NF Campground Review – Bakers Hole, West Yellowstone, MT/WY
A lovely national forest campground only ~3 miles north of West Yellowstone on the border of SE Montana & NW Wyoming.
- Site Quality = 4.5/5
Really very nice sites here especially for a national forest. There are a mix of gravel back-in and pull-through sites of which around half are primitive (no hookups), and the other half offer electric (50 amp). Sites are well spaced and private with nice “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. The majority of sites are large and flat with with a selection of larger “double” sites that could easily fit bigger rigs than us (some of the pull-throughs are Ginormous!). Sites 24-72 are officially labelled as “large RV” sites, but I would say around 85% of the sites in the campground could fit us. Road-facing sites are heavily wooded, but some of the river-facing sites are more open (excellent solar) and a few even have actual river views (esp. sites 62-64). All sites are first-come-first-serve.
NOTE/ The entrance to the campground doesn’t have a lot of space to unhook and scout (you’ll block the entrance if you do), so for big rigs I recommend stopping at the large day-use area ~2 mile south of the campground and unhooking here.
- Facilities = 2/5
Really basic facilities here. There are several pit toilets around camp, all kept spotlessly clean (which was lovely to see). One threaded water spigot at beginning of the campground (near site #24) with many more non-threaded spigots in each loop. Garbage and recycling on-site. NO dump station however.
- Location = 5/5
This is a great location to explore West Yellowstone. You are only ~3 miles north of West Yellowstone town and the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The town of West Yellowstone has everything you could want for shopping, eating, laundry etc. and there is days worth of sightseeing (geysers, hot pools, trails, wildlife) in the western section of Yellowstone National Park.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent place for doggie. Lots of space to hang out in camp, plus there are short trails along the riverfront and a longer trail (goes all the way into town, if you wish) behind campsite #13.
Overall Rating = 4.1
BONUS ALERT = Walk along the Madison river with doggie!
Summary: We chose this as our base to explore the western section of Yellowstone and it was all-around an excellent choice. It’s a medium-sized forest service campground only ~3 miles north of the West Yellowstone and offers lovely, large, flat gravel sites as well as a selection of 50 amp hookups. The sites are nicely spaced, private and have spacious “sitting areas”. A lovely river flows nearby (with short trails along the riverfront) and there is a longer hike/bike trail that goes all the way into town behind site 13. The campground does seem to be popular and sites are first-come-first-serve so it pays to get here early to get your site (by around 13:00 each day, the campground was full). Also the entrance to the campground doesn’t have a lot of extra space so for big rigs I recommend stopping and unhooking in the day-use area ~2 miles south to scout out the sites. The only real ding? Road noise! You are right next to Hwy 191 so you WILL hear road-noise from your site. The sites closest to the road have the most noise, with those closer to the river a little less. It wasn’t unbearable though, and we found the campground did quiet down nicely at night. All-round it’s a great choice to explore the area, with lots of green and dog-friendly hiking. We definitely enjoyed our stay and would certainly come back if we visited the area again.
Extra Info: This place has iffy cellphone and really requires a booster for stable signal. We had 1-2 bars of slow ATT 4G which raised to stable, usable 3 bars with booster. On Verizon we had 2 bars of 3G (horrible, utterly unusable), but we were able to raise it to usable 1-2 bars of LTE with booster. Out of the two, our ATT signal was the fastest & most consistent. 73 sites in this campground of which 33 have electrical (50 Amp). Electric sites $22/night ($14/night with senior pass). Dry-camping $16/night (8/night with senior pass). Double-size sites $32/night. 16-day stay limit. Potable water on-site, but NO dump station.
Extra, Extra Info: Other Camping? For those looking for full hookups, Yellowstone Grizzy RV Park is right downtown (walking distance everywhere) and is very highly-rated. For those wanting to be further inside Yellowstone National Park, Madison campground is in a great location and also well-rated, but it is often full (reservations are a MUST), has no hookups, only a limited number of sites for bigger rigs and has no (zero) internet signal.