A campground along the Yellowstone River on the Gardiner District. Camp sites: 17 Accessible Facilities: Fire Grates Tables Toilet Trash Pickup: No Firewood: No No Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night. Information: Gardiner Office P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St. Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7375
Canyon campground located in a canyon just across the highway from the Yellowstone River is a pleasant campground with plenty of boulders for kids and adults to climb. The boulders are what really make this campground interesting, many of the campsites are tucked in between these large boulders. Canyon is a good jumping off point for the north end of Yellowstone National Park, located 16 miles from the north entrance town of Gardiner. This is a cheep campground at only$7 per night,$3 more for a 2nd vehicle, but you trade a low cost campground for lack of water. You will need to bring your own water for your stay so come prepared, this is also a trash-in trash-out campground. Bear food storage rules are in affect so leave the food in your car or use the bear lockers. Campground has vault toilets and each site has a picnic table and metal fire ring. The one negative about this campground is the proximity to the highway, lots of road noise during the day, a little quieter during the night but for some reason a lot of drivers seen to hit the rumble strip as they drive by making things a little loud at night. Our Scouts used this campground as a jumping off point for a multi day backpacking trip, close to the park so we could get to the back country office early to get a permit before sites filled up.
This place is right outside the northern entrance to Yellowstone. While Yellowstone campgrounds seem to fill up almost instantly, this place somehow has had plenty of spots each time I have needed one late at night. Each site has a fire pit and most have a table. There are also restrooms and water sources. On the downside the highway is about 100 yards or less from some of the campsites. Due to the proximity to the highway there is definitely a fair bit of noise from the cars driving by. If you are a heavy sleeper this will be no problem. On the plus side, there are some nice photography locations along the canyon as well as some national forest hiking trails that are just outside the park. Overall, this campground has been extremely useful and saved me a few times now.
Just north of Yellowstone's north entrance is the Canyon Campground in the Gallatin National Forest. A primitive USFS that offers wooded sites that are relatively quiet compared to within the park, with the only drawback being that it is located close to the highway.