About Canyon - Yellowstone National Park
National Park Service
Canyon - Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming
15 Reviews of Canyon - 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!
On the surface, these campgrounds look great and have ALL the amenities (shops, showers, etc.), but these are strictly commercial sites where I feel they've lost focus on what matters: nature. There's pavement and big roads everywhere. Sure, you're nestled among the pines, but there's no beauty in these sites, it doesn't feel connected to the wilderness at all. you are jam-packed with other people, and due to the huge size of the grounds, rangers aren't able to help monitor loud people or rulebreakers.
ultimately, my experience wasn't one that felt like I was sleeping in nature - it just felt like I was sardined in with 100 other people into the outdoors.
I camped here with my family a few years back, and I loved it! Beautiful scenery, and the campground was very clean and well-spaced. We weren't camping on top of anyone else, but we're still close enough to get to know people. Loved it overall!
We stayed at Canyon Campground on our 3rd night in the park. It was great for being in the middle of busy Yellowstone! If you have been on a long journey and are a bit tired of using camp suds in a dry sack for laundry then you should swing by at least for the laundry services. There are over 250 sites available and some are available for reservations. There is a general store and restaurant near by as well. Not the place if you are looking to get away from it all but a nice welcome back to civilization after time in the backcountry. It is pricey for a campground coming in at over $25 per night, but cheaper than area hotels by far! Plus that includes 2 free showers each night. The nearby visitor center has a great exhibit about the volcano that will scare the pants off of you LOL It is a quick jump over to the upper and lower falls and the grand canyon of yellowstone. Great location for those looking to get around the are and see a lot while not always being completely stinky and eating dehydrated food out of baggies :)
When planning a summer trip to Yellowstone National Park, camping reservations are extremely helpful and less stressful than trying to jump on a first-come-first-serve campsite. We usually stay just outside the park in a National Forest campground, but some of these sites don't open until mid-June or later, so on our last trip at the end of May we started in Canyon campground with a reservation for one night. This allowed us to get our bearings and claim a non-reservable site the next morning (barely, by the way!).
We really enjoyed staying in Canyon. The sites are very private and scattered along several loops in the woods. We had plenty of space to relax and play, but do be aware that bears WILL wander through (as well as elk, bison, and other ungulates). With the rolling, forested hills around our site, we made sure our kids were always in view! In late May, the snow is still in patches on the ground, and in fact it snowed a little bit overnight the night we stayed there.
We liked how the campfire area and picnic table were a bit down from our campsite, but if you have accessibility issues, you may want to choose your site carefully. Our little guy with vision issues (5) tripped over roots and the "makeshift" steps they installed on the hillside a few times, but he was in general a good sport about it.
The welcome was a good experience. Although they were busy when we arrived, the rangers were very thorough in explaining the rules and making visitors bear-aware - every camper gets the talk! We were checked in within a matter of a few minutes. In addition, campers get to use nice showers and they have a dump station (for RV's), as well as containers for recycle and garbage. You can purchase firewood, which we did, and it was reasonably dry.
Of course staying in the park on a reserved site will cost you a little more money, but having a designated spot on your arrival day makes the few dollars more well worth the peace of mind! We would recommend Canyon to anyone who heads to Yellowstone in the summer time.