Nature at your fingertips
Things to see and do at Yellowstone National Park
- Geysers: Perhaps the most famous geyser on the planet, Old Faithful Geyser is still going strong. Erupting approximately every 65 minutes, it can shoot boiling water upwards of 185 feet. Other less renowned geysers include Castle Lion and Beehive, but are still worth a look, along with colourful hot springs – the Grand Prismatic is unmissable.
- Wildlife: It would take too long to list all of the different types of animal at Yellowstone, but it’s always a pleasure to see them in a natural environment, safe and thriving. Grizzly bears, grey wolves, bison, eagles, moose and herds of wild horses are the mere tip of the iceberg.
- Native American History: Step back in time at the numerous Indian reservations in the greater Yellowstone Park area, watch a PowWow (gathering of native people) and make time for the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival at Fort Hall.
- Enjoy the outdoors: At 7700 feet above sea level and 136 square miles, there’s plenty of water to enjoy on Yellowstone Lake. Here you can go rafting or paddling, with the Black Canyon a favourite spot. And let’s not forget fishing, with 16 species underwater – although permits are required. For land lovers, plan a cycling expedition on park roads or go hiking, with 900 miles of trails. There’s even horseback riding and Llama Packing, through Xanterra Parks and Resorts and one of the licensed stock outfitters.
Camping at Yellowstone in an RV or motorhome
Booking in advance is essential due to demand and you cannot park overnight outside the designated sites. If you’re looking for electrical hook-ups, then Fishing Bridge RV Park is your only option (for hard-sided vehicles only). Bridge Bay Campground is close to Yellowstone Lake, 30 miles west of the east entrance. Ideal for hiking to Natural Bridge, it has 432 campsites with restroom facilities, flush toilets and a dump station. Canyon Village Campground is south of the Washburn Range and close to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, with 270 sites. Its forest location hosts a picnic table and fire pit, sinks and flush toilets and generator use during set times. Grant Village Campground has 430 sites, again with restroom facilities, toilets and drinking water – pay showers and laundry are a handy extra. Check online for other camping options.
With five different entrance stations and opening hours varying from season to season, pre-planning your RV rental holiday to Yellowstone is imperative – don’t get caught out.
RV pick-up points to Yellowstone National Park
- The closest RV Rental pick-up spot is Billings, Montana, known as the Gateway to Yellowstone. Around 130 miles away and a two-and-a-half hour drive south-west, take Highway 212, bypassing Laurel, Roberts and Red Lodge, before arriving at the world-famous Beartooth Highway, with steep zig-zags and switchbacks. However, it’s generally only open from May til October. Another option is Via Highways 90 and 89 into Gardiner and the North Entrance, which is open to wheeled vehicles all year round – around 170 miles in total.
- The next closest for motorhome pick-up is Salt Lake City, around 320 miles south of Yellowstone. Again, there are a couple of routes you can take. Highway 15 goes via Fort Hall, and St Anthony to West Yellowstone, while I-89 is another exciting journey through Bear Lake, Montpelier, Alpine and Jackson.
- Denver, Colorado is quite a trip, approaching 550 miles. However, it’s an incredibly scenic drive, via I-25 through Cheyenne and Casper.
- Coming from the south-west, Reno, Nevada is a 10-hour-plus journey through joyous Nevada, via I-80, then I-86 at Twin Falls.
- Seattle to Yellowstone RV rental is a very popular itinerary, with a couple of routes you can take. The northern trip is via I-90 through Spokane and Missoula – this is the quicker trip, at around 12 hours and 740 miles. The southern way in is a few hours longer at 880 miles, but takes you around the southern site of Idaho on I-84 through stunning forestry via Idaho Falls.
Other Motorhome Republic pick-up points for Yellowstone National Park:
- Portland 814 miles
- Bellingham 822 miles
- Ferndale 831 miles
- Sacramento 850 miles
- San Francisco Motorhome Hire 927 miles
- RV Rental from Las Vegas 740 miles
Handy tips for RV rental trips to Yellowstone
Talk to Motorhome Republic about our vast selection of RVs and campervans. We’re sure to have the right vehicle for you, so you can take full advantage of everything that Yellowstone National Park has to offer.