Every camper in the United States (and probably world over) knows that one of the best camping destinations on earth is Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone camping is simply a unique experience that you can find nowhere on earth. Because of its popularity, it is highly advisable that you book your campground early. But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. Let’s take it from the top, shall we?
Where is Yellowstone National Park?
Yellowstone National Park is a 3,500 square mile piece of pure wilderness located in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, with most of it lying in the state of Wyoming. Famous for being the first national park in the U.S. and world over (after being officially established as such in 1872), the park has managed to maintain the ecosystem and other archeological sites intact. Yellowstone is the ultimate adventure package as it has a ton of activities and sights to enjoy. One the coolest features of Yellowstone National Park is the fact that it is located on an active volcano that powers “Old Faithful”, the world’s most famous geyser. As for wildlife, there are hundreds of species to look out for, with the most famous ones being the mighty Grizzly, bison, grey wolves, and elk.
With amazing landscape, activities, and wildlife to enjoy, nothing can beat camping in Yellowstone.
Getting to Yellowstone – Plan Your Route
Yellowstone National Park is easily accessible through 5 entrance gates – Jackson Hole and Cody in Wyoming, West Yellowstone and Silver Gate in Cooke City, and Gardiner in Montana. The roads are fairly in good condition but be sure to do a thorough investigation prior to your departure to find out which ones to avoid, especially for big vehicles like RVs. For example, the Bighorn Mountains east of Cody, Wyoming is well known to be unfriendly to RVs so it’s best to downright avoid it.
Yellowstone Camping By RV – 5 Tips for a Pleasant Stay
As with every camping trip and destination, there are always hacks and tips to maximize the experience, and Yellowstone is no different. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your camping trip.
1. Book Your Camping Ground in Advance
Making a reservation for campgrounds at Yellowstone is nothing like making a reservation at other RV parks. They are very strict about gathering information about the size of your rig and other vehicles you will have in-tow, and that for very important reasons too. Space for rigs with a combined length of 40 feet plus is very limited so bear with the staff when making reservations. Once you have made your reservation, you have to show up with the same size RV you included in your reservation information otherwise you will not be given access to this piece of paradise. In some of the Yellowstone campgrounds, like Fishing Bridge, only hard-sided RVs are allowed due to the prevalence of bears. All these are taken into consideration when making a booking.
2. Store all Foodstuffs Properly and Securely
No matter how beautiful and peaceful Yellowstone National Park is, it’s very important that you remember that you are a visitor there and the owners of the land may not always be friendly – especially when it comes to food. Yes, I’m talking about bears. Bears have a very strong sense of smell and can smell even the tiniest morsel of food from a distance, and they are never too lazy to follow it up.
3. Know Your Campgrounds (And Book the Right One)
Even though RVs are welcome at all campgrounds within Yellowstone, some of them have size restrictions and may not have hookups. When you make your booking you need to keep this in mind and make sure to book a campground that is most suitable for you. Of the 5 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park (Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV, Grant, and Madison), only Fishing Ridge has full RV facilities. The other 4 have partial services with most of them lacking hookups.
4. Don’t Get Friendly With the Animals
One costly temptation many campers face when enjoying the beauty that Yellowstone has to offer is to try and befriend the animals they encounter – don’t. “But it’s just a cute bear cub!” Well, you won’t think the mother is cute when she comes charging. No matter the size or kind of animal, it’s best to enjoy them from a distance.
5. Have Your Camera at the Ready – Always
Yellowstone National Park Camping trips can be full of pleasant surprises that you will definitely want to capture on camera. From a herd of bison majestically marching through the plains to Old Faithful erupting in just the perfect lighting, magical moments are plentiful here.
RVs and Yellowstone – The Perfect Recipe for a Great Vacation
If you’re looking for your next great vacation destination, Yellowstone National Park is it, and it is best enjoyed from an RV. Remember, book your campground early and play it safe.