Canyon Campground—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.
ADA Access: Three accessible sites in Loop L, with an extended picnic table and a raised fire grate. Accessible restrooms are located near the accessible sites. (The camper services building is not accessible.)
When you make a reservation at Canyon, you do so for a site which is then assigned to you by park staff. You are not told of your site number until 11 am of the day you are to arrive. It was explained to us that this is to prevent people from pushing out those in the site you wish to occupy too early. This campground is HUGE (275 sites in 10 loops)! Since we were assigned to Loop A, we never saw how big it actually was. We had a pleasant stay here for one night (could only make a reservation for one night ANY of the park campgrounds back in March). The bathrooms were clean. Every loop except ours had a dishwashing sink; we were instructed to walk to another loop by the person who checked us in but once in our loop, there was a sign telling us to dump dishwater in the toilet. Since I use very little water when washing dishes, this worked out fine. The one thing that this campground had that differs from every other national park campground we’ve been in is that they have showers (one per person) and laundry facilities. We wanted to get an early start the next morning, so we did not take advantage of either service, but it was good to know. What I appreciated most was the recycling program that included just about everything (except 3-7 plastics), including small propane canisters.
We stayed here in June 2018. It went from 80 to 30. We had sunshine and snow. The sites are somewhat close together. We had some issues with our neighbors children cutting across our site on their bikes, singing loudly at 5am and throwing rocks in the road. If you are having issues with a neighbor you're going to have to report it. The campground is too big for the Rangers to catch bad behavior. Besides the rude neighbors we really enjoyed the campground. There were restrooms near by but no hot water. You have to drive to the bathhouse but it's super nice (lots of hot water). We cooked most meals at our site but did eat at the restaurant for two meals, lunch and breakfast. The food was very good and not as expensive as I thought it would be. We used the laundry room. Tip - if you're washing one load it was faster to dry the load in two dryers and the same amount of money. The lady next to us had the same size load and used one drier and had to run it twice to dry her clothes all the way. We would stay at this campground again. I would recommend staying on the outside of a loop. We stayed on the inside of one and were connect to all the other sites. The outside sites are a bit more private.
Great location, clean sites and bathrooms, showers. We stayed for 2 nights this summer and it was perfect for our trip. Central to most areas of the park, very clean, and our site was perfect
Yellowstone is an enormously vast park. Exploring the many valleys, geysers, and sights can mean hours of driving. This was our second trip to Yellowstone; the first time we stayed in Grant Village. We found the location far more suitable as a single base camp for exploring Yellowstone to the north, south, east and west.
Canyin Village has a service station with gas, a cafeteria style restaurant, as well as a diner style restaurant, a visitor center, gift shops, and a small grocery store. The grocery provisions are minimal, and not too overly priced, considering… Campers probably won’t want to rely on the grocery and should come well stocked. Having said this, Yellowstone at large is one of the few locations where we tend to grab a bite out at least as often as we cook. This is mostly due to the vastness of the park and the unlikelihood of making back to camp at a reasonable time to cook. The early evening is also some of the best opportunities to see the otherwise crowded out destinations. The campground has a large laundromat and showers. 2 showers per site, per night come for free. Once admitted to the shower, there is no time limit. Ice and firewood are both available at the laundromat. Each campground loop has one or two plumbed bathrooms, and one of those bathrooms has a lovely dishwashing sink.
Like all the Yellowstone reservable campgrounds, campers are advised to reserve early and are not able to select their sites. The sites are assigned upon arrival. Yellowstone only guarantees space for a 12X12 tent for tent sites, but many sites can accommodate larger tents. We used a 10X14 without any problems. Some of the campsites are fairly crowded. The one assigned to us was directly behind the bathroom so we had the joy of hearing every flush and stall door open and close. I did find that cranking that bathroom windows shut helped a lot. Unfortunately, our neighbor across the way felt it was appropriate to march through our site in the middle of the night to make a faster trip to the bathroom. And the crowded nature meant we heard our other neighbor’s baby crying periodically throughout the night (I felt for them because they felt awful the noise but no one can tell a baby not to cry). Unless you luck out with a great perimeter site, or super quiet neighbors, the noise is just part of camping here. I would have liked to choose our site and would love for Xanterra to work this detail out for the campers. And yet it still beats the first-come first-serve campgrounds throughout the park that actually fill up by 8:30 on weekdays throughout July. And those campgrounds don’t have showers.
Oh, and we did have a bear visit us one morning. It left everyone alone and ambled onward and away. Follow those bear rules!
We truly enjoyed our stay at Canyon Village Campground! First and foremost, they have showers!!! And they're included in your nightly fee. After 5 days of traveling, hiking, and camping, we were very excited to take advantage of the amenities this campground offered.
The campground itself is very large, but the sites are well spaced and provide plenty of privacy nestled among the tall pines. Bathroom facilities were clean and had running water. Bear boxes were provided for each site as well.
We spent several days exploring the area and loved every minute of it! The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is a must see! Lots of wildlife in the area, which is also an added bonus!
excellent view from your tent. Woke up to wildlife and asking through camp. Kids had a blast. Facilities were in great shape and staff was very helpful. Can’t wait to go back.
We stayed here two nights while exploring the north side of the park. The location is great for this: in addition to being steps away from the canyon, you're a short drive from the wildlife viewing opportunities of Lamar and Hayden valleys, and a bit further gets you to Yellowstone Lake or Norris geyser basin.
The campground itself spreads out the sites nicely and has plenty of trees to give some separation. Our tent area had a slight slope, but the ground was perfect for stakes, easy to put in but everything stayed tight. Our site happened to be right next to a bear-resistant food storage container and a bathroom, which was convenient, though it did mean some traffic. Overall, the campground was pretty quiet even while full.
The village nearby is full service, with gas, a general store, post office, a visitor center, and two restaurants. There was an unfortunately timed burn ban while we were there so we tried the cafeteria and it was terrible. We went to the Roosevelt lodge instead another night which was good, but meant a harrowing nighttime ascent of the mountain road back to Canyon….