Yellowstone is far and away the most popular destination for our customers, and is the reason we have recently opened a location in Jackson, WY (Jackson Hole) to serve these customers. If you are planning on a Yellowstone camper rental, hopefully the information below can help plan your trip. Before I start though, let me offer one piece of good advice. Many customers have their focus on Yellowstone, and ignore its neighbor, Grand Teton National Park. Please include Grand Teton in your plans. From our location in Jackson, you drive through Grand Teton to get to the South entrance of Yellowstone. I am a Colorado native, I’ve seen plenty of scenic mountains in Colorado, but Grand Teton is absolutely spectacular. To travel all the way to this part of the country and not see the Tetons would be a shame.
The first question we are asked a lot is can you bring a tent camper to Yellowstone. The answer is absolutely yes! There is quite a lot of mis-information on this subject, so don’t be mislead. There is one campground in Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge, which allows only hard sided travel trailers and motorhomes. This is also the only campground in Yellowstone which has full electrical and water hookups. ALL other campgrounds in Yellowstone allow tent campers. By the way, of all the campgrounds, Fishing Bridge is my least favorite. It is not particularly scenic, has very close accommodations to your neighbors, and in general has the ambience of camping in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Some campgrounds in Yellowstone allow customers to make advance reservations, others do not. It is probably a good idea to make reservations for the first day of your trip in case you arrive late in the day, or you arrive on a weekend. The National Park service can give you good information on which non-reservable campgrounds fill up quickly to help plan your trip. The Yellowstone information phone is 307/344-7381.
Here is a list of Yellowstone campgrounds.
Mammoth Springs –open all year, one of the most wondrous of all the unusual sites in Yellowstone.
Madison-my favorite campground in Yellowstone, very beautiful setting on the Madison River, close to Firehole River, many of the geyser basins and Old Faithful.
Tower Fall-Near the Lamar Valley, home to massive herds of buffalo, elk and the grizzlies and wolves which stalk them. Opens 5/20/11.
Slough Creek and Pebble Creek-In the heart of the Lamar Valley-wolf country. Slough Creek opens 5/27, Pebble Creek 6/6.
Indian Creek- Nearby access to Mammoth Hot Springs and Obsidian Cliff, two of the most unusual sites in Yellowstone. Opens 6/6.
Canyon-at the top of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, nearby access to the upper and lower falls of the Yellowstone. Opens 6/3.
Lewis Lake-the first campground you arrive at from the south (Jackson) entrance. Very scenic with lots of hiking trails nearby.
Bridge Bay and Grant Village- on Yellowstone Lake. Bridge Bay opens 5/27, Grant Village 6/21.
Enjoy your Yellostone camper rental vacation!