Just inside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs Campground is the only year-round campground in the park. The campground contains 85 first-come, first-served sites, scattered throughout sage, juniper and Douglas firs. There are flush toilets and running water, as well as a seasonal camp store where visitors can obtain essentials like firewood, bug spray and other camping supplies. There is no dump station and no electrical hook ups for RVs. Check with the park for summer fire-restrictions. Nightly camping fees are $20 for drive-in campers, tent or RV, but only $5 for cyclists or hikers. The park entrance fee is not included in these.
The temperature in this campground, located at 6,200 feet in elevation, can vary quite a bit, as with any location in the high Rockies. Expect hot days, but cold nights that can get close to freezing, even in summer, so plan accordingly. Wildlife is common in the area and animal visitors can include elk, bison and bear, so be sure to practice safe camping practices, and always lock up food and attractive items in the boxes provided at each site.
Nearby Mammoth Hot Springs is the biggest attraction for the area. The enormous hot springs is a stunning feature, tiered and multi-colored, and well worth the drive up from Jackson if you entered the park at the south. The Albright Visitor Center has numerous amenities including internet, and offers educational and interpretational programs every day throughout the summer. To get off the beaten track a little, check out the Boiling River hot springs area during late summer or early fall.
Really wonderful spot close to my favorite place in Yellowstone—the boiling river. Great place to catch the north side of the park. Wake up early and go see the wolves play in the Lamar Valley. Stay late in the boiling river.
Bonus when you have a buffalo outside your tent when you wake up in the AM!
This camp ground has bear boxes for food storage, ample space for tent and vehicle and a great fire ring at each camp site. Check in and payment is first come first serve and super painless. Tons of great tips provided on local hikes nearby and the convenience store in town is relative costs for items outside the park. 10/10 will stay there again!!
Very good location, pretty level, fairly close to other campers but not terrible. We would stay here again.
I love this campground because it’s super close to the boiling river and it’s cheap! Its first come first serve so you have to get here early in the summer to get a spot. We came here in late August and got a spot around 4pm. Mosts of the spots have a nice view and are pretty spacious. Be careful of the one with the unlevel tent pad. There is a great ranger program and the bathrooms are decent.
Get there super early during peak season it fills up fast. Take a moment before bed to listen to the informative ranger talks it was very informative.
This camping area is really close to restaurants and stores within Yellowstone, and is only a short drive from the north entrance of the park. We used this site as a base to explore North East Yellowstone. It can be easily reserved early mornings, and the places to set tents are leveled and dry, although someone thought it was a good idea to add lots of stones to the ground where the tents are set. Nice restrooms are close, and lots of elk and other wildlife wander around the area. Highly recommended!
Natural sites! Horrible smell of course but beautiful to look at
Mammoth Campground is very clean and well kept. The sites are tight but we spent of our time off exploring and never found this to be an issue. Toilets and running water are available but no showers. Firewood is also available for sale. Just a short ways up the mountain is the lodge and village, which provides about anything you could need. We drove into Gardner our first night to pick up a few groceries and some fresh ground bison for dinner. The location is great for exploring the north end. We highly suggest hiking to Osrey Falls if you're up for an adventure that's a bit less crowded. The hot springs are very neat and well worth checking out.
pros: in the middle of so much beauty
cons: have to queue in the morning to get a campsite and sites are pretty close together
Situated just below Mammoth, this campground is frequently visited by a myriad of wildlife. Elk, bison, and a fox we're our neighbors while we visited. In the off season, this campground is quiet, though the only restroom open is the one nearest the pay station (behind it - beside the main road). A perfect place to stay before (or after) spending a day in the park.