Pitch a tent or pull your smaller camper to a valley with views of the Elkhorn Mountains. Cow Dog Camp is almost exactly half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, located at the cross roads of Hwy 69 and I15 . We will gladly provide table and camp chairs upon request. Safe drinkable water is provided and you will be shown where and how to access. Your pet
Pitch a tent or pull your smaller camper to a valley with views of the Elkhorn Mountains. Cow Dog Camp is almost exactly half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, located at the cross roads of Hwy 69 and I15 . We will gladly provide table and camp chairs upon request. Safe drinkable water is provided and you will be shown where and how to access. Your pets are welcome! Depending on time of year/fire danger, the use of a screened fire pit is available at individual sites and the unscreened Communal Fire Pit may be used. Porta potty is available seasonally, (will return May 2021, city porta potty 3 blocks north, urination allowed any where on property). Cow Dog Camp can be described as more of a "primitive camping experience". Sites are first come first served. Stroll to a small Aspen grove with seasonally active stream through the prairie on a level path, sit on the park bench and enjoy the mountain view in the shade. Sites are in the prairie, (baby trees are growing!). Please remember that because we are in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains, inclement weather/high winds can happen at anytime and certain times of the year, mosquitos are abundant. We have found that white clothing, along with other deterrents to be effective against mosquitoes, you can also rent citronella table torches as an add on. The night sky at Cow Dog Camp is uninterrupted to the east and perfect for star gazing at the Milky Way. Enjoy prominent views of Crow peak, Bull Mountain, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Active ranch land borders the north, east, and south sides of the property with views of cattle year round. Cow Dog Camp is a hobby ranch with chickens, turkeys, and yes, a rooster who likes his voice from time to time. FARM FRESH eggs are for sale when available, just ask us via text, messenger, or when you arrive to check availability and to purchase, (there is an intermittently active gravel pit bordering the north end of property, it is supposed to be fully reclamated & decommissioned within 2 years. Most of time it has been of little bother to campers, but I will give status upon booking, it is very intermittent, but when in use does produce some daytime noise, and definitely not a worry if you are using us as a landing point for day adventures elsewhere in the vicinity or as a quiet, safe night layover & early on to the next adventure, activity during the day generally ends by 6pm and starts at 7am when active). Being we are at the cross roads of I15 and Hwy 69, some low level noise from the interstate can be heard from time to time, especially dependent on the direction of the wind. An irrigation canal borders the east side of the property encouraging local animals, especially birds of all sort. Bald & Golden Eagles, Sandhill cranes, Magpies, Ravens, Snipes, and other variety of birds are often seen. In the late Summer/early Fall expect to hear elk bugling. Year round you may see owls, fox, deer, and prairie dogs. Our land is situated at the edge of town. Within walking/biking distance to all your needs: L&P grocery store, two bars, (Nothing beats the locally raised steak at the Windsor Bar), Montana Cash liquor store, Beer/Wines available at The Town Pump gas station, bowling alley, three restaurants, laundry mat, gift shop, library, post office, gas station. To the west you will see the town of Boulder, but turn any other direction and it feels like open land! Day trips from Cow Dog Camp include Ghost towns: Virginia City, Bannack & Elkhorn, (great photographic opportunities), Ringing Rocks, Old Prison Museum and car museum in Deer lodge, Lewis and Clark Caverns, and Gates of The Mountains for a great ferry ride. Several Hot Springs are within a days trip: Boulder Hot Springs, (5 minutes away), Fairmont outside of Butte, Broadwater in Helena, and Jackson Hot Springs. There are many trailheads, old railroads/tunnels, and boundless opportunities in the national forests surrounding Boulder, MT. Fishing opportunities also are abundant in Boulder River & Basin Creek, and let's not forget the breweries! Several breweries make for different day trip loops one can make going in any different, stopping every 1-2 hours at a new brewhouse. Borrow one of our bikes and enjoy a ride through neighboring ranch lands or into town. You often will be the only one soaking up the space, the quiet, and the moment. Boulder is also home to the Free Enterprise Radon Health mine and several more just 8 miles down the road in Basin. Basin is another interesting town with The Silver Saddle: local bar/restaurant, and health opportunities. Cow Dog Camp is situated between Butte, Helena and Whithall with lots of opportunity to drive to the "city" and explore the rich historical heritages of each, enjoy food, and shopping then come back for the night at camp and feel like your are getting a little Montana outdoors. Day trips to Bozeman, Missoula, and Great Falls are also very doable from camp. We frequent Bozeman, Butte, & Helena for lunch/shopping as day trips often. Ennis is also a great little Montana town to explore only 75 miles away. Architecture in "uptown" Butte is particularly interesting. Plenty of birding opportunities in the lower valley, (Sandhill cranes, magpie, Western Tanagers, Eagles and other raptors, etc). Hunting in the Boulder Valley and Elkhorn area is considered some of the best in Southwest Montana as is the fishing. Get lost in the quiet on your own little stretch of the Boulder River or among the many quiet roads and national forest. Maximum stay is 7 consecutive days. Visit us on our Facebook page. Think of any thing else we can do for you? Just ask! Safe Travel, Happy Journey!
- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 8PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Weber Charcoal Grill Tote
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Citronella Table Torches
Set of 4 filled citronella table torches. Leave at campsite upon checkout.
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Near by lakes in the Helena Area: Canyon Ferry, the overflow reservoir, Holter lake, etc. Approx. 40 miles away to Canyon Ferry.
Great Free groomed cross country trails in Elkhorn, MT (37 miles), great trails in surrounding national forest, not groomed, b...Read more
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Natural features you'll find at Cow Dog Camp, Boulder MT in Montana.
A large portion of the property is surrounded by active ranch land. We have three cattle dogs, whom are good dogs but occasiona...Read more
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One can pull a trailer in a complete circle through property.
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Great hosts, beautiful place!
Crystal was absolutely wonderful! Because of a traffic jam, we didn't get there until much later than expected. She was communicative and patient with us and was there to greet us and show us around despite the late hour. The property is BEAUTIFUL and immaculately maintained. We truly had a wonderful stay- 10/10 would reccomend.
Cow Dog Camp exceeded our expectations! Crystal met us on arrival even though we got in late in the evening and showed us everything we needed to know about the site. It was such a welcome surprise to sleep in a big tent on a super comfy mattress Crystal had already set up after weeks of sleeping in our tiny two-person with our dog. Crystal and her husband were so hospitable, and we would love to stay there again!
Great spot, great host!
Host was very friendly and communicative. The spot was as advertised and had better views than we expected. Great area for stargazing- nice area with room for kids to explore. Site was mostly level and we got in with a 30’ trailer (although the turns were a little tight.) would highly recommend! Crystal is awesome
Beautiful, dog-friendly spot!
We had a perfect overnight here on our road trip to Colorado. We came in later than expected and didn't get to explore much, but Crystal was very welcoming and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We went to the hot springs, which was nice on a cold/windy night. Outhouse was nice (it's not fully-equipped yet, but you can pee in it for now!), and my dog had the time of her life running around. :)
Beautiful montana view
The host Crystal is super awesome- she made us feel very welcome and was extremely accommodating. The sites themselves were a good place to unwind after driving all day. They are close to the small town but still feel plenty private and have a really great view. Our site got a little buggy but we put on some bug spray and did fine.
Hosts were friendly and greeted us on arrival with fresh eggs! The spots are full sun although we had access at our spot to a shaded drainage creek with a little walking path and bench. Hosts provided citronella and wood to help combat the mosquitos, which were definitely active. However, with the fire in the fire pit and the citronella it wasn’t too bad at all. Beautiful view of the surrounding mountains with fields in the foreground. Our dog enjoyed watching the cows in the neighboring fields : D
We saw comet neowise!
Wow—-this is a lovely pasture, with a 360 degree view of surrounding mountains We used the firepit and it was very tranquil. The stars and Milky Way were glorious, and we saw Comet Neowise. Crystal and Larry responded immediately to any inquiries and were welcoming and friendly. The only flaw was our camping friend the Mosquito. Next tome bring a bug net hat.
I definitely want to come back to camp here and recommend it to everyone.