I love visiting Montana to do hiking and camping. The outdoors here is amazing!! Mountains everywhere, and wildlife everywhere!! The campground was awesome. Here are some things we liked:
- Well kept/clean- this is something that seems to be rare now a days. We liked that the restrooms were clean, and toilet paper was stocked. There are dumpsters in the campground which make it easy to clean up after yourself.
- Awesome hiking! We hiked every day that we were here. The views are amazing!! We did one hike that was 8 miles round trip, 4 miles round trip, and 6 miles roundtrip. All were amazing!
- The rangers were great! They helped us find our spot, and then tell us where some great hiking was!
- Campsites were big. This is ALWAYS a plus!! Also, the campsites have a table and fire ring. We loved using the fire rings at night to make smores!!
We will definitely be coming back! :)
In the summer, you’ll want to bring or rent a boat of some kind to explore the river; there are many local outfitters. In the fall I’ve heard about the elk herds here and it’s not far from a wildlife refuge. Pros: outhouses, water (seasonally), beautiful landscape (cliffs, river, meadows), lots of water recreation, interesting (but tragic) local history, stargazing, choice of shady or open campsites, along river. Cons: bugs and mud (both seasonal).
In late October, hundreds of elk congregate in the Slippery Ann area of the park. Dozens of cars also come to watch the herd. It's a very fun time, and an amazing spectacle. It is very busy at this time of year, so that's a bit of a bummer for camping. In mid-summer, before the elk come, there are a million-zillion mosquitoes and it's not fun. Come for the elk!