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Camping Montana

A state of staggering variety, Montana is truly one of the nation’s best camping destinations. The eastern part of the state characterized by badlands and prairie, the west is where most of the fun is found. Camping in Montana means sleeping in some of the most sensational landscapes anywhere in the USA.

With no fewer than 50 state parks and two of the greatest national parks in America, Montana is an adventurer’s paradise. The brightest star in Montana’s firmament is Glacier National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is blessed with magnificent mountainscapes. If you’re looking to go camping in Montana, Glacier should be at the top of your list.

Many explorers look for camping in Montana’s Yellowstone National Park, a sliver of which lies along the state’s southwestern border. Few people know this, but Montana is a superb access point to the world’s very first national park. If a visit to Yellowstone is on your itinerary, make sure to enter the park via the scenic Beartooth Highway.

Another great camping destination in Montana is gorgeous Flathead Lake, located within the Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation and the contiguous USA’s largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Numerous recreation areas surround Flathead Lake, offering excellent picnicking, fishing and camping. More adventure-minded travelers might want to attempt an ascent of Granite Peak, the highest mountain in the state.

If you’re looking to travel off the beaten path, Montana offers you plenty of opportunities to do so. With more than 70 different mountain ranges belonging to the giant Rocky Mountains chain, it is easy to unplug and get closer to nature while camping in Montana. Pick a lesser-known campground and explore Montana “behind the scenes”.

In addition to fishing, rock climbing, and camping in Montana, there are myriad other ways to enjoy the state’s glorious natural scenery. Go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, backpacking…the list of choices is never-ending!

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Recent Reviews in Montana
Big Creek = Big Fun!!

Camp host is Excellent! Very accommodating! Nice clean areas. Picnic tables. Camp fire rings! We will be back!!

The roads are horrible

First off, its not a bad campground but if you travel through Bridger MT, then you have to travel several miles through private land that is very rutted out. If it rained you have to be in a jacked up 4x4 to get through. I included this in my photos. Even on my dual sport, the ruts sucken me in and I almost wiped out a few times. Once in the forest service land there is miles and miles of amazing roads and OHV paths everywhere and for miles. I even seen roadside campfires. The campground itself leaves something to be desired, however the surrounding landscape is only to be awed!

Great spot close to town

The park is a good size with water and electricity, not sure of dumping. Showers and a boat ramp into the Yellowstone River. Pleanty of commonplace and picnic areas and only about 3 minutes to the grocery store. A good base camp for scenic tours of the beartooth and pryor mountain ranges.

Beautiful and remote

Lake level was super low when we went, and smog from forest fires, but overall a superb campground. Easy access to old firetower trails for dirt biking/quads, great fishing and tons of wildlife. Every morning we saw elk and big horn sheep.

Each campsite is well spaced, with a firepit and grill cover.

Can’t beat waking up to these views

Be ready to come early and wait in line to grab a campsite. After 9-10am, except most sites to be full.

We got lucky and had a hard sided sprinter van. Rest of campground was evacuated with an overly aggressive black bear. BRING BEAR SPRAY, especially in August.

This was my second trip to Glacier. Later in the summer you do run the risk of forest fire smog, but I can’t recommend this campground high enough

Great campsite outside Yellowstone

What an awesome camp ground. Easy access, and friendly camp host. Stay here for quick access to Lamar Valley. Be aware of your surroundings, we had a coyote visit us unexpectedly!

A true picture of MT’s beauty

This was our first time to Marten Creek and it was so beautiful. It was 4th of July weekend so it was loud and busy. There are only 6 camp sites so it fills up fast.

Quiet and clean

Amazing drinking water, very clean bathrooms, nicely kept sites. There are 5 FCFS sites and the others are reservable. The camps hosts are a little quirky but very nice and informative. Most sites are a bit hilly and you either have to walk uphill or downhill to your table and fire pit. Beautiful runoff streams going through the sites. We were there the first week of July and saw hardly any mosquitos, but lots of flies in the afternoons including biting flies. No at&t cell service but friends with Verizon has intermittent signal. We stayed in site 1 (non-reservable) and I think it was the best one in the campground. Beautiful and peaceful, will definitely visit again.

Take it over

4 stars if you can get multiple sites next to each other as this isn’t a large area. You’ll most likely have very little tree cover or privacy here. The best reservoir + creek water scenes are off the most open campsites, while the couple of sites on the creek only have some trees around them. The overall feel of the space is unique in very good ways, however, and the openness could lead to some memorable reunions or annual get-togethers. The views of the creek and reservoir are straight-up lovely, making those photos ones you’ll want to keep.

Lots of People Have Made Up for Johnny

Lots of traffic here. It’s not hard to see why - lots of services like wood and water, marvelous location both in ease of finding and where it is on this massive reservoir, and some campsites right on the water. It’s probably better for smaller groups and avid fisherpeople, because the sites aren’t that large or unique. This is all within the small reservable side of the campground, where all my pics come from. The first-come-first-serve side is even smaller but feels more private due to the extra tree cover.