Many people who visit Yellowstone choose to camp in the park or in the adjacent area. Camping is popular because it is enjoyable, inexpensive, and because it allows you to stay close to attractions you want to visit.
Camping is only allowed in designated areas. Developed campgrounds can be found in many areas inside the park and near all gateway communities. In addition, backcountry campsites have been designated along popular hiking trails. Campfires are restricted to fire pits and may be prohibited in areas if conditions warrant.
Some campsites in the park can be reserved in advance. They book quickly for the summer season and so people need to make reservations as soon as possible if they want a guaranteed site. Other campsites cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. During the summer those sites often fill up during the morning or early afternoon. Plan your trip carefully so you can be at campgrounds early if you want to get one of those sites.
Camping is not available at Old Faithful.
Many picnic areas are also available inside the park. Overnight camping is not allowed at picnic areas.
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