Camping during your Yellowstone Vacation can be easy but some pre planning is advised. Whether you are visiting Yellowstone or Big Sky you should be available to find all the info you need using the links provided here.
Inside Yellowstone there are 12 campgrounds total. 5 require reservations and 7 are first come first serve. During July and August, competition for the first come first serve campgrounds can be severe. You will want to arrive early to get your spot. Typically you can spend up to 14 days in a site and most all have water and restrooms. Fishing Bridge campground is for hardsided units only and has full hookups.
When we camp in Yellowstone we like to stay at the same campground and use that as our basecamp. Packing up every day or two is a hassel and really no fun for kids. Our favorite with kids is the Madison Junction Campground. The river is nearby with open areas for play and hiking. It is also within 1 hour of most of Yellowstone's highlights.
You can typically have campfires in all the campgrounds but sometimes fire restrictions may be in effect. Know the rules before building a campfire. Reservations, rates and further information can be found here.
Outside of of Yellowstone camping is available at both Forest Service and private campgrounds. In West Yellowstone our favorite private campgrounds are the Grizzly RV Park, located right in West Yellowstone and the Madison Arm Campground, about 8 miles North of West Yellowstone.
Our preferred Forest Service campgrounds are Baker's Hole, just North of West Yellowstone and Red Cliff Campground 4 miles south of Big Sky on the Gallatin River. Both are suitable for RV's and tenting. Red Cliff is the best one if you are visiting Big Sky.
Questions? Call a travel planner at Geyser Whitewater Expeditions for info. 800.914.9031
There's more to Yellowstone than geysers and water falls. Take in some of these family activities when visiting West Yellowstone...
The Zipline Adventure Park
The brand new Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone is a unique attraction filled with high flying surprises. Located right in West Yellowstone, the park is within walking distances of most hotels. It is open until dark so visiting after dinner or day in Yellowstone is quite possible. This is the most economical of all the zipline attractions near Yellowstone and unlike any other offers unlimited adventure. visit www.yellowstoneparkzipline.com for more info.
The Grizzly Wolf and Discovery Center
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is an AZA accredited Not-for-Profit, wildlife park and educational facility. The Center offers every visitor to Yellowstone a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Located right in town, the center is open 8:30 to 8:30 in the summer and costs about ten dollars.
Visit http://www.grizzlydiscoveryctr.com/ for more info.
After nearly fifty years of the "Finest in Family Entertainment," The Playmill Theatre continues the tradition with three popular hits this summer Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The Playmill Theatre provides an experience like no other. The moment you arrive you will be greeted and shown to your seat by members of the Playmill Cast. They will personally get to know you and would love to get you any concessions (fudge), programs, or souvenirs, which you will need. As you walk to your seat you will be delighted to hear Playmill Players singing and entertaining on stage. Once the audience is seated, we begin the show with sing-along, and opening number, followed by an audience favorite-- the Playmill Variety show! The featured production will be announced and begin directly after the variety show.
West Yellowstone Rodeo
Get ready to rodeo! Not the largest rodeo around but this down home spectacle is a family favorite. The rodeo is in the evening so you can visit the park during the day and enjoy the rodeo after. For an added thrill you can even take a horseback ride before and end up at the rodeo.
Check out http://www.yellowstonerodeo.com/ for rodeo times and dates.
Swimming in Yellowstone Park
Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way side road off Yellowstone’s Grand Loop south of Madison Junction. On the drive you will pass the Firehole River, Firehole Falls, and a natural swimming hole. The swimming hole in Firehole Canyon is one of two swimming areas inside Yellowstone National Park. The other area on the Boiling River has no facilities and is only open in late Fall through Winter because of water levels.
There is no parking lot at the Firehole Swimming Area, but there are several locations to park on the side of the road. You can use the changing rooms at the road to put your swimming suits on. Then access the rocky beach area by climbing down wooden stairs. The beach is roomy enough that you can sit and watch the swimmers if you don’t want to swim yourself.
Sorry – it’s not hot. The name “Firehole River” may lead you to believe that this is heated by hot springs, but the swimming area is a cool temperature similar to an unheated swimming pool. Those used to swimming in rivers and lakes will not see any difference in this water temperature.
There is no lifeguard on duty, but the beach is relatively calm and safe. Swim at your own risk. There are many small boulders and rocks in the river, making it fun to explore. To safely maneuver, some type of footwear made for water sports is recommended. Climbing on and jumping from the cliffs is illegal, unsafe and strictly prohibited.