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Bridge Bay Campground
Reviewed 5 June 2012 via mobile

Reservatiin staff very nice very helpful. Check in staff was rude! Told lady size of our camper and you would have thought I asked for the moon. We're not accommodating at check in. Lady on reservation was sooooooo nice wish she were the check on crew. Great location though

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

I have been staying at the Bridge Bay Campground for the past 30 years. My last visit was in 2011 and we will be back sometime in the middle of June, 2012 staying with our son and daughter-in-law and their family. This campground is run very well, reservations can be made online at http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com, and there are even last-minute day-of openings if you arrive early enough in the morning (I never recommend this approach but accidents do happen).

I titled this review "A Campground For All Campers" because the loops are set up for everything from motor homes to tents, traveling groups to bicycle or walking campers. The restrooms are clean, water is always absolutely pure, and there are clean out facilities close by. The one downside to this campground is that there are no showers. We usually shower at the Fishing Bridge RV park a few miles away. We never mind the trip because we see wildlife all the way to and from the showers. We also handle our laundry in the sam facility.

Firewood is readily available for purchase and there is nothing like sitting around a campfire after the nightly ranger chat held in the center of the campground in a great ampatheater. In certain loops there are spectacular views of Yellowstone Lake, across meadows in which deer and the occasional elk frequent.

The tent sites are well maintained, ample in size, and each campsite includes a picnic table and fire pit.

But, the real reason I love this campground is its location. Using Bridge Bay as your base you will be able to see all parts of Yellowstone in day trips, and coming to and from any area you choose to visit, you will be passing through some of the best wildlife viewing areas known to man. Our family has a particular interest in finding and viewing bears in Yellowstone. We use Bridge Bay Campground as our base and generally will see 20 or so bears on an average trip. Although it might sound self-serving and don't want to purposely "pimp" my own product, but I do have an Amazon Kindle book titled "Bears In Yellowstone" that will certainly help any traveler understand how the park works and how to plan the perfect wildlife viewing vacation.

Room Tip: Upper loops are quieter but more difficult to manage larger camp trailers. Check directions so you...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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11  Thank basswest
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

Anyone going to Yellowstone National Park should stay in the lake region as it's so centrally located and by far yields some of the best animal sitings. We stayed at Bridge Bay Campground, which was huge and our site was not so good. We had told them we had a pop-up tent trailer and they gave us a site that was marked off by boulders, so we had to park on the road and physically turn the camper around so our door was facing the woods instead of onto the one-way road. Having young children, this made it a little hard to sleep as there was quite a bit of traffic, we were surrounded by huge RV campers (loud coming in and out early/late). There weren't any showers or hot water in the bathrooms, which made it more rustic, but thankful for flush toilets and running water. No electricity or water at sites. A spot for washing dishes was nice as you couldn't do it at the campsite. Freezing at night (30°), so pack winter gear too.Lake Village was nearby for great food at cafeteria prices and fantastic lake views. Again—perfect location, just not very private sites; not what we expected of a National Park. Note: we booked about 10 months in advance.

Room Tip: Book early, find a site map, and ask to choose your site ahead of time.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank CH4207
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Bridge bay was a wonderful campground it is in a great location in the park you can get to most of the sites of Yellowstone in a relatively short time. An fyi just because your staying in the park doesn't mean you get in the park free you have to pay to enter and to camp you get access to Yellowstone and the grandtetons.when we were there it was very stromy at night thunder and lots of lightning and during the day it was sunny and warm the mosquitoes were a bit bad mostly tord the evening they will leave some nasty bits so careful there the campspots are fairly nice size we were in the upper part of the campground it has lots of trees and parking make sure you reserve in advance it doesnt have showers there that's about four miles up the road at fishing bridge the showers there are a bit small but worth it if your tent camping the restaurant that's close there is a bit over pricesed for what you get seven dollars for basically camp cafeteria food and its not a lot of food eather and most of the places were the same so if you can bring your own food Bride bay doent have bear boxes in all the sites so you have to leave the coolers and food and anything else that has oder in the vehicle they do have a dish cleaning area its a little room with a sink it is cold water but still nice for washing dishes the bathrooms are clean but simple the air dryers are not very good very little drying power the ranges and staff were friendly and helpful and they do appreciate you doing your home work before you come its a great experience

  • Stayed: August 2011
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7  Thank outback39
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

We were in G-312. It was a large secluded spot except for the clean restrooms and dishwashing right across the road. Perfect. Forgot the crank for our popup but neighbors were generous and lent us theirs. G loop is very wooded and close to a meadow overlooking the lake.

Avoid loops A-C as they are a crowded open field.

The marina is right next door with a small shop for essentials like milk eggs and beer and, you guessed it, boats. Rentals too!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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8  Thank BCoak
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We stayed there for five nights in I loop - the wooded area - and this loop is much better than other loops where there are open areas - more private and quiet. The site was huge and a nearby toilet was nice/clean.

On our first night, we saw a 4-year-old grizzly bear foraging and it's not far from the Bridge Bay campground - about 1/4 mile from the entrance or 20-30 yards away from G or H loop. Two days later we learned that the same bear was killed because it attacked a hiker on the Storm Point trail a day before our arrival and it was habituated to people. It's unfortunate that this had to be done.

Anyway, the campground was nice and it's not far from Hayden Valley where you'd see a lot of wild animals including wolves and grizzly bears. I saw 6 sows and cubs there. it's hard to spot wolves with a binocular so you'd need a high-power binocular to see wolves.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank JsalP
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

I visited Yellowstone N.P. on my long weekend. I arrived 8/10/2011 and departed 8/12/2011. Bridge Bay Campground was a spectacular place! It's in close proximity to a gas station and Lake area hotels, gift shops, restaurants. Bridge Bay has, I believe, 419 tent/rv sites and 9 camping loops. I was very pleased with my tent site. I stayed in H-Loop site 389, which was very wooded and secluded, which I very much enjoyed; although some areas were congested. The campsite had a paved drive for a car, in-ground fire pit, picnic table, tent site, shade, and was surrounded by trees. However, not all sites are like this. One loop is 50% field / 50% wooded and overlooks Yellowstone Lake and the mountains. Another is in a field, and provides little privacy and shade. Ranger programs are at 6pm and 9pm GMT in the amphitheater. All roads are paved. Pay phones are available at front gate. If I could critic one thing about the campground, I would have to say that they should put in more (or) larger bathroom facilities. With the amount of campsites and people there are in the vacationing months, it was a bit of a wait to use the facilities.

Room Tip: Reserve way ahead of time! Sites fill up fast in the summer months.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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6  Thank ParksNRecGuy
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Address: West Thumb-Fishing Bridge Rd., Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Region: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #8 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Number of rooms: 432
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