Too many people! I know, it's Yellowstone and I expected it, but it was awful. There were so many people I felt like a sardine in a can. There were kids yelling at all hours, and there was constant noise. Sleep didn't happen here. The good points would have to be the park. I loved the animals and the scenery. The tourists, not so much. I did like the shower access however, it was a chance to clean up in the middle of our weeklong camping trip. The food available is lame. One company owns all of the restaurants, and every restaurant has the same overpriced food. Take your own food. It's cheaper and better! Check out the pork chops I made ;)
I wasn't sure what to expect when we went camping over the 4th of July, but it wasn't this! I am not the biggest fan of campgrounds because they are usually packed, noisy and not a fun way to 'get away from it all'. This campsite was perfect though, as there were only a couple of other groups camping! I don't know if it was too far for people to get to, didn't have a water feature, or what made this campsite not full over the holiday weekend, but I couldn't have been happier. It is so easy to get to this site, as all you have to do is drive on a groomed road. My husband and I took our son on a multi day camping trip, and after deciding against a couple of sites, we discovered this one. It made for a great night of camping. I guess the only thing that I didn't like were the bathrooms. I know, it's a campsite, but they were very smelly, and I made my trips quick. Other than that, I have no complaints.
We camped out at Beartrap with another family from church. I have never camped here, and was surprised at how nice it was, even though it was really busy. All of the campsites were occupied, but it was never loud, with the exception of a couple of dogs in the middle of the night. We were allowed to have a fire, so we made a nice one in the fire pit, and grilled up some burgers and dogs. A great thing about this campground is that most, if not all, of the campsites have water. The bathrooms are really nice compared to most campsite restrooms. I mean, it is still just a hole in the ground, but it didn't stink like others that I have encountered. The campsites are roomy, but only a few are flat enough to set up our rooftop tent. I would recommend this site if you are looking for a fun place to relax :)
Shoshone Lake is a great campground. It makes you feel like you live in a different time without technology and distractions. The lake is fantastic for fishing and kayaking, and since the lake is located in a bowl, it is absolutely gorgeous! However, it is not an easy place to get to, hence the peacefulness of it. In order to get to this campground, you have to drive 15 miles from Lander, but the last 5 miles is a steep decline over large rocks and crevices. I would not recommend a normal vehicle try to tackle this road, you need an off-road vehicle to make it to the bottom. There are also various water crossings, through rivers, and part of the lake if you want access to half of the campgrounds. There are also a lot of mosquitos, so take a bunch of bug spray. I had so much fun here, although at 7 months pregnant, I walked a few miles down the mountain to the lake so I wasn't jostled so much!
Lois Lake is a great place to camp if it is not a major holiday. I have been here twice. The first time, there were very few people in the campground, so it was wonderful! Quiet, peaceful, and lovely. Our car was set up on the lake, and it was beautiful to wake up to. I look forward to taking my SUP out there soon. The second time we camped there, there were so many people it was almost impossible to find a site. It was loud, and there were just too many people. I guess it all depends on when you go.