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“Wonderful campground, close to amenities” 5 of 5 stars
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Mammoth Campground
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190   |  
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London
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89 reviews 89 reviews
81 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Wonderful campground, close to amenities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

I loved it here. We stayed 6 nights in a great pitch set back and uphill from the road (which gets busy from 6am onwards) overlooking the valley. It's less than a mile to get to mammoth springs where there are showers and concessions. Also you can get out to Gardiner really easily for shopping and laundry/internet. You have to be at the camp very early to get a spot in the summer. It was full by 10am midweek and 7:30am weekends. It's quite a long drive to Old Faithful and the lake from here but you are near to the hot springs and not far from the north east valley where a lot of the wildlife is spotted.
Toilets are flush with running water, firewood for sale, and they take credit cards. very nice camp hosts. Wonderful stars and exciting electrical storms!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

We stayed in this campground for 2 nights in September. It's warmer than other campgrounds because the elevation is lower. It's close to mammoth hot spring. Visitor center, restaurants and general store are close by. The campsite is spacious and there is no time restriction for campfire. Every morning, a herd of Elks come here to eat their breakfast. You can hear how the male elk calls. It's a great experience. For some people, it might be a little noisy because it's close to the road and traffic passes by in the early morning and late night. However, it's fine for us. Not big noise. You can't make reservation for this campground. We arrive early morning to occupy a tent site. It's full for those two nights we stayed there.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, BC
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91 hotel reviews
Reviews in 108 cities Reviews in 108 cities
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Foxworth, Mississippi
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161 reviews 161 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 89 cities Reviews in 89 cities
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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!!

  • Liked — convience in the yellowstone park
  • Disliked — the closeness of the sites
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 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, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #11 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 85
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