Camping In Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park is home to some of Canada's most beautiful campgrounds. RV and car camping can be found just a short distance from the town of Field, and by hiking further you can reach spectacular backcountry campgrounds. On your Canadian Rockies camping vacation you can wake up beside an alpine lake, fall asleep to the sound of a distant waterfall, or sit around the campfire watching the sun fade behind a mountain. A camping trip in Yoho is the perfect outdoor vacation getaway.
These frontcountry campgrounds are easy to access and do not require backpacking to visit. Parks Canada now offers online reservations for frontcounty campsites during the busy summer season. Outside of the reservable summer season campsites are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. You can reserve frontcountry sites by visiting the Parks Canada Reservation System
Parks passes and fire permits can be purchased when you get to the park. The campground checkout time is 11:00 am.
Monarch and Kicking Horse Campgrounds
These two campgrounds are located in roughly the same spot at the foot of Mount Stephen, about 4km from the town of Field.
|Open Date||# sites||Water||Flush Toilet||Dry Toilet||Showers||Sani Dump||Fire Pits & Wood||Kitchen Shelter||Food Storage||Disabled Access||Price|
|Monarch||May 2 - Sept 14 (reservable June 20 - Sept 2)||44||•||•||•||•||•||•||$17.60|
|Kicking Horse||May 23 - Oct 14 (reservable June 20 - Oct 14)||88||•||•||•||•||•||•||$27.40|
Hoodoo Creek Campground
|Open Date||# of sites||Water||Flush Toilets||Dry Toilet||Showers||Sani Dump||Fire Pits||Kitchen Shelter||Food Storage||Disabled Access||Price|
|Hoodoo Creek||June 17 - Sept 2||30||•||some sites||•||•||$15.70|
Takakkaw Falls Campground (walk-in)
This Campground is located near Takakkaw Falls at the end of the Yoho Valley Road. The actual campground is a short walk from the parking lot and provides tent camping only. A cart is available for moving gear to your campsite. This is an excellent place to use as a base for back country hiking and camping.
|Open Date||# of sites||Water||Flush Toilets||Dry Toilet||Showers||Sani Dump||Fire Pits & Wood||Kitchen Shelter||Food Storage||Disabled Access||Price|
|Takakkaw||June 20 - Oct 14||35||•||•||•||•||•||$17.60|
There are 6 designated backcountry campgrounds in Yoho National Park:
- Yoho Lake (Yoho Valley)
- Laughing Falls (Yoho Valley)
- Twin Falls (Yoho Valley)
- Little Yoho (Yoho Valley)
- McArthur Creek (Ottertail River)
- Lake O'Hara
Reservations for these backcountry camp sites should be made well in advance. It is also necessary to purchase a wilderness pass in order to camp in Yoho's backcountry. Visit the Parks Canada reservation system to purchase a wilderness pass and make a reservation online, or in the summer you can call/visit the information center located in Field. Online reservations open January 24 (excluding Lake O'Hara.)
You can only stay at a backcountry campground for a maximum of 3 nights in a row. Each site has a maximum capacity of 4 people with 1 tent per site.
Random camping/bivouacing is also permitted in some areas of the park. For this type of camping you will need to contact the Park Canada Visitor Center to make a reservation.
When backcountry camping, it is necessary to practice safe food handling measures to avoid attracting wildlife such as bears. Be sure to prepare and eat food away from your campsite. Never store food in your tent; use designated food storage hangs/boxes for food and cooking utensils. Food must be prepared on portable stoves, as campfires are not permitted in Yoho's backcountry.
Lake O'Hara Campground
Incredible backcountry hiking, fishing, and skiing can be found while camping at Lake O'Hara. Reservations for the Lake O'Hara campground start in April and can only be made over the phone. There are special dates and rules for visiting Lake O'Hara, so we recommend that you carefully review the reservation policies on the Parks Canada Lake O'Hara information page.
A list of fees for camping and parks services can be found on the Yoho National Park Entry and Service Fees page.
*The information on this page has been updated for the 2019 season. Pricing and dates are not guaranteed.