Canyon Campground Yellowstone —elevation 7,900 feet (2408 m)—lies in a lodgepole pine forest at Canyon Village, south of the Washburn range and near the breath-taking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Canyon Village offers stores, restaurants, and lodging. Nearby hikes include Cascade Lake, Mount Washburn, and the Canyon Rim trails.
Easy check in and check out process. Peaceful but close to the comforts of canyon village. Bear boxes provided. Our spot (A16) was close but not too close to the restrooms and potable water. All employees were respectful and wore masks. Most campers also wore masks inside the restrooms or when walking near others. Quiet hours were followed. Bugs not bad at all.
I was able to snag a spot at Canyon Campground for few days at the height of busy season. (I kept the campground reservation page open on my computer and would refresh every hour. I had one campground per tab. Finally got a cancelation at Canyon, so took it. But it can be done!!)
Our spot was pretty small and right by a water spigot that everyone used, so that was a bit annoying. Lots of small pine trees make it feel more spaced out. Luckily, there was no one camped behind us (no spaces there), so that was nice. We were situated near a screaming kid, so that was not so nice. Not the campground's fault though. It is what it is.
Big bear box to hold everything, but we were told it is also fine to lock stuff in your car. (The bears here allegedly don't break into cars like they do at Yosemite.) Nice picnic table and fire pit. Bathrooms have flushing toilets and a nice room for dishwashing.
During COVID, the showers down at the shower room by where you check in are closed. So no showers for us. (If this is important to you, check the Yellowstone NPS site to see if and when they reopen. Showers at all the campgrounds in the park were closed.) They did kick back a couple bucks per night for the lack of showers.
We were able to find a flat enough area for two 2+ tents, but there's no official tent pad.
My favorite part of this campground? You can hear the thundering Yosemite Falls in the distance. Best white noise ever!
Least favorite part of the campground? The bathroom lights are always on, so if you are in a site near the bathrooms, you always have light shining into your site from that building.
There's ice, firewood and a camp store down by the checkin. There's a place to drop off trash and recycling out front, as well.
From our loop (E), the village was a long walk or short drive. I have Verizon and got an okay signal (one to two bars) in camp and a much better signal in the parking lot of the village. (As a professor, I did go down to the village parking lot a couple of evenings and used my phone to create a hot spot so I could do some grading for an online summer class.)
In the village, the cafeteria seemed to be open until about 10pm. One night, I took a little drive around to Yosemite Falls (no crowds late in the day!) and came across a black bear by the road into the falls, which was cool.
Note that all of this was during COVID times, so it wasn't a "normal" Yellowstone experience. At the time, only a handful of the park lodges were open and only 4 of the park's 12 campgrounds were open.
This campground was nice, had flush toilets, a place to wash dishes, and water. There was no tent pads, had picnic tables, and a bear box. As expected with a big park there are lots of camper around, luckily most people respected the quiet hours.
We enjoyed our two night tent stay. Facility was clean. Bathrooms nearby, shower and laundry at check in building. Crowded campground but plenty or room at our site. Nice place to stay inside Yellowstone National Park.
We stayed at quite a few and this might be the worst. People were leaving it was so bad. Why dont they let you pick your site?? Hot showers and close to all the action but that is about it. Too bad most of the canyon area hikes are closed do to the canyon collapsing in a bit. Still epic!
Great location in the park. The campsight also has showers and takes reservations which isnt true of all campgrounds here. Unfortunatley, the site I was given was covered in snow and had to set the tent up infront of my car. Campsight would have been much better if the host had cleared the site before selling it.
This campground is in a great location. It is centrally located in the park and campers can easily walk to all of the restaurants and shops in the area. It is very close to the falls and showers are available. Some of the loops do not have a dish washing station available so it took longer to clean up after meals.
Great location, showers are here! Only problem is the the entire side of the grand canyon on the yellowstone…..not accessible. Kind of a bummer. We were right next to the bathrooms. They really should let you pick you site. Sites are assigned at random.
Canyons is a nice campground to give you easy access to Norris, Mammoth, and Lamar Valley sides of the park. We didn’t want to take our chances on the first come sites, so Canyons was a good fit. We camp in a Sprinter, and our RV site was downhill and on the camp road. There was no way you could back into the site. The campground manager made it right, and gave us one of their emergency overflow sites across from the showers. Great site! Two showers a night were included with our stay. If you don’t use your showers, you can donate them at the shower counter to another camper. Extra showers are $4.50. They have a laundry area too as well as RV services.
Yellowstone is a huge national park, so it is to your advantage to be centrally located. Canyon campgrounds give you easy access to all parts of the park without having to change campsites. It is a large campground, with clean and handy laundry and shower facilities. The sites are wooded and spread across several loops. The highly informative visitor's center is in a complex of shops, restaurants, and post office. Everything you need is right there, and the employees of the park are helpful and friendly. From Canyon, you have easy access to both Hayden and Lamar Valleys, which are prime wildlife viewing areas. You can also easily get to the thermal areas, as well as the stunningly beautiful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone waterfalls. There are countless hikes, long and short, throughout the park. Canyon is my go-to campground whenever I am at Yellowstone!