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Posted: 09/11/11 03:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to YNP in a few days and we've always camped at FB because we had our 5er. This time time we will be camping in our truck with topper on it so we're "roughin it". Will probably be moving around a lot and not backtracking. Want to take some of the back roads we have not had time to take before. I would appreciate any "personal" input on backroads and places to camp inside the park. I know a lot of the park is closing soon so don't need that info. Any awesome places that it is allowed to pull over and park (like by a stream, etc.) Thanks so much for any input! I can hardly wait to get there!


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I always preferred Madison because of it's location. It's about as CLOSE to a centrally located campground as any and easy access to West Yellowstone for anything you might prefer to purchase outside of the park.


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Posted: 09/11/11 04:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Skip!

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We have stayed at Bridge Bay (around '86), Grant (about '90 & 2010) and Mammoth (2009) each where very nice. I would like to try Canyon.

As for "backroads and places to camp inside the park.....awesome places that it is allowed to pull over and park (like by a stream, etc.)", if you mean to camp at these places....as far as I know there are none which one is allowed to legally overnight except at campgrounds in Yellowstone.

If any of the smaller campgrounds are open when your are there, I would believe for what you have described would fill the bill for you. Such as:
Lewis Lake Campground 6 miles south of Grant (should be open to early November)- we have not camped there, but we did canoe on the Lake from there in the '90s.

Norris should be a neat one as well.

Indian Creek might be neat, it seemed like it is off the beaten path when we passed the turn off to it in '09 & '10, but might not be open.

Mammoth is a neat one when visiting the northern part of the park, should be somewhat warmer than the others as well.

Tower Falls also for the northern area, but cooler area. As would Pebble Creek.

[emoticon] Just for driving and seeing vistas and wildlife:
Blacktail Plateau Drive off road between Mammoth & Tower.

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Between West Thumb & Bridge Bay, there was a neat side drive which gets near Yellowstone Lake at times....closer to Bridge Bay, can't remember a name for it.

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Firehole Canyon Drive south of Madison Junction. A very nice drive, neat vistas of the river.

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Several drives off the major highway around Canyon Village area. Great vistas of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The regular Hwy from Tower-Roosevelt to Northeast Entrance is neat for wildlife & landscape viewing....also has Slough Creek & Pebble Creek campgrounds off it. Slough Creek is 2.5 miles off the main road and should be open for you.

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Posted: 09/11/11 04:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks DesertHawk, Good info!

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We always loved Norris campground. Sits on a knoll overlooking a meadow and stream, with wildlife always in the area. Is central to all park locations. Is dry camping only.


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we drove out and looked at Pebble Creek and Slough Creek campgrounds on the northeast highway going toward Cooke City.
They are smaller than the others and along little creeks and out in the wolf and bear country.
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for sightseeing the whole park, Bridge Bay or Fishing Bridge. they are more centrally located.


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We checked out Indian Creek, Norris, Tower, Mammoth and Pebble Creek on our trip there last week. Have camped at Grant (years ago) and have driven thru Bridge Bay & Mammoth previously. Indian Creek & Norris were our favorite smaller CGs that we saw, and with a truck camper you should have no trouble fitting into any of the above. Not sure who's closing when (haven't checked the YNP website); Canyon closed for the season on Labor Day.

Pebble Creek was a lot more open (less shade & privacy in the sites) than the others we saw. Just FYI.

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Posted: 09/11/11 08:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great responses. Thank you all very much.

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There might be better campgrounds in Yellowstone, but my favorite among the many I've tried has been Indian Creek. It's small, more like the typical Forest Service campgrounds that we enjoy. No generators, and the maximum rig weight is 6 tons, which eliminates all but the smaller campers. It's also near good wildlife viewing.

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