Yellowstone National Park is the country’s oldest National Park, signed into law by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, 40 years before the National Park System was created. It continues to draw millions of visitors a year with its spectacular geothermal features, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking views.
There’s no wonder that this American gem is the most visited National Park by RVers in the United States.
Let’s look at the accommodations offered by Yellowstone to RVers and tips and tricks on getting the most out of your visit to this scenic territory.
Best Time for RVers to Visit Yellowstone National Park
To get the most out of your trip, it’s important to pick the best time of year to make it. Most of the best RV sites at Yellowstone don’t open until late spring and early summer and begin to close their gates around early September.
The busiest times of the year are the middle of June through the end of July. If you prefer the cooler weather to crowds, it is best to go at the earliest and latest parts of the season. If you want perfect weather and are comfortable with a busy park, it is best to visit in June and July.
Choosing an RV Campground at Yellowstone National Park
There are 12 different campsites within the Yellowstone boundaries with over 2,000 individual sites. Each site has its own individual amenities and limitations.
Make sure that your particular RV of trailer meets the size restrictions of the campsite you choose.
We will highlight five of these 12 grounds to give you a general feel of what camping at Yellowstone is like and some ideas for what to see at each one:
Bridge Bay Campground
Bridge Bay Campground is 30 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone and close to Yellowstone Lake.
It is a great campsite for fisherman due to its proximity to the Bridge Bay Marina on Yellowstone Lake. There are dumpsites but no utility hookups.
Canyon Campground is located in the heart of Yellowstone and less than a mile away from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, this site offers a gateway to all parts of the park nestled in a quiet forested backdrop. Canyon is also close to many park amenities such as food, gas, and a maintenance shop but does not include utility hookups. It does, however, include a dump station.
Grant Village Campground
Grant Village Campground offers quaint grounds tucked into the southwest shore of Yellowstone Lake and are only a few miles from the West Thumb Geyser Basin. Grant Village is also near several trailheads that snake around the different geothermal attractions. Grant Village is less than a mile from RV dump stations, showers, and stores, along with a dump stations, but does not include utility hookups.
Madison Campground is near the Madison River and the confluence of the Madison, Gibbon and Fire hole rivers, this site offers up fantastic fishing. Madison is located 14 miles east of the West Yellowstone entrance and just 16 miles north of Old Faithful.
Madison is also not far away from the Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins. No utility hookups provided but dump stations are available.
Fishing Bridge RV Park
Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only Yellowstone operated RV campsite that offers full utility hookups. Fishing Bridge is located near the mouth of the Yellowstone River and is a great site to go bird watching. RVs and travel trailers are limited to 40’ at Fishing Bridge.
All these campsites can be booked through Xanterra Parks and Resorts. It’s best to book an RV parking spot at Yellowstone well in advance, even up to a year to ensure the best possible location for you and your family. What's stopping you from visiting one of the most popular National Parks in the world? Book today!