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“Crowded but Adequate AND Hot Showers (included in Reservation)” 3 of 5 stars
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Grant Village, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lansing, KS
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“Crowded but Adequate AND Hot Showers (included in Reservation)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My adult son and I stayed here on Monday Night, August 5, 2013 during our 9 day Great Western Epic Mountain Bike and National Parks Adventure. It was crowded, but what do you expect from the most popular National Park. We noticed a large amount of international visitors. Not a problem, just an observation. We had a basic tent campsite with a fire ring and picnic table. We weren't too very far from the bathroom but it was a walk when you needed to go. (no going behind a tree here, waaaay too many eyes and ears). The bathroom was clean, small but adequate with two sinks, toilets and urinals. The bathroom building also had a deep sink for washing dishes, (sorry cold water only). The bear boxes sit in common locations to be shared. (Grand Teton's Colter Bay has one bear box per campsite which was nicer). The shower/laundry building lady was very nice and professional and the clean and hot shower area was very nice and much needed. The campground is close to the southern edge of Yellowstone Lake (which is HUGE) and has the geyser/bubbling mudholes nearby which are very interesting to see. (again, we saw more international visitors than Americans, in my opinion). We also visited Old Faithful and saw it blow. Stirring!. Great pics. Went inside the Old Faithful Inn, a place I had wanted to see since seeing it on a Wonderful World of Disney episode as a kid in the 60's/early 70's. Glad I did. Would love to stay there some time.
Lots of rules at the campground but with all the diversity and the essentially overcrowded conditions some stern rules are a must.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Beautiful site, clean and spacious. Stayed four nights. Only 30 minutes from Tetons so we were able to go see that area too. Very cold at night, 39 degrees each morning. Firewood is $7.00 per box- expensive for what you get. Elk walking through the site. Bathrooms were clean but need remodeling. Showers were a short drive- very clean, hot water and no time limit! Soap was available right in the shower in case you forget yours. Towel rental available too. Nice laundry facility with change machine and soap to purchase if needed. Coffee available with free refills! Loved Grant village! Hope to go back some day. Remember all food and cooking utensils and toiletries need to be packed in your car or a bear box. Your grill also needs to be put in a bear box. Take care to not over pack. Awesome place to camp!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
Spacious campsites (we tent camped...2 adults, 4 small children...because we're crazy.)
Two free showers per night per reservation
Lots of trees and shade
Plenty of bathrooms (none of the campsites are "far" from a bathroom)
Laundry mat was immaculate
Staff was courteous, helpful and friendly
Close to the lake
Short drive (relatively) to Old Faithful and other cool stopping points
Moose and Elk both spotted, daily in the campground

Cons:
Tent camping with 4 small children (did I mention we decided to buy an RV when we get home?)

The only thing I would have changed about our trip (other than tent vs. trailer) is I would have stayed 3 or 4 nights in Grant Village and done everything within an 1 1/2 hour drive of there and then picked up camp and moved to Canyon Village and done everything closer to that area. As it was, there were a couple days when we drove north to do something and ended up being in the car for 4 to 6 hours (roundtrip) and our two youngest had had about enough of their car seats when all was said and done. This trip was amazing!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This review is strictly about tent camping in Grant Village, not Yellowstone itself. Our site was close to the entrance and the bathroom, which we wanted. We were there three nights. The camp site was clean and equipped with a picnic table and grill, both in good condition. The bathroom needs a little work for both men and women. But with the tens of thousands of people who camp there every year, (or is it by the day?) it is easy to see why things get used a lot. The showers and laundry were a decent walk or a very short drive away. Both were in very good condition. Some Grant Village camp sites are much farther away. It may change by the day, but I suggest to shower early. It seems the line for the shower was much longer in the evenings. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Bears, moose and elk have been spotted in the camp sites. Staff tells you how to handle all of that. We noticed how quiet our portion of the camp site was in the evening and at night. Very peaceful. If you need any camping supplies, there is a store nearby. Old Faithful is a close attraction to the site. Lake Yellowstone is very close to Grant.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chico, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Grant Village in our tent for our last three nights in Yellowstone. The sites in our loop ("I" loop) were HUGE and must nicer than the ones that we stayed in at Canyon Village. The walk down to the lake was great, and we even saw an otter. We had elk wander through our campground on two occasions. The sunsets were OUT OF THIS WORLD in this location. The Grant village bathrooms also have a dish washing sink which is very convenient. The camp hosts were very hands on and repeatedly asked our neighbors to turn off their generator that they were running all throughout the day and night. We appreciated their commitment to a quiet nature experience.

We had only a few minor drawbacks. There were not many amenities in the village area, and the village was set farther away from the campground. It was quite the walk. The laundry facilities and showers were also very set away from our campsite and not centrally located. That said, the beautiful views, close distance to Hayden Valley, and the wildlife made up for the lack of amenities. We will camp here again.

Room Tip: Try to get a location that backs up the lake if you can.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Grant campground very much. A shower everyday comes with the cost of the camp site and there is an excellent Laundromat. The only negative, and it's a big one, is that campers have to share a limited number of bear boxes. People have traveled from everywhere and bring a lot of groceries. A small share of a bear box won't hold a week's worth of food. We had to carry our ice chest and our food supplies everywhere we went.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Menands, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We booked several weeks in advance and got a spot next to the restrooms (and the running water), but no electricity at our site. Maybe we needed to pay extra? It was really nice falling asleep and waking just fractions of miles from wild animals, which you can hear early in the morning. My fellow campers were quite rude, though! People walked through our site like they were paying for it and were slamming car doors at 11 p.m.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Grant Village, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #4 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
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