Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic destination for RV enthusiasts looking for an adventure.If you are looking for a life-changing camping experience, pack up your RV, stock up your eco friendly sunscreen and head on over! The park hosts nearly 4 million visitors each year and it’s no surprise. Many venture here for the abundance of wildlife like bison, elk, bears, antelope, and wolves, and others to see the lush forests, alpine rivers, powerful canyons, and the world-famous Old Faithful geyser.
The park is a whopping 3,500 square miles of wilderness stretching across Wyoming into Montana and Idaho. There are 12 developed campgrounds with over 2,100 campsites to choose from. Even with this immense size, it´s important to not that there can be some congestion during peak season.
Luckily, 5 campgrounds containing 1,700 campsites are available for reservation. At some campgrounds, reservations can be made almost a year ahead. For the best experience make sure to call ahead with the size of your RV ready to secure yourself the best spot for your Yellowstone expedition.
First Come First Serve
The remaining 7 campgrounds, containing 450 campsites are first-come-first-serve. These sites should not be overlooked as some of them offer spectacular views and experiences!
With a bit of luck and an early rise, you can find yourself a nice spot. Plan on arriving before 8 AM for your best chance at a spot.
Yellowstone campsites have exceptional facilities and a variety of comforts available to you.
All campsites offer:
-grills or fire grates
RV hookups are provided only in the Fishing Bridge Campground and RV dump stations are available in Bridge Bay, Canyon Village, Fishing Bridge, Grant Village, and Madison. Be sure to call ahead to double check what your campground offers. Here is a look at one of the campgrounds.
Convenience stores can be found throughout Yellowstone National Park, but you should always plan ahead and bring the supplies you need.
For those interested in different camping experience, dispersed RV camping, also known as boondocking, is allowed throughout the forest. This allows campers to have a more private or adventurous experience camping independently in the woods, as long as they follow the proper regulations.
Additionally, there are many RV camping alternatives just outside of the park grounds. These campgrounds, run by the US Forest Service, can be primitive, but some have RV electric sites. Most of these sites contain a fire ring or grill, picnic table, and toilets.
Things to Remember
1. Driving to and from Yellowstone can be a challenge to those who haven’t driven through the mountains before. Take it slow and make sure to plan your route beforehand.
2. NEVER leave food out overnight or when you leave a campsite. This will attract bears and other wildlife, which can ruin the experience for everyone.
3. Generators are allowed in only 7 of the campgrounds and only during set hours.
4. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds but never on the trails. Pet animals can cause dangerous situations with wild animals such as bears.
5. The weather can change rapidly. Plan ahead and make sure to pack for a variety of weather conditions.
As with any camping adventure, one should always air on the side of caution and do thorough research and planning. With the right preparations, an RV camping trip to Yellowstone National Park will be a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience.