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Mammoth Campground
Reviewed 30 June 2010

This NPS-run campground is a great alternative to the many run by Xanterra, the private concessionaire. Not only is it substantially cheaper, but it's a more reasonable size (under 100 sites) and is staffed by great volunteer campground hosts. There aren't many trees, but the views north toward Gardiner are great. Be prepared for the ground squirrels to start squeaking before sunrise. June is a shoulder season in Yellowstone, and this campground was filling in the early-mid afternoon.

Bathrooms are average, and although the campground itself has no showers, you can pay (or sneak in) to use the common showers in the Mammoth hotel just up the hill.

One word of warning: there's a half-mile trail connecting the campground to the developed Mammoth area, but it is very steep -- hard to climb up, a bit slippery coming down.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Lenin1991
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

We stayed 2 nights here & 3 at Bridge Bay. We got here early & were able to pick our spot. Check in is quick & easy. Campground was clean yet rustic. The mountains were right across the road from us. It was the best of both worlds - camping in the mountains yet close enough to modern conveniences.The road does have a lot of traffic which does wake you up early (5:00 am) but we wanted to get up early to see wildlife & we did. There are spots farther away from the road.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank StuMN
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Reviewed 9 September 2008

A nice campground to camp in the park. It is clean and safe. The sites are a bit tight though. Because of the bears the rules are strictly enforced!!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank southernchelz
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Reviewed 17 August 2008

This campround is nice but be prepared to be awakened by cars early in the morning and late at night. This is also the hottest part of the park so prepare for warm nights. This campground is the only one in Yellowstone that is open year round. Campsites are well spaced out.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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2  Thank hikingluvr
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Reviewed 1 July 2008

Stayed here 2 nights in June. The campsites are pretty well spaced from one another, which was a huge bonus over Madison Campground. There isn't much tree cover, so you're pretty exposed amongst the sage brush. Some sites (like ours) is fairly close to the road up to Mammoth Lodge, so it can make for an early morning wake-up as traffic picks up. The campground hosts were very friendly. Elk roam throughout the campground, and we even witnessed a black bear hunt down an elk calf 100 yards from our site. The location is great because it is a nice drive through the north section of the park to Lamar valley. Also, the campground is 1/4 mile from Mammoth Lodge area with gas/general store/showers. Also, some nice trails near-by.

Stayed: June 2008
3  Thank stl_cardinals
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Reviewed 5 June 2007

we use to live in cody wy and camped at this campground many times over the years it is our favorite of all the campgrounds in ynp the restrooms are always clean the rangers and camphosts are always friendly and very informative and the elk walking through the campgrounds is always an added treat and the small town of mammoth is also very nice and clean with a lot of things to see and do there and also gardnier mt is another great little town just out side the park the scenery is beautiful just a great place to be.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank rettenmairs
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Reviewed 23 June 2006

We thought the check in was easier then the other park campgrounds.
14.00 per night
Two park volunteers seemed more interested in our park experience .
Yes , they take credit cards. Also, if not too full, they let you pick a spot first,
then pay. We had elk walking through the two nights there.

The campground is just below Mammoth Springs, but easy walk to shop , post office,
information and cafe. Gardiner was only 5miles, took us 10 minutes tops.
We found Subway on hwy 89 ,just across the bridge, to be a good value.
But beware ,the restaurants in Gardiner are not cheap! Food supermarket just one block north of Subway.
Although closed during our visit, Boiling river hotsprings is next to the campground,
about 15min walk. Offers vistor only legal place to soak in natural thermal water.
Restrooms were clean and had a electric hand dryer, which was great source of
drying out my socks. We had 2 tents which were not designed for the wind and rain
we experienced both nights .

Even with the bad weather, the opportunity to camp 2 nights at Yellowstone,
and see the wildlife, and the shades of color throughout the day( it was nearly longest day of the year) was a very memorable experience.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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15  Thank canadalady
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Additional Information about Mammoth Campground

Address: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Region: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range: £9 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 85
Also Known As:
Mammoth Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Campground Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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