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Camping In Yellowstone

Tips For Camping In Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

This is a fascinating place, especially for any kids in your group. Experts say that too many travellers to the park spend very little time in the park compared to spending too much time seeing the park from inside their parks. You will not get the full experience of visiting the park if you do this. This is why it is important that you plan at least a three-day trip when travelling to the Yellowstone National Park. Don’t just drive through the park as most of the visitors do. Get down and savor the features in the park which will help you have a truly amazing experience in the park.

Five Entrances

The national park has five entrances to it. In fact, you also find various regions within the boundaries of the park. Its northern region, which is situated outside Yellowstone Caldera, is considered to be the largest supervolcano on the whole continent. You will see more wildlife as well as rolling hills in this region. The south part of the park has a concentration of geothermal features compared to the other parts of the park. It is also home to some of the iconic geysers. Morning Glory Pool and Old Faithful are two of the most noted out of them all. You should also make it a point to explore the Yellowstone Lake that is situated in the southeastern region of the park.

Hotels And Campgrounds

Staying a night at the different locations across the park will give you the opportunity to see various features of the park. You will also find unique hotels that offer first-class comfort to you and your family. In fact, Old Faithful Inn is considered one of the oldest hotels in the park, built in 1903. If you plan to stay in a campground, you need to book your tent well in advance. Established campgrounds sell out a couple of months in advance.

The Best Campsites

You can’t go wrong camping at any of the campsites in Yellowstone but there are some you should consider first. Some of the top campgrounds include Madison, Canyon and Grant Village. Each of those campsites have something unique to offer and it doesn’t matter what type of camper you are, you are bound to have fun. There is nothing like camping in an RV or tent at one of those locations, but feel free to rent a lodge at one of the many campsites if you don’t have an RV or you aren’t a fan of camping in a tent.
The most important thing is to secure your campsite in advance when you decide to camp in Yellowstone. Altogether there are twelve campsites in Yellowstone. Five of these sites are managed by private companies. These companies accept reservations from visitors who are interested in camping there. You need to make your reservation weeks or even months earlier during the peak seasons. The other seven campsites are first come, first serve basis. You need to be there as early as possible to grab an available site. The checkout time in summer is 11.00 a.m. If you come in the afternoon, the best thing is to stay in Gardiner, Montana and get up early the next morning to secure a site.

Activity Programs

You also need to book various ranger-led as well as other programs in the park well in advance. You will find boat tours, fishing, horseback riding, and ranger-guided hikes. You need to take advantage of some of these programs in the park.
The best way to plan your camping trip is to start at Old Faithful and work your way through the park clockwise. In fact, you would find Old Faithful really deserted during the morning hours. By mid-afternoon, you may find it packed with people. The best thing is to go there early and avoid this problem. Most people overlook visiting the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone in favor of geyser sightseeing. But you need to plan to visit the Grand Canyon which will no doubt add variety to your camping trip. If you stay overnight at the Canyon Campground, you can easily visit the Grand Canyon in the morning hours. Artist’s Point is the best place to see the rainbow in the mist which is created when the sun is just at the right angle.

When you camp in Yellowstone, there is no shortage of fun activities you can do. One of the best camping activities you can do is back-country hiking and camping, and there are more than 300 campsites for hikers to stay at, so bring your backpack and go on some of the most amazing hikes you’ll ever experience. There are also areas where you can do boating, which is a great way to explore the area and to enjoy surrounding scenery.

There is a lot of opportunity for you to cycle too. In fact, many people choose to explore Yellowstone via bicycle, but you can also do skiing when weather permitted, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding and much more. It doesn’t matter how adventurous you are, you’ll love camping at this park and the activities you can do.

Best Time Of The Year

Keep in mind that certain parts of the year you won’t be able to camp in a tent but you can still stay in various types of accommodations within the park. As for the best time of the year to go, anytime is good. It depends on you because if you enjoy doing a lot of outdoorsy stuff, then summer and spring is ideal but if you love winter activities, then wintertime is the best time of the year to go.

The best time to visit the park is September every year. This is assuming you will not go skiing once you are there. Although July and August have the best weather, the park is overcrowded during these times. June has a lesser crowd. But due to the high elevation of the park, remaining snowpacks can prevent you accessing certain areas of the park. Also, the nights are too cold in June. September is the best time to visit the park with your family. The daytime temperature would be around 20-degrees Celsius during this time. You may find sunny skies and fewer people which are perfect conditions to camp with your family.
One thing to take note is that it is cold during the nights, even if you go there in September. Although the daytime temperature may seem comfortable at 20-degrees Celsius, the chill will set in by 10.00 p.m. Midnight becomes near freezing usually at -2 degrees Celsius. It is important that you bring a warmer sleeping bag and a few chemical warmer packs to protect yourself from freezing during the nights. In fact, the temperatures in Yellowstone may vary a lot, especially during fall time. Be prepared to face such weather extremes.


As for how much it costs to camp in Yellowstone, this all depends on the campsite you choose and the type of camping you decide to do. You can get a campsite for as little as $12 per night but if you want to camp where there are more amenities and features, then you can expect to pay around $20 per night. If you want to camp in an RV, then expect to pay around $28-$40 per night.

There is nothing like camping in Yellowstone. It doesn’t matter if you have a tent or an RV, you will love camping there. The sooner you book a camping trip to Yellowstone, the sooner you can experience all that the park has to offer.


Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is famous worldwide and not only because it was the first national park in the world, established in 1872. It spans an area of about 3,500 square miles with lakes, mountains, canyons, and rivers and is located in the state of Wyoming but also extends to small areas of Idaho and Montana. It provides massive opportunities for photography, as well as nature observations and camping out, so pack your camera and your binoculars, as well as any camping gear you need.
This park is volcanic and home to some of the most famous natural wonders of the world, including the Old Faithful Geyser. The mud pots and hot pools are also some of the wonders that you should not miss when you visit the park. The wildlife has also been carefully managed and preserved and you can join them in their natural habitats, fishing, bird watching, sightseeing, biking, and hiking with experienced rangers in the park.
With being volcanic and also having many wild animals, there have been occasional deaths over the years. You should follow advice and guidance from the rangers at all times and keep to the paths or within the designated areas near hot springs and pools. The animals are wild and should be treated as such and respected. Bears do not generally enter the park but when they come, they are shot with rubber bullets to drive them away. You should keep all food items in bear-proof boxes when in the park.

The park gets falls of snow in winter and can be cold at night, even in summer, so if you are camping, come prepared with sleeping bags, warm clothing and blankets. It is possible to wild camp in the park but this is at your own risk, so talk to an experienced park ranger before backpacking. Stay in the safe areas and follow the instruction you receive from the Rangers. Sleep at least 100-150 yards away from the area you cook and dine and if any of your clothes smell of food, these MUST be changed before you sleep. And place those clothes away from the campsite. Never keep any remnants or garbage of food near the campsite. Place them at least 200 yards away from the campsite. Make sure you dispose of waste and water in a proper way. Get all this information from the park rangers before you plan to leave on the adventure.
Yellowstone National Park is visited by over 4-million people a year and is a place on many bucket lists. Is it on yours?

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