Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Madison Campground is one of the most popular campground in Yellowstone National Park, and for good reason. It is the closest campground to the geyser basin areas, which are themselves very popular, and it can accommodate most camping vehicles. It also is available for reservations, which should be made well in advance. In addition to all that, it is a very nice campground, with plenty of wildlife and great fishing in the Madison River nearby.

Madison is set up on eight loops, two of which are only for tent campers. The quality of the campsite depends a lot on where it is in the loops. The sites at the outside end of the loops tend to be larger and more private, but some of them are close enough to the road to get some noise. The sites along the main access road (#188 - #199) can be very nice, with great views and no one behind. Each loop has full bathrooms and drinking water but no showers.

In addition to the great fishing and close access to Old Faithful and the geyser basins, Madison is near the active wildlife area of the West Entrance Road, the Norris Geyser Basin, and Gibbon Falls.

While reservations tend to be hard to come by on short notice, there are almost always cancellations, and some sites come available every day, so check with the office when you arrive.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Close to geyser basins and wildlife. Tent-only loops. Some nice views.

Cons

Reservations only. Very popular.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Xanterra Parks and Resorts

Reservation phone number

1 (307) 344-7381

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Amphitheater

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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