We reserved a space in the Canyon campground for mid-June, ten days after scheduled opening. Driving into the park we encountered avalanche warnings and, indeed, the access road we came in on was closed the next day due to an avalanche. Upon arrival at the campground we found that there was still anywhere between two to ten (in drifts) feet of snow on the ground. The roads had been cleared, but many of the campsites were completely inaccessible. We were fortunate...someone had cleared our site's tent pad, table, and fire ring, but there was a long line of arriving guests complaining that their sites were buried under six feet or more of snow. All the front desk was doing was lending them a snow shovel...two shovels for 272 spaces. There was quite a waiting list. Many guests resorted to pitching their tents in the (cleared) roadway.
Also, due to bear restrictions, you are not allowed to clean your cooking pots and utensils at your campsite; you must do so in deep sinks located at the restrooms. So far so good, but...there is no hot (or even lukewarm) water! The water was ice cold...so cold that my dishwashing liquid would not dissolve; it just solidified into a plastic ribbon.
We stuck it out for two nights in the icebox, then bailed for a motel in Montana.
- Also Known As:
- Canyon Village Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Canyon Campground Yellowstone