Group
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Alta Campground

Alta Campground is located in a scenic forest in the heart of Montana's Bitterroot National Forest. The West Fork of the Bitterroot River flows nearby, giving visitors access to some of the best fishing the area has to offer, as well as other water-related recreation.

Recreation

Fly fishing and wading in the Bitterroot River, which runs alongside the campground, are popular activities. During high water season, canoeing and rafting are available as well. A variety of trails and unimproved roads are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks, including to Lookout, Razorback and Thunder Mountains, as well as Beaver and Deer Creek Points, are nearby. The Alta Pine interpretive trail is nearby. Painted Rocks Lake is located about five miles north of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout.

Facilities

The campground offers 14 campsites, three of which are accessible, for tent and RV camping. Each site can accommodate up to 10 people and two vehicles. Utility hookups are not available. Parking spurs are gravel. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. A campground host is available on-site and trash collection bins are placed throughout the facility. Please properly store food in vehicles or hard sided campers to reduce attractants to wildlife, such as bears.

Natural Features

The campground is located along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, a popular fishing river in the area. Large, yellow-barked ponderosa pine trees tower above many of the campsites, which along with fir, aspen and lodgepole pine, provide pleasant shade. The campground is situated at an elevation of about 4,580 feet.

A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including bald eagles, mule and white-tailed deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and numerous songbirds.

Nearby Attractions

The Alta Ranger Station, located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, was the first Forest Service Ranger Station in the United States, built in 1899. It remains a popular tourist location and is just minutes from the campground. Hughes Creek, once a vibrant placer gold mining site, is nearby. The historic area accounted for 88 percent of all the placer gold recovered in Ravalli County from 1904-1948. A variety of natural hot springs can be found about 18 miles from the campground. The nearest town is Conner, which provides some services and is about 27 miles away. Darby is about 30 miles away and offers full services.

Charges & Cancellations

A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy.

ADA Access: N

Sites
9
Price
$8.00
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Toilets
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RVs and Trailers
Max Length: 40 ft.
Location
Alta Campground is located in Montana
Latitude
45.6239 N
Longitude
-114.3019 W
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Directions
From Darby, travel south on Highway 93 for about four miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 473 and continue southwest for about 30 miles to the campground.
3 Reviews of Alta Campground
Great Getaway

We spent better than two weeks at Alta while fishing the surrounding creeks, running our side by side up and down the mountain roads and soaking in the mineral pool of Horse Creek Hot Springs. The campground is an excellent place to relax in the out of doors. A long with having sizable campsites and clean accommodations it's well kept, quiet and frankly a beautiful spot in the Bitterroots. We're looking forward to another stay next year. Thanks Forest Service, you've done well with this one.

Perfect campground next to painted rock reservoir.

Perfect campground located next to painted rocks reservoir. Can be hot, there isnt alot of shade trees.

First to Review
Beautiful well kept campground in Bitterroot Forest

Very clean and well kept campground near the Bitter root river and among lost of walking and hiking trails. This is a small campground with about a dozen sites that can be reserved so they block out quickly.