Here are a few truths about Yellowstone National Park camping:

Yellowstone National Park Camping

1. Watch out for buffalo – they’re huge. (That’s our Ford F250 hood.) They WILL come around your campsite!

Yellowstone National Park Camping

2. When they say Old Faithful goes off on time, they don’t really mean it (+/- 10 min).

3. You don’t need to book months in advance for a campsite (we just showed up and there were plenty of sites– and it was Labor Day week).

Yellowstone National Park Camping

We’d never been to Yellowstone and didn’t really know what to expect. It’s not like any other park we’ve ever been to, and we had a good time but we didn’t get to take advantage of all the hikes around the park (because we didn’t have enough time, and we kept getting notes and warnings about the bears!). After several days without hookups, and going into Montana which we expected to also have no hookups, we decided to splurge on full hookups at Yellowstone and stayed at the Fishing Bridge campground. It was ok — they really pack you in, but we didn’t spend any time at the campsite anyway, so it was fine. This is the campground we’d stay at next time:

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Mammoth Hot Springs Campground. We tried to check out a number of the sites along our drives and Mammoth looked really nice — good spaces with trees, and close to a few cool things like the big Yellowstone gate.

Yellowstone National Park Camping

My favorite part of the park was the geothermal pools:

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Deke loved seeing animals in the wild:

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Overall, it was beautiful —

Yellowstone National Park Camping

There were two lightening started fires that were only somewhat contained –it was still odd to be driving around and see and smell them.

Yellowstone National Park Camping

Hopefully we’ll get back soon to take advantage of more things.

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