Date of Stay:
July, 2015 -
We had a very pleasant stay here for a week. There were two issues that came up while we were there. The first was power related. Every afternoon that a thunderstorm came up somewhere in the park, our RV surge protector would see voltage spikes and knock us offline. There was one day that it knocked the whole campground offline for an hour or so. Second, while we were there the main water heater for the showers went out on two different days. It is no doubt repaired by now but it did make a few campers unhappy.
No Wifi. Verizon is OK.
AT&T cell phone service is almost non-existent in the park. In those few locations that you can get a strong signal (such as Old Faithful) there are so many people trying to use it that the service is unusable. Sending an iMessage (iPhone text message) to my wife suffered a delay of 20 minutes. Email wasn't possible, there are just too many people trying to post photos to social media, trying to surf the web, and calling home. Those people using Verizon had much better service everywhere, even at Fishing Bridge. The only place I found good AT&T service was north of Mammoth about half way to the North Entrance where you can see Gardiner. As a bonus, the canyon on the way there has a resident heard of mountain goats. I'll be buying an old Verizon iPhone and getting a month's service from a pay as you go cell company before the next trip.
If you are a photographer, sign up for the early morning Picture Perfect Photo Safari that is offered that leaves from the Lake Hotel. Go the first or second day that you are there. You'll learn where all the wild animals hang out and maybe get a chance to photograph the rainbow at Yellowstone Falls. It only shows up at a specific time (about 9:50 AM when we were there) and only from a specific location (about 200 feet from the end of the parking lot towards the Artist Point Lookout). Bring your polarizing filters. If you don't have one you can buy one at the Fishing Bridge gas station! We camped at Fishing Bridge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Start out at sunrise to look for animals. By 10:00 AM it gets crazy, especially in Hayden Valley.
Date of Stay:
May, 2014 -
This is a great park to use as a base for exploring the area. Sites were level, park was clean and well maintained. We camped here as part of a group and used the clubhouse for evening activities. The owners were friendly and very helpful. Good WiFi and cell service for both Verizon and ATT. Many of the spots have good line of sight for roof top satellite. It's about a half block from the fairgrounds, so if you are a light sleeper be sure to check the fairground schedule for the Plumas/Sierra County Fairgrounds www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net. There were stock car races on Saturday night while we were there that went until after 10PM. It wasn't too bad but it's enough to keep a light sleeper awake. We camped at Pioneer RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
July, 2013 -
Great staff, even had an ice cream social and decorating contest on July 4th! Forested area, only a few sites allow access to satellite TV. Be sure to bring your bug spray, lots of mosquitos here. No ATT cell service at the RV park, we had to drive north about 5 miles to pick up a signal. Verizon users seemed to be able to get a signal OK. WiFi was OK most of the time. We camped at Diamond Lake RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
June, 2013 -
Nice campground in forested area near the lake. Lots of hiking trails in the area. Be sure to bring your bug spray. The electrical system in the park had a problem maintaining voltage in the afternoon when everyone had their air conditioners on. 105 to 108 volts was typical in the afternoon. When we turned on our AC, it dropped below 104 and tripped our power line monitor, taking us off line. So we couldn't use our AC during the hottest part of the day. I checked with the AC manufacturer the next week on the minimum voltage acceptable. Turns out that 105 volts and below will start burning the AC components up, so it's a good thing that the power line monitor kept cutting out! We camped at North Shore Campground in a Motorhome.