Are you thinking about camping at Yellowstone National Park? Here maybe some helpful tips for you.
The first time I went camping in Yellowstone National Park I thought it would be the greatest camping experience I would ever had. I expected to see abundant wildlife right from my tent. I pictured myself with my family sitting in the quiet outdoors drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the birds. I thought that it would be peaceful and quiet with the hooting of an owl close by and the sound of a babbling brook near our tent.
The first night we camped in Yellowstone it was much like what I expected. We camped in a tent only campground called Lewis Lake near the south entrance of the park. It was the only campsite open in the park since all the others were full. It was pretty quiet and peaceful except the occasional soft noises expected from other campers like breaking sticks and smoke from their campfires. In the morning the ravens sang and woke us up early. It was great to be awaken by some wildlife.
We broke camp to find another campsite the next day and found one at Madison Campground. At first it was nice and we had a good site near the Madison River. We set up our tent and broke out the hot dogs. It was pretty peaceful during the day. Then night came and we were ready to sleep but the other campers were not. They stayed up to the wee hours of the morning making noise. We were very disappointed and tired from a night of no sleep and we did not see any wildlife.
The third time we camped in Yellowstone was another adventure. We had a truck camper so we camped with the other RV’s. It was peaceful until we wanted to sleep. Then the other campers started a party and a fellow that was parked a few campsites away started up a generator. This generator was extremely loud and it kept us awake. I can’t imagine how it was for the people trying to sleep in the campsite right next to the generator.
The next time I camp in Yellowstone National Park I will camp in one of the smaller tent campgrounds only. They tend to be quieter and there is more wildlife to see and hear.
If you would like to know more about camping in Yellowstone National Park you can go to http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.