We stayed at the Canyon Village Campground last week for 4 nights. Our group was comprised of 3 families traveling together in 3 RVs. When we made reservations last March we did so for two of the families and then the third family made later reservations that the park staff said they would try to link. When we checked in, the third family was booked in a different loop but then the staff looked at the size of the other 2 sites we were given and thought we could combine- they were right and this made our stay so much nicer!
As others have said, the campground is heavily wooded (we could hear the trees clacking together in the wind) but there is not much undergrowth so you can see into other sites. Our sites were nicely sized, however some sites- for those in tents, it seems- look very exposed. We were in F-loop which included RVs and tents. If I were car camping with a tent I would definitely ask for a tent-only loop.
The Canyon Village area has a lot to offer. Besides the showers and laundry facility just down the hill from the campground there are also a number of restaurants, stores, and a very nice visitor center. The location is central to the park being on the east side of the middle portion of the figure 8 of main roads. We liked being close to the Hayden and the Lamar Valleys for wildlife viewing (the drive to the Lamar Valley takes about 40 minutes but it's gorgeous). On the day we checked in, there was a large male Mule deer in the woods across from the turn-in to our loop- he apparently liked the spot and was there all day.
Campfire wood is available at the store- expensive at $7 a box. Ice is also for sale at $3 per bag of cubed or block ice. The bathrooms were always clean. I used the shared dishwashing sink twice- bring gloves the water is ice-cold. While the weather was in the 70's during the day- we scored on the sunshine- it does get cold at night. One morning it was 34 degrees and I was grateful for the extra wool blanket we brought along.
When we return to YNP- which I am sure we will- I plan to again stay in the Canyon Village area and recommend it to all.
- Also Known As:
- Canyon Village Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park
- Canyon Campground Yellowstone