Somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000,000 visitors in 2020. Anyone really think it's going to slow down this year?

If you are a fan of Yellowstone National Park and perhaps experienced frustration with campground availability last year, at least there are some expanded opportunities for 2021. But you should probably act as fast as possible to get those reservations on the books.

Beginning March 24, visitors will be able to make advance reservations at three additional campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park. Campgrounds that will change from first-come, first-served to the advance reservation system are Mammoth, Slough Creek and a portion of Pebble Creek.

Reservations will go live on the recreation.gov site starting March 24 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time. Visitors will be able to book campsites up to six months in advance. Campgrounds are expected to fill quickly once sites are made available. The ability to make reservations will enable visitors to plan their trips ahead of time and provide assurance that they will have a campsite upon arrival, hopefully eliminating some congestion, uncertainty and frustration.

Just over 40 percent of Yellowstone’s campsites managed by the National Park Service will be placed on the reservation system and the rest will remain first-come, first-served. For visitors who arrive without reservations, the park will have two-and-a-half campgrounds operating on a first-come, first- served basis. However, reservations (where available) are highly encouraged since campgrounds fill each day, often before noon.

Advance reservations are currently available at Bridge Bay, Madison, Canyon, and Grant Village campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV Park. To reserve campsites at these campgrounds that are managed by Yellowstone National Park Lodges, you can visit various travel sites.

Fees at the campgrounds below will increase by $5.00 to cover the Recreation.gov processing fee.

 

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