Plenty of Camping Sites at Yellowstone

July 19, 2011 by   - () 1 Comment

Open sites at Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone National Park aren't quite as plentiful as this photo from when the campground was closed a few years ago might suggest. But there are plenty of sites this season, official say.

Last-minute travelers to Yellowstone National Park can thank the heavy early-spring snowfall for a wide choice of campsites now. The lingering snow in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area has resulted in a slow start to the camping season, higher-than-normal cancellations and plenty of availability, the Wyoming Business Reports reported.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of five Yellowstone campgrounds offering advance reservations, reports drops in both occupancy and reservations.

“The good news is recent warm temperatures and generally drier weather patterns have resulted in snow-free and dry campgrounds while contributing to green meadows, a rush of wildflowers and great wildlife viewing opportunities,” said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra.

“The lingering snow kept campers away and made many others reluctant to make reservations. The result is better availability – especially in August and September – for those people just now planning a camping vacation,” Hoeninghausen said.

Of the 11 campgrounds in Yellowstone, five of them – comprised of more than 1,400 individual sites – can be reserved online at or by calling toll-free (866) GEYSERLAND (866) 439-7375) or (307) 344-7311.

Xanterra-operated campgrounds include Bridge Bay Campground, Canyon Campground, Grant Campground, Madison Campground and Fishing Bridge RV Park. Except for Madison Campground, these facilities are located a convenient distance from stores, sightseeing tours and camper services such as laundry and showers.

Fishing Bridge RV Park is designed for hard-sided units only with a maximum length of 40 feet. Rates at Fishing Bridge RV Park are $28 per night for sites without electric hook-ups and $38 per night for sites with electric hook-ups. All Fishing Bridge RV sites include water and sewer hookups. Rates are $20 per night for the other campgrounds.

National Park Service regulations require camping equipment to fit in designated sites. When making a reservation, online visitors must book a site that will accommodate their camping equipment.

Non-tent campers must book a site that will accommodate the total combined length of their vehicle and camping equipment. Tent campers must be prepared to give the size of their tent in feet and inches or the size of their RV and any tow or towed vehicle separately.

Xanterra also operates lodges, restaurants, gift shops and other concessions in the park.


One Response to “Plenty of Camping Sites at Yellowstone”

  1. OLGA on November 27th, 2011 11:18 am