The Total Yellowstone Backcountry Campsites

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This information is provided by the National Park Service Backcountry Office. As with all information, it is subject to change, for current information, it is suggested that you call, write or visit the Backcountry Office when you arrive in the park." You can write or call the backcountry office at:

Mammoth Backcountry Office
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168
Phone: 307-344-2160


Backcountry Campsites, Information and Trail Heads
The Total Yellowstone Page Backcountry Campsite Map - © Copyright


Campsites have a three night limit, allow one party per site and wood fires (except when noted otherwise).
Food Poles exist at most campsites, however, they may not always be suitable for use.
A good topographic map is a must for camping and hiking in Yellowstone's backcountry.


Backcountry Camping Areas
Bechler Area
Canyon Area
Gallatin Area
Heart Lake Area
Lamar Area
Mammoth Area
Old Faithful Area
Slough Creek Area
Snake River Area
Thorofare Area
Yellowstone Lake Area
Yellowstone Lake South Area


Backcountry Camping Areas
Backcountry Map



Mammoth Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
1A1w 10 6 Lower Blacktail Creek
1A2w 10 0 Rescue Creek
1A3w 6 0 Lava Creek
1B1w 10 0 Big Horn Pass Trail
1C1 10 0 Straight Creek South
1C2 10 0 Straight Creek North
1C4 10 6 Winter Creek
1C5 10 6 Winter Creek
1F1 12 20 Fawn Creek - Gardners Hole Stock Parties Only
1F2 10 0 Fawn Lake
1G2 10 0 Gardners Hole
1G3 10 0 Gardner River No off trail travel
1G4 10 0 Upper Gardner River No off trail travel
1G5 20 25 Soldiers Corral Stock Parties Only
1K1

Sepulcher Mountain Mammoth Area
1K2

Snow Pass Mammoth Area
1K3

Glen Creek Mammoth Area
1K4

Bunsen Peak Mammoth Area
1K5

Bighorn Pass - Indian Creek Indian Creek Area
1K6

Mt. Holmes Mt Holmes Area
1K7

Solfatara North Norris Area
1K8

Grizzly Lake Norris Area
1N1

Yellowstone River Mammoth Area
1N2

Rescue Creek Mammoth Area
1N3

Lava Creek Mammoth Area
1N4

Beaver Ponds Mammoth Area
1N5

Blacktail Creek Mammoth Area
1N6

Lava Creek Picnic Area Mammoth Area
1R1 12 6 West Cottonwood Creek Stock limit 2 nights
1R2 6 0 East Cottonwood Creek NWF
1R3 10 10 Little Cottonwood Creek NWF - Stock limit 2 nights
1Y1 10 0 Yellowstone River Trail NWF
1Y2 10 0 Yellowstone River Trail NWF
1Y4 6 0 Crevice Lake NWF
1Y5 6 0 East of Yellowstone River Bridge NWF
1Y6 6 0 East of Blacktail Cabin NWF
1Y7 10 6 Yellowstone River Trail NWF - Stock limit 2 nights
1Y8 6 0 Oxbow Creek NWF
1Y9 8 0 Yellowstone River Trail NWF

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
1K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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Slough Creek Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
2B1 10 16 Buffalo Plateau Closed after 13 Sep
2C1 8 0 Coyote Creek
2C2 8 0 Coyote Creek
2C3 10 16 Coyote Creek Stock Parties Only
2H1 8 0 Yell/Hell Confluence NWF
2H2 6 0 Yell/Hell Confluence NWF
2H3 10 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H4 6 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H5 8 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H6 8 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H7 10 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H8 8 0 Hellroaring Creek NWF
2H9 8 0 Hellroaring Creek
2K2

Tower Junction Tower Area
2K4

Specimen Ridge Roosevelt Area
2K5

Slough Creek Slough Creek Area
2K6

Mt Washburn North Tower Area
2K7

Yellowstone River Picnic Area Roosevelt Area
2K8

Hellroaring / Gravel Pit Tower Area
2N1

Coyote Creek North Park Boundary
2N2

Buffalo Plateau North Park Boundary
2N3

Buffalo Fork North Park Boundary
2N4

Upper Slough Northeast Park Boundary
2N5

Upper Hellroaring North Park Boundary
2S1* 8 12 Lower Slough Creek
2S2* 6 0 Lower Slough Creek
2S3* 8 0 Slough Creek
2S4* 8 0 Slough Creek
2S6* 8 0 Upper Slough Creek
2S7* 12 20 Upper Slough Creek Stock parties only
1 party per night in either 2S7 or 2S8
2S8* 12 20 Upper Slough Creek Same as 2S7
2Y1 8 0 Agate Creek Closed Friday of Memorial Weekend
thru 15 Jul

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
2K2 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
* Only 3 nights allowed per permit for all 2S sites from 15 Jun to 15 Sep
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Lamar Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
3C2 12 20 Lower Cache Creek
3C3 20 25 Upper Cache Creek
3C4 12 20 Upper Cache Creek
3F1 6 0 Cold Creek
3F2 20 25 Lemon City
3K1

Soda Butte / Lamar River Lamar Area
3K2

Pebble Creek Lamar Area
3K3

Thunderer Lamar Area
3K4

Warm Creek Northeast Entrance
3L1 12 0 North Lower Cache Creek
3L2 12 0 South Lower Cache Creek
3L3 12 0 Lower Lamar
3L4 12 0 Lower Lamar
3L6 12 20 Middle Lamar Stock parties only - 2 night limit
3L7 12 0 Middle Lamar
3L8 12 0 Clover Creek 2 night limit
3L9 12 20 Timothy Creek
3M1 20 25 Appaloosa Meadows
3M2 12 0 Lower Miller Creek
3M3 12 20 Lower Miller Creek
3M4 6 0 Upper Miller Creek
3M5 12 0 Upper Miller Creek
3M6 12 0 Hoodoo Basin
3M7 12 20 Boundary 1 night stock limit
3N1

Republic Pass Northeast Park Border
3N2

Canoe Lake East Park Border
3N3

Bootjack Gap East Park Border
3N4

Hoodoo East Park Border
3N5

Frost Lake East Park Border
3P1 12 0 Pebble Creek
3P2 12 0 Bliss Pass Junction
3P3 6 0 Bliss Pass Junction
3P4 12 20 Upper Pebble Creek
3P5w 12 0 Upper Pebble Creek
3T1 12 0 Cold Creek
3T2 12 12 Mist Creek Meadows 2 night limit
3T3 20 25 Mist Creek Pass 2 night limit
3U1 20 25 Lower Willow Creek
3U2 12 0 Lower Willow Creek
3U3 12 0 Little Saddle Creek
3U4 20 25 Cold Creek Junction Stock Parties Only

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
3K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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Canyon Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
4B1 12 6 Joseph's Coat Spring
4B2 12 6 Broad Creek
4B3 12 6 Broad Creek
4B4 20 10 Broad Creek
4C1 8 0 Old Seven Mile Hole NWF - No stock on trail
4C2 8 0 Seven Mile Hole NWF - no stock on trail
4C3 8 0 Seven Mile Hole NWF - no stock on trail
4D1w 8 0 Ice Lake North
4D2w 6 0 Ice Lake East
4D3w 4 0 Ice Lake South Wheelchair Accessible
4E1 8 0 Washburn Meadows No stock allowed on trail
4E2 4 0 Cascade Lake
4E3 8 0 Cascade Lake
4E4w 8 12 Cascade Lake
4F1w 8 0 Norris Meadows
4G2 8 0 Grebe Lake
4G3 8 6 Grebe Lake
4G4 8 6 Grebe Lake
4G5 8 6 Grebe Lake
4G6 8 12 Wolf Lake
4G7 8 0 Wolf Lake
4K1

Solfatara Creek Norris Area
4K2

Ice Lake Norris Area
4K3

Grebe Lake Canyon Area
4K4

Cascade Creek Canyon Area
4K5

Cascade Lake Canyon Area
4K6

Glacial Boulder North of Canyon
4K7

Wapiti Lake Canyon Area
4K8

Artist Point Canyon Area
4K9

Dunraven Pass Parking Area North of Canyon
4M2 12 6 Moss Creek
4P1 8 0 Observation Peak
4R1w 8 0 Ribbon Lake
4R2w 8 0 Ribbon Lake
4W1 12 6 Wrangler Lake
4W2 8 6 Wapiti Lake
4W3 8 6 Wapiti Lake

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
4K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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Yellowstone Lake Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
5B1 20 25 Broad Creek
5B2 12 15 Broad View
5E1 15 0 Beaver Dam Trail Trail access only - closed 01 Apr thru 14 Jul
5E3 12 0 Brimstone Point No travel from campsite 01 Apr thru 14 Jul
Trail or Boat access
Boats must be entirely removed from water
5E4 12 0 Brimstone Bay Same as 5E3
5E6 12 25 Columbine Meadows North Same as 5E3 - 1 night limit
5E7 20 25 Meadow Creek Closed 01 Apr thru 14 Jul - Trail access only
5E8 12 0 Park Point South Closed 01 Apr thru 14 Jul - Trail or boat access
Boats must be entirely removed from water
5K1

Bridge Bay Marina (boat) Bridge Bay
5K2

Fishing Bridge Fishing Bridge
5K3

Pelican Valley Fishing Bridge
5K4

Sedge Bay (boat) Lake Butte Area
5K5

Nine Mile Post Lake Butte Area
5L2 8 10 Monument Camp Trail access only - closed 15 May thru 14 Jul

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
5K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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Thorofare Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
6A3 12 0 Trail Point Trail or non-motorized boat access only - no travel from campsite from 15 May thru 14 Jul - can anchor sailboat
6A4 12 0 Trail Bay Same as 6A3
6B1 20 20 Lower Ford No travel from campsite 15 May thru 14 Jul
1 night limit for stock
6B2 8 0 Upper Ford Closed 15 May thru 14 Jul - check ford conditions
6B4 20 20 Beaver Dam Stock Closed 01 Apr thru 14 Jul
6C1 20 15 Colter Meadows Keep stock from spring source
6C2 20 25 Rivers Edge 1.5 miles west of main trail
6C3 10 0 Turret View
6D1 20 10 Mountain Creek
6D2 20 0 Mountain Creek Ford
6D3 20 25 Mountain Creek Stock parties only
6D5 20 20 Upper Mountain Creek
6D6 20 25 Howell Creek
6D7 20 0 Howell Creek
6D8 20 10 Howell Creek Often snow covered until Jul - no stock use after 01 Sep
6K1

Eagle Pass Eastsouth Border
6K2

Hawks Rest Southeast Area
6K3

Snake River/Fox Creek Southeast Area
6K4

Bridger Lake Southeast Area
6K5

Thorofare Southeast Area
6M3 8 0 Mariposa Lake NWF
6M4 12 20 Two Ocean Trail Jct
6M5 12 25 Upper Passage Creek
6M7 12 0 Fox Creek
6T1 20 20 South Thorofare Creek may be unfordable until mid Jul
6T2 20 0 North Thorofare Located on north side of Thorofare Creek
6Y2 15 0 So. Yellowstone River
6Y4 20 25 East Confluence
6Y5 20 0 Cliff Creek
6Y6 20 25 Three Mile Bend
6Y7 20 25 Yellowstone Meadows Stock parties only

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
6K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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Yellowstone Lake South Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
7G1 12 20 Grouse Creek Closed 15 May thru 14 Jul
Unavailable if 7G2 is occupied
7G2 12 20 Grouse Creek Closed 15 May thru 14 Jul
Unavailable if 7G1 is occupied
7K1

Grant Village Marina (boat) Grant Village Area
7K2

DeLacy Creek East of Old Faithful Area
7K3

Riddle Lake Grant Village Area

7K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
All 6M sites except 6M7, no off trail travel except from 15 Jul thru 21 Aug. Must obtain permit for off trail travel at the south entrance. See Bear Management Area L.
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Heart Lake Area / Snake River Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
8A1 8 0 Beula Lake
8A2 6 0 Beula Lake
8B1 4 0 Basin Creek
8B2 12 6 Basin Creek Lake
8B3 12 20 Basin Creek Stock parties only, unavailable if 8B4 is occupied
8B4 12 20 Basin Creek Stock parties only, unavailable if 8B3 is occupied
8B5 8 0 Basin Creek
8C1 8 0 Snake River
8C2 20 25 Snake River
8C4 12 6 Snake River
8C5 12 10 Snake River Closed 01 Apr thru 30 Jun
8C6 8 0 Snake River Ford
8C7 12 25 Snake River Stock parties only
8C9 12 20 Crooked Creek
8G1 8 0 Shoshone Meadows NWF
8H1 8 0 South Bay NWF - limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8H2 6 0 Sheridan Creek Limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8H3 4 0 Hideaway Limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8H4 8 0 West Shore NWF - limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8H5 6 0 Sheridan Trail NWF - limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8H6 6 0 Rustic NWF - limit 2 nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8J1 8 0 Beaver Creek Limit two nights per trip 01 Jul thru 31 Aug
8J2 12 25 Beaver Creek Meadow Stock parties only - two night limit
8J3 8 0 Surprise Creek
8J4 8 0 Heart River
8J6 4 0 East Shore
8K1

Shoshone / Dogshead North of Lewis Lake
8K3

Lewis Lake Dock Lewis Lake
8K4

Phantom / Pitchstone South of Lewis Lake
8K5

South Boundary West South Entrance
8K6

Beula Lake West of South Entrance
8K7

So Ent/So Boundary East South Entrance
8K8

Colter / Wolverine East of South Entrance
8N1

Heart Lake East of Lewis Lake
8N3

Flagg Ranch South of Park
8O2 6 6 Outlet Lake No travel east of campsite before 14 Jul
8P1 8 6 Phantom Campsite Stock use not recommended
8P2 8 0 Phantom Campsite

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
8K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
All 8B, 8H, 8J and 8O sites are closed 01 Apr thru 30 Jun. See Bear Management Area O.
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Bechler Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
9A1 12 0 Boundary Creek Meadows
9A2 12 25 Upper Boundary Creek
9A3 12 0 Dunanda Falls
9A4 20 25 Talus Terrace
9A5 20 25 Buffalo Lake
9A6 20 25 Robinson Creek
9A7 12 0 Little Robinson Creek
9B1 12 25 Lower Boundary Creek NWF
9B2 12 25 Bechler Ford NWF
9B3 20 25 Trail Spring Stock parties only - 2 night limit
1 night limit for parties with 10 or more stock
9B4 12 0 Ouzel Falls 1 night limit
9B5 12 0 Colonnade Fall 1 night limit
9B6 12 0 Lower Ford 1 night limit
9B7 12 0 Talus Spring 2 night limit
9B8 12 0 Upper Ford 1 night limit
9B9 12 25 Three Rivers Meadow NWF - 2 night limit
1 night limit for parties with 10 or more stock
9C1 12 0 Rocky Ford 2 night limit
9C2 20 25 Falls River Cutoff
9C3 12 25 Mountain Ask Creek NWF
9C4 12 25 Union Falls NWF - 2 night limit
1 night limit for parties with 12 or more stock
9C5 12 0 Upper Falls River 1 night limit
9C6 12 0 Lower Falls River
9D1 12 0 Ferris Fork NWF - 1 night limit
9D2 12 0 Gregg Fork 1 night limit
9D3 12 25 Douglas Knob Meadow NWF
9D4 12 0 Continental Divide NWF - 1 night limit
9K1

Bechler Ranger Station Southwest Area
9K2

Cave Falls Southwest Area
9K3

Fish Lake* Southwest Area
9K5

Cascade Creek Southwest Area
9K6

Grassy Lake Southwest Area
9K7

Robinson Creek Westsouth Border
9K9

Summit Lake Westsouth Border

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
9K1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
*Four wheel drive recommended
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Old Faithful Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
MK1

Madison Junction Madison Area
OA1w 10 10 Lone Star
OA2 6 0 Upper Firehole
OA3 6 0 Firehole Springs
OB2 6 0 Mallard Lake Southeast
OB3 6 0 Mallard Lake East
OB4 6 0 Mallard Lake Outlet NWF
OD1w 6 0 Fairy Meadows NWF
OD2 10 0 Firehole Meadows
OD3 6 0 Firehole Falls
OD4 6 0 Imperial Meadows
OD5w 6 0 Goose Lake Handicapped Accessible - 1 night limit
OE1 6 6 Summit Lake NWF
OG1w 8 0 Sentinal Meadows East NWF
OK1

Lone Star Old Faithful Area
OK2

Howard Eaton Old Faithful Area
OK3

Mallard Lake Old Faithful Area
OK4

Biscuit Basin Old Faithful Area
OK5

Fairy Falls North of Old Faithful Area
OK6

Freight Road North of Old Faithful Area
OK7

Mary Mountain North of Old Faithful Area
OK9

Mallard Creek North of Old Faithful Area

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
OK1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
All OD and OG sites are closed from 10 Mar until the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend
See Bear Management Area A.
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Gallatin Area
Camp # # of People # of Stock Name Restrictions
WA1 10 20 Gneiss Creek Closed 10 Mar thru 30 Jun - no off trail travel
WB1 10 0 Gallatin River
WB3 20 25 Gallatin River Stock parties only
Unavailable if WB4 occupied - No off trail travel
WB4 20 25 Gallatin River Stock parties only
Unavailable if WB3 occupied - No off trail travel
WB6 10 0 Gallatin River No off trail travel
WC2 10 0 Fan Creek
WC3 20 25 Fan Creek Stock parties only
WC4 20 25 Fan Creek/Northeast Fork Stock parties only
WD1 10 0 East Fork of Specimen Creek
WD2 20 20 Sportsman Lake No off trail travel
WD3 10 0 Sportsman Lake No off trail travel
WD4 10 0 High Lake NWF
WD5 10 5 High Lake NWF
WD6 20 25 High Lake/Sportsman Junction Stock parties only
WE1w 20 10 Specimen Creek Junction
WE4 12 0 Specimen Creek
WE5 8 0 Shelf Lake NWF
WE6 8 0 Crescent Lake
WE7 8 0 Shelf Lake NWF
WF1w 10 10 Black Butte Creek
WF2w 10 10 Upper Daily Creek
WK1

Bailey Creek Northwest Border
WK2

Black Butte Northwest Border
WK3

Specimen Creek Northwest Area
WK4

Bacon Rind Northwest Border
WK5

Fawn Pass Northwest Area
WK6

Bighorn Pass Northwest Border
WK7

Gneiss Creek West Park Border
WK8

Seven Mile Bridge East of West Entrance
WK9

West Entrance West Entrance

w = Easy Access Sites. Sites are within 2 miles of trail head
NWF = No Wood Fires
WK1 (Blue Text) = Trail Head
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