Intro: Hi there! I'm a graphic designer and photographer. My boyfriend (a writer/editor) and I travel full time in our self-converted van, while working from the road. We love hiking, trail-running, camping, backpacking trips, and visiting new places.
We stayed at Holy Cross Refugio while backpacking the Missouri Lakes Fancy Pass Loop. We took our time and hiked the loop counterclockwise. We stayed the first night at Missouri Lakes and then at HCF the second night. Ben was great at answering questions promptly, and the cabin was easy to find once we got to Holy Cross City. The property is situated well with amazing views. Plus, there was a little stream there to pump water from. The cabin itself is cozy and welcoming, with plenty of kitchen utensils and tools, sleeping bags if you need them, hammocks, and even a solar panel for powering lights or other small electronics. We will definitely be back when there are fewer bugs and more snow. Thank you so much for having us!
This is not your typical campsite. It is pure western magic. Mikel is a fantastic host. She excels at making you feel immediately welcome and at home. Her property is rejuvenating and has a special energy that puts you at ease. We absolutely loved chatting with Mikel (who went above and beyond to make us an incredible dinner!) over beers, building a campfire, and enjoying the canvas tepees set on the property. Campers are invited to set up their own tents, park a van or RV, or hunker into a tepee. Regardless of your sleeping choice, you will wake up feeling rested, taking in beautiful views of the Big Horn mountains. If you're looking for true western hospitality you'll find no better than staying with Mikel and her loveable Labrador Woodrow. Do yourself a favor and book at least two nights.
Golden Skyfall is quiet and relaxing. We stayed at the Mountain View site (all the way up the hill), and couldn't have been more pleased. There were 360-degree mountain views, golden hay fields, and peace and quiet. Nick and his wife are very welcoming and helpful. A few dogs live on the property with Nick and his family, and are super friendly. We stayed here while passing through Bozeman (a quick 20 min away) on a road trip and left feeling relaxed and refreshed. While we arrived to stormy skies, the morning brought sun and we were able to walk around the property and take in the good weather and views. Thanks, Nick!
Pine Needle Cashmeres is situated on a delightful and quiet slice of forest just outside of Kalispell, MT. We stayed here as a stopover between Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. Ann and her husband maintain a working goat farm, replete with chickens and a veggie garden. They also live off grid!
The road up to the farm is in pretty good shape. If the weather looks like it might rain a lot, you may want to consider going with a 4WD vehicle. Make sure you follow Ann's directions. They will get you there better than Google Maps.
Upon arrival, Ann greeted us, gave us a quick rundown of the place and introduced us to her goats and lovely farm dogs Rocky and Cloud. The dogs take their jobs guarding the animals and farm pretty seriously so no dogs are allowed. That being said Rocky and Cloud are the sweetest teddy bears around once you make their acquaintance.
The campsite itself is situated down below the farm, out of sight. It's around and up the hill from the first campsite, and better situated to one or two tents. We parked at the bottom of the hill and walked our equipment up (a short 2 minute jaunt). The campsite comes with an impeccably clean compost toilet outhouse, picnic table, and is secluded from the other site and the farm. We pitched our tent, made a lovely meal and enjoyed the quiet, peace, and lingering golden hour in a grove of pine trees and aspen trees.
In the morning, we followed Ann's directions for a hike to the nearest summit. The trail was well marked with white flags and delivered gorgeous views, even when the area is in summer wildfire season.
We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this campsite to anyone looking for a relaxed stopover or a peaceful respite.
Diamond P Ranch Camping is located conveniently just off the highway (but far enough from the road that you won’t hear too much traffic noise), and is on the boundary of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Blake's lovely wife Megan met us, gave us an overview of the land, and got us situated. This location provides plenty of fresh mountain air and nearly 360-degree views to enjoy. Relax at your easy and open campsite or explore the bountiful offerings of the region.
From the campsite you can be in Yellowstone National Park in just over 10 minutes! It’s hard to find such laid back and spacious camping anywhere else in the region, and the park’s 2,000 campsites are usually all occupied by the end of the day, especially during summer season. We found it far more preferable, relaxing, and enjoyable to spread out at the ranch and not feel like you are camping on top of someone else.
From the ranch, you have great access to surrounding features like Earthquake Lake and Hebgen Lake, with their stunning views, ample and world-class river fishing, a truly relaxed vibe, and a lot less people than you’ll find inside Yellowstone. Seriously, a LOT less. You’re also within spitting distance of the Continental Divide, Lion’s Head Mountain, and endless national forest hikes and all the accompanying activities of such terrain.
If you’re interested in a horseback tour of the area, Diamond P Ranch has been operating rides for over 60 years and has trail rights throughout the region -- even going up over the Continental Divide. Their staff is wonderfully laid back and friendly and will definitely take good care of you.
The campsites themselves are generously spread apart, nice and flat, and sit next to Diamond P Ranch’s horse motel, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet interesting folks who are corralling their horses for the night and are perhaps even exercising them in the arena. A number of ranch horses also live 200 yards away in the open space, so you can go feed them apples and make friends with them if you’d like.
Amenities are basic, but you’ll have access to potable water and nice clean port-a-toilets. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, including red tailed hawks, great blue heron, peregrine falcons, elk, moose, and foxes. Pleasant background sounds are provided by a small brook that runs behind camp, but the location really comes into its own during sunset and after dark. The magnificent sunsets will blow you away, but once the stars come out you’ll really begin to understand why Montana is called Big Sky country as you’re dazzled by the superb tapestry that engulfs you from above.