- West Yellowstone area public campgrounds offer easy access to outdoor recreation and spectacular scenery
- Wildlife is abundant in the region
- Campgrounds are generally open from May to September
- Fees range from $12 to $19.50
- Camp in Yellowstone or the Caribou-Targhee or Gallatin National Forests
Yellowstone National Park
It’s incredible sleeping under the stars within Yellowstone National Park, with the fresh pine scent lingering in the air, and so many sights close by.
Length of Stay
Campers can stay a maximum of 14 days from 1 July to Labor Day. The other times of year, maximum length of stay is 30 days.
Yellowstone National Park has a number of large campgrounds as well as smaller, lower-cost campsites. Below are all the campgrounds within the park:
- Bridge Bay
Near the shores of Yellowstone Lake, this campground offers tremendous views and access to boat launching and rentals.
Enjoy this heavily wooded campground in Yellowstone, with plenty of amenities nearby in the Canyon Center.
- Grant Village
On the southeastern edge of Yellowstone Lake, you’ll find large woodsy campsites here with amenities only a half mile away, including stores, pay showers and laundry.
Madison Campground is located in a wooded area just south of Madison River. This is a popular spot with good access to fishing and hiking.
- Indian Creek
Fishing and hiking are within walking distance from Indian Creek Campground. It’s generator-free and first-come, first-served. This primitive campground is located south of Mammoth Hot Springs about 8 miles.
- Lewis Lake
On the southeast shore of Lewis Lake and on a tree-covered hill, this campground is only a short walk to the lakeshore.
You can fish the Gardiner River and find easy access to the hiking trails around Mammoth Hot Springs. Evening ranger programs are popular with guests.
Norris is in the heart of Yellowstone and close to much wildlife and the beautiful Gibbon River.
- Pebble Creek
Choose between wooded and open sites at Pebble Creek Campground. There is also a walk-in tenting area where you can camp away from your vehicle. Hiking and fishing are nearby.
- Slough Creek
Lamar Valley is a wonderful place to view wildlife, and Slough Creek Campground is located in a remote section close to the northeast entrance of the park. Less crowded than most campgrounds, you’ll find great fishing here.
- Tower Falls
Close to a store and restaurant, you’ll find the Tower Falls Campground in the northeast part of Yellowstone, eighteen miles east of Mammoth.
Mammoth Campground is the only campground open all year. The remaining campgrounds open at varying times from the middle of May to the beginning of June and typically close from the middle of September to the beginning of November, depending on the campground.
Fees range anywhere from $12 to $19.50 a night.
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
With 1.8 million acres of varied landscapes, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest offers incredible wilderness areas to explore and commune with nature while camping in lovely forested campgrounds.
Length of Stay
Most campgrounds have a 16-day limit on length of stay, though some (like the Upper Coffee Pot Campground) have a 7-day limit. For dispersed camping, the limit for camping in one spot is also 16 days.
Numerous campgrounds are scattered throughout the park. Some of the closest to West Yellowstone are the following:
- Big Springs Campground
Big Springs Campground is located close to the springs that form the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, with hiking trails nearby. Off of Highway 20, it’s only 25 miles south of West Yellowstone.
- Buffalo Campground
Buffalo Campground is 28 miles south of West Yellowstone, on the east side of Highway 20, and two miles from the Island Park Reservoir. Shaded sites make camping here wonderful in the heat of summer.
- Upper Coffee Pot Campground
Here on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River you’ll discover views of the river, fishing, and many lodgepole pine-shaded sites.
- Flat Rock Campground
Fishing, canoeing and wading are yours here at the Flat Rock Campground, with picnic tables and fire rings so you can enjoy your meals in the fresh, clean air.
Many campgrounds in the Island Park area open on Memorial Day weekend and stay open through October 1st, although some open a bit later and close a bit earlier depending on which campground you choose.
Campground fees are $12 a day for single occupancy, and go higher for doubles and electric hookups.
Gallatin National Forest
Gallatin National Forest surrounds West Yellowstone and stretches over 2.1 million acres. It’s a great place to camp, while experiencing all the area has to offer to outdoor lovers.
Length of Stay
The maximum length of stay for the campgrounds listed is 16 days.
- Baker’s Hole
Some campsites at Baker’s Hole overlook the Madison River, and all have views of the peaks in Yellowstone National Park. With this campground only 3 miles from West Yellowstone, it’s a great place to make your home base.
- Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek Campground has 63 sites among Aspen trees and pines. This picturesque campground is great for wildlife watching, hiking and scenic views.
- Cabin Creek
With its 15 sites set in a Douglas fir and mature pine forest, the Cabin Creek Campground sits on Cabin Creek and gives you privacy and intimacy with the natural surroundings.
Lonesomehurst Campground is adjacent to the South Fork of Hebgen Reservoir, where you can spot wildlife and birds.
The campgrounds listed are open from May 15 to September 15 with the exception of Beaver Creek Campground, which is open from June 10 to September 10.
Fees for camping are $12 to $14 a night.