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“A reasonable campground for a short stay”

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Bridge Bay Campground
Morrison, Colorado
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“A reasonable campground for a short stay”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The Bridge Bay campground is a reasonable campground for a short stay. I was able to make a 2-night reservation for July, six weeks in advance so felt lucky. As others have mentioned, there are multiple "loops", some in open areas and some in more forested. I was unaware that campers have any choice about which loop they camp-on; campsites are assigned upon arrival, not by reservation.

There is a separate RV campground a couple of miles away, so many of the campers at Bridge Bay are 'tenters'. We had a small RV. The site "just fit" ... something wider would have worked better. Pads are gravel, not necessarily very level. Picnic tables are solid-cast, so not movable to suit one's desires. Weeds were high around our site, so playing catch, etc. wasn't practical. Generator hours are 08:00 - 20:00; there are no hookups.

A gentle walk away one finds a small general store and a marina. We took a one-hour sightseeing tour of the lake that added an extra dimension to our trip. Guided fishing charters and boat rental are also available. The campgrounds are run by a concessionaire, Xanterra. All of their employees were pleasant and helpful.

A single RV dump station and potable water are on-site ... we found it insufficient to the demand.

One evening a bison wandered through the campsite 20' from our RV. The next morning we saw 5 buck deer at very close range. Great experiences!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

My boyfriend and I camped in the tent-only F loop last week, and we had a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this loop to fellow tent campers! As others have said, in other loops, you basically camp in a clearing right next to your neighbors. We requested the F loop and we were thrilled. We had a view of Lake Yellowstone from our site, and watching the stunning pinks and purples of the sunset and sunrise over the lake -- from our tent -- was incredible. The bathrooms were clean and well-lit, and though the grand loop road was nearby, we couldn't hear any traffic noise. The absolute best part of this campground was its central location for Yellowstone highlights, and its proximity to the Hayden Valley. We were able to visit Hayden Valley early in the morning and last thing in the evening since we were staying so close by, and we saw wildlife galore -- tons of bears! It is such a treat to have the valley to yourself before the crowds arrive.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the campsite layout. Though we were not directly on top of our neighbors, we were staring at them all and there was very little privacy. This did help us make friends, however, and we had some wonderful people in our loop. Our other complaint would have to be the bear box situation. Each site should really have their own box. We found one for our cluster of sites, and just one cooler and one camp stove took up the entire box. In the end, we stored everything in our car, which worked for us, but isn't really ideal. Overall, though, this campground was a great home base for us to explore Yellowstone and we'd stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wabash, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

I've been bringing groups in June to Bridge Bay Campground for years. We always stay on the lower loops back up by the woods. This gives you the feel of camping as other sites I've seen in the lower loops are on an unwooded prairie that seem to give non privacy. Bathrooms here are nice and heated (which help us in early June). I like this campground not as much for the "feel" of camping but its location to most major attractions in the park. This is a great base camp for one day excursions to other areas of the park.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Woodstock, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here one night on our recent road trip as we didn't want to have to leave the park and spend time driving back in the next morning. Booked this one because it was all that was available for reservation last minute and we didn't want to risk not getting a site at one of the walk-in campgrounds. The location was convenient for coming in the West entrance, doing all the big sites from that entrance down to the Old Faithful area the first day, then starting at the Fishing Bridge area the next day, working our way back North to Mammoth Hot springs, then east to the Canyon, with various other stops along the way. Seeing Yellowstone in two days is obviously far from ideal, but on a fast paced road trip it was all we could do, and this campsite provided a quiet night's sleep with clean sinks and toilets and a convenient location. If possible, try to request a wooded site. Ours was very open with no privacy, which is fine if you are just looking to sleep and move on but likely would not appeal to many tent campers looking for a longer stay than we were.

Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

We camped here for a night and enjoyed it. The front loops of the campground are what they called "meadow" sites, & these were the first ones we saw, & thought it looked a bit like a zombie apocalypse refugee camp. Lol. To us, as tent campers, the back loops, which are wooded, were much more attractive. Our site was #301 and it was a shady site that backed up to the lake and the woods. We had stayed in the Canyon Village Campground the night before and this campground was nicer. We wish that we had camped at Bridge Bay both nights. And now that we know about this campground, we will plan to stay here when we return to Yellowstone.

  • Stayed August 2013
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snohomish
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Because of this inconsistancy with service, there is no way we would recommend or come back.
-Prior to booking I had emailed and asked for address or someway to find it as we were coming from out of state-the response i received was "we dont have addresses in yellowstone"-no directions, nothing.
-There was an activity window located where you can check availability and get information on activities like horseback riding, wagon dinner trips, etc. The first ranger who booked horseback rides was helpful. Second time I walked up to inquire on wagon dinner trip & the heavier set woman pointed to a brochure and said information is in there.
I guess with as far out as yellowstone is (no cell service or showers at this campground), they have a hardtime finding good help, and they probabably could care less.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Chino, California
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Spent an evening there. Great sites in the back loops the front sites are as described. We had a great spot with plenty of room for the kids to explore. Would choose this place again for sure for our RV.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Bridge Bay Campground
Address: West Thumb-Fishing Bridge Rd., Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Region: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #9 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Number of rooms: 432
Also Known As:
Bridge Bay Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park
Bridge Bay Campground Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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