If you are staying in an RV, get up early to get in and get a site. This is not my preferred way to camp and I didn’t enjoy the constant rush, rush, rush to get a site. This is a competitive atmosphere. The rangers at the gate even told us to go straight to a site if we wanted one. If you are coming late in the day don’t even bother, you’ll be driving all night. Norris campground was a good base in the middle of the park. It was dicey in a big RV. It is funny that the park can afford a multi-million dollar new visitor center, but can’t afford a new bathroom in the campground. I was surprised at how run down this campground was. Most state parks have much better facilities. Oh well, we only stayed the one night. For dry camping it provided a good spot with bison close by. The day after we left, a bear tore into a tent at Norris. If you have a really big rig, this might be a real tough place to camp. Ours is 32' long and we just barely fit in a pull-through site along side the road. We had a tough time telling if we were in a site or just a wide part of the park road. It is a nice walk to the Norris Geyser basin.
This was an unexpected stop. We blew a tire just 3 miles away and limped in here. Besides being next to the freeway and nothing really around to do, this was a nice little place to stop for the night. Has very clean bathrooms / showers and very friendly hosts, excellent Wi-Fi. If you need a one night stop while you are trudging across North Dakota, this is a decent place to be. I don't think it is available during the 4th of July though.
This is an interesting mix for camping. Really it was just a place to stop for the night. At $38, it seems excessive for what you get. The shower buildings are clean, but watch out at night. The whole building went dark while I was showering. There was a timer somewhere, but I couldn't find it. Just bring a flash light. There isn't much around here to encourage staying any longer than a day. We'll stay somewhere else next time. Plus, we were unfortunate to be here when they sprayed for mosquitos. I think it would have been appropriate to warn campers that they were spraying before the truck was in front of our rig.
Lets just start by saying this is a place we will return to. This is the kind of place that inspires. We have backpacked through most of the national parks and usually you need to get deep in the wilderness for these kind of views. It feels a lot like cheating, but hey, sometimes it is nice to have your cushy RV bed, coffee, and gorgeous scenery all at once. If you are looking for a good RV experience with peace, scenery, Wi-Fi, and a grocery store, I’d suggest the Colter Bay Campground. It is a great place to have a cup of coffee and ponder life. There are 2 campgrounds here. A private one that runs about $50/ night for all the bells and whistles and the National Park one which is $20/night, no hook ups. We chose the National Park one. We have a solar panel that kept the batteries running and made for a nice time. The sites are big and nicely wooded. It is a lot quieter in the farther down loops. The Colter Bay village is nuts; cars, RV’s, people everywhere. We would go down to the Cabin Office everyday to use the internet, then retreat to our site for peace and quiet. It is hard to believe the circus in the village is only 1/2 mile from the peace of our site. A little tip for you internet workers. There is a guest lounge for the Cabins farther down the cabin roads with more reliable internet, less people, more room, and nice couches. They were happy to share space with the RV campers. You don’t have to be a guest in the cabins. The best part of this campground was being able to walk down the trail to one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
We wanted to stay at a place with Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi here was good and the general appearance of the park was good. I’d say the shower building wasn’t as clean as indicated in the TrailLife directory, and the sites are very close together. Definitely not the place to stay for privacy and quiet camping. We were really just passing through, so that was just fine. They had live classic country music every night for 4 hours, that was a nice addition to the camping experience. My kids even got a kick out of sitting and listening. They play old Charlie Pride, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson songs, and everything else from that era. We happen to be here during the classic car rally they have every year, which was a nice bonus for the kids to see as well. If by some miracle we ever happen to be back in North Dakota, I’d stop here again.