They don't accept reservation so in the high season you have to get there early. The ranger said to get in line by 7am to get a spot for sure. They don't start until 730 but the ranger was nice to give us all the information and paperwork while we waited in line so it went by fast. Be prepared for the cold. It was 31 degrees when we waited in line and 30 degrees the next morning. Day time it was in the 80s.
We picked a walk-in site by the river. It was a short walk to where we parked. Only negative if people don't park well, it can be tight.
Bathroom was 75 yards away with a water and cleaning station. We had a picnic table and fire pit. Sites are closer together. Great place to star gaze. Entrance had ice and firewood for sale.
Con: light smelled of sulphur but with all the geysers and geological formation, its to be expected. You get used to it after awhile.
We didn't make a reservation and were able to get a site. We were there by 8am and it seemed like we were the first ones looking for a site. The host was great and gave us great recommendations. We ended up picking a back in campsite. Our site had a picnic table and an elevated grill. There was a water station across the street but the water was yellow and tasted gross. The bathroom was a bit of a further walk but not too bad.
The temperatures were nice. It wasn't too cold in the morning. Be careful with wildlife, there was a bison that walked by a neighboring campsite but was pretty harmless. He was just grazing.
Great place to view the stars.
I really enjoyed the campsite. It rained the night before and the site we had originally booked had a puddle of water(site55). They moved us so we had a better site on higher ground before we checked in.
The site had a picnic table with extra shade. 50 feet from the site were the bathroom, hot showers, dumpster, cleaning station and water station.
The lodge is down the street which was convenient. Be prepared for windy conditions. If you need more supplies they have it at the lodge/store which was open until 9pm. We bought extra stakes just in case.The diner there was open until 830 with great food.
The evening ranger talk was great. Ranger Brad was amazing. He was animated and made bats interesting (audience's pick). It really showed how much he enjoyed his work.
Con: Only downside no fire pit but with the winds, you probably don't want one anyways. No trees for hammock but you're in the grear
T plains so not many trees in sight anyways.