Best RV Campground in Yellowstone – Based on Locations

 Best RV Campground in Yellowstone – Based on Locations

The Best RV Campground in Yellowstone is based on what part of Yellowstone you're visiting.

At the top of every RVer’s bucket list, it is a place so majestic, so wild, and so big that it calls us to return, to explore, to get to know the diversity of its land and animals over and over again. We were warned many years ago that it will get in your blood and you will keep coming back. Well, it grabbed our souls and we now visit every year.

We've listed some of the best campgrounds west, north, central, and places in between. Check them out below.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: West Side

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In the greater West Yellowstone area, there are 4 commercial campgrounds in the town, 2 KOAs just outside, a State Park campground, and multiple boondocking spots in the Gallatin National Forest. 

NOTE: If you must have electric hookups and a dump station, you will want to stay in a commercial campground. And West Yellowstone is where you will find them.

If you can’t find a space where we’ve listed below there are several others nearby to choose from. But below is perhaps our favorite RV campground in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park

When we stayed in West Yellowstone a few years ago, this was the campground we stayed at. There are 191 sites, all with full hookups and 91 of these are pull thrus.

There are picnic tables, a playground, flush toilets, showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, and a dump station.

It backs up to a National Forest and there is a network of trails to explore.

At night, we could hear the wolves howling from the nearby Wolf and Bear Discovery Center.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: North

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photo by Phyllis Khare

While we usually make our home base in West Yellowstone at the Grizzly RV Park, there are several campgrounds closer to Mammoth Hot Springs if you want a change of scenery.

All of the options are pretty nice but we think the best RV campground in Yellowstone near Mammoth Hot Springs is the one that takes its very name!

Mammoth Hot Springs Campground

The closest you can get is to stay right in the Mammoth Hot Springs Campground, there are 85 sites here, flush toilets, and generators are allowed from 8 am-8 pm.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit with a grate, and there are shared food storage boxes.

This is the only campground in Yellowstone open year-round. There is no dump station here, sites are rustic so you’re boondocking. Amd there is no dump station.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: Central

Norris is central enough in Yellowstone that it’s easily accessible from the Canyon, Madison, Indian Creek, and Mammoth Campgrounds, as well as West Yellowstone. However, if you can get a site there is a campground right here.

Norris Campground

There are 111 sites here, all rustic so you’re boondocking. 30-foot max RV length.

Amenities include flush toilets in the rest rooms and potable water. Generators are allowed from 8 am-8 pm.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: Grand Canyon

There are several RV campgrounds near Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon but be aware that there is a lot of demand here and they can fill up very quickly. 

When we stay in Yellowstone we try to have a “home-base” campground and then make our explorations from there. Or make sure to book ahead and have a reservation. That way we know at the end of the day we have a spot to come back to, otherwise, you could be out of luck.

Canyon Campground

The closest you can get is to stay right in Canyon Campground, in Canyon Village. There are 273 sites here, flush toilets, and generators are allowed from 8 am-8 pm.

There are showers and laundry but no dump station. All sites are rustic so you’re boondocking.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit with a grate, and there are shared food storage boxes.

This campground is arguably the very best RV campground in Yellowstone.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: Lamar Valley

We love this northeast section of the park because it is home to the wide and expansive Lamar Valley, a popular wolf, and grizzly watching area.

Click here to watch a video that we did a few years ago when we stayed in the Lamar Valley.

Pebble Creek Campground

There are 27 sites here, all first-come, first-served. We really like this campground but note, bear, bison and elk are frequent visitors.

There are vault toilets, but no flush toilets, no generators are allowed, and no dump station. All sites are rustic so you’re boondocking.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit with a grate, and there are shared food storage boxes.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: Old Faithful

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photo by Phyllis Khare

Once you’ve seen Old Faithful, don’t hop in your rig and leave!

You are now in Upper Geyser Basin which is home to more thermal features than anywhere in the world!

You may want to stay in the area for the night so you can further explore.

Madison Campground

There are 277 sites here, no hookups. 35-foot max RV length.

Amenities include flush toilets in the restrooms, a dump station, picnic tables, a fire pit with grate, firewood for sale, and there are shared food storage boxes.

Generators are permitted from 8 am to 8 pm.

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone: Yellowstone Lake

There are several campgrounds in this general area if you can get to them before they fill up! In our opinion, the best RV campground in Yellowstone Lake is…

Grant Village Campground 

There are 430 sites here, 300 are pull-thru.

Amenities include picnic tables, a fire pit with grate, potable water, toilets, showers, a dump station, laundry, and firewood for sale.

 

 

yellowstone travel guide by RV LifestyleYellowstone National Park Travel Guide

Some of the listed campgrounds are only open at certain times of the year. In our Yellowstone Travel Guide, we offer several other options in the various locations to help you no matter when you're traveling. 

Plus, we provide a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, and the best spots to see along the way!

You can hit everything in seven days, do a whirlwind weekend tour, or you can take your time and explore the area over a few weeks.  

Get My 7 Day RV Adventure Guide to Yellowstone

 

Best RV Campground in Yellowstone - Based on Locations

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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