Camping in Montana

Soak in hot springs, hike through wilderness, or just take in the views of Big Sky Country.

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VanGoBoon Campground

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Bozeman, Gallatin
Welcome to our campground! We are a "Roadside" Campground that offers the convince of easy on/off access to Hwy 90 and the close proximity to Bozeman. We are adjacent to Hwy 90 and the Montana Rail System. We have a variety of options that should suit just about anyone. We are near Yellowstone National Park as well as Bozeman, MT which offers all types of recreational opportunities e.g. hiking, fishing, climbing, skiing, cycling and running trails. VanGoBoon is the perfect "Pull-in for the Night" as well as week-long stays! Most of our sites are SELF-CONTAINED. We have 4 sites that have electric and water hookups. (20,30,50amp) The lawn area has horseshoes, frisbee golf, and corn toss. We mostly offer dry campsites for overnight stays for vans, tents or RVs . Most sites are on concrete slabs so they are level and the property has grass areas with trees as well. FYI: Great site if you like trains! An important part of Montana’s commerce is transportation by rail so there will be highway and train noise. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to have noise-cancelation devices handy. Private spots between trees but near freeway for easy access. Our 2 horses have been a favorite with young campers along with the open yet private campsites! We look forward to welcoming you!
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Glacier Park HipCamp

22 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres · Coram, Flathead
Come enjoy peace and quiet in the beautiful meadows near our home. We are located on 37 acres that include forested trails, a large pond, two small ponds, a creek, and frequent wildlife as well as spectacular stargazing at night. All sites have a campfire ring and picnic table. We provide a unique eco-camping experience in contrast to the crowded campground/RV park, and we are only 6 miles away from the entrance to Glacier National Park! Please let us know if you have multiple tents or vehicles as some sites may be a better choice for you than others. No hookups are provided – dry camping only. Parking for larger vehicles/trailers is available at sites 1-6 - an open, flat meadow with the pond on the other side of the road. Tents are welcome in all sites; although, we recommend the back meadow sites (7 and up) for more secluded tent campers (especially in July) as it has less traffic and more privacy. Sites 7-20 (the back meadow sites) have parking for vehicles 26' or less in total length. All sites have access to vault toilets, and all sites are back-in sites with partial shade. **Be sure to visit recreation.gov to purchase the $2 entry reservation to Glacier Park...if you can't get one try again at 8am the day before or you can enter the park after 4pm without a ticket. Contact us if you need alternative ideas to get into the park. Because of the proximity to Glacier National Park and the main HWY, traffic noise and train noise can be heard at the campsites. Visitors are ask to keep their speed to a minimum to reduce dust on the dirt on Greens Road. We are just a short bike ride away (two minutes by car) from attractions such as the Whiskey Barn, Josephine’s Speak Easy, Glacier Hi-Line Ropes Course, Glacier Grill Restaurant and the Amazing Fun Center, maze, and mini golf. It is also easy access to the Gateway to Glacier Bike path. E-bike rentals are across the street from us. Closest Gas station is the Cenex in Coram (1.5 mi away). Closest public (free) landfill dump is 2.2 miles toward Columbia Falls at 9626 Us HWY 2 E. Near Paul Bunyan Bar and Grill (which is also a good restaurant near us). Look for the gated entry and small sign marking Flathead Landfill. Closest grocery is in Hungry Horse at Canyon Foods Grocery (3.5 miles away). There is a laundromat next to this grocery store. Closest dump and water fill up for a vehicle with a holding tank is Mikes Conoco at 1645 9th st W in Columbia Falls (8.9 mi away). Closest town with wifi, cafes, restaurants, urgent care and larger grocery stores is Columbia Falls (9 miles away). There is a freshwater spring where you can fill up containers of water in Bad Rock Canyon (between Columbia Falls and Hungry Horse on the way here... 10 min away from us). Look for the large pull off areas between the river and the rock canyon walls and a white pipe coming out of the rock. We've personally filled up at this spring for years! Showers are available at Pinewood Park Outdoor Pool in Columbia Falls (next to Cedar Creek Lodge) - It is $2 per person to enter the pool during Public Swim (Mon-Sun 1:30-4:15pm and Mon-Fri 6:30 pm- 8:15pm) or during Lap Swim (Mon-Fri 12-1pm and 5-6pm). They have a private bathroom with a shower and also open showers in the changing rooms. The pool opens the second week of June and closes the first or second week of August. To watch a video tour of the campground: https://youtu.be/EYYuGGWRtag
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Primrose Meadows

12 sites · Lodging, Tents28 acres · Missoula, Missoula
We can’t wait to share our land with you! Get away from it all and get under the Big Sky. Close to the freeway for easy access but adjacent to over 200 acres of beautiful farmland, you’ll experience Montana’s wildlife and have beautiful Mountain views when you stay at Primrose Meadows. There are few trees in the property, it’s mostly rolling hills with some trails to walk and plenty of space between sites! This property has a railroad track that runs next to the property that sometimes toots it’s horn, if you’re a light sleeper this is something you should consider!We are close to Council Grove and Frenchtown Pond which are both great swimming holes! You can also coordinate with us for cross-country skiing or head to Snowbowl for local downhill skiing! We are close to Missoula should you need any services in town.
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Gunslinger Gulch Ghost Town

28 sites · RVs, Tents52 acres · Anaconda, Deer Lodge
This 1880s mining & ghost town converted Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to live out your cowboy/cowgirl dreams and experience the Old West.  We offer all the modern amenities we have come accustomed to, yet maintain the original appearance of being transported back in time.  Available for film production rental, weddings, retreats, reunions or any special event.  Dry camping and horse camping available in addition to our amazing units. 
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Bitterroot Getaways

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Hamilton, Ravalli
--Enjoy the quiet of a small treed clearing and follow a path down to the banks of the beautiful Bitterroot River--Nature-lover's paradise: Hear sand hill cranes calling as they fly over, watch kingfishers and osprey dive for fish, admire the resident elk herd as they graze in the hills --World-class fly fishing opportunities on the Bitterroot River
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The Sanctuary

63 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents300 acres · Superior, Mineral
YIPPIE-KI-YAY WINTER IS OVER AND WE ARE OPEN WITH FULL SERVICES!! IT'S IN THE 70°S, 80°S, 90'S DURING THE DAY! Welcome Patriots of America and Canada! At the sanctuary you will find like-minded people that love our countries and love the outdoors! Remember you are in Montana, "while in Rome be a Roman", thus when in Montana be a Montanan! We love our land and we love our wild animals please respect both! We are a multipurpose off-grid campground. We have designated camping spots like all other commercial campgrounds, but we also have cabin rentals, we have multiple sized group campgrounds, we have bike camp for bicycles and motorcycles, we have off the grid wolf camps, and we have winter hunting camping. We offer restrooms and showers, we have an RV dump, we have steel safety fire pits, we have hiking trails with incredible views, we have ATV roads, and we have four wheel drive roads, we have volleyball and badminton courts. We also have the best views in all of Mineral County. Don't be fooled by other farmers and ranchers on hip camp that tell you to go over next to a swamp or a pond, or at riverbed and let your fend for yourself with no amenities and charge you more than we charge you. If you want to be pure off grid, we have our Wolf Camp Mountain, but at least you can come back to the main compound and get a shower and relax at the lodge. We are just 3 miles off of Interstate 90, exit 47, in the small town of Superior, Montana. We have 5 restaurants, 4 bars with 3 casinos. Darlows is a wonderful grocery store including full service deli, beer, wine, and liquor and five churches of different denominations. The Sanctuary is up the canyon mountain via Pardee Creek Road. We are backed up into 50K of USFS acreage! The Clark Fork River on edge of property provides boating, rafting, and fishing fun! Our property plus USFS property provides miles of hiking, ATV, horseback, motorcross roads and trails. There are three cabins to rent, 25 RV dry spaces, 4 Group areas, and can accommodate over 200 tents! Heat in the winter is wood stove. We have restrooms, showers, cooking facilities, and a lodge with satellite internet connection.
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Madison River Resort

22 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents4 acres · Hebgen Lake Estates, Madison
*Excellent Wi-Fi, Free Laundry, River Access, Near Yellowstone, Inviting Restrooms & Showers, Unlimited Hot Water.* Boutique RV Park/Campground and Event Venue Lodge on 3.5 Acres overlooking the Madison River, and close to Yellowstone National Park. Stay away from the crowds at this tranquil riverside outpost! Madison River Resort is located between two mountain ranges and close to numerous lakes including the neighboring Cliff and Wade lakes, as well as Hebgen and Ennis lakes. Ask about our rental paddle boards! This scenic little area across from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is next to a few vacation homes, a ranch and has a few restaurants within driving distance. There is excellent fly fishing on property: 350 feet of wade-only riverfront with private access, on a "blue ribbon designated trout stream". Boat launches nearby and shuttle service available. You'll love our relaxed & friendly atmosphere! Get a taste of the "old west" when you visit historic Virginia City is 45 down the road and is a living ghost town, offering visitors a view into the past. The small town of Ennis, located only 30 minutes away, is a haven for fly fishing and hunting enthusiasts. There you will find all of your outdoor accessories, festivals, rodeo, charming stores, saloons, breweries and restaurants. The west entrance of Yellowstone is a 35 minute drive away and you'll be only 90 minutes from Bozeman and Big Sky. Our classic Montana timber lodge is available to rent for group events! The entire property, with lodging, can also be rented out for private events. Our nine full hookup pull through RV sites beside the river have amazing views of the water and mountains. They are parked side by side and all back up to the river overlook which is 30 ft above the water. Fantastic free high speed Wi-fi is available, perfect for the digital nomad. There are three dispersed tent sites available, and 6 glamping tents if you're looking to camp in comfort! Clean and heated accessible restrooms are available, as well as private changing rooms with showers and unlimited hot water. On-site free laundry for guests (depending on availability). The main lodge is closed to the public. -Please be aware that this property is under renovation. You may see construction areas while on property. If it looks a little messy -This is a Campground, you will see regular tents around property. - the RV sites were designed in the 1960s and they are close together. Please don't book with us if this is going to bother you. -Specific RV sites are Not guaranteed. Please inquire to lock-in sites.
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Rising Wolf Johnson Ranch RV Cabins

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · East Glacier Park Village, Glacier
The ranch is situated between the east and west entrances to Glacier National Park. The camp site is in an ideal location to explore both sides of the park. This option is ideal for those who are interested in trekking out on their own and exploring the local attractions, most notably Glacier National Park, Blackfeet Reservation. Campers can stay on either side of Hwy 2. We have an open field where you my chose to camp. We offer 3 cabins, , 2 RV hookup, you may dry camp in your RV and many Tent sites. Go to Mile Marker 212 east tan about 1/4 of a mile more, just ahead you will see three cabins on the right and on the left, you will see a set of green corrals. Rising Wolf/Johnson RV Campground and Ca 48927'27.5"N 11310'59.1"W 48.457651, -113.183091. i 1min
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North American RV & Yurt Village

23 sites · Lodging, RVs40 acres · Flathead
Located Only 5 Minutes from Glacier National Park! 108 Full Hookup RV Sites 4 Yurts, 5 Camping Cabins - Restroom, Shower & Laundry Facilities. 24 Hour Access to our guest lounge which features satellite television, comfy couches, book exchange, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee, Shuffleboard and Pool table. Arcade, Playground, Dog Park, Walking Trail, Wi-Fi
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Your New Property

99 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Whitefish, Flathead
We are offering limited camping options for Under the Big Sky Fest 2023. We are directly across from the road from the venue's Red Lot general parking lot area.
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Glacier getaway 2.0

8 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Babb, Glacier
Nestled on the shores of Ducklake this 2 acre parcel is an ideal location to kick back , enjoy and explore the eastern side of Glacier park. We are 20 mins from the park gates, 20 mins from Many Glacier and about 40 mins to Waterton park. The gradual sloping beach is perfect for all kinds of water sports and recreation. Many grassed areas or shady treed sites and the sites on the beach with breathtaking sunrises, sunsets and most amazing stars at night. Ducklake is well known for its trophy rainbow trout aswell. We have 2 kayaks, a canoe, little fishing boat with electric motor, an assortment of rods and lures, propane BBQ, and solo smokeless campfire pits. All for guest to enjoy and use on a first come first serve basis.
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River Ranch - Private beach

5 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Kalispell, Flathead
Beautiful 5 acres wrapped by the Stillwater River. Great fishing with a private beach. The land is surrounded by large cottonwood and willow trees. The ground has large areas of leveled wood chips that make it easy for setting up camp. There is a restroom with a bath/shower available. Located just minutes from downtown Kalispell, 15 minutes from whitefish and 30 minutes from Glacier National Park.
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Camping in Montana guide

Few places in the Lower 48 feel more wild and remote than Montana. This northwestern state on the border with Canada is home to both Glacier National Park and a section of Yellowstone National Park along with a wide range of state parks and recreation areas, friendly cities, spooky ghost towns, and more than its fair share of hot springs. While most visitors comein summer—when weather is pleasant enough for camping and hiking—the Treasure State offers unique experiences in every season, with fantastic winter skiing opportunities, spring wildflowers, and gorgeous fall colors.

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Glacier Country

Northwestern Montana's Glacier Country is characterized by massive forests, craggy peaks, and long expanses of wilderness, with plenty of wildlife to boot. It's also home to Glacier National Park, where you'll find hundreds of miles of hiking trails along with tons of developed and backcountry camping options.

Southwest Montana

In the heart of Montana's Big Sky country, just west of Yellowstone National Park, this region is characterized by cute towns (notably Butte and Helena), historic ghost towns (a remnant of the region's historic mining industry), and relaxing hot springs. Popular camping areas include Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and Bannack State Park.

Yellowstone Country

If you're headed to Yellowstone Country, it's likely with a visit to Yellowstone National Park in mind, but there's plenty more to do in the region, from hiking the Lake Fork Trail to checking out the restaurant and brewery scene in Bozeman. Yellowstone itself is, of course, a must-visit, but if you can’t find camping in the massive—and ever so popular—national park, you may have better luck snagging something in Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Central Montana

Central Montana offers all sorts of opportunities for outdoor recreation, rain or shine. Summer activities include fishing, horseback riding, and camping, while spots such as Showdown Mountain, Teton Pass Ski Resort, and Bear Paw Ski Bowl offer skiing and snowboarding. The region also has plenty of state parks, including Sluice Boxes State Park, Giant Springs State Park, and First Peoples Buffalo State Park.

Eastern Montana

Vast and expansive, eastern Montana features sparse landscapes dotted with the occasional herd of cattle, and plenty of room to get out and explore. You can take in views of the Badlands from Makoshika State Park or the Badlands Wilderness Study Area, or camp under the open sky in the expansive Custer National Forest. If you'd like to get out on the water, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is the place to go, with boat rentals available.

Frequently Asked Questions

While not all camping in Montana is free, you can find free camping options in Montana's national forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Dispersed camping is allowed in these areas, but amenities are usually not available, so be prepared for primitive camping experiences. Some popular national forests in Montana include Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lolo National Forest, and Gallatin National Forest.

When camping in Montana, it's essential to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and outdoor activities. Here are some must-haves for your Montana camping adventure:

  1. Tent and sleeping gear: A sturdy, weather-resistant tent, sleeping bag rated for the expected temperatures, and a sleeping pad or air mattress for comfort.
  2. Clothing: Dress in layers, including moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers. Don't forget hats, gloves, and sturdy hiking boots.
  3. Backpack: A comfortable and spacious backpack to carry your essentials during hikes and outdoor activities.
  4. Navigation tools: A map, compass, or GPS device to navigate Montana's vast wilderness areas.
  5. Food and water: Bring enough food and water for your trip, plus extra in case of emergencies. A portable water filter or purifier can be helpful for longer trips.
  6. Cooking gear: A portable stove, fuel, cookware, and utensils for preparing meals at your campsite.
  7. First aid kit: A well-stocked first aid kit for treating minor injuries and ailments.
  8. Bear safety: Montana is home to both black bears and grizzly bears. Bring bear-resistant food containers, bear spray, and follow proper food storage and bear safety guidelines.
  9. Insect protection: Bug spray and possibly a bug net or screen for your tent to protect against mosquitoes and other insects.
  10. Lighting: Headlamps, flashlights, and lanterns for navigating and setting up camp in the dark.
  11. Emergency gear: A whistle, multi-tool, fire starter, and extra batteries for your electronic devices.
  12. Camera or binoculars: Capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Montana with a camera or enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting with binoculars.

Remember to check the specific requirements and regulations for the area where you'll be camping, as different parks and campgrounds may have additional rules or recommendations.

Yes, wild camping is legal in Montana. Dispersed or primitive camping is allowed in national forests, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, and some state lands. Some popular areas for wild camping in Montana include Missoula, West Yellowstone, and Roundup. Always follow Leave No Trace principles, camp at least 200 feet away from lakes and streams, and check for any local regulations or restrictions before setting up camp.

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