Yellowstone National Park Mammoth Campground

Yellowstone National Park Mammoth Campground is a popular spot close to the Hot Springs Terraces geothermal area. The campground is in a good location. It is only a few miles from the Yellowstone entrance and close to the visitor center.

The proximity to the entrance, visitor center and store help to make this a very popular camping spot.

When Mammoth Campground is open?

Mammoth Campground is open all year but reservations are not accepted. Camping spots are strictly available on a first come, first served basis.

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Most of the camping spaces are pull-through and the fee is only $14 per night (as of the date of this article) and some sites are accessible. There aren’t any electrical hook-ups but generators are allowed from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

The Mammoth Campground is set against the stunning background of Yellowstone National Park. A prettier place to camp is hard to imagine.

About Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone encompasses 2.2 million acres or 3,472 square miles. It is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined and spreads across the borders of three states -Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Three hundred fifty miles (564 km) of paved road wind through the park, crossing the Continental Divide three times. Elevations range from approximately 5,300 feet (1,608 m) at the North Entrance to almost 12,000 feet (3,640 m) at Eagle Peak on the park’s east boundary; most roads lie at 7,500— 8,000 feet (2,275—2,427 m).

Historically, visitors often referred to Yellowstone as “Wonderland,” and that may be even more appropriate today. An unparalleled array of geothermal phenomena – geysers, hot springs, steam vents and mud pots – are preserved here, evidence of a volcanic past (and future?).

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is famous for its colors, shapes, and waterfalls (the Lower Falls, at 308 feet (103 m), is the highest in the park). The park shelters a variety and abundance of wildlife found in few other places. Yellowstone Lake and numerous rivers, streams, and waterfalls constitute a major Western water resource.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. The following tips and information will help you plan your time to suit your interests and energy level. Rangers at visitor centers can fill in the details and help you make the most of your visit to Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Park Attractions

The park’s major scenic attractions are located along the Grand Loop Road, the roughly figure eight shaped road in the center of the park. The total mileage around the Loop is 142 miles (229 km). The distance around the Upper Loop is 70 miles (113 km); the Lower Loop, 96 miles (155 km). Actual driving time is difficult to estimate because the maximum speed limit is 45 mph (73 km per hour) or lower where posted, roads are narrow, winding, and full of pot holes and frost heaves, and traffic may be heavy and slow moving. While it is possible to drive the Grand Loop in a day, major attractions like Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone can only be seen by driving to a parking area and walking to the feature.

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