Mammoth Campground

Mammoth Campground in Yellowstone National Park is $20/night, first come first serve, with no hookups.

We arrived at 12:30pm this past Sunday and when we checked in there were 3 spots to choose from. One wasn’t level, one was kind of un-level and the other was level. There was another empty spot next to the level one, but for some reason, they didn’t offer it to us.

Silly me thought the kind of un-level one had more privacy, and I figured we’d just use a few blocks and we’d be fine. So we go back to register for that site.

Meanwhile, there is a line of RV’s behind us.

We pull into our site and and I hop out to check the Clinometer app. Side to side was ok, we were only going to need 2 blocks, but front to back it was showing the number 4 on the app, and we can’t get level front to back if it’s a 3 or more without digging out a hole either for the wheels or the hitch.

I report back to Brian that I think I made a mistake, and we should have taken the level spot. He offers to drive us back around to the front but I think that will take too long.

I decide to run back to the office wearing my crocks and forgetting my sunglasses.

I made it back to the office, winded and overheated only to find a line in front of me and hear the people at the window say that they want the level spot that I was hoping to switch to.

When it was my turn, I asked about the one spot that wasn’t on our list of options. The lady was hesitant to give it to me because it was two feet shorter and they don’t allow your vehicles to stick out into the road.

It turns out that out trailer fits, our truck fits AND Brian’s mom’s rental car fit in our site. I’m not sure how they measure their campsites, but am happy it all worked out.


The best thing about this campground is the elk. They seem to move between the campground and Mammoth Hot Springs.

The worst thing about this campground is the unstable cell/data. When we use the booster it actually makes things worse because it jumps between 3G, 4G and extended.

I’m also not a fan of the street noise here. The campground sits in the middle of a U shaped road and there’s a constant hum of traffic.


I can’t complain too much when we’re camping next to sweet dogs like Cody. His coat came in handy last night when temperatures dipped down to 25 degrees.


I think Cody is the biggest dog Curtie’s ever met.

Easy Beer Bread Recipe
This 6 Ingredient Beer Bread Recipe requires no kneading and no rise time! I made it last night and it was a big hit.

2014 Cost of Camping:
138 night paid camping – $120 thru Saturday 9/13
117 nights free camping
255 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3507.79
Daily average cost of camping: $13.76

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  • Reply Amanda September 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Yeah, that front to back leveling problem is so annoying. We’ve been to two places this summer where we had to dig a little bit under the hitch to get level. Love that big dog though. He makes Curtis look tiny!

    • Reply Leigh September 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

      I couldn’t resist that big dog!! Cody is 135 pounds, basically twice the size of Curtie!

  • Reply Kerri September 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Similar to the beer bread recipe I make from my mom (which is just-ever-so-slightly simpler). Love it, and it warms up the airstream and makes it smell so good! I just rarely remember to carry around some light beers for it!
    P.S. I really need to get a shovel.

    •3 cups self-rising (if using regular flour, add 4 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt)
    •2-3 Tbsp sugar
    •12 oz beer
    Fold together. Grease pan and bake 350º for 45 minutes to an hour.

    • Reply Leigh September 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Yeah, we need a shovel too, and I’ll be trying your recipe!

  • Reply jim and Gayle September 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    25 degrees! How many layers did you have to put on to keep warm?
    The beer bread sounds good and easy. We ate some of your cornbread with chili last night. It was just as good reheated. Thanks again!

    • Reply Leigh September 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      I had 2 shirts and two hoodies (both hoods up), 3 pairs of jammy pants, a long skirt, and 3 pairs of socks with “hotties” stuck in them.

      We both had hot water bottles in the bed and the furnace ran all night long.

      Brian threatened to take a photo of me in my hobo bedtime wear.

      • Reply Lisa Young September 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Hi Leigh and Brian! This is too funny, the layers of clothes and Brian wanting to take a pic! Hysterical. Glad you guys found a better site. I am never too sure how they measure sites either…a bit weird. Love the animal pics! Stay warm!!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright September 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Having an unlevel site is the pits! Good you went back and questioned them about the “good” site!!

    I love all the elk in that area but it is a very busy place.

    That bread recipe sounds yummy!!! Someday when it warms up and we don’t have to run our electric heaters all day and use up our 30 amps, I will be able to use the convection oven again. We are most definitely 50 amp people!

    Did you see the awesome peanut butter cup recipe at the bottom? I love that it used powder PB. I think I need to try these today:) Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy Yellowstone:)

  • Reply Suzanne September 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for that leveling app link. It looks very helpful. I didn’t have that one. Mine is in German, so this one will be easier. 😉

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