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Canyon Village Campground
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Austin, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful campsite”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We stayed here 3 nights in July 2011

Pros:
1. Great location. Very quiet. Away from roads
2. Canyon is in the middle of most of the activities in the north of yellowstone. And since the park is huge this helped a lot as we spent more time at the actual places than just driving
3. Privacy. The trees are huge and will give you good privacy
Cons:
1. Musquitos!! Lots of them. But they disappear at night. But get a bug spray. And honestly they are everywhere in the park. As soon as you get into the woods they will be there to welcome you
2. No showers. And the tap water is VERY VERY cold. But.. There are paid showers near the check-in. They cost 3-4$ per person. But you get hot water and the bathrooms are very clean
3. Nights can touch 35F. So come prepared. But mornings are hot. So come prepared for that as well!

Room Tip: Book in advance as these sites sell out. Get a bug spray. Prepare for 35F temp at night
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We stayed seven nights in Canyon Village campground from June 28-July 5, 2011. Overall, the stay was wonderful and there are very few complaints. We also had some high expectations after spending a wonderful week camping in Colter Bay in the Grand Tetons. I must say, however, that we were warned extensively by family and friends to be prepared for it to rain a lot and for it to be REALLY cold in Yellowstone. I think that advice helped make our trip so great, because I was not as shocked to see snow still all over the campground as I would have otherwise been. Yes, there was a lot of snow still at the beginning of July! The nights still dropped into the low 30's but the daytime highs were very pleasant (up into the mid-70's). We also had a fantastic camping heater which alleviated all of my concerns about camping with a toddler (2-year-old) and a six-month-old.

Anyway, after having just spent a week in the Tetons, there were some immediate differences that I noticed right away (both good and bad). The first was that there were not bear boxes at every campsite. Very frustrating, considering you have to pack up EVERYTHING every time you leave your campsite. In the Tetons, every site had their own bear box. At Canyon, there was one box for every six or seven campsites. It was not even used all that much and I quickly found out why....it was nearly impossible to open and close. So, that was a bit discouraging when you are trying your best to keep bears away from your campsite.

Some other differences I noticed right away was that Canyon's bathrooms were a lot nicer in that they had soap dispensers (always filled), warm hand dryers (very nice in the cold morning), and even toilet seat covers! They also had a GREAT dishwashing area between the bathrooms. No hot water to wash dishes but they had a great area where you could set your dishes after washing them as well as dump your food trash.

We stayed in loop B (B37 to be exact) and loved our location. Our site was very spacious and was literally right next to the bathrooms, which is good when you have an infant and toddler. We were also less than a minute walk to the showers and laundry facilities (another bonus when you have little ones). However, it did not feel like they were right there because we were back up in the woods a little ways. If you do not want to be near facilities and want to feel more secluded then I strongly recommend avoiding B loop. But, if you want to be very close to everything, B loop is fantastic....I will say, though, that there are a few sites at the very beginning of the loop that have NO privacy whatsoever. They barely have shade and are right on the main road that goes through the campground. Oh, one more thing, our campsite was also right next to the potable water faucet, which was really nice because from what we noticed there were not that many.

The shower and laundry facilities were nice but, unfortunately, there was no internet access there. In fact, there is no wireless access anywhere in Yellowstone! At the Grand Tetons, there was wireless internet for free at the laundry facility.

The food in Canyon Village is only so-so. In fact, the food throughout the park is only fair, so don't get your hopes up for any fine dining (unless you cook it yourself).

Though we did not drive through all the loops in the campground the few that we did drive through had several sites with uneven terrain, which could make setting up a big tent very tricky. Our site was almost totally flat, which was great for our REI Kingdom 8 tent. Also, some of the loops are a long way away from all the showers and laundry. So, be prepared to walk a ways or drive to the showers if you end up in one of the loops that are further away. One final note, B loop is a tent only loop and you can actually hear the waterfall at night which was really nice! Some of the sites in this loop are not so great, so I highly suggest arriving as early as possible so you can drive through the campground and get an idea of the site you want.

Overall, we loved camping here and would do it again in a second!

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Saskatchewan
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We had a very nice tent site, quite secluded for such a big development, and close to really nice washroom facilities. There was also a laundry and shower facility close by. As well, restaurant, grocery and other shopping were within walking distance. This site was located quite close to the Yellowstone Canyon area, and it was easy to get to most of the thermal sites in the park. The staff on site were excellent.

We were very impressed with all of the sites we visited, most were accessible, in some way, to everyone. The unique nature of the sites in the park was great, beyond our expectations. We would recommend a trip to Yellowstone to everyone.

Room Tip: Book at least four months, or earlier, before your trip.
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SoCal
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80 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

It's a motel in the middle of a mountain paradise. Clean and quiet, bathrooms clean also. Coffee and teas in room (mini Keurig machine). We were on side with view of lake thru trees. Lake House restaurant for breakfast was okay foodwise. Not a whole lot of vegetarian options. Service in all areas was friendly and prompt. Post office, gas station and quick stop market handy.

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Burundi
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

I did some research before choosing our Yellowstone campground and found good reviews of Canyon Village. They were accurate. The campground was well-maintained, with all the facilities kept clean and in good working condition. The camp hosts came by every night to check on everyone and to remind people to secure their food and cook gear due to bears. The bathrooms/washrooms were spaced well -- they were never overcrowded. Be prepared for cold water in the bathrooms. It's brisk! The shower facilities at the entrance to the campground were also clean, had good water pressure and hot water, and also had plenty of facilities so there was never a wait. (Note: showers are not included in the camp price, but are cheap.)

Canyon does get quite cold at night, even in July. It's at a high elevation and dense with pine trees. Makes for a beautiful and sweet-smelling environment, but when the sun's behind the trees and goes down, it's definitely time to add layers.

The only downside on our trip: some of the RV neighbors were noisy. We wish we had requested one of the tents only loops. Other than that, no worries.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Europe
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

Canyon campground is at 8,000 feet so come prepared with GOOD thick sleeping bags and loads of clothing. It was VERY cold at night even with 5 layers on in July. OK when it had been warm in the daytime, but after rain the temperature dropped. The campground is lovely. Quiet at night. Numerous loo blocks each with basins ( cold water only). There are water taps and bins scatterd liberally but very few bear proof bins. Also one designated nearby block where you can wash up plates etc ( cold water only) The main block down near the camp entrance ( one only) has dozens of showers and you pay one fee ( about $3.20USA) and can stay in as long as you like. Large cubicles too. BUT these are a long walk from the upper loops. Suggest you stay in camping loop B or C to be near enough. Staff all very pleasant. Good laundry facilities there too. Machines and dryers take 25 c pieces but there a change machine in the block too. Groceries and ice in the nearby shops and a cafeteria style food hall which was not up to much.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

This was my wife and I's first time at Yellowstone so I did some extensive research about the park and campground. After looking at all the different campgrounds and what the park has to offer, I decided that Canyon Campground was best for us. This proved to be very true!

We arrived at Yellowstone very late (11pm) so the office was already closed but the staff thoughtfully places your registration information in an envelope (which helped because I forgot which campsite I reserved, whoops!) Like some other reviewers have said, this was a very cold spring so the campground was still under 3 feet of snow and the temperature dropping to the 20's and 30's at night. Still, we were prepared for the cold when we set up our tent (albeit the wife complained about it) and managed to stay warm during the night. (as she complained herself to sleep) And yes, our actual campsite was still under snow so we just set the tent up in the driveway and backed our vehicle up a little bit. This only worked because we had a tarp that we put down underneath our tent, as the melted snow left everything wet.

In the morning, we got up and checked out the surrounding facilities. The tent sites have real bathrooms (running water) with dishwashing and even electricity (for shaving). If you want to shower, however, you have to drive (or walk) back towards the registration office. The showers and laundry are combined in the same building and I was very impressed by how organized and clean everything was. This is hardly real camping! One other note: the showers costs $3.30 but you can stay in as long as you want.

When you cross the street into canyon village, you are met with an array of different facilities, from dining to a post office! There were different kinds of dining. There was a diner (more expensive) cafeteria, (where we ate, decent value) and a deli. There were also gift shops, store and a visitor center there. It was nice to eat a hot breakfast after camping in the cold weather.

The campground management company, Xanterra, has done a great job maintaining the park and campground. When I first planned on coming to Yellowstone, I thought it would be pretty rugged camping, but that wasn't the case. The combination of the shower facilities, dining, and other facilities impressed me very much!

One other note about Yellowstone and camping there. Yellowstone is a huge park and the major campgrounds are at different corners of the park. At these corners are small "villages" or centers for shopping/eating/etc like the one I mentioned above. Once you leave the area though, you have to drive 20-25 minutes before you get to anything else. This means that even though the facilities were very sophisticated, they weren't overbearing if you wanted a more rugged, outdoor experience. In other words, they've concentrated most man made things in these specific corners of the park, and then left the rest of the park to nature. This made for a very pleasurable experience and one of my favorite National parks!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Canyon Village Campground
Address: Canyon Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Location: United States > Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park
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Ranked #3 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Number of rooms: 273
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