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With nearly 7,000 square miles, a population of just 30,000 people, and natural beauty everywhere you turn, it’s no surprise that Cody Yellowstone is a camper’s dream.

For many people, summer is not complete without a camping trip, but not all sites are created equal. Fortunately, the region has plenty of options ranging from back-to-nature to full-hookups-for-maximum-comfort.

Here are five options with specific appeal.

In Town

The Ponderosa Campground in Cody Yellowstone on a warm summer day

About halfway between the Irma Hotel and the rodeo grounds, Ponderosa Campground features 98 RV sites with full hookups and cabins for those who do not have their own rig. Amenities include live entertainment, a gift shop, a camp store, an arcade, a playground, and a billiard table. And a bonus for those looking for something unusual? Tipis.

Named After an Extinct Species? Not So Fast

Constructed in 2021, Black-Footed Ferret Campground in Meeteetse refers to a species that biologists thought was gone until, that is, a dog named Shep from a nearby ranch showed up with one in his mouth. Further investigation revealed more of the ferrets, and a program to breed the animals resulted in a successful reintroduction of the species in the West. The campground features 109 sites with full hookups as well as showers and laundry facilities. The owner of the campground takes great pride in operating a property that has a minimal impact on the environment. 

For History Buffs

A child sits on the Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park

Fishing Bridge RV Park near Yellowstone National Park’s Lake Village reopened last year after renovations. In addition to the nearby Bridge Bay Marina and a fishing-themed visitor center, historic structures include the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, which was built before there was even a second national park, the Lake General Store, built in 1919, and Fishing Bridge itself (where fishing is actually not allowed anymore). The campground is available to hard-sided rigs only because of the bears found in the area. Amenities include electric and sewer, showers, and laundry facilities.

On the Water

Sunset over the Buffalo Bill Reservoir in Buffalo Bill State Park

Covering approximately 8,000 acres, Buffalo Bill Reservoir features its own boat ramp and plenty of room for boaters. The two campgrounds in Buffalo Bill State Park feature 125 RV/tent sites and 11 tent-only sites. Sites are spacious, all feature tables and grills, and are convenient to water and restrooms. 

Surrounded by Nature

A lake with mountains in the background in Shoshone National Forest

Many people know that Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, but not as many realize the Shoshone National Forest is the first as well. The United States Forest Service operates several campgrounds and campsites throughout the region. Add in close to 300 backcountry sites in Yellowstone operated by the National Park Service, and there are myriad options for those who want to enjoy a night in the woods. These campsites are never far from great hiking trails. 

Be Bear Aware

When camping in Cody Yellowstone, it’s essential to be “bear aware.” Campers should know when a campground requires hard-sided rigs. Hikers should carry bear spray, learn how to react if they encounter a bear, and travel in groups.

A complete list of Cody Yellowstone Campgrounds is available online.

Hit the Road for Adventure 

A summer RV trip to Cody Yellowstone is the quintessential American adventure, and there’s no better time to start planning yours. Request your free copy of the 2023 Cody Yellowstone Vacation Guide today. Inside, you’ll find plenty of tips, attractions, itineraries, and more! 

Start your engines, and we’ll see you here soon!