A campground along the Yellowstone River on the Gardiner District. Camp sites: 16 Accessible Facilities: Fire Grates Toilets Trash Pickup: No Firewood: No Stock Facilities: Corral adjacent to campground 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
When it comes to Yellowstone camping can be difficult unless you plan far in advance and prices can soar in the summer months. For those wanting a little better price points and convenient access to the northern most entrance visiting the Gallatin National Forest is a great option for finding that perfect location and still maintaining access.
I visited this area and was very impressed with the campground and the spacing it provided. But more importantly I was happy to see that unlike the Yellowstone campgrounds which lack cell signal, at this location I was able to utilize my services through AT&T. Sure that might not be something everyone considers when traveling, but when you work remotely being able to access the internet through my cell phone is very important. I had been in the park for several days so stopping here was a good catch up opportunity.
The sites were each well spaced and offered a soft grassy pad for my tent when staying, unlike the darkened dry grassy lands around. It was almost as though this location was an oasis, despite having no services.
Each sight provides a bear box, picnic table and fire ring, overall very standard for this area. Additionally there were basic vault toilets which were very well maintained. One person at the campground actually joked about that being a great hiding place should a bear enter camp…lol
Camping at this location has a 16 night limit and sites are only $7 per night, which is $20 less expensive than the closest Yellowstone campground. Similar rules apply to this campground as others in the area. There are no trash services so you have to pack in and out all of your trash. Generators can be use throughout the camp during certain hours and there are fire restrictions during certain conditions and times (posted on the entry kiosk). This is an honor system campground with a pay box at the entry, however I did notice it was patrolled at least once nightly by area Forest Service, unlike the pull off sites just beyond camp.
- If you need anything you can stop off just before turning onto the road at any number of stores, shops or restaurants in the low laying community.
- If you need high speed WIFI Subway in the local community has the best access for free.
- West Entrance allows you to split to to east which is where you will spot more wildlife versus the Western side of the park where you will find more of the geothermal features.
It's a gorgeous drive up to the campground. Lots of wildlife in this area. I stayed here one cold week of March to get up before dawn and wolf watch in the park. I haven't stayed since but am up that road regularly- winter and summer views do not disappoint! There's a fire pit in each site, and a few scattered vault toilets. Some sites are a little close but there's lots of foliage to give you some space. Definitely an active bear area. I'd stay here again and probably will soon!
There is a great view of the mountains from this campsite. I wouldn't fancy staying in a site other than the ones in the far back as they're the only ones forested and more secluded. The rest of the sites are RV accessible and very open. I loved the simplicity of this camp ground, it's a good option for wolf watchers in March but be weary as it fills up quickly in the tourist season.
The campground is 5 miles from the crowded, noisy impacted mammoth campground. Ok, so it has no water except for the stream. Still, this campground is pleasantly nestled among aspens. Some sites have privacy issues but that's made up for by the quiet and views. We were there end of may and the sites were grassy and nice. By deep summer this could be different. Yes, there was a buffalo who occupied 2 sites
This campground was AMAZING. Just a few miles from the Yellowstone North Entrance, this is a cheap campground with a decent amount of campsites. They are nicely spaced, and all of them have food storage for bears. Each site also has a perfect fire ring and picnic table
I visited early in season and was glad to find this place it was close to Gardiner and was very satisfied with my stay other than waking to snow but it was early in season and wouldn't change it for the world. its located not far from the entrance to Yellowstone and was happy to pay the smaller fee than staying in yellowstone
It was very dark when we were driving up the mountain to find this. We had to really look for the signs in the dark, but it was worth it. Just keep following the dirt road and it should be on the left. $7 sites (2017). It only has vault toilets but they were seriously the cleanest vault toilets that I have ever seen!! lol The view is wonderful with a small creek next to the sites. The host was so helpful in getting us settled so late at night. Buffalo are known to roam through the campground too.
A small, clean campground. Just a few minutes up the hill from Gardiner. 15+ campspots. Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables. Many spots on grass for comfy tent camping and some with big spots that will fit RVs. Upper part of the campground was very open. It was full of campers with their horse trailers as there are several trails around the campground. Eagle Creek runs along one side of the campground providing the only trees in the campground. 2 campspots tucked in the trees, the rest in the open. $7 per night as of May 2018.
We stopped there after a week of Yellowstone action arriving the Friday morning of the Memorial Day weekend with plans to resupply our little trailer, do some laundry, and get a proper shower just down the hill in Gardiner. A few spots were open. By early afternoon the camp was full. We spent Friday afternoon relaxing, reading, and watching the ridgeline above the campground for the occasional Bison that would pop up. Friday evening was a bit chaotic with the steady stream of vehicles pulling through the grounds looking for a place to camp. We spent part of Saturday resupplying at the grocery store and doing laundry in town. The laundrymat had 3 pay showers. $5 for 10min. While that may seem like a lot of money. When you have a weeks worth of camp stink on you, it’s totally worth it.
While the campground itself is not much to write home about, it’s proximity to Gardiner and the North entrance to Yellowstone made it a great place to stop for a resupply. If we find ourselves back in Gardiner, I would stay there again.
Campground review: This is a small, clean campground very close to Gardiner, MT. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, and sites are level and grassy so tent camping is comfortable. The campground is open and free of snow quite early in the spring, providing a camping option about a 15 minute drive from the north entrance to Yellowstone Park. The campground is up an all-weather gravel road just outside Gardiner, MT, which offers a grocery store, Yellowstone Forever Educational store (which sells bear spray), and cold beer. Be aware that every time I've camped at Eagle Creek CG, there have been several bison that wander through camp as they graze and rub their heads on the picnic tables. Give them room; they can be dangerous animals. They do usually leave around sundown.
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