Yellowstone is out here, simply existing as one of the most wild and epic places on Earth, and she has been oh-so-patiently waiting for you to come discover her – to stay awhile, even if it’s just for a night. And you know what’s awesome? She’s not picky about how you come check her out … just so long as you do.

Camping in Yellowstone can be as chill or hardcore as you’re feeling up for – the good news is it’s going to be spectacularly gorgeous and full of the freshest air you’ve breathed all year whether you hike in ten miles or zip your Subaru back to that spot it seems no one else has yet discovered.

On a scale ranging from all-in Weekend Backpacking trip to one-night-warrior Car Camping, we’ve got four glorious Yellowstone Camping destinations that will give you the chance to discover Yellowstone from your camping comfort zone. Oh, and if you’re not sure what type of camper you are, we’ve got just the flowchart to reveal your ideal camping experience…

Weekend Trip

Sky Rim Loop
Scenic Views & Stunning Vistas

Weekend Backpack Trip
Location: Northwest Section
Fee: $25 Backcountry Permit
Difficulty: Medium – 2-3 Days
Distance: 20.0 miles
Seasonality: Mid-July – September
Sites: 5

HOW TO GET THERE: From West Yellowstone: Drive north on US-191 approximately 28 miles until you reach the Dailey Creek Trailhead. NOTE – Backcountry camping permits for this hike can be obtained at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center.

Backcountry Site

Pebble Creek
Wildlife aficionados, as well as anglers, will love this site.

About Pebble Creek
Location: Northeast Section
Difficulty: Moderate – Overnighter
Distance: 10.8 miles round-trip
Sites: 5 (We recommend campsite 3P2 – a good
halfway point on the Pebble Creek Loop Trail)

How To Get There:
From Cooke City: The Warm Creek trailhead is approximately 5.2 miles west of Cooke City on US 212 and 1.2 miles past the NE entrance station to Yellowstone. NOTE – Backcountry camping permits for this hike can be obtained at the Bridge Bay Visitor Center after entering the East Gate from Cody.


Norris Campground – Loop A
Surrounded By Wilderness, Carry-In Option

About Norris Campground
Location: Near Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone
Fee: $14
# of units: 22 in Loop A
Typical Season: May – September
Pets: On Leash
Reservable: No (First-Come, First-Served

How To Get There:
From Cody, take US HWY 14/16/20 west into Yellowstone. Take a right onto Grand Loop Road until Canyon Village and then take a left onto Norris Canyon Road. Norris Campground will be 11 miles past Canyon Village on the right-hand side.

Car Camping

Wapiti Campground
Surrounded By Wilderness, Great For Families

About Wapiti Campground
Location: Outside the East Gate of Yellowstone
Fee: $20 (electricity); $15 (w/out electricity)
# of units: 40 (single); 2 (multiple)
Typical Season: May – September
Pets: On leash
Reservable: Yes
Stay Limit: 16 days

How to Get There:
From Cody, travel west on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 for 28 miles to the campground. (This campground is about 25 miles from the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park)

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