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Small quiet overlooked campground near Ghost Town and Crystal Park

Mono Creek Campground is just a short drive off of the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway. This five site campground had only two of its five sites occupied on our visit, will others along the byway were full. We liked that two of the five campsites were for tents only. All sites sit among Lodgepole pines and have picnic tables and metal fire rings. One vault toilet serves the campground. A water pump is available at the entrance to the campground. Happy creek runs along the campground. If you like to hike, a large trail head is next to the campground and trails lead to mountain lakes. If you like ghost towns just continue down the road past the campground to its end to take a mile hike to Coolidge Ghost Town. Like to dig for crystal that can get as big as your thumb, then take the drive down the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway to Crystal park, kids love looking for the crystals.

Great Wilderness Access

This is one of the coolest places that I have ever stayed. I stayed here for a couple of nights before venturing into the Frank Church. Although this spot isn't quite in the wilderness, it sure feels like it! Driving up to Yellowjacket and through the abandoned mine sites feels like a step into the past. The "ghost town" looks more like several abandoned mines, but is still so interesting to see. The guard station sits in a little meadow beside a creek in a small canyon. The first night that I stayed here, the loudest thunder that I have ever heard rolled through the area! This is truly a wild, unpredictable, beautiful place.  The guard station is a lovely building. Depending on the time of year, there is available water, as well as water from the creek. There is a fire ring surrounded by stump seating in the field. There is a pit toilet a little ways from the guard station that oddly smells like pipe tobacco. There are also corrals for horses, and it seems like a great place to go riding. There aren't official tent sites, but there is lots of flat, grassy spaces that several tents can be comfortably set up in. I was in this area for about 2 weeks and didn't see anyone I didn't plan to! A refreshing breath of solitude. It is a pretty far trek to drive out, make sure to have directions ready ahead of time. In mid-May, this place was seemed like ground-zero for ticks. Watch out and check often! Other wildlife seen included rattlesnakes and deer, and I wouldn't be surprised if Bigfoot was hanging out here somewhere. This is a really unique place to experience and a great starting point to explore the Frank Church Wilderness and Salmon-Challis National forest. I would absolutely recommend visiting this spot.

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Leadore City Park

Right before you come in to Leadore from the north/west on hwy 28. Decent. Works in a pinch 5$ water and bathrooms

Peaceful

The camp hosts were informative and friendly. The sites and toilets were very clean. Sites on the river or just off. Easy trails to the river to relax and enjoy.

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Amazing remote location. Great wildlife viewing, snowshoeing, hiking, etc..

Spent 3 nights at Hogan Cabin, MT last summer (Aug 2018). I loved the isolation of the location. Up at 7200ft you get a little winded hiking around, but the incredible scenery is worth it. Found a primitive A-frame structure in the woods about a mile from the cabin. Saw several deer and elk feeding in the field near the cabin, as well as a moose in the marsh along the creek. 

The cabin itself is nothing to jump up and down about. With only 2 sets of bunk beds, my wife and I put the bedding on the floor and made a full sized bed. There's no running water so be sure to bring plenty. 

There's an vault toilet in the outhouse. 

There is also a HUGE fire pit with swinging grill for cooking.

Very comfortable.

We are not hard to please. Just need space for dog fence. No problems checking in. Laundry. Bitterroot river on site. Children's fish lake. Did not use bath facilities. Looked good from out side. Cabins are log and adorable. Big ponderosa pine. Small store, with restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Super friendly staff. Gravel sites. Level.

Remote and Quiet

Nice are to get away from it all. Road is best traveled with AWD-4WD. Campgrounds are nice and level for tents.

Cool spot

Went on a last minute get away for the weekend. Loved the spot camped right on Grass Hopper Creek and its walking distance to Bannack Ghost Town. Friendly Camp host and you can buy firewood from him as well!

Great spot!

Stayed at wagonhammer campground in September. Great location & super clean! Our campsite was right next to the river. Dog friendly and there is a dog island that your fur kid can run around off leash! They also have bathrooms, showers (on demand hot water), laundry mat, fire pits,and a small store in the office.

The staff is super friendly! Great spot for my quick couple day trip to the hot springs!