Heres my 캠핑 breakdown, camp site-by-campsite, of every campground at Yellowstone National Park. To get you into the camper frame of mind (and help you better understand how campsites in Yellowstone NP are), heres the National Parks somewhat corny video on Yellowstone campsites. Heres a Yellowstone National Park camping guide that will help you decide where to stay for the night, from car camping paradises and remote, remote sites to RV-friendly slices of paradise.
While staying at designated campgrounds with lots of other people around and noise is safer than scattered camping outside of the park, you are still likely to run into grizzlies or black bears around Yellowstone campsites. Many campgrounds (inside and outside of Yellowstone) receive four-legged visitors such as bison, moose, and, yes, bears.
Camping is usually available at nearby communities and forests beyond Cascade Lake. Other options include camping by tent, or choosing another campground inside (or right outside) Yosemite National Park. When no designated sites are available, it is up to you to find a place within a camping area that is defined by the park. Designated groups campground areas and sites are available, but groups are welcome at all parks.
Parks are open from sunrise to sunset, except when camping at campgrounds or a group campsite. If you want a large area to accommodate a lot of people, the park also has group tent and RV camps, as well as historic youth camping with room for up to 250 campers. The park has 10 frontcountry campgrounds (as well as options for backcountry camping), and Elkmont is a popular tent and RV camp located just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Some parks have designated sites for backcountry camping, but others do not. You either need to camp at the designated campsites, or you need a permit to camp in the backcountry. You will need to reserve a spot if you are planning on camping at most campgrounds at a National Park any time soon. The first thing you need to do before booking your reservation for a national park camping trip is to plan your visit.
We have put together a list of some of the best campgrounds at some of the most popular national parks, but first, here are a few things you need to know before you start your camping trip at a national park. Once you decide which parks you would like to visit, campgrounds and campground information is available on Plan your Visit. Planning may sound like backwards thinking, but knowing what you want to see and do inside a park will help you select a campground that is near these attractions. Since nothing is guaranteed, it is always best to have plan B, or even plan C. Know what other campgrounds and public land are nearby in the area, just in case you cannot score a campsite within the park.
First off, some parks will not be open year-round, so you will want to research this before embarking on your trip. If you are planning on visiting a popular park, such as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, you will want to book six months in advance for the trip. Throughout the park service, most campgrounds take reservations up to six months in advance.
While the majority of NPS sites actually do have at least one campground accepting reservations, there are some that offer camping on a first-come, first-served basis. Just to make things even more confusing, a handful of the 12-plus campgrounds are non-reservable, while one has a handful of sites that are reserved, along with some that are first-come, first-served.
If a campground you want to visit offers first-come, first-served camping only, make sure you get there just a bit before check-in on your day of arrival. Be sure to ask if you are eligible for discounts at the campground where you will be staying. At Rocky Mountain National Park, all campground sites are available for pre-reservation on Recreation.gov, except for the Longs Peak campground, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Moraine Park Campground is one of five campgrounds located here, offering gorgeous views of the Rockies and mountains, with 244 available campsites. Table Rock State Park has two campgrounds, offering Basic, Electric, and Sewage/Electric/Water sites. For some added space, try one of the parks family-friendly campsites or the Platform Tent Sites for a unique camping experience. There are seven campgrounds within Grand Teton National Park, including the Signal Mountain campground, offering 81 sites with great views of Mt. Moran (plus, some sites are near Jackson Lake).
For such a popular park like Cascade Lake, it is difficult to find a place that feels really secluded for camping, but Pebble Creek Campground achieves that goal with just 27 sites. As one of the largest recreational areas in the park system, Lake Mead National Recreation Area has more than ten camping sites, RV parks, backcountry, and scattered-site options. Get a place at the center of it all with the 432 campsites in Canyon Campground.
Yellowstone updates their site as they fill 12 camps, with more than 2, and this is useful if you have internet. You likely will not have a connection within Yellowstone, but if you are considering a FCFs campground, check their site the days before you leave to find out when the campgrounds typically fill up.
Park campgrounds are usually located in convenient areas, so you will have to drive less. No overnight camp sites or parking of vehicles at pullouts, picnic areas, picnic grounds, or anywhere else not designated as a campground are allowed, nor are overflow camping facilities. Loud music and other noises and disturbances heard outside of a campground are prohibited during quiet hours, from 10 pm-6 am, in all parks.
While campgroundrs cannot be assured access to their reserved sites prior to their scheduled check-in time at 4 p.m., please arrive early to avoid lines at check-in and enjoy the park before your site is ready. Amenities vary from park to park, so check any given parks campgrounds, lodges section for details.