Hipcamp host Crystal B.
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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

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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, (through Oct 7, 2020, 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".  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.  You can refresh yourself at The Boulder Hot Springs just a 5 minute drive to the south.  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.  Land is undeveloped at this point, except around the main house.  Active ranch land borders the north, east, and south sides of the  property with views of cattle year round. (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 over & early on to the next adventure).  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 distance/bike to all your needs: grocery store, two bars, 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 in Deer lodge,  Lewis and Clark Caverns.  Several Hot Springs are within a days trip:  Boulder Hot Springs, (5 minutes away), Enjoy the rich history of that building: indoor and outdoor pools. 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. 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 to The Boulder Hot Springs through beautiful ranch land,  take a cruise and play tennis at the free seasonal tennis courts, Bicycles, tennis racquets, and croquet set also available upon request.  Cruise to Downtown Boulder, bike along the Boulder River or around the beautiful country roads all accessible from Cow Dog Camp. 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 an amazing pizza joint The Leaning Tower, The Silver Saddle: local bar/restaurant, and health opportunities.  Situated between Butte and Helena, lots of opportunity to drive to the "city" and explore the rich historical heritages of each, enjoy food, and shopping.  Architecture in both are amazing, especially "uptown" Butte.   Plenty of birding opportunities in the lower valley, (Sandhill cranes, magpie, Western Tanagers, Eagles and other raptors, etc).  During the winter free cross country trails and snow mobile access abound.  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.  Think of any thing else we can do for you?  Just ask!  Safe Travel, Happy Journey!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Crystal a message!
  • 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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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Paddling

Near by lakes in the Helena Area: Canyon Ferry, the overflow reservoir, Holter lake, etc. Approx. 40 miles away to Canyon Ferry.

Snow sports

Great Free groomed cross country trails in Elkhorn, MT (37 miles), great trails in surrounding national forest, not groomed, b...Read more

Wildlife watching

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Hiking
Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Cow Dog Camp, Boulder MT in Montana.

Farm

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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A large portion of the property is surrounded by active ranch land. Additionally, we have chickens which are contained but are...Read more

Driveway

One can pull a trailer in a complete circle through property.

Mountainous
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The vibe at Cow Dog Camp, Boulder MT

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Hipcamper Kara

Great hosts, beautiful place!

Kara U.
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(Dispersed site)
September 1st, 2019

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.

The morning view from right outside of our tent!
Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on September 11th, 2019

Thanks, Kara. Safe Travels!

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Hipcamper Joe
Joe M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 27th, 2019

Great view ,great grounds . I can’t recommend this camp enough

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on August 21st, 2019

Thanks, Joe! It was nice to get to know you!

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Hipcamper Katherine
Katherine D.
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(Dispersed site)
August 14th, 2019

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!

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on August 21st, 2019

Thank you, Katherine! We welcome you any time!

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Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer W.
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May 26th, 2020

It was quiet and relaxing. Crystal was very welcoming and helpful.

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Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on June 1st, 2020

It was our pleasure. Looking forward to seeing you and your family again!

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Hipcamper Kristy

Great spot, great host!

Kristy H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 10th, 2020

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

Stargazing was awesome here! Nice, level spot with a firepit The view was awesome You can walk to town even though it feels remote! Best of both worlds
Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on September 11th, 2020

Please feel free to come back any time! Your family was a pleasure!

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Hipcamper Emily

Beautiful, dog-friendly spot!

Emily C.
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(Dispersed site)
September 30th, 2019

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. :)

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on October 1st, 2019

Thank you, it was a pleasure to meet you and we very much enjoyed your dog, Arrow! Such a fun, happy girl! Glad your stay was good, even if it was a cold, Rocky Mountain Fall night! I very much appreciated our communication throughout the process.

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Hipcamper Ann

Beautiful montana view

Ann B.
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(Dispersed site)
June 26th, 2020

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.

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on June 27th, 2020

Ann, our pleasure! You are welcome back anytime! Unfortunately, you came during prime skeeter season, but I am glad you managed. Safe travels!

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Hipcamper Kyla
Kyla R.
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(Dispersed site)
July 16th, 2020

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

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on July 18th, 2020

Thank you so much! We are always happy to hear that things went well. Mosquitos are definitely most active in July, I am glad you managed. Safe travels and hope if you visit this area again you feel welcomed back.

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Hipcamper Ellen

We saw comet neowise!

Ellen L.
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(Dispersed site)
July 22nd, 2020

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.

Hipcamper Crystal
Response from Crystal, the Host, on July 26th, 2020

I am pleased you found the spot relaxing. Yes, the mosquito is hungriest in July in the Rocky Mountains, however, I am glad you otherwise enjoyed your stay. Please feel welcomed at anytime. Early June has no mosquitoes and by mid August they start to disappear again. Maybe we will see you again! Safe travels and amazing journeys!

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Property
Cow Dog Camp
State
Montana
Country
United States
$15/night
2 Sites

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