Yellowstone Backcountry Campsites Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River Campsites
Yellowstone River Backcountry Campsites
Site Capacity Stock Campsite and Restrictions
1A1 10 6 Lower Blacktail Creek
1A2 10 0 Rescue Creek
1A3 6 0 Lava Creek - No fires
1R1 12 6 W. Cottonwood Creek - No fires
Stock limit 2 nights
1R2 6 0 E. Cottonwood Creek - No fires
1R3 10 10 Little Cottonwood Creek - No fires
Stock limit 2 nights
1Y1 10 0 Yellowstone River Trail - No fires
1Y2 10 0 Yellowstone River Trail - No fires
1Y4 6 0 Crevice Lake - No fires
1Y5 6 0 Yellowstone River Bridge - No fires
1Y6 6 0 E of Blacktail Cabin - No fires
1Y7 10 6 Yellowstone River Trail - No fires
Stock limit 2 nights
1Y8 6 0 Oxbow Creek - No fires
1Y9 8 0 Yellowstone River Trail - No fires
2B1 10 16 Buffalo Plateau - Closed after 9/13
2C1 8 0 Coyote Creek
2C2 8 0 Coyote Creek
2C3 10 16 Coyote Creek - Stock parties only
2H1 8 0 N Yell/Hell Confluence - No fires
2H2 6 0 S Yell/Hell Confluence - No fires
2H3 10 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H4 6 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H5 8 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H6 8 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H7 10 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H8 8 0 Hellroaring Creek - No fires
2H9 8 0 Hellroaring Creek
2Y1 8 0 Agate Creek
Closed the Fri of Memorial Day
weekend to 7/15

Because the elevation in this area is much lower than other regions of the park it tends to be much drier here in the spring (Mid-May to early June). When other areas of the park are still covered in deep snow this area offers superb early season hiking and backpacking opportunities.

Almost all of the hikes in this region descend to the Yellowstone River so keep that in mind when planning your trip. The Blacktail Creek trail (1N5) begins at an elevation of 6,604 ft and descends 1,000 ft to the Yellowstone River trail.

Both the Blacktail Deer Creek (1N5) and Hellroaring trails (2K8) have sturdy footbridges that cross the Yellowstone River and provide access to the campsites located in this area. During the spring runoff fording Hellroaring Creek near its outlet with the Yellowstone is best left until late July when flows have subsided. This will limit access to sites 2H1, 2H2, 2H3, 2H4.

NOTE: Trailhead 1N1 in the town of Gardiner is no longer accessible to hikers. The trail began on private property outside the park boundary and was closed by the landowner.

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