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.
- Also Known As:
- Grant Village Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park