I am planning a trip to Yellowstone in June. I have been to Yellowstone numerous times and always stayed at Bridge Bay or Fishing Bridge (when we had a trailer). We have since sold our trailer and we are looking to tent camp. This time I think we are going to focus our trip on the Old Faithful and Canyon areas and forgo Tower and Mammoth. Since we are coming from the south, I thought we would try Grant Village Campground as our base because it is in between Canyon and OF and we can enjoy the Lake area while we are at our campsite. Here are some specific questions/concerns I have:
-How is it camping with bear boxes specifically at Grant? Are they big enough and plentiful enough? Are there suggestions that you have for easing the pain of storing your stuff in your car or bear boxes (i.e., buying food everyday at the stores so you don't have to store it, eating at the restaurants, bringing food that needs little cooking and clean up). We have a big stove that I'm not looking forward to setting up and taking down every meal. Would you suggest I go out and buy a smaller tabletop stove?
-How is Grant village in regards to beauty and amenities as compared to Canyon? I think the only reason we might want to go to Canyon instead would be its proximity to Hayden and Lamar Valleys for early morning wildlife searching. Is wildlife abundant near Grant? Are they fairly comparable campgrounds as far as amenities and campsite size and levelness? I've read that you get two free showers per day at Grant as part of the price you pay, but that is not the case at Canyon? Is that correct?
If you have stayed at both campgrounds would you please honestly rate your opinions of both on a scale of one to ten (ten being the BEST!)
Also, if you have done the Lonestar Geyser hike, please let me know what you thought of it. I know it says the roads are paved, but can you ride street bikes on them (or would it be more realistic to ride mountain bikes?) Is the road truly paved or more gravel? Same goes for the trail to the natural bridge. Is it paved or gravelly?
Is there anything that you would recommend doing in the Lake area (hikes, ranger led activities, cruises, etc.?
Thanks in advance for your help!