Yellowstone National Park
Posted by Pharaba Hacker-Witt on July 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Yellowstone National Park holds the distinction of being the first and largest
National Park in the United States. The National Park system was created by
President Theodore Roosevelt in an effort to preserve interesting and unique areas
of the country. As people continued to expand across the America, settling all areas,
President Roosevelt recognized the need to protect the environment so people
could enjoy it for years to come. The entire area is a hotbed of volcanic activity
featuring geysers, hot springs and mountains. RVing in the region offers many
beautiful options when it comes to campgrounds.
RV Parks Everywhere
The park is so vast you need to consider what area is of most interest to you when
picking a RV location inside the park. quite early, so staying on top of the website is important.
The website lets you know when you can make reservations. Some years the park runs it
so you can reserve a year in advance while other times they have decided to wait closer to the season.
Slough Creek is in the north section of the park. The area offers easy access to
Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs and Grant Village. This location often does not open
until mid to late June due to the vast amount of snow. Norris Geyser Basin only has
a few sites but gives great access to Old Faithful while Pebble Creek has the largest
Many of the smaller areas work on a first come, first served basis. If you are willing
to chance it, these can be some of the best sites. Get there early in the morning to
wait for those who are departing, so you can be the first in. It is always good to
make friends with the area host, sometimes he or she can fill you in as to expected
departure dates, nice if you have a flexible schedule. Some of these campgrounds
allow for a 14-day stay during the peak summer season.
Outer Yellowstone RV Parks
Some of the best RV campgrounds are just outside the park. West Yellowstone
Montana sits on the western entrance of the park and features cute little shops, good
food and a fun atmosphere. It is also open year-round. Enos is a “do-it-yourself”
steakhouse where you can enjoy a meal sitting out on the wrap around patio. The
views are perfect and sunset at 10:30ish at night is unforgettable. The area has a
KOA RV Park, Rustic Wagon and Yellowstone Grizzly. These are all nicely kept up
areas with easy access to the park. All offer full service and tend to have openings on
a more last minute basis than locations inside the park.
Southern Yellowstone RV Parks
The south entrance of Yellowstone actually comes through the Grand Tetons. Grand
Teton RV Park Resort has many full-service spots as well as a series of cabins. The
area at the south of the park is known as Moran Wyoming. The camping sites are
strict about using bear canisters as there have been many bear issues over the years.
This entrance gives you quick access to the Lake area of Yellowstone. You can take
in some fishing and even rent boats to go out on the pristine lake. It is a terrific place
to fly a kite as there is almost always wind.
Northern Yellowstone RV Parks
The North entrance is in Gardiner Montana. It is more like West Yellowstone with
a few dining establishments and a few shops. This entrance offers easy access to
the boiling river, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Hoodoo bouldering area. This
tends to be a popular area all year round. The access to warm swimming holes, the
lesser snowfall and the easy exit make it appealing to many travelers. You can stay
in Rocky Mountain Campground with 97 sites, 30 with full hook-ups and a grocery
store. This is the largest RV location in the area.