

The following is a quick list of some of the awesome perks you will find at this campsite

  • 50 max amps
  • 110′ max length
  • Free wifi
  • Cable TV
  • Snack Bar
  • Propane
  • Fishing
  • Firewood
  • Pavilions for parties
  • Tour shuttles
  • campfires, fire rings and BBQs oh my! (located at each site)
  • Picnic tables
  • laundry
  • LodgePole Pizza
  • Car Rentals

Along with all these great bonuses is the location of the campground. 7.5 miles from the park and 37 miles away from Old Faithful, will allow you to enjoy taking the scenic route!

11. Tower Fall

Tower Fall lives up to its name. Nearby Tower Creek takes a tumble to join with the Yellowstone River from over 130-foot waterfall that is just absolutely breathtaking. The path getting to the site is steep and does limit a trailer to 30′ however, the squeeze is worth it!

Some of the popular activities in this area include spectacular and fun hikes, especially a 6-mile hike that will take you to the summit of Mount Washburn. Roosevelt Lodge is close by where you can enjoy some of the classic “Old West Cookout” food and horseback riding.

Tower Fall also offers plenty of pretty sights to look at. One fan favorite is the Calcite Springs overlook. It kind of gives us Grand Canyon vibes, but with more trees and lush grass. It will truly take your breath away! While you’re up there you will find bighorn sheep, red-tailed hawks, and osprey! Bring your binoculars!

A quick snippet for Tower Fall:

  • No accessible sites
  • vault toilets
  • no generators
  • no dump station
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12. Norris Campground

Old Faithful erupts at Yellowstone National park.

Ah, Norris Campground. One of the hottest places to be and not just for popularity! Closely located to the hottest geyser (Norris Geyser Basin) in Yellowstone, it’s beautiful and spacious. It even fits RVs and other camping vehicles that may be a little larger in size!

In case your campfire experiences need a little work, or if you want to just enjoy something new, the Norris Campground holds evening campfire programs June through September.

They also have guided natures walks that will take you through the Norris Geyser Basin- which is one of the hottest and most dynamic thermal areas in Yellowstone. In case that wasn’t enough, The Museum of the National Park Ranger and the Norris Geyser Basin Museum is just right around the corner.

Here are a few need to know features of the site:

  • Flush toilets
  • Accessible sites are available, varying in spot sizing for bicyclists and hikers.
  • Generators are allowed from 8 am – 8 pm (60 lb limit)
  • Two sites have the 50′ max length
  • Five sites have the 30′ max length
  • No dump station
  • Picnic table at the site
  • Fire pit with a grate
  • Food storage boxes (48 x 22 x 22 inches) are available for sharing
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13. Buffalo Crossing RV Park

Grizzly bear forages near tree stump.

I mentioned how some of the upper sites were really close to the park, but Buffalo Crossing RV Park is literally the closest campsite to Yellowstone. As well as the newest RV park. SO if you’re all about being first into the park… this is the site for you.

A classic that people love about this location is the outdoor movies. The Giant Screen Theater is located on site making the evenings more enjoyable and exciting, especially kids who want to stay up and enjoy a unique movie watching experience.

Along with great entertainment, there is a large retail store, laundry room and restrooms with showers. The Yellowstone Trading Post is a great place to get souvenirs, ice cream, and much more. If you have a great vacation, half the battle is remembering it happened!

Here is a quick snapshot of Buffalo Crossing details that are good to know. Prices do vary depending on the type of RV or motor home you are wanting to use and how large it is.

  • Military, AAA, Good Sam, or AARP 10% discount
  • no tents allowed
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Pull- Thru: $65 + tax
Back- in: $58 + tax
2019 Off-peak Daily Rates
05/06-05/23 to 10/1-10/19
Pull- Thru: $45 + tax
Back- in: $40 + tax

14. Yellowstone RV Park

Yellowstone RV park is simply a classic, located in Gardiner Montana a mile away from the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The actual campsite is on the bank of the Yellowstone River. Even though it is right on the river’s edge you don’t have to worry about being disconnected from the world.

Electrical services are at each RV site complete with sewer and water hookups. Free cable TV and WiFi is located throughout the campsite for occasions when we are feeling like staying inside.

Not to mention this is a spacious location and allows for back-ins and pull throughs which is perfect for slide outs and awnings for your RV.

If you have a lot of people coming, want to bring a tent or need a larger amp hookup, your prices may vary either up or down. Even between pull- throughs and back in sites. They do offer discounts for off seasons. (May and October.)

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Now-10/31$67 USD Regular465,259

15. Pebble Creek

Don’t tell the kids about A-b-s-a-r-o-k-a Mountains….they won’t want to leave! Pebble Creek Campground’s setting is right at the foot of those mountains. It is a little more isolated here, however, it adds to the serenity.

Picnics, fire pits, day hikes… ah. Sounds relaxing without all the noise of the city. You’ll enjoy your time here as you get some real R & R away from the craziness of life.

If you would like to take your sweetheart out to dinner and watch the wildlife graze, you’ve got quite the opportunity on your hands. Restaurants and stores are about nine miles away from the campsite.

Here are some quick details about Pebble Creek!

  • Accessible sites
  • No Group sites
  • Vault toilets
  • Long pull-throughs
  • No dump station
  • No generators
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16. Indian Creek

Indian Creek Campground would be a wonderful place to stay as well. With low prices, a quieter setting and close to Mammoth Hot Springs, this site has a few neat qualities you won’t want to miss out on.

There are plenty of spots on a first come first serve basis. Perfect for day hiking in Gardner’s Hole and watching the wildlife. Ever heard of Gallatin Mountains? Electric Peak? Sheepeater Cliff? If you haven’t had a chance to check out these breathtaking sites, I would camp here.

Near Gardiner Montana and just south of the North Entrance on Norris-Mammoth Road.

If you are into listening to nature’s ambiance, something unique about this place is that you can hear the wolves howl at night. Clear skies make star gazing and nighttime campfire conversations that much better.

  • Accessible sites
  • No group sites
  • Vault toilets
  • No generators
  • RVs: 10 sites have a max length of 35′; 35 sites have a maximum length of 30′
  • No dump station
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17. Mammoth Hot Springs Campground

Several buffalo graze in open plain in Yellowstone.

Mammoth is one of the fan favorites. We saved the best location for last here. It is a year round- prime time vacation spot. Just five miles from Yellowstone’s North Entrance and near the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces you will have the time of your life.

Fishing can be done along the Madison river, hiking and Ranger programs go from mid- June to early September.

From some first hand accounts, wildlife often make their presence known. Elk walking through campsites and bison spotting make this spot a little extra fun being up close to nature!

Things to know about the site:

  • Generators are allowed from the standard 8 am -8 pm. But on to the fun stuff! accessible sites
  • Both flush and vault toilets are located here
  • The RV sites can have a maximum length of 65 ft in the summer and 30 feet during the winter.
  • Picnic tables and fire pits with grates at each site.
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All Year$20856,200

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