Spent two nights here while touring the northern part of Yellowstone National Park. This campground does not take reservations; simply show up and check with the volunteer camp hosts to see what's available. We arrived around 9 a.m. and secured tent site #85, a spacious site with a parking spot, picnic table, campfire grill and, lucky for us, a gravel pad for the tent. We had a thunderstorm our first night but woke up to dry ground thanks to the good drainage. (Smart thinking on the part of the National Park Service, which operates the site, to install gravel pads. We stayed later at the Bridge Bay campground operated by Xanterra and discovered the grassy site was actually a bog.)
Our site at Mammoth was conveniently located near the washrooms, which were clean and well maintained. The camp hosts also make regular checks through the campground aboard what looks like a golf cart to be sure that everything is in order. Campers, both tenters and those in RVs, were quiet and considerate of each other's privacy. The only noise we heard was from the road below the campground, but it was really quite minimal and certainly didn't keep us awake at night or waken us in the morning.
The location is convenient to the town of Gardiner, so if you need groceries or prefer to have a restaurant meal, it's only a short drive away. You're also close to the park headquarters with its visitor centre, post office, hotel and restaurant, and Mammoth Hot Springs is close, as are a selection of hiking trails. The campground itself has a small outdoor amphitheatre where park rangers give interesting talks in the evening. At $14 a night, Mammoth is half what you'll pay at a Xanterra campground (for site fee + reservation fee) and twice as nice. And it seems to be easier to find a spot at Mammoth than at some of the other NPS campgrounds. We drove over to Norris twice (largely because of good reviews on Tripadvisor) only to find that walk-in sites were all that was available. But no regrets -- we found Mammoth a really good campground and would not hesitate to recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- Mammoth Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Mammoth Campground Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming