Camping near Helena

The Montana magic is real in Helena—paddle the Missouri and hike, bike, or climb in the mountains.

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Hidden Meadow Ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Deer Lodge, MT
Small irrigated ranch in the Deer Lodge Valley, surrounded by mountains, access to public lands and beautiful scenery. East side of acreage has the Clark Fork River running through it, even though the neighbors are close still lots of privacy. Enjoy blue ribbon fishing and access to lots of fresh air and scenery.Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent next to the Clark Fork River, 7 miles from Deer Lodge, MT. Site provides a handmade rock fire ring and willows for privacy. Fire may not be available if it is dry conditions. Good fishing right out of your tent, short drive to several acres of public ground, ATV access, hiking, and mountain biking. This is an 80-acre working ranch with cows, sheep and hay so you may have to drive through the cows and you may have to deal with cowpies :-). Great cell service and private property on both sides, easy access to campsite. 10-minute drive to historic Grant Kohrs Ranch, old prison museum and many other unique Montana experiences.
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The Trail Enthusiast's Basecamp!

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Helena, MT
This five-acre oasis was once a landscape nursery. So given the close proximity to downtown we are a hidden sanctuary from the outside world, secluded by cottonwood trees and mature foliage. The site now serves as a wedding venue and offers views of Mount Helena to the South and the Sleeping Giant to the North. Learn more about this land: Pitch a tent in our aspen grove or park your camper/RV in the grassland field. You're close to downtown with lots of privacy/scenery. You'll have views of regal Mount Helena to the South and The Sleeping Giant to the North. The South Hill trail complex is a great place to explore as well as the Scratchgravels. The Missouri River is only 20 minutes away as well as Lake Hauser and Canyon Ferry. If new to the area and interested in history, we recommend the Tour Train. We also have several great breweries - our favorites include Ten Mile and Blackfoot Breweries (a perfect stop you can ride to after a trail ride/hike in the South Hills). This site is perfect for those wanting to explore Downtown Helena, it's renowned trail systems, but still sleep under the stars. Pets are allowed. Please make sure you pick up after them. There is water throughout the property that you are welcome to use for cleaning, but it is not potable.
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CedarRose Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents52 acres · MT
CedarRose Farm is a fantastic former produce farm that we operated for 21 years, surrounded by other friendly smallholdings, art studios and homesteaders. A clean portapotty is on site starting May 3rd through September 15th. We offer campfire popcorn poppers, complete with kernels, oil and butter! S'Mores kits and toasting forks, with enough goodies for 8 S'mores. Check out our 'Extras' and relax and enjoy yourself! Please ask us about visiting us on the farm, we have a shady outdoor dining room you're welcome to enjoy. Ask for directions to "Sunset Point", its a quick hike to a secret campfire ring with perfect lounge chairs and amazing views! There's always something to do, horses to feed and brush, chickens and ducks that need feed and watched by the pond. Stargazing and birdwatching are great here, its very dark at night, almost no light pollution, and I've counted 43 different birds! We love biking, hiking, paddle boarding and having campers! We know you'll love it as much as we do!
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Grey Sandy Campground & Store

7 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Helena, MT
Our campground is centrally located between Black Sandy State Park and White Sandy State Park. Our store is packed with everything you need to make your stay unforgettable! From camping essentials and cozy firewood to a wide array of candy, snacks, beer, wine, and refreshing drinks, we've got you covered. Need some last-minute fishing gear or a fun souvenir? We've got those too! Swing by and discover all the amazing things we have in store for you!
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Big-Enough Ranch

2 sites · Lodging40 acres · Boulder, MT
Horse ranch on 40 acres located just outside of Boulder, MT. Exceptional views and peace and quiet at this retreat cabin. 20 acres to the East has and old hunting cabin alongside a creek. Also an old mining test pit from the late 1800’s mining boom, as well as a hand built irrigation ditch that runs through the property.
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Ponderosa Pine Ranch camp

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Three Forks, MT
Learn more about this land: Our property is in a close proximity to the Fairweather Fishing access on the Missouri River. Camping is not allowed at the access so we would be the closest camping site to this great outdoor playground. There is opportunity for fishing, floating, boating, hunting and swimming in the summer . There are groves of mature trees and open sites available. This is directly off of paved county road. The property adjacent to ours has the original ranch house and barn and other outbuildings that were part of the Ponderosa Pine Ranch which owned most of the valley we're in. The ranch house and buildings were divided away from our part of the property several years ago, so we have our home here and what was mostly pasture. The campsites are all pasture grass with trees for shade. We do not have cell phone service here. We have one site that has 30 amp electricity.
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Mile High Mountain Homestead

2 sites · Lodging20 acres · Helmville, MT
We are officially open for the 2024 season! Located in the Garnet Mountains of Montana, we offer beautiful views and wildlife viewing all the while providing you with a homestead experience . We offer a homestead tour of our place and enjoy some greens from our gardens and visit our goats and rabbits and purchase some fresh cheese and milk to take back to your tent too . The price includes the use of the wood fired hot tub for an evening soak with a beautiful private view of the mountains and small lake . Enjoy a hand made fresh baked pizza to order from our homestead, 15”for $35 , or just come and relax and enjoy your views We love to share our experiences with our guests! There is also a luxurious outdoor shower to wash off all that campfire smell , as well! So come enjoy some high mountain glamping with us and discover just how peaceful it is in our neck of the Garnet mountains! Visit us on instagram! @milehighmountainhomestead
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White Bridge Lane Private Campsite

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Boulder, MT
Dawson Family Ranch is a family-run business with a focus on sustainable land and agriculture practices. The ranch is located along a mile of the Boulder River between the Elkhorn and Bull Mountain Ranges. The river offers fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Public land access is within a short drive (2-7 miles depending on direction) and offers different recreational opportunities including hiking, hunting, and motorized recreation. Boulder Hot Springs is less than 4 miles away.
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Pipestone Ringingrocks Rv & Cabins

5 sites · RVs30 acres · Whitehall, MT
Welcome DIRECTIONS These Campsites are in Pipestone so Take Pipestone exit heading west take a immediate right on gravel rd. (Road to Ringing Rocks theres a sign Pipestone Ringing rocks RV and Cabins with red arrow pointing east follow it for about a 1 1/2 miles crossing 3 cattle gaurds and a railroad track go another 50 yards and there a gate # 234 on post and the RV spots are just past the cabins. enjoy the views and to take in the fresh Montana air there's also a fire pit (fire wood for sale) and a picnic table set up ( potable Water fill available, there are no public Bathrooms so Rv must have Bathrooms in them) ,for you and your family to enjoy a nice outing and look at the Montana stars in Big Sky country there are also hundreds of miles of trails to enjoy utv,dirt bike,peddle bike. or just a nice nature walk all these trails are shared in them
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A Creek runs through it!

6 sites · RVs5 acres · Garrison, MT
Beautiful 5 acres bordering the Clark fork River with Warm Springs Creek running right though it. Spend Your days fly fishing right outside your RV door, or go for a walk down many beautiful country roads, or go put your feet in the creek and read a book. Lots of activities to do including rafting, fishing, hunting, mining(so I am told) motorcycle or mountain bike riding, and snowmobiling. It is centrally located between Missoula, Butte, and Helena just outside Deer lodge. 6 RV sites(2-50 amp and 4-30 amp) and access to a black and grey water dump out. Non potable water is on site for maintenance use. This property is perfect for a group gathering or a great place to stay on your way to Yellowstone National Park with the family or on your way to Your favorite hunting spot. Using the Phosphate Exit 170 is best for entering the property.No advance notice needed! Last minute campers welcome! Come stay for a night or a month. 2 minutes to I-90 in Garrison MT. Each hook up is $50 a night or rent the entire property for $300 a night for a group. Please call 425-330-1314 for special requests!
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Prickly Pear escape

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Montana City, MT
Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Conveniently located just minutes from the Montana City exit on I-90, yet you would never know how close you are to Helena's city center and all the outdoor activities it has to offer. This property is lush with multiple walking trails to gardens and creek access. Camp spots are all level and well maintained with picnic tables and fire rings. Easy access to multiple spots on Prickly Pear Creek with fishing and wading. 10 to 20 minutes to shopping centers, schools, fairgrounds, baseball fields, and soccer fields. Plenty of room for trailers to turn around!
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The Lost Teepee

1 site · Lodging37 acres · Jefferson City, MT
Get away from it all when you stay under the stars. Here you can sleep in an authentic native teepee! How we don't offer a lot of flare here but we do offer a fun camping experience. Come relax and chill or maybe go for a hike and catch an amazing sunset. No matter what you will enjoy falling asleep listening to the creek flow and the crickets chirp.
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Camping near Helena guide

Overview

Helena is all about the outdoors. Just minutes from the downtown coffee shops and craft breweries, the surrounding valley features hills and mountains rising in every direction. The mighty Missouri River corridor provides endless boating, fishing, and paddling in a number of reservoirs and the river itself, plus three local lakes. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, and access to both the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and BLM lands, it’s hard to not fall in love with the area, where campgrounds, RV parks, and regional parks are prolific. If Helena campgrounds are full, try the parks in Townsend to the south.

Where to go

Hauser Reservoir

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Hauser Reservoir has a long lakeshore with developed boat ramps, bathrooms, and campsites. This reservoir is the first in a string of three major impoundments, each with excellent fishing and boating opportunities—trout and walleye fishing are popular on the lakes and on the Missouri River below Hauser Dam. Canyon Ferry Reservoir and Holter Reservoir are the subsequent downstream reservoirs, and all three combine to create a major corridor of water recreation and camping. You can even find reservable, boat-access-only campgrounds.

Craig

Craig is the trout capital of Montana, home to the Missouri River’s fabled waters perfect for fly fishing. So many trout feed here due to the cold water spilling from Holter Dam and the huge insect populations that hatch on the water’s surface. Shoreline access points are common, and numerous boat ramps allow access for drift boats and rafts from the dam to the town of Cascade.

Gates of the Mountains

Just outside of Helena, take a boat ride at Gates of the Mountains to experience area scenery while learning about the trials of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Boat tours operate during summer, with several large vessels featuring both open-air seating and covered areas. Riders can see the river constrict between great canyon walls while keeping an eye out for mountain goats and other wildlife on the cliff faces.

Canyon Ferry Reservoir

When it comes to water sports, the Canyon Ferry Reservoir is the place to be. From the campgrounds along the shore, you can paddle, boat, fish, and swim. To the north, Black Sandy State Park offers expansive water and mountain views, while the BLM-run White Sandy area features 32 campsites.

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

For shaded mountain campsites and remote adventure, head for this national forest. Sleep next to a creek under towering sequoias at Tenmile, or hit the Continental Divide Trail from your tent camping site at Moose Creek.

When to go

Helena is a year-round destination with plenty of summer and winter activities, though campers will find the most conducive weather conditions in summer from June through October—perfect for mountain biking and paddle boarding. The city’s location near Glacier National Park, a destination busiest in summer, means campsites book up quickly for the summer months around Helena too. Fall and spring offer cool, quiet hikes, while winter visitors should consider an RV site with hookups or a cabin rental with heating due to cold, snowy weather. Get outside for cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.

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