Camping at Pebble Creek Campground
Overview of Pebble Creek Campground
Pebble Creek Campground is a small, remote campground in the northeastern part of Yellowstone National Park, known for its scenic beauty and proximity to wildlife. The campground is named after the Pebble Creek that runs alongside it, providing a tranquil backdrop for campers.
Pebble Creek is located about 12 miles from the park's Northeast Entrance, near Cooke City, Montana. It is situated off the Northeast Entrance Road between the Lamar Valley, famous for wildlife watching, and the Beartooth Highway, known for its stunning high-alpine scenery.
Camping Features and Amenities
- Sites: The campground typically offers around 27 sites which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tents and small RVs or trailers can be accommodated, but there are no hook-ups.
- Season: The camping season at Pebble Creek usually runs from early June to late September, weather permitting.
- Facilities: The campground provides basic amenities such as vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. There is no electricity, water hookups, or dump stations available. Drinking water is usually available from spigots within the campground.
- Fees: There is a nightly fee to camp at Pebble Creek. Rates are set by the park and are subject to change, so it's wise to check the latest information on the official Yellowstone National Park website or at park entrance stations.
- Reservation Policy: As of my knowledge cutoff in early 2023, Pebble Creek Campground operated on a first-come, first-served basis and did not accept reservations. However, policies can change, so it's important to verify current operations before planning a trip.
- Limits: The park typically enforces a 14-day camping limit between July 1 and Labor Day, and a 30-day limit for the rest of the year.
Activities and Attractions
- Wildlife: The Lamar Valley area is one of the best places in the world to view large concentrations of wildlife such as bison, elk, bears, wolves, and eagles.
- Hiking: The surrounding area offers numerous hiking trails ranging from easy strolls to strenuous treks.
- Fishing: Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck in nearby creeks and rivers, adhering to Yellowstone's fishing regulations.
Important Regulations and Safety Tips
- Food storage: Because of the high bear activity in Yellowstone, all scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, which are available in some, but not all, campgrounds.
- Wildlife: Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and never feed them.
- Campfires: Fires are only permitted within established fire rings or grills and firewood collection within the park is prohibited.
- Altitude: Yellowstone's altitude can affect visitors, so it's important to stay hydrated and be prepared for the high elevation.
Access and Contact Information
Since cell service in Yellowstone is limited, it's advisable to obtain all necessary information and make any necessary communications before entering the park. You can contact the park directly or visit the official website for the most current and detailed information about Pebble Creek Campground and other park features.