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“Great campground -best location in the park”

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Canyon Village Campground
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Irmo, SC
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144 reviews
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“Great campground -best location in the park”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in mid-June 2013. We were in a pop up camper and were assigned to loop I (like ice cream). I can't remember the site number but we were almost all the way around the loop on the inside. It was a nice site. Sort of small compared to our state park sites in SC, but enough room you don't feel like you are on top of the neighbors. There is no electric in Canyon. We were a fair distance to the restrooms so we didn't have some of the noise/lights problems that other have had. Be sure to be specific about the size of your vehicle(s) when making your reservations. Ours fit just barely due to the tree in the back of the driveway. We did have close neighbors with small kids behind us but that was no problem. We didn't expect quiet backcountry camping here. They were nice as are most camping people. We did not have enough room on the site due to trees to put up an awning, but that was fine with us since we were there to see Yellowstone and didn't really hang out at the campsite like usual. The water was a good ways from our site. We had a jug and would just fill it up every once in a while. The bathrooms were clean. The dishwashing station does not have hot water. It is hard to wash sticky marshmellow sticks with cold water. We were very careful with the bear rules. I did not want to see a bear in my camper. We also carried bear spray anywhere we went. The park had to put a bear down the week we were there as it was coming to Canyon campground for food. We went to the ranger program one night at 9:30pm. It is nightly during the summer. It was very informative and interesting. It was cold though. Take a sweater. On our trip we had a couple really nice warm days and then some nights were in the low 30's. Take a variety of clothes and layer up. We had snow twice while there....flurries.

They also have a water fill up and sewer dump in one area of the campground. We filled up the pop up with water on our way out as we were just headed to Bridge Bay. We forgot to do it on the way in.

The showers at Canyon are nice. You have a stall and a small changing area that is private. The dirty water from other bathers will drain into your shower if you pick the one with the drain. Yuck. One lady flung a dirty sock on my mid-shower. Yuck. You get 2 free showers per day. We had 4 people so we had to buy some. They are $3.64 per day. You pay at the front and then they let you in. You get a card at check in with your free showers so you can use them anytime. They do close the shower/laundry at 9pm or so. Make sure you get there in time to get in. They won't chase you out if you make it in. The showers are unlimited in time and hot. You can also rent a towel and bathmat if needed. We used the laundry facilities there too. I think it was about $1.75 a load? They have a change machine. They also have some snacks and drinks and firewood for sale there.

The restaurant will sell sandwiches that you can take with you while touring the park. 4 sandwiches were $33. Not cheap. They were good though and they will heat them up for you if you want. They have a large gift shop at Canyon also.

Overall, this is a excellent campground with a great location. The showers were much nicer here than at Fishing Bridge. We will stay here during our entire stay next time we go to Yellowstone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I was there camping in the last week of May when the campsite just opened. It was not very busy at the campsite and it was still fairly cold at night. There's a quiet period between 10pm to 6am. There's shower and laundry facility. There's supermarket and restaurant closed by. It's about 40 minutes drive to Old Faithful. I will definitely go back!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Walla Walla, Washington
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We stayed three nights in a Canyon Lodge Frontier Cabin. As the name implies, it was quite rustic with minimal amenities. However, it was very clean, and staff responded quickly to a small maintenance request. If you're planning to spend lots of time relaxing in your room, you'll probably want to cough up the money to stay in a nicer place. If, however, you'll be out from sunrise to sunset enjoying the park, this is a nice place to sleep at night. Canyon Village, itself, is wonderfully positioned in the heart of the best wildlife viewing (adjacent to Hayden Valley, and not far from Lamar Valley). We'll likely stay here again for our next visit.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We stayed in a Frontier Cabin with one queen for 6 nights. I chose it because my in-laws had stayed their before and loved it and it is the most centrally located lodging in the park. Our room was very clean and well appointed for what we expected. Good water pressure, lots of hot water, and a moderately comfy mattress. The truth is, if you are really going to see the park, you won't be in your room much! It's not a hotel, so don't expect for it to have all the conveniences of one. It is a little noisy from the connecting cabin, but that's to be expected in places like this.

Basically, you get what you pay for here and it's better than camping!!!!! Unless you're into camping, then more power to ya!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was our 2nd visit to Yellowstone National Park so we knew what to expect with regard to food and accommodation within the park. It is for this reason that we spent our first 3 nights outside of the park, at the north east entrance in Silvergate; the most ideal place to visit the Lamar Valley. For easy-access to the lower east side of the grand loop, mainly the Hayden Valley, we had to stay inside the park, so we opted for Canyon Village. The cabins at this village were not even on our list of possibilities, those at Yellowstone Lake were so bad we didn't want to risk anything similar, so after much research we decided to book a Standard Hotel room at what they call Canyon Lodge Hotel, which isn't really a hotel, it is 2 buildings, some distance from the car park (still under construction) and food outlets, set near the frontier cabins but has it's own car park. Looking at the pictures of the rooms it's difficult to judge if the rooms in these two buildings are any different to the insides of the cabins and we didn't get a chance to inspect the cabins either to compare, but from the outside the cabins looked shabby.

The two building I mention above are called "Cascade" and "Dunraven" and we had room 109 in Cascade which was really, really nice. So well done Xanterra, you can actually do a good job when you put your mind to it! Having said that, it cost us an arm and a leg with no breakfast! The most expensive 3 nights sleep in an 18 day trip from South Dakota to Yellowstone, including a luxury room at a Hotel in Teton Village...but it's a captive audience! Room 109 is a corner room as the back of the building on the ground floor, it has a little brook running at the back near the window (lovely to wake up to the sound of) and a wood and because it has windows to 2 sides it was light and airy. The heating worked well, which was just as well as the temperature in June plummeted overnight from 85 to 34 and then it snowed!

The room was really spacious, had 2 doubles in it, a sideboard with drawers and cupboards, an open wardrobe, bath with shower over, vanity sink (outside the bathroom) and an armchair. It had blinds to the windows (no curtains) and it was clean, quite new-looking and we never heard any noise from the above rooms. Plenty of hot water, serviced everyday with clean towels, free soap, shampoo etc. All in all, a pleasant surprise! Don't expect a TV, no accommodation in Yellowstone has those and there isn't a lift to the upper floors. There is wifi in the main reception, but it is provided by a 3rd party so you have to pay for it. We did have a snoop in the Dunraven building and that one appears to have a communal lounge. You can request a specific building but they will not guarantee you will get it. A short car journey or walk takes you to the restaurant, cafe, deli, grill, provisions store and gift shop. Food in the cafe and grill was usual American fair, low nutritional value, high fat content, fried or grilled, all veg from a can! The only thing that was roasted was the carved beef and that did taste good. We didn't try the restaurant, too expensive.

So if you don't want to take a risk with a Frontier Cabin, I can recommend Standard Double Hotel room 109 in the Cascade Building. As for Yellowstone Park 2nd time round...still haven't had enough...want to live there!

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Utah
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at the Canyon Village campground in mid June 2013. I thought this was a great choice of campgrounds having stayed at a couple of the other campgrounds in Yellowstone. The location is great and the facilities are very good. This is is a big campground with a lot of people but we were very happy with our camp spot. We listed the dimensions of our family size tent on the reservation and they had already assigned us a spot that worked well for us. The bathrooms were kept very clean and have flush toilets. There was drinking water available near every campsite. We gathered fire wood as we drove around the park. Otherwise, you can purchase firewood at the campground. The rule of thumb is that you can pick up firewood within the park if it is down, dead, and detached. One picnic area we stopped at had plenty of down wood that threw in the truck for use back at the campground. You can't bring in firewood from outside the park. The facilities at the nearby canyon village include a restaurant, groceries, laundry, showers, gas station, etc. Note: It did snow one night (in mid June) so be prepared!

Room Tip: If you can't get into this campground, I like the Madison campground as well.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

My friend and I had rented a cabin in Canyon that turned out to be an awful experience, so I went across the street and rented a campsite. The sites are very packed in, but most people are only there in the evenings and at night, so it was really fairly quiet all things considered. 2 of the five nights there was a family with a 2 year old and I learned everything there is to know about the entire family. They just talked extremely loud. I never heard another neighbor at all other than an occasional door or camping noise. I stayed in the A loop that isn't really set up for RV's at all, so I didn't have to put up with lights on all night. As another reviewer mentioned, the bathroom lights stay on all night, so you have to keep that in mind when doing tent placement.

Upon check in the WONDERFUL desk staff warned me about recent bear activity. Then that evening the rangers patrolled very regularly, looking into the woods with flashlights. After the first night, I never saw another ranger patrol at all. (granted, I wasn't there very much)

I got a GREAT spot with lots of flat space for tents.. But I noticed some of the others were quite slanted with no real place to put anything. When you reserve the spot, be sure and let them know exactly what you need. They are very accomodating if they can be.

This is a great base location. We were able to tour the park during the day and come back to a lovely place to cook dinner and enjoy a campfire. The front desk sells firewood for $8 a box, plus $3 for some kindling. If you go to the gas station on the corner they sell the same amount of firewood that includes a bundle of kindling (and even matches) for $5.

It's a pain to keep food cold and cook it at the campsite, but it beats the over priced 'food' they serve in the resturants in the park and it's always fun to cook around a campfire. The campground does have food storage 'bear boxes' located in random spots around the campsites. There is only cold water in the campground, so that's a lot of fun when it's 32 degrees out. But they do have dish washing stations at most of the bathrooms. There is, however, no heat in the bathrooms...

The showers were an experience. The stall walls don't go all the way down to the floor, so I was getting splashed by the lady in the next stall. Parents were screaming at children. No one could figure out how to turn the showers on. Good times.

Over all, I'd say this is probably the best place in the park to stay. It's quiet, clean, friendly and centrally located. For a Xanterra run property, I was surprised that it was as nice as it was.

Room Tip: Sites in the outer parts of the loops have the most space and more privacy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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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 #4 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Yellowstone National Park
Number of rooms: 273
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