Camping near Great Falls with campfires

Some of Montana’s best mountains and rivers are within easy reach of a Great Falls campsite.

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Stone Lodge Pastures

10 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Ulm, MT
Learn more about this land:Located on 20 acres in the tiny community of Ulm, MT. You’ll be accompanied by some wonderful horses 😃🐴 -Beautiful sunsets every night overlooking the Big Belt Mountains and Rocky Mountain front 🌅 - 2 minute drive from Missouri River access at the Ulm Bridge...fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, floating 🏊‍♂️ 🎣 🚣‍♂️ -5 minute drive to Great Falls, MT -1 hour drive to Helena, MT and Broadwater Hot Springs -1 minute drive to delicious Beef N Bone steakhouse..one of the best restaurants in the Great Falls area -40 minute drive to my hometown of Belt, MT (call if you want a tour guide/hang out partner 😃) fishing and swimming at Belt Creek. Cliff jumping at the Sluice Boxes. Visit Harvest Moon Brewing: one of the oldest, most popular, and best breweries in the state. Horseback riding. Hikes up Belt Butte. Close access to the Highwood and Little Belt Mountain ranges.
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Hardda Farm Site

1 site · RV, Tent6 acres · Fort Shaw, MT
Hardda Farm is our family homestead and flower farm. We raise animals, vegetables and flowers using regenerative agriculture practices. You may meet our family dairy cow, our milk & wool sheep, and a variety of poultry and waterfowl. We are very near the Sun River and less than an hour’s drive to the Missouri River or the Rocky Mountain front. We enjoy fly-fishing, climbing, and hiking and are happy to recommend some great spots.
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Medicine River

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Sun River, MT
The bird chirps welcome the day when you open your eyes on the Medicine River. Just a small acre of property adjacent to the Sun River the medicine river fishing access Within close walking distance. ulm Pushkin state park close by as well as the Gibson dam. State park . The Buffalo falls is close and the old st mary mission .
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Creek Access RV or Tent Camping

6 sites · RVs, Tents170 acres · Vaughn, MT
Learn more about this land:We are within 15 minutes of the city of Great Falls You can fish the creek, see wildlife, hike, bike, operate off road vehicles, float the creek on inner tubes, swim, have a campfire in a burnbarrel provided, stargaze, listen to the sounds of nature, etc... We are 4 hours or less from popular destinations: Glacier, Yellowstone, Bob Marshall Wilderness, multiple fishing areas
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MT Keene Life is Good Lodge

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Craig, MT
Wade the Dearborn in the back yard of this 3-bedroom house (fourth bedroom/living room or guide cabin next door ($150/stay to open) on 10 acres of the former Gary Cooper Ranch. Don’t be surprised to see deer, geese and ducks in the window nudging their way near the deck, especially at the spring waterfall that cascades down the slope. if you are especially quiet and observant, the hundreds of acres of park and ranch across the river also have mountain goats, bears, antelope and even the mountain lion. Help yourself to the library, watch satellite television or DVD movies, or read from the house’s library. The public put-in is an 11 hour trip; private access to two shorter put-ins make this a recommended site for many Montana guides. Launch from the back yard and float one half mile down the Dearborn River to the Missouri River or from anywhere on the Dearborn to your own private fishing hole among some of nature’s oldest rock outcroppings. Only few miles from the Missouri Inn over the bridge where the Untouchables was filmed, enjoy the canyon or visit the Lewis and Clark’s Tower Rock and surrounding Park. From this base, see the spectacular Glacier Park or the continent’s largest dinosaur digs to the northwest, float the Lewis and Clark Trail by pontoon boat and lunch at the island where one of the nation's most famous fires occurred, or travel south to Yellowstone National Park or Jackson Hole, each an easy day’s visit. Bring your dogs to the kennel behind the house, hang on the deck with river and tremendous rock views, play pool or light the outside fire pit for a campfire. BBQ or enjoy the new, custom kitchen and fisherman’s décor. In the evening, take your pick of 3 spacious bedrooms where at the end of the day 6 extra long beds await or tie a few at the fly-tying table.
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Camping near Great Falls with campfires guide

Overview

Rolling plains stretch as far as the eye can see in Great Falls, Montana. The Missouri River cuts through the fields, thundering over five waterfalls as it winds through town. In 1805, these falls forced Lewis and Clark into a month-long overland detour on their way west. Today, you can trace that historic portage from your campsite. The town is also a jumping-off point for everything from the east side of Glacier National Park to Montana’s unique island mountain ranges. If you enjoy having plenty of elbow room at tent and RV sites surrounded by lush rivers and national forests, Great Falls is an excellent destination on the route to Canada.

Where to go

Giant Springs State Park

Essentially right in town, the day-use Giant Springs State Park is set on the Missouri River with waterfront walking paths and plenty of parking. The Lewis and Clark Expedition recorded their experience here, where the gushing freshwater remains a prominent feature of the lower Missouri River. Walk around, try your luck in the fishing ponds, stand on an overlook, and take in the contrast of the silted river system with the massive influx of crystal clear water. Choose a Hipcamp RV park nearby for easy access—many have full hookups and picnic tables.

The Missouri River

Running through Great Falls, the Missouri River provides numerous opportunities for camping along its banks. The waterway is a highlight of a number of small towns in the area, all with great fishing access—try Ulm, Cascade and Craig, all on the “trout highway” renowned among fly fishing enthusiasts. You could spend a lifetime walking and float-fishing this area with no shortage of great days on the water. The river continues northeast to Fort Benton and the Missouri River Breaks, where remote canoe trips are something to consider.

First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park

Just to the west of Great Falls is one of the great western archaeological and native culture sites in the United States. The day-use First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park’s limestone cliff was used on buffalo hunts, and it’s estimated that 18 feet of compacted bones are still layered beneath the cliffs. The park features walking paths, a museum, an amphitheater, and cultural displays, making it a great stop that rarely feels crowded.

Lewis and Clark National Forest

The closest public tent camping is in the first-come, first-served Thain Creek Campground in Lewis and Clark National Forest, about 40 miles east. From your site in the Highwoods Mountains, you can fish for trout or hike Windy Mountain.

Sluice Boxes State Park

About 45 minutes southeast of Great Falls, Sluice Boxes State Park is a rugged canyon area with hiking trails and opportunities for nightly backcountry camping only. Keep going to hit more of Lewis and Clark National Forest’s diverse landscape with forests, lakes, and mountains.

Glacier National Park

Although upwards of two hours from Great Falls, Glacier National Park is undoubtedly worth the trek. The renowned outdoor paradise draws campers with stunning mountain scenery, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife. Snag a coveted campsite in the park with an advance reservation, or opt for a more private Hipcamp just outside the park.

When to go

Summer is the most enjoyable time for tent camping near Great Falls, Montana. During this time, Glacier National Park has exceptional hiking, backpacking, and horsepacking, while the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a popular backcountry region in summer when trails are accessible and open. Paddling the Missouri River is also excellent in the prime summer months. Spring and fall bring fewer crowds and are still great times to get on the water for fishing. Great Falls winters are cold and windy, though RV camping is still possible and the Little Belt Mountains offer backcountry snowshoeing and winter hiking.

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