The 15 Best Places to Camp in National Parks


From lodges and RV parks to tent sites and back-country camping, Yellowstone has every option available, depending on your idea of “roughing it.” For those who want more amenities (like, say, flush toilets) and proximity to Mammoth village, stay at the popular Mammoth Hot Springs site. But our pick is just-off-the-beaten-path: Slough Creek. It’s only two miles down a dirt road, but you’ll feel like it’s a world away. Still, there are picnic tables, fire pits, vault toilets, and bear-proof food boxes. Awesome views over Lamar Valley, fishing in the creek, and some of the best wildlife-watching in the park (you may even hear wolves howling at night) make this a near-perfect site to bed down. You may get the chance to snap one of the most amazing wildlife photos in Yellowstone. But as the small campground only has 16 spots and is first come-first served, get there in early…

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