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Monday, 17 July 2023 11:18

Experience Fall in Gardiner

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first light at Old Faithful

As summer transitions into fall and we welcome the crisp winds of winter experience Gardiner, Montana, at it’s best – peaceful, abundant with wildlife, and filled with authentic western charm. Known as “Nature’s Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park™” in Gardiner the only crowds you’ll find are those of local wildlife roaming freely throughout our streets. Along with abundant wildlife, you’ll find small-town Montana hospitality, jaw dropping scenery, and activities fit for any outdoor enthusiast.

elk deer in Yellowstone

Enjoy the thrill of hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, skiing, biking, fishing and more during the day, and spend your evening discovering a vibrant dining scene, soaking in a local hot spring, or watching wildlife. Split by the mighty Yellowstone River and nestled between the Absaroka-Beartooth and Gallatin mountain ranges, Gardiner is surrounded on all sides by approximately 10 million acres of public lands. For those looking to escape into Yellowstone’s interior, our local experts have you covered, even while road crews work hard to restore full visitor access to the park by October 15, you can still enjoy the park by booking a certified commercial guide.

Our beautiful landscape—coupled with a colorful history of trappers, miners, and mountain men—makes Gardiner a unique “home on the range” for visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re seeking the quiet splendor of skiing on freshly fallen snow in winter, the thrill of whitewater rafting in summer, or the sounds of bulging elk and rutting bison in the fall, we welcome you to stay like a local—dine, hike, soak, ski, fish, raft, and explore our little slice of Big Sky Country.

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Roam Responsibly

The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center encourages all to roam and recreate responsibly. Remember to know before you go; plan ahead and pack essentials; play it safe to lower your risk of injury; explore locally and respect our communities; leave no trace or trash behind; and build an inclusive outdoors for everyone. Gardiner welcomes you and asks for your patience, kindness, and respect when visiting our area because you are essential in maintaining the pristine conditions that make our public lands special to travelers and locals alike.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 11:10

Experience Fall & Winter in Gardiner

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first light at Old Faithful

As summer transitions into fall and we welcome the crisp winds of winter experience Gardiner, Montana, at it’s best – peaceful, abundant with wildlife, and filled with authentic western charm. Known as “Nature’s Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park™” in Gardiner the only crowds you’ll find are those of local wildlife roaming freely throughout our streets. Along with abundant wildlife, you’ll find small-town Montana hospitality, jaw dropping scenery, and activities fit for any outdoor enthusiast.

elk deer in Yellowstone

Enjoy the thrill of hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, skiing, biking, fishing and more during the day, and spend your evening discovering a vibrant dining scene, soaking in a local hot spring, or watching wildlife. Split by the mighty Yellowstone River and nestled between the Absaroka-Beartooth and Gallatin mountain ranges, Gardiner is surrounded on all sides by approximately 10 million acres of public lands. For those looking to escape into Yellowstone’s interior, our local experts have you covered, even while road crews work hard to restore full visitor access to the park by October 15, you can still enjoy the park by booking a certified commercial guide.

Our beautiful landscape—coupled with a colorful history of trappers, miners, and mountain men—makes Gardiner a unique “home on the range” for visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re seeking the quiet splendor of skiing on freshly fallen snow in winter, the thrill of whitewater rafting in summer, or the sounds of bulging elk and rutting bison in the fall, we welcome you to stay like a local—dine, hike, soak, ski, fish, raft, and explore our little slice of Big Sky Country.

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Spend a winter in Wonderland

Yellowstone like you've never experienced

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Roam Responsibly

The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center encourages all to roam and recreate responsibly. Remember to know before you go; plan ahead and pack essentials; play it safe to lower your risk of injury; explore locally and respect our communities; leave no trace or trash behind; and build an inclusive outdoors for everyone. Gardiner welcomes you and asks for your patience, kindness, and respect when visiting our area because you are essential in maintaining the pristine conditions that make our public lands special to travelers and locals alike.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022 09:56

Gardiner MT

Nature’s Favorite Getaway Gardiner, Montana

 
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Gardiner Travel Guide

The Official Gardiner Travel Guide

Download the official Gardiner Travel Guide! From trip inspiration and itineraries to frequently asked questions and activity recommendations, the Gardiner Visitor Guide is your one-stop shop in planning your Yellowstone and Gardiner getaway! Find out who's open, who's closed, and more by downloading the official guide!

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overview of the town of Gardiner, MT

Are Gardiner Businesses Open?

Yes! The hardworking, family-operated businesses in Gardiner are open and welcome your businesses! If you’re looking to escape and experience Montana at its best peaceful, connected to nature, and full of authentic western experiences – Gardiner is the right place. With endless rafting, horseback riding, biking, hiking, fishing, and camping opportunities it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. For those wishing to unwind, you can soak in our local hot springs, grab a bite from a vast range of friendly family-owned dining establishments, browse for t-shirts and outdoor gear, photography and art, Made-in-Montana souvenirs, and more in our locally owned and operated shops, or even get a massage to truly put your mind at ease!

Gardiner, MT overview with mountains in background

How do I get to Gardiner, MT?

You can get to Gardiner via Interstate 90 taking exit 333 then traveling south on US HWY 89 for approximately 50 miles. You can also access Gardiner by exiting Yellowstone National Park via the North Entrance Road. 

Featured Experiences
  • Yellowstone Wonders

    Yellowstone Wonders

    Yellowstone Wonders LLC offers private, customized wildlife and scenic tours of Yellowstone National Park and are designed to meet the specific interests of our clients. If you’re a first-time visitor to Yellowstone, we will design a one day or multi-day tour to show you the iconic places in the Park and we can include some of the lesser known, but no less spectacular features that make Yellowstone unique.

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  • Yellowstone Wolf Tracker Package

    Yellowstone Wolf Tracker Package

    Our multiple day, all-inclusive vacation packages during the off-season (October to April) are highly regarded. Small groups of a dozen guests enjoy extensive viewing opportunities, excellent meals, comfortable accommodation, and presentations by local experts.

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  • Roosevelt Hotel

    Roosevelt Hotel

    Each one of the 25 hotel rooms and 5 cabins are featured in the newest hotel in Gardiner. Most of the rooms are designed to take advantage of the beautiful Yellowstone National Park. Offering a direct view, 80% of the hotel rooms are views overlooking the world-famous "Yellowstone National Park" or Yellowstone River.

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  • Yellowstone Dreamin Adventures

    Yellowstone Dreamin Adventures

    At Yellowstone Dreamin Adventures we understand what it takes for many of our clients to get here, and that this may be your "one chance" to experience Yellowstone National Park.

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  • The Antler Lodge

    The Antler Lodge

    Stay near the only year-round entrance to Yellowstone National Park at the The Antler Lodge - Gardiner hotel, located on Highway 89 South. Livingston, Interstate 90 and the Bozeman Yellowstone Airport are about one hour's drive away. Yellowstone National Park gate is 1/2 miles from the property.

    Fish, hunt, hike and sight-see at several nearby world-famous attractions, including Old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, Chico Hot Springs and Roosevelt Arch.

    Hotel amenities include a fitness center, free wireless high-speed Internet access, guest laundry facilities and free hot breakfast.  Antler Pub & Grill, located on site, serves dinner, local beers and cocktails.

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  • Wolves: The True Story, Getaway Package

    Wolves: The True Story, Getaway Package

    Join your private, expert level guide and discover the wolves of Yellowstone! Wolf searching, tracking, listening and more! Winter or summer, our package is flexible to meet your desires.

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  • Yellowstone Dreamin Camp

    Yellowstone Dreamin Camp

    Featuring 12 unique Glamping Tents featuring a King & queen bed in each tent. Set on 24 acres in Paradise Valley- with easy access to area activities & Yellowstone National Park.  This unique retreat set in Paradise Valley Montana offers a stunning spot for families to take in Montana’s Big Sky on an exclusive glamping trip. Giving you a chance to experience first-class adventure on a grand scale.

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    With pent-up travel demand and visitors eager to get outdoors and experience public lands, the tourism industry is working hard to ensure everyone has a good time leaving home and visiting our eclectic mountain home of Gardiner, Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center is here to help – we’ve got answers to frequently asked questions, insider tips, and important reminders so you can make the most of your visit.

    Gardiner welcomes you and asks for your patience, kindness, and respect when visiting our area because you are essential in maintaining the pristine conditions that make our public lands special to travelers and locals alike. 

    Accommodations

    For your accommodations you will need reservations. Gardiner’s lodging accommodations are open and ready to serve you. We advise making reservations as soon as possible as most all properties are booked months in advance. For a list of various lodging properties including hotels and motelsbed and breakfastsvacation rentalsglamping experiences, cabins and cottages, and RV parks, please visit here.

    Yellowstone has twelve campgrounds with over 2,000 sites – all of which require an advance reservationYellowstone National Park  Lodges (Xanterra) takes reservations for five of these campgrounds: Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Grant Village, and Madison. The National Park Service manages the other seven campgrounds: Indiana Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth, Norris (closed for 2022), Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall (closed for 2022) – with reservations available through Recreation.gov. Additionally, Yellowstone offers backcountry campsites for people who prefer to explore and camp along less traveled routes, find out more information by visiting here.

    Dining

    Be kind, be patient, and have a backup plan! If you are choosing to dine out during your visit, you have made are great decision as our area has something to offer for everyone! Please understand this is an unprecedented season with many obstacles for our small gateway community. Record breaking visitation, strained supply chains, staffing shortages, and COVID-19, can lead to longer than usual wait periods and, at times, varying hours of operation for many of our dining establishments. Keep in mind that some restaurants may not be able to accommodate reservations or to go orders, and with higher than typical call volume reaching out virtually may be best.

    Don’t forget about Food Trucks! In Gardiner there are food carts located on the corner of Park St & HWY 89 and 406-TEX-MEX is parked at the Gardiner Conoco.  Just three miles north of Gardiner at the Yellowstone Dinolube sit the Grizzly Grille and Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ, which serve delicious food and can tend to be a little bit less busy. 

    • For up-to-date business hours for Gardiner dining establishments,  please click here.
    • For dining inside the park, Yellowstone National Park Lodges is providing updated information, please visit here.

    Activities

    Rafting, horseback riding, tours & more! Warm temperatures and longer days mean time for playing outside with friends and family. Consider taking a rafting trip down the Yellowstone River as it meanders through the town of Gardiner. Horseback rides through meadows and mountain forests offer a true western adventure. Guided tours offer an inside perspective (and added bear safety!) for hiking, backpacking, fishing, wildlife watching, and photography. For a full listing of activities offered by local companies, please visit here. You’ll want to book in advance, as many of these popular services are in high demand and are selling out quickly.

    Plan Ahead

    Yellowstone is vast. Expect longer travel times due to increased visitation, wildlife jams, and construction projects. Depart early—even as early as 6 a.m., which is better for viewing wildlife anyway—or later in the evening to avoid heavy traffic. (You can purchase a park pass online if the kiosk is closed.) Between the peak travel hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. try to be off the road and out of your car adventuring. 

    Expect the unexpected. Yellowstone is known for unpredictable weather year-round. We recommend packing layers to add or remove as weather changes and bring essentials like extra water, food/snacks, bug spray and a first aid kit as sporadic road closures due to weather are common.

    Prepare for delays. If you are traveling to Gardiner from the north, on HWY 89 through Livingston, MT, be prepared for an unavoidable construction delay of up to twenty minutes, learn more about this project, please visit here. In Yellowstone National Park learn about major road construction projects, some of which warranting overnight road closures, please visit here.  

    Know fire restrictions & proper practices. According to a recent report from the Montana Drought and Water Advisory Committee, Montana is experiencing the most severe drought in over 20 years. Extreme drought combined with the current forest health crisis has created a significant risk for wildfires. Help Montanans reduce the risk by recreating responsibly.  

    • Always put out your campfire: dump lots of water on it, stir it with a shovel, then dump more water on it. Make sure it is COLD before leaving the campsite. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
    • Know current Montana fire restriction information by area at MTFireInfo.org
    • Know current Yellowstone National Park fire restriction information, please visit here
    • Know Montana air quality conditions, please visit here

    Play it Safe

    Give wildlife room. Montana and the GYE is home to bears, mountain goats, mountain lions, elk, deer and more. Give wildlife their space, always maintain a minimum of 25 yards (23 m) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. Do not approach or feed any animals you may encounter.

    distance for animals

    Carry bear spray and know how to use it! If you plan to hike, be sure to go with a friend (a group is even better), make noise on the trail (talking or clapping), carry bear spray, be alert, and do not run. and know how to use it.Learn more about traveling safely in bear country, please click here.

    Leave no Trace

    It’s simple, follow the Seven Principles. When recreating on public lands, be sure to take care of them by staying on trails. If you plan to camp while you’re here, be sure to keep a clean bear safe camp site, and only camp in an existing site or pick a site where vegetation is absent. It’s important to respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities when travel to our area and beyond. 

    1. Pack out garbage and waste (including human)
    2. Respect Wildlife
    3. Leave What You Find
    4. Travel & Camp only in designated areas on durable surfaces
    5. Plan & Prepare
    6. Minimize Campfire Impacts – know fire restrictions in your area – do not start a wildfire
    7. Be Considerate of Others

    Enjoy Gardiner

    We hope you have a fun time visiting Gardiner, Montana, Nature’s Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park™, and make lasting memories to carry home with you. To purchase a Yellowstone National Park pass online, please visit here. For a real-time map of Yellowstone’s road conditions, including closures and construction, please visit here. For updated conditions and regulations in Park County, Montana, in response to the coronavirus,  please visit here.

    To learn more about responsible recreation in Montana, go to visitmt.com/montana-matters or recreateresponsibly.org.

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    Monday, 18 April 2022 09:42

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    Tuesday, 08 June 2021 10:54

    Top Things to Know, Before You Go

    With pent-up travel demand and visitors eager to get outdoors and experience public lands, the tourism industry is working hard to ensure everyone has a good time leaving home and visiting our eclectic mountain home of Gardiner, Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center is here to help – we’ve got answers to frequently asked questions, insider tips, and important reminders so you can make the most of your visit.

    Gardiner welcomes you and asks for your patience, kindness, and respect when visiting our area because you are essential in maintaining the pristine conditions that make our public lands special to travelers and locals alike. 

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    For your accommodations, you will need reservations. Gardiner’s lodging accommodations are open and ready to serve you. We advise making reservations as soon as possible as most all properties are booked months in advance. For a list of various lodging properties including hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, glamping experiences, cabins and cottages, and RV parks, please visit here.

    Yellowstone has campgrounds with over 2,000 sites – all of which require an advance reservation. Yellowstone National Park  Lodges (Xanterra) takes reservations for five of these campgrounds: Bridge Bay, Canyon, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Grant Village, and Madison. The National Park Service manages the other seven campgrounds: Indiana Creek, Lewis Lake, Mammoth (closed until further notice), Norris (closed until further notice), Pebble Creek (closed for 2023), Slough Creek, and Tower Fall (closed until further notice) – with reservations available through Recreation.gov. Additionally, Yellowstone offers backcountry campsites for people who prefer to explore and camp along less traveled routes, find out more information by visiting here.

    DINING

    Be kind, be patient, and have a backup plan! If you are choosing to dine out during your visit, you have made a great decision as our area has something to offer for everyone! Please understand this is an unprecedented season with many obstacles for our small gateway community.  Keep in mind that some restaurants may not be able to accommodate reservations or to go orders, and with higher than typical call volume reaching out virtually may be best.

    Don’t forget about Food Trucks! In Gardiner there are food carts located on the corner of Park St & HWY 89 and Big Sky Baked and Loaded at the Super 8 Motel parking lot.  Just three miles north of Gardiner at the Yellowstone Dinolube is Follow Yer’ Nose BBQ, which serve delicious food and can tend to be a little bit less busy. Further north is the Grizzly Grill.

    • For up-to-date business hours for Gardiner dining establishments,  please click here.
    • For dining inside the park, Yellowstone National Park Lodges is providing updated information, please visit here.

    ACTIVITIES

    Rafting, horseback riding, tours & more! Warm temperatures and longer days mean time for playing outside with friends and family. Consider taking a rafting trip down the Yellowstone River as it meanders through the town of Gardiner and further north as it tumbles through Yankee Jim Canyon. Horseback rides through meadows and mountain forests offer a true western adventure. Guided tours provide an inside perspective (and added bear safety!) for hiking, backpacking, fishing, wildlife watching, and photography. For a full listing of activities offered by local companies, please visit here. You’ll want to book in advance, as many of these popular services are in high demand and are selling out quickly.

    PLAN AHEAD

    Yellowstone is vast. Expect longer travel times due to increased visitation, wildlife jams, and construction projects. Depart early—even as early as 6 a.m., which is better for viewing wildlife anyway—or later in the evening to avoid heavy traffic. Wildlife likes to use roads to travel on, so keep your eyes open.  And finally, between the peak travel hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. try to be off the road and out of your car adventuring. (You can purchase a park pass online if the kiosk is closed.) 

    Expect the unexpected. Yellowstone is known for unpredictable weather year-round. We recommend packing layers to add or remove as weather changes and bring essentials like extra water, food/snacks, bug spray and a first aid kit as sporadic road closures due to weather are common.

    Prepare for delays. If you are traveling to Gardiner from the north, on HWY 89 through Livingston, MT, be prepared for an unavoidable construction delay of up to twenty minutes, learn more about this project, please visit here. In Yellowstone National Park learn about major road construction projects, some of which warranting overnight road closures, please visit here.  

    Know fire restrictions & proper practices. According to a recent report from the Montana Drought and Water Advisory Committee, Montana is experiencing the most severe drought in over 20 years. Extreme drought combined with the current forest health crisis has created a significant risk for wildfires. Help Montanans reduce the risk by recreating responsibly.  

    • Always put out your campfire: dump lots of water on it, stir it with a shovel, then dump more water on it. Make sure it is COLD before leaving the campsite. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave!
    • Know current Montana fire restriction information by area at MTFireInfo.org
    • Know current Yellowstone National Park fire restriction information, please visit here
    • Know Montana air quality conditions, please visit here

    PLAY IT SAFE

    Give wildlife room. Montana and the GYE is home to bears, mountain goats, mountain lions, elk, deer and more. Give wildlife their space, always maintain a minimum of 25 yards (23 m) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves. Do not approach or feed any animals you may encounter.

              Wildlife-distance-v2_2_1.jpg

    Carry bear spray and know how to use it! If you plan to hike, be sure to go with a friend (a group is even better), make noise on the trail (talking or clapping), carry bear spray, be alert, and do not run. and know how to use it.Learn more about traveling safely in bear country, please click here.

    LEAVE NO TRACE

    It’s simple, follow the Seven Principles. When recreating on public lands, be sure to take care of them by staying on trails. If you plan to camp while you’re here, be sure to keep a clean bear safe camp site, and only camp in an existing site or pick a site where vegetation is absent. It’s important to respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities when travel to our area and beyond. 

    1. Pack out garbage and waste (including human)
    2. Respect Wildlife
    3. Leave What You Find
    4. Travel & Camp only in designated areas on durable surfaces
    5. Plan & Prepare
    6. Minimize Campfire Impacts – know fire restrictions in your area – do not start a wildfire
    7. Be Considerate of Others

    We hope you have a fun time visiting Gardiner, Montana, Nature’s Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park™, and make lasting memories to carry home with you. To purchase a Yellowstone National Park pass online, please visit here. For a real-time map of Yellowstone’s road conditions, including closures and construction, please visit here. For updated conditions and regulations in Park County, Montana, in response to the coronavirus,  please visit here.

    To learn more about responsible recreation in Montana, go to visitmt.com/montana-matters or recreateresponsibly.org.

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    Thursday, 27 May 2021 16:35

    Camping

    Where do I camp in Gardiner? What should I know about camping in Yellowstone National  Park? If you find yourself asking these questions you are not alone. With the increased interest in tent, dispersed, and RV camping, and too few campsites to keep up with this surge in demand, it is more critical than ever to plan ahead and do your research. 

    Whether you are scrambling to find a campsite at the moment, or planning out months in advance, in order to help us provide a safe and enjoyable guest experience we encourage you to read the following – you are essential in maintaining the pristine conditions that make this area special to travelers and locals alike.

    campsite in Yellowstone National park

    To keep it simple, we have provided answers to some  frequently asked questions, Do’s and Don’ts, critical tips, and resources to remember when  camping inside and outside of Yellowstone National Park:

    Where do I camp in Gardiner? 

    • DO: Camp only in designated areas. The Custer-Gallatin National Forest provides information for developed and dispersed camping outside Yellowstone. RV parks outside Yellowstone are few and far between and tend to fill quite quickly, so have backup plans. If you plan to camp but have not yet made a reservation it will be difficult to find a site at the last minute. See table below for Custer-Gallatin National Forest campground information 

    • DON’T: Arrive without a plan to find a campsite. If all campsites are full, be prepared to make lodging reservations. Please see “What are my lodging options?” below for more information on how to book a room.  

    • DO: Remember you are camping in bear country.  Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Keep all food, toiletries, trash, and other attractants in an enclosed vehicle, windows up, or better yet, in an approved bearproof storage container. 

    • REMEMBER: It is illegal to camp in pullouts, parking lots, on the streets of Gardiner (or other towns), public parks, alleyways, trailheads, and fishing accesses. Camping is illegal in these areas and will result in the removal of your vehicle by law enforcement park rangers and possibly result in being cited and fined. 

    Custer-Gallatin National Forest Gardiner Area Ranger District Campgrounds
    CAMPGROUNDS*DATES OPEN (APPRX)FEES**HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE FACILITIESTRAILER / RV SITES

    Bear Creek Campground
    4 Sites

    6/1 - 10/31NoneNoneOpen Parking

    Canyon Campground
    15 Sites

    All Year$10 -- $5

    Fire Grates
    Tables
    Toilet

    12' x 50'

    Eagle Creek Campground
    17 Sites
    Reservation only 5/26 - 10/2 Click Here

    All Year$15 -- $5Toilets12 x 40' N

    Timber Camp Campground
    3 Sites

    6/1 - 10/31NoneNoneOpen Parking

    *No campgrounds offer potable water 
    ** Covers 1st camping vehicle + extra car / truck -- 3rd car / truck (if space is sufficient) 

    Where do I camp in Yellowstone National Park? 

    Similar to Gardiner, if you plan to camp but have not yet made a reservation do not be surprised to see full campgrounds. As of 2022, all campgrounds in Yellowstone are reservation only. If all sites are full, you will need to make lodging reservations outside of Yellowstone. Yellowstone offers campgrounds with over 2,000 sites.

    Additionally, Yellowstone offers backcountry campsites for people who prefer to explore and camp along less traveled routes.

    Yellowstone National Park  Lodges (Xanterra) takes reservations for five of these campgrounds, see below. 

    Yellowstone National Park Lodges (Xanterra) Campgrounds
    CAMPGROUNDS2022 DATESNIGHTLY FEE*SITESAMENITIESRESERVATION LINK

    Bridge Bay

    5/20 – 9/5$29432A,B,F,NS,D,Gn,Gs

    CLICK HERE
    RESERVATION LINK 

    Canyon

    5/27 – 9/18$34273A,B,F,S/L,2S,D,Gn

    Fishing Bridge RV Park 

    5/27 – 10/8310A,B,F,S/L,2S,D,Gn

    Grant Village 

    6/3 – 9/11$34430A,B,F,S/L,2S,D,Gn,Gs

    Madison

    $29278A,B,F,NS,D,Gn,Gs

    A - Accessible sites available
    B - Limited number of campsites set aside for bicyclists and hikers; check availability at campground
    F - Flush toilets
    D - Dump station (may close when temperatures are below freezing)
    Gn - Generators allowed from 8 am to 8 pm (60db limit)
    Gs - Group site available (reservation required)
    H - Full hookups
    NS - Showers not included
    S/L - Pay showers/laundry onsite
    2S - Two showers included each night

    The National Park Service (NPS) manages the other seven campgrounds. Beginning in 2022,  all campgrounds managed by the NPS can be done through Recreation.gov, see specific links below.  * - Listed fee does not include taxes or utility fees

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) CAMPGROUNDS
    CAMPGROUNDS2022 DATESNIGHTLY FEENUMBER OF SITESAMENITIESRV INFORMATIONRESERVATION LINK

    Indian Creek

    6/10 – 9/11$2070A,B,V10 @ 35' (10.7 m) and 35 @ 30' (9.1 m)

    Click here

    Lewis Lake 

    6/15 - 10/14$4084B,V,Total length limit is 25 feet (7.6 m)

    Click here

    Mammoth

    Year-round$2585A,B,F,Gn40 feet (12.2 m) or more sites are limited.

    Click here

    Norris 

    Closed for 2022111A,B,F,Gn2 @ 50' (15.2 m) and 5 @ 30' (9.1 m)Closed

    Pebble Creek

    6/15 - 9/25$2027A,B,VSome long pull-throughs

    Click here

    Slough Creek 

    6/15 - 10/10$2016A,V14 @ 30' (9.1 m) / Walk through first to assess

    Click here

    Tower Fall

    TBD31B,V30' (9.1 m) or less / Loop has hairpin curveTBD

    1 - Reservation-only 4/1–10/15
    § - mid-October through April
    A - Accessible sites available
    B - Limited number of campsites set aside for bicyclists and hikers; check availability at campground
    F - Flush toilets
    Gn - Generators allowed from 8 am to 8 pm (60db limit)
    V - Vault toilet
    ** - Sizes are for total length of vehicle and towed equipment

    Find more information on camping in Yellowstone National Park including a map, current  status, and fill times by visiting: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm 

    Yellowstone offers backcountry campsites for people who prefer to explore and camp along less traveled routes. When planning a backcountry trip, remember that many of Yellowstone’s trails are more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Most areas retain snow until late May or early June, and some (especially mountain passes) are snow-covered until late July. Also, many routes require fording rivers that can be 25 feet wide, 3 to 5  feet deep, extremely cold, and swift currents during the late spring runoff. You are responsible for your safety. Having knowledge of the area you are traveling through and being prepared with the proper camping gear and supplies is essential to your survival,  as cell phone reception is little to none in the backcountry. Permits are required for all overnight stays. To find more information on backcountry camping in Yellowstone National Park, visit: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/backcountryhiking.htm

    What is dispersed camping? 

    Dispersed camping is the term used for camping in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. It also means no services (such as trash removal), and little or no facilities (such as tables, fire pits, or toilets). The Gardiner Ranger Station has created an essential  guide for your reference on how to do dispersed camp right – to download a copy of the guide please visit here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd915000.pdf 

    Camper in Yellowstone National Park

    How do I camp in Gardiner, Yellowstone, and the surrounding area? 

    • DO: Respect other visitors and wildlife by packing out garbage and waste. Some developed campgrounds provide trash cans, but many don’t. Properly dispose of rubbish, food waste, septic fluids, and solid human waste to keep campsites safe and pristine for future visitors. Proper disposal of your human waste is critical in keeping a safe environment. To dispose of feces, dig a hole 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet away from any water source. Never defecate or leave toilet paper on top of the ground. Remember your neighbors also enjoy quiet nights, dark skies, and trails and campsites free of trash, wastewater, and human waste. 
    • DON’T: Dump RV septic and greywater outside of designated dumping stations (it’s illegal). Don’t burn food waste in campfire rings or leave garbage at your campsite -- both practices invite bears to the area. There is a public RV dump station located at the Gardiner Sinclair, 375 US Hwy 89 Gardiner, MT 59030.  
    • DO: Remember you are camping in bear country. Keep all food, toiletries, trash, and other attractants in an enclosed vehicle, windows up, or in an approved bearproof storage container. A messy campsite and/or inappropriately stored food creates a safety hazard for both you and the bear you may draw to your tent and surrounding campsite.
    • DO: Enjoy a campfire. Campfires offer light, warmth, comradery, and a fun way to cook outside. For everyone’s safety, use an existing or designated campfire ring and be sure to extinguish the fire completely when done. Ashes should be fully drenched and cool to touch.  Building new campfire rings is dangerous and damages soil and fragile plants. If you don’t completely extinguish ashes, you risk causing an out-of-control wildfire that can hurt you, residents, and wildlife. Keep in mind you can be held financially liable for the cost of fighting the wildfire. Be sure to adhere to local fire restrictions. 

    What are my lodging options? 

    • Visit us online: If all sites are full, you can find a comprehensive list of Gardiner, Yellowstone National Park, and the surrounding area options by visiting:  https://www.visitgardinermt.com/plan-your-trip/tourism-directory/lodging
    • Give us a call: The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center keeps an up-to-date lodging availability list Monday – Friday during the summer months. You can reach us at 406-848-7971, Monday – Friday from Memorial Day - September. Please note that with the heightened visitation we are experiencing a higher call volume than ever before. If we are unable to answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you.  

    Resources for your trip to Gardiner, Yellowstone, and the surrounding area:  

    Happy Camping!

    Get in touch with us about any questions you might have about camping in Gardiner, Yellowstone, and the surrounding area.

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