Located in the heart of Yellowstone National Park the Canyon Campground includes 273 sites surrounded by trees.
The campground is centrally located in the park making it great for exploring the park including the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Lamar Valley, and Lake Yellowstone.
Reservations are accepted for the campground starting May 1st of the year before you are planning to camp. So May 1, 2021, they opened for 2022.
If you really want a specific campground you will need to be prepared a year in advance for the campgrounds that take reservations.
This campground is incredibly popular due to its great location in the park. During the first few weeks of the season, the campground offers first come first serve sites.
During the early season, you may still encounter snow and heavy rain within the park. You will want to be prepared for multiple weather conditions.
Season: The campground is only open during summer.
Opens: May 29, 2020
Closes: September 20, 2020
Number of Sites: 273
Location in the park: Located off the Grand Loop Road near Canyon Village and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
The campground is close to a visitor center, the Canyon Lodge which has multiple dining options.
Campsite cost: $32.00
Rates do not include taxes or utility fees and are subject to change.
Interagency Access and Senior Pass holders receive a 50% discount.
Hiker/bicyclist Nightly Fee - $8.00
Reservations: Yes, see below for more details
Campground Address: 27 Andesite Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Latitude/Longitude: N 44 44.118 W110 29 17
Elevation: 7,900 feet (2408 m)
Accessible Sites: Three accessible sites in Loop L, with an extended picnic table and a raised fire grate.
Accessible restrooms are located near the accessible sites. (The camper services building is not accessible.)
Pets Allowed: Yes, You will want to be aware of the park pet policy
Canyon Campground Reservations
Are campground Reservations Available? Yes
Yellowstone National Park Lodges provides reservations for in this campground. Call 307-344-7311 (307-344-5395 for TDD service) or visit www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com.
You can request a specific site but you are not guaranteed that you will get that site. Sites depend on what is available for the number of nights you are staying in the campground.
Canyon Campground Amenities
There are pay showers and laundry facilities located in Canyon Campground Camper Services. Your camping fee includes 2 showers per night.
There are 5 public restrooms with flush toilets and faucets with cold running water.
Each campsite includes a table and a fire ring.
Flush Toilets: Yes
Is wifi available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available? There is a cell phone tower near Canyon Village: check with your provider to verify coverage.
We had intermittent service with T-Mobile.
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? Yes, firewood is for sale in Canyon Village
Amenities at each campsite:
Firepit in the site? Yes
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? Yes, Bear boxes are available for most tent sites.
Potable Water? Yes
There was ice available near the front entrance to the campground
RV Camping at Canyon Campground
When calling to make a reservation, be prepared to give the size of your tent (in feet) or the combined length of your RV and any other vehicles or towed vehicles.
Sites that accommodate RVs at Canyon, Bridge Bay, Grant Village, and Madison campgrounds are either pull-through or back-in with limited width for slide-outs and MAY NOT BE LEVEL
RV Length: Campground sites that will accommodate a maximum combined length of 40 feet or more are limited. Most campsites in Yellowstone will not accommodate oversized units.
Dump Station: Yes near the front entrance to the campground
Generators: Generators can be used from 8 am - 8 pm.
How to get to Canyon Campground
The campground is located off of the Grand Loop Road.
Important Dates for Campground
Canyon Campground Regulations
The maximum number of people in a campsite: Maximum 6 persons per site
The number of cars per campsite: Tent sites allow for up to two tents and two vehicles. RV sites allow for one RV (tow included) only. (For reference, 2 motorcycles = 1 vehicle)
Check-in Time: check-in any time of day that there is an unoccupied site.
Checkout time: 11 AM.
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Maximum Stay: Camping is limited to 14 days from July 1 through Labor Day, and 30 days for the rest of the year. There is no stay limit at the Fishing Bridge RV Park.
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Canyon Campground Map
Canyon Campground Photos
Nearby hikes include Cascade Lake, Mount Washburn, and the Canyon Rim trails.
B - Loop Tent only with lots of tree cover
C - Loop Tent only
#63 has a ton of space
D - Loop Tent Only
E - Loop Tent Only
F to L - LoopMixed RV and Tent.
Additional Yellowstone National Park Resources
Yellowstone National Park Camping - Check out our complete guide of all the campgrounds within the park
Yellowstone Lodging Guide -Check out all of the lodges you can stay in while visiting Yellowstone NP.
Things to do in Yellowstone - These are the top things to do that you don't want to miss during your trip!
Yellowstone Waterfalls - Check out all of the easy-to-reach waterfalls in the park.
Yellowstone National Park Facts - Learn more about our 1st National Park and fun facts about the wildlife in the park.
Grand Teton National Park - Epic resource for planning a trip to this great park.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel - Find out what it is like to stay in this great Yellowstone lodge.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel - Room photo and videos, what to expect when staying at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel
Camping Tips from a Park Ranger - These are the tips I learned from managing a campground for years.