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Madison Campground

Operating Dates*

Summer 2024
Opening: May 3, 2024
Closing: October 20, 2024

*Opening and closing dates are subject to change.

Site types:

Tent, RV, ADA, and combination RV/tent

Madison Campground is named for its proximity to the Madison River, which runs through the area in a lush mountain setting rich in wildlife. Madison Campground is at an elevation of 6,800’ and is set in a partly wooded area, with a variety of mostly sunny to mostly shaded sites. The area is known for its great fishing and convenient location with regards to Old Faithful and the Upper, Midway and Lower Geyser Basins.

Address & GPS Coordinates to Madison Campground Check-In:

Madison Campground, 30 Madison Campground Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

44.6456235, -110.8611905

Specifics About Madison Campground

There are 278 individual sites and 3 group sites. RV, tent, and combination RV/tent sites are available. Campsites for hikers and cyclists are also available ($10.00 + tax per person, non-reservable). Sites range from partly shady to more sunny. All campsites have a picnic table and fire grate. Water is accessible nearby the sites.

Additional campground facilities include:

  • There are no electricity, water, or sewer hookups at any of the campsites.
  • 14 public restrooms with flush toilets and faucets with cold running water.
  • Dishwashing stations are located in most restroom buildings.
  • Pay showers are not available on the premises. Personal portable showers are permitted at your campsite only if the wastewater is collected and disposed of properly.
  • The nearest laundry and shower facilities are located at Canyon Campground.
  • Rates for this campground do not include showers.
  • Internet service is not available in the campgrounds. Cell service is limited. Read more about internet and cell service in the park.

When making a reservation, you must enter the size of your tent (in feet) or the combined length of your RV and any other vehicles or towed vehicles. (e.g. the length of your truck in addition to the length of your trailer when fully open.) Car/vehicle campers, including truck campers and vehicles with roof-top tents, must book an appropriate-sized RV site.

  • The maximum number of people per site is six or one family (parents with dependent children).
  • Campground sites that will accommodate a maximum combined length of 40 feet or more are limited.

Please keep in mind that most campsites in Yellowstone will not accommodate oversize units. If you arrive at the campground/RV park with equipment different than that for which you have reserved, we will not be able to accommodate you.

Access Pass and Senior Pass holders receive a 50% discount on campground rates. Use Promo Code PASS when booking a reservation.

RV Guests at Madison Campground

RVs up to 40’ long may be accommodated in pull-through and back-in sites. The sites may not be level, so campers should plan accordingly. While there are no utility hook-ups at the sites, an RV dump station is available at the campground. The dump station may not be available early and late season due to freezing temperatures.

Important General Guidelines for Yellowstone Campgrounds and Fishing Bridge RV Park

  • All campgrounds operated by Yellowstone National Park Lodges have restrooms with cold water and flush toilets.
  • Coin-operated ice and soft drink machines, and recycling and refuse containers are located nearby.
  • Individual campsites have one picnic table and one fire grate (except at Fishing Bridge RV Park-which only has picnic tables in Loop E).
  • Group campsites have one picnic table and one fire grate for approximately every six people and are for tent camping only. Showers are not included in group campsite rates.
  • Firewood is sold at all campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park.
  • Food storage regulations are strictly enforced at all campgrounds.
  • Generators may be used only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Per NPS regulations, generators may not exceed 60 decibels.
  • Tent sites are only able to accommodate campers sleeping in tents on the ground. No vehicle sleeping or vehicle camping is permitted in tent only sites.
  • Sites that accommodate RVs are either pull-through or back-in with limited width for slide-outs and MAY NOT BE LEVEL; please plan accordingly.
  • Some sites are shaded while others are in open areas.
  • The Access and Senior Pass is applicable for discounted rates (50%) at all Yellowstone campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park.
  • Campground stay limits for all Xanterra-operated campgrounds except Fishing Bridge RV Park – from July 1st to Labor Day, guests are allowed to stay a maximum number of 14 nights, even if the nights are non-consecutive and at multiple campgrounds.  For all other dates, guests are allowed to stay a maximum number of 30 nights, even if the nights are non-consecutive and at multiple campgrounds.  The TOTAL maximum number of nights allowed during the season is 44 at any combination of Xanterra-operated campgrounds, excluding Fishing Bridge RV Park. There is no length of stay limit at Fishing Bridge RV Park.

See the Park Without Moving the Rig

You can book tours in advance online, through our reservations office by calling 307-344-7311, or at the activities desk located at the campground registration office.

Other Services Located At or Nearby Madison Campground

  • Nearest services are sixteen miles away at the Old Faithful Area, or fourteen miles away in West Yellowstone at the West Entrance.
  • Fishing licenses are available for sale at this campground.
  • At Old Faithful Village, guests will find restaurants, a cafeteria, quick service food outlets, gift shops, medical clinic, tours, a general store with groceries, and gas stations.
  • Information and reservations for tours of Yellowstone are available at the campground registration building.
  • The National Park Service offers evening Ranger programs at the amphitheater located in the campground.
  • Interdenominational church services provided by A Christian Ministry in the National Parks are offered on Sundays at the amphitheater.
  • Internet service is not available in the campgrounds. Cell service is limited. Read more about internet and cell service in the park.

Food At Your Campground

Please note that odors attract bears. The following items (new, clean, dirty, empty or full) may NOT be left outside, in tents, or in tent trailers at any time, day or night. Items listed below need to be stored in a hard sided vehicle or in shared food storage boxed located throughout our campgrounds when not in use. A violation of these rules may result in a citation and/or confiscation of these items. The bears’ future and the safety of others depend on you.

  • Water containers
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Drinking utensils
  • Stoves
  • Beverage containers
  • Grills
  • Coolers
  • Ice chests
  • Trash or trash bags (in the site or fire pit)
  • Food
  • Cosmetics
  • Toiletries
  • Pet food
  • Pet food bowls
  • Pet water bowls
  • Pails
  • Buckets
  • Wash basins
  • Any item with food odor

Picnicking & Fast Foods

Picnic meals, fast food, and deli lunches are available from our restaurants and snack shops. Please inquire at any food service outlet. Yellowstone National Park features several picnic locations. View National Park Service picnic guidelines and locations for additional information.

Dining in the Park

There are no specific dining facilities located at the campground. Dining facilities are, however, available throughout the park, ranging from fine dining restaurants to snack shops and cafeterias. Dinner reservations are required at the fine dining facilities. Inquire at any lodging front desk or dining room host stand when you arrive at the park. We recommend you enjoy the following Yellowstone National Park Lodges restaurants and cafeterias that are located nearby this campground: