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Grant Village Campground
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Brisbane
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90 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A very pleasant base for Yellowstone”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

We arrived at Grant Village in the early afternoon and therefore missed the long queues for registration - saw that later in the evening. This was quite a lengthy process as we had the many camp safety rules explained to us one by one. This we appreciated as we are not accustomed to being in such a wild environment and we were told that a bear had been seen near our campsite 40 minutes prior to our arrival. Absolutely nothing in the way of food, drink, toiletries etc can be left outside the trailers or cars. Staff did inspect the sites daily and were patient with people opposite who repeatedly disregarded the rule not to leave food out which annoyed me as a very near neighbour.

We were allocated a place in F Loop and this was close to the lake and quiet. There was not a lot of space between campsites and we had to back in however the setting in lodgepole pines minimised the closeness and was very pleasant. Each site has a table and benches as well as a fireplace - if we had been any earlier we would have needed to shovel the snow to get to that. Firewood was available at the registration centre as well as the laundry at $7.00 a box and $2.50 for kindling.

The toilet block nearby had three toilets and was well lit and warm at night. There was a dishwashing room at the back of the block but both these facilities had only freezing water. You are expected to wash your dishes on your site and dispose of the water via the dedicated room. Potable water is also available near the toliet block. The sites did not have individual food storage boxes - a bit of a problem if you were in a tent - but there was a community one in the loop.

If I was to stay there again I would somehow take a bike as it is a long hike to the shower block which was open until 10pm when we were there. There were 12 showers and 3 toilets with plenty of hot water. A change machine was available as you need 8 quarters minimum for a 6 minute shower although you can add more for a longer shower. Change was also available at the laundry where there are 40 washers and 38 dryers each costing $1.50 and taking about 30 minutes each per load. Staff were helpful and friendly and you can also buy snacky things and a few souveniers here. If you are looking for a place to charge your phone or camera I recommend peeping behind the shelf that displays the books where you will find a double outlet hidden at each end. By the time you have finished your laundry you are fully charged for another day!

We ate at the Grant Village Dining Room one night and had an enjoyable meal. I gave the Bison Meat Loaf a go [ a good choice ] despite feeling guilty after seeing many of those powerful creatures every day.

Located at the West Thumb, using Grant Village as a base does involve quite a bit of driving if you plan to see all of the park as possible in your time available. This was not a problem for us as we had several days available. I would stay there again, given the chance.

One more point - Grant Village is about 7800 ft above sea level so if you normally live at sea level this can affect you with feet/ finger cramping, awelling of hands and ankles etc dryness and nose bleeds. All worth enduring for the awesome experience of Yellowstone. Just go prepared with skin creams etc.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2011

So I guess there are a lot of bears in this area so you cannot have ANYTHING out of your car. Everything from a water bottle to dry clean dishes have to be in your car or hard-sided camper. It made it quite stressful... My fiance and I were staying in a tent so we could only have ourselves in there - no water... Anyway, our fault for not being aware of this prior. Great shower facilities and location is close to old faithful and we saw lots of interesting wildlife..

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Longmont
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2011

We just stayed here in our pop-up and had a really good time. We were in the A loop which had zero road noise (I had read reviews about some loops having a lot of road nice- probably the ones on the West side which are near the highway). Bathroom was clean, but is had no hot water (neither did the dishwashing sink). As far as we could tell, the nearest hot water is in the shower and laundry facility, which was nicer than Colter Bay RV park in Grand Teon (which we had just come from).

We had a pull through site and did not feel at all like we were stacked on top of one another. Campsite came with a picnic table and fire pit. We also had one of the many bear container next to our campsite, but I don't think anyone had to use it while we were there.

The campground does allow generators from 8am-8pm, but we did not hear any of them (and the campground was full).

Biggest drawbacks were:
1. Location- It;s all the way on the south side; close to Old Faithful and Bridge Bay Marina, but a long way from Lower Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Roosevelt area. Be prepared to do a lot of driving. Next time, we would look into staying at Canyon Campground due to a more centralized location.
2. General Stores- After coming from Colter Bay Village RV resort in the Grand Tetons, which had an outstanding, fully stocked, grocery store; the food selection at the general stores in Yellowstone are pretty poor and basic in comparison. This isn't specific to Grant Village, but common to all the General Stores in Yellowstone (they have a much better selection of gifts and clothes. I would recommend stocking up on food before you get into Yellowstone.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Minnesota
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2010

We checked into Grant Campground and when we got to our site in the "B" loop, decided it was not our type of place. There were lots of trees, but the whole area was flat and there was no privacy at all between sites. We left our tent trailer there and drove down to Lewis Lake and got a really nice first-come, first serve sight. Drove back to Grant to pick up our camper, and were very pleased, without even asking, that they gave us a full refund for all 3 nites of our reservation.
My personal opinion is that if you are in an RV and/or you don't really care about privacy from your neighbors, or maybe if you are lucky enough to get a site down near the lake, it might be ok. My daughter did take a shower there and she said that they were really nice-- and they were only $2.00 vs $3.25 at Canyon (granted, this was for limited time of 6 minutes, but she said she had plenty of time).

Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Louisville, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2010

This campground opens annually around June 20, later than any of the others in the park due to area bear activity. We had a reservation for opening day, and spent about 50 minutes in line to register, since their systems and personnel simply could not handle the load. It was not due to a catastrophic momentary problem, as it was evening and we were told by staff it had been like that all day.

Like all reservable campgrounds in Yellowstone, this one is run by Xanterra, a private concessionaire. Compared to the first-come, first-serve NPS campgrounds, this means a >50% higher site cost with no increased level of services. All the Xanterra campgrounds took surprisingly long to register at, but this crush of people checking in to such a large facility simply overwhelmed them.

The tent sites are in a densely wooded area and nicely spread, so you don't get the sense of the hundreds of sites in this campground. Restroom facilities were average, and the pay showers located along the drive into the campground were good.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2009

We stayed in the "J" loop which is "tents" only. It was site # 336 at the furthest end of the loop . Note that the J loop is closest to the highway..so you will hear some road noise if you are set up at the "end" of the loop. There is less highway traffic in the later evening. We also heard bugling Elk and coyotes at night so it was quite the serenade! I always travel with ear plugs "just in case".

My next site choice at Grant will be 317 or 316 near the lake. If you look at a map of the Grant Village campsite you can see it is closest to Yellowstone Lake with beautiful sunrises. One morning is was pretty chilly (35 degrees) and the only way to stay warm was to take a quick walk around the campground. I wandered over to that site and found a path to the lake. Perfect timing for a golden sunrise.

Bathrooms were clean, we had quiet neighbors, and facilities were close by. Be sure to reserve for your meals at the restaurant, though we did enjoy a few campsite meals!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rockville, Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2009

We stayed at the Grant Village Campground over Labor Day weekend. The bathrooms had flush toilets and were clean, although the faucets were not working in one of the women's restrooms that was near us. The biggest drawback was the lack of privacy. The campsites in our area (J361) were all jammed right next to each other. This didn't really present any problems, but we would have liked more privacy. We still enjoyed our stay there though.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grant Village Campground
Address: Grant Village, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
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Number of rooms: 400
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