One of the most popular campgrounds in the park due to its central location and long season, Madison Campground—elevation 6,800 feet (2073 m)—sits about 14 miles east from the town of West Yellowstone and 16 miles north of Old Faithful. Nearby, the Gibbon and Firehole rivers join to form the Madison River. In spring and early summer, nearby meadows teem with wildflowers and grazing bison. In September and early October, you can often hear the bugling of bull elk.
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Yellowstone is quite the hot ticket for camping and depending on what you are wanting to do there are several major campgrounds which might appeal to your needs. When entering the Western most entrance one of the best locations to stop and unhitch or set up for your adventure is Madison Campground located just a few short miles inside the entrance.
I stopped in here to check out the area and also enjoy a little rest and was very impressed by how large the campground was but how homey it really felt. There are several loops in this campground which allow for hundreds of campers, but with all these campers it remained comfortable and not loud. This campground does allow generators during certain hours, so it is very common to hear the low hum of these around camp, but the trees and placement of sites seems to make this site still very comfortable.
The loops are all designed for one way traffic, which cuts down on much of the congestion but also on the chaos which could occur from so many options in each loop. I found that unlike some campgrounds which can become a maze this one was very easy to navigate.
The campground has both a general store, which has some of the things which you might have left at home, and also both an ice machine and soda machine. In addition there is a RV dump station and an amphitheater where they do nightly programs.
The bathrooms here have flush toilets and running water but no showers, still very convenient and if you do happen to want to shower after paying for entry you can visit some of the other area campgrounds.
The big negative to not only this campground but the park in general is that there is no cellular service or radio, so if you are needing to find out park information which is not listed in the brochure given to you at the gate you will want to do so before coming to the park or stop by one of the information desks located at various park checkpoints.
When settling into the campsites there are both pull through. and pull in sites. I noticed that many of the larger rigs were easily able to fit into the pull through sites and tent campers were scattered throughout. Bear boxes are provided alongside fire rings and picnic tables. Fire warnings are always posted on the kiosk at the opening of the campground so make sure you check in and check this out.
During summer the rate for a single night is $26 which is around the middle of the price points for campgrounds around Yellowstone. This is higher than the vault only style campgrounds which makes sense. But because of the amenities offered this site also fills up quickly so I recommend booking online well in advance of your stay.
- When staying at Madison make sure you take advantage of the river access for which the campground is named. This area is absolutely beautiful and for those who enjoy fishing, this is an approved fishing area.
- Make sure to use the dish washing stations located at each of the 14 restrooms, these are great convenient features since no sites have running water.
- Closest showers are located just outside the park at West Yellowstone or at the Old Faithful Inn within the park. These are pay showers but you can easily access them without issue.
- Power Plugs are located in the restroom if you are needing a quick charge or one of the conveniences of home.
Loved the location because we could easily access most sites of interests. a little scare at check-in when we were told we had different size campsites than we had reserved in spite of confirming our reservations just a few days before we arrived. I don't know where the glitch was but our three sites worked out well. We were assigned sites nearby one another and the sites adequately accommodated our equipment (a 27 ft trailer with slide on #D153, a pop-up on #156 and two tents on 140). Sites were roomy and backed up to a common area. We pulled in backwards to D153 so our door faced picnic table. We learned that you must have printed tickets for all Xanterra reserved tours. We were supposed to receive these tickets at check-in however we did not receive our tickets. Happened to learn about this when trying to add to our reservations. Near disaappointment luckily averted. Make sure you get your Xanterra tickets printed when you check-in! Did not use bathrooms but plentiful and conveniently located. Great, spacious bear boxes. Nice dish washing stations.Two great rivers nearby for fishing and watching sunsets. Loved nearby Fire Canyon road, which offered good fishing and a swimming hole! Great evening ranger programs. Great place to do the Jr. Ranger program. Ice, drinks, snacks available for sale at campground. Good recycle program.
One of the best places in the world. Hikes, driving, bison, elk. A place to camp, what else could campers want? We love the little drives that are less than 5 minutes away. We just slept in the car and parked in a visitor spot, but the campground is beautiful and very full. We were 3 months a little too late to get a spot. Make reservations! The drive we did is the loop that’s just around the corner and is absolutely beautiful.
We had a herd of buffalo walk through our campsite while we were here which we were told is not an uncommon occurrence. The nearby river is beautiful and brings various critters as well. Campsites are located close enough to the main road yet does not feel that way.
Madison is a fantastic campground in Yellowstone. Out of the 3 we stayed in, Madison had the most space between campers. There is a fly fishing spot right out of the campgrounds. They don’t have showers or laundry facilities, but we didn’t mind. There is an RV dump station as will as a water fill. Sites were pretty flat too. This is a great spot close to many of the park’s geysers. I would stay 2 nights here next time to allow time to explore more of that side of the park.
This was a large campground. Nothing particularly special about it but flush toilets and a close overnight to have easy access to the thermal region of the park. I mean it’s Yellowstone National Park so that in and of itself makes it an awesome place but the campground was just a typical campground. Don’t take this review as bad, I’ve just stayed in some really cool campgrounds!
We camped here for one night in May. We were out exploring Yellowstone all day on a Saturday in May. SInce it was still early in the summer season, this was one of the few campsites open in the park that still had availability. Fortunately for us, we got one of the last tent sites for Saturday night. The campground has lots of trees but as others have mentioned be prepared to see and meet your campground neighbors. It was rainy but the trees protected us. Also this was one of the coldest camping nights on our trip. The campground is at 6000 feet of elevation. We could see our breath while setting up camp in the evening. The toilets and running water were a nice amenity and the facilities were clean. There is also a separate dishwashing station with running water. The campground is in a great location right off the main road so after we packed up camp on the morning we headed out and continued exploring Yellowstone.
This campground accepts reservations, as well as, has first come, first served camp sites. There are toilets, and bear boxes, as this is bear country. This campground is really busy, but there are trees
Was there is middle of may . Place was full. Lots of generators running. Bathrooms were very clean.
This is another large site in Yellowstone, it's busy but nothing like the Grant Village. I think you're actually much closer to all the "main" attractions and it's a great spot to head off to some wonderful hiking area.
You're just around the corner from grand prismatic and old faithful (but you really should do the geyser walking trails if you can as there are tons of geysers with little to no one else out there with you as they go off)
Facilities are nice and clean with running water and flush toilets.
Does have some excellent tree coverage to help separate out the sites and make you feel a little more secluded than you actually are.
Try and get a site not too close to the main road (although at night there really isn't much traffic)