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Rainbow Point Campground

About

National Forest

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Overview

Rainbow Point Campground is located on the banks of scenic Hebgen Lake, in southwestern Montana. It is approximately 10 miles north of West Yellowstone and the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, fishing and hiking opportunities, as well as its close proximity to Yellowstone.

Recreation

Hebgen Lake is considered Montana's premier still-water fishing lake. Anglers will find a healthy population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake. A boat ramp is located within the campground. Hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area.

Facilities

Hebgen Lake is considered Montana's premier still-water fishing lake. Anglers will find a healthy population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake. A boat ramp is located within the campground. Hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area.

Natural Features

Hebgen Lake sits on the Madison River, at an elevation of 6,240 feet. The lake covers 21 square miles and has 65 miles of shoreline. Rainbow Point is situated on Rainbow Bay, among a dense forest of lodgepole pine. A variety of waterfowl is often spotted in the area, including sandhill cranes, herons, Western grebes, white pelicans, osprey, Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks, loons and bald and golden eagles. Bison, deer and moose are frequently seen as well.

Nearby Attractions

West Yellowstone offers dining, shopping and lodging options. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a popular attraction with live grizzlies, gray wolves and birds of prey, and a variety of educational exhibits and programs. Yellowstone National Park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and unique geological features.

contact_info

For facility specific information, please call (623) 910-0170.

Fee Info

Additional vehicles will be assessed a $8.00/night extra vehicle fee upon arrival at your site. This fee will be collected by the campground host.

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Location

Rainbow Point Campground is located in Montana

Detail location of campground

Directions

From West Yellowstone, travel 5 miles north on Highway 191. Turn west (left) onto Rainbow Point Road (Forest Road 6954) and travel 3 miles, then 2 miles north (right) on Rainbow Point Road, after the intersection.

Coordinates

44.7791667 N
111.1802778 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
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  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Big Rig Friendly

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32 Reviews

Zachary H.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2024

So many mosquitoes

The campsites were nice and the bathrooms were clean, but the mosquitoes were horrific.

Sitea15
Month of VisitAugust
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2023

Not a bad campsite but the mosquitoes are horrid

Camp ground looks well laid out good access to the lake. But the mosquitoes are so bad they seem attracted to bug spray you literally can’t sit out side at all. Forget going on a walk! Maybe it was the time of year? We were here in late July. We camp often and have never seen anything like this! The road in is 2 miles of dust as well and pretty rough in a 1 ton. Might come back but won’t be in July.

SiteD19
Month of VisitAugust
J
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2023

Pleasant site near Yellowstone

We stayed here for a night during our trip to Yellowstone. It was busy but there was a decent amount of privacy between sites, but you definitely know you’re camping around others. The vault toilet wasn’t the cleanest. The bear boxes at each site were easy to use. A herd of bison camped along the entrance road was the highlight.

SiteD19
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Joshua D., July 2, 2023
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Joshua D., July 2, 2023
W
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2022

10 minutes from west Yellowstone entry

This is a well maintained campground with big sites. And a lake to paddle board or kayak.

Site65
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Will  E., December 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Will  E., December 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Will  E., December 18, 2022
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Deb M.
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2022

Beautiful, and close to Yellowstone

What a gorgeous campground - tall pines and well spaced sites throughout. It’s super quiet There’s electricity on 2 loops, and potable water to fill up your tank. (No dump station though.) 2-3 bars for AT& T. The cleanest and nicest smelling vault toilets too :) Hoping we can come back someday.

SiteC16
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Deb M., August 26, 2022
T
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2022

Avoid if you like peace and quiet

Campground is close to Yellowstone NP. Has water fill-up for RVs, but no dump.

Seems to be a party campground. Large groups at various sites (exceeding both limit of 8 people and 2 cars), playing loud music - one right next to host site.

Host does not enforce sound level rules or quiet hours (10pm-6am).

Electric hookup on many sites is behind curb barrier - at some sites as much as 12 feet.

Month of VisitSeptember
J
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2022

Nice electric sites

Pretty rate for a forest service campground to have electricity, so that was nice. Wish the sites were closer to the water, but it was a pretty quick walk. Bathrooms weren’t as well maintained as others.

SiteC20
Month of VisitJuly
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T K.
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2022

Close enough to Yellowstone

We stayed here on our trip to Yellowstone. Be prepared to be attacked by bugs especially in the summer.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by T K., April 27, 2022
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by T K., April 27, 2022
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by T K., April 27, 2022
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Kristen B.
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2021

Quiet and Spacious in West Yellowstone

The tall trees and access to Hebgen Lake make this campground a true gem. The hosts were wonderful and the whole campground was quiet and well maintained. Not crowded at all, even during peak Yellowstone tourist season.

SiteD6
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Kristen B., November 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Kristen B., November 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Kristen B., November 20, 2021
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Julie D.
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2021

Quiet and close to lake

We had such a great time at this campground. Our site was spacious and surrounded by trees and we were able to walk to the lake and float/paddle each day.

SiteD18
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Julie D., November 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Julie D., November 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Julie D., November 7, 2021
s
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2021

Gem of a Spot

Beautiful campsite right by the lake. I stayed in spot D6 and it was perfect. Friendly, attentive camp host. Very clean campsite and immaculate bathrooms. I would highly recommend this site.

SiteD6
Month of VisitOctober
Todd S.
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Quiet and a little off the beaten path

A great place to stay outside of the west enterance of Yellowstone. A bit of a drive ~20min to West Yellowstone. Off the beaten path down a gravel road. Quiet and beautiful lake views. No flush toilets or dumpsters so just be aware of that. Campsites were clean and well maintained.

Sitea16
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Todd S., September 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Todd S., September 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Todd S., September 3, 2021
T
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Very clean and well kept.

Work there. From may till August. One of four couples that worked very hard to make campground the best it could be. The camp was on Hebgen lake. Never above 88 degrees. 81 sites. Great cell service. Very busy on weekends. Always full. But sites were far enough apart didn't seem crowded. This campground is more used to sleep in the rig at night and then visit Yellowstone during the day.

Site27
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Terry , August 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Terry , August 20, 2021
j
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2021

Beautiful & peaceful

Many trees for shades and a lake that is a 2 min walk away, we stayed in A&B, LOOP A is your standard campsite as for LOOP B is your electric campsite so perfect if you need to plug in your stove, charger, rv. Campsite provide wood, and rents out kayaking, and water boards for your entertainment.They do reserve and walk in.

SiteA&B
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by jasleen , July 26, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by jasleen , July 26, 2021
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by jasleen , July 26, 2021
W
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2021

Lots of wonderful trees

We lucked out and found this forest service campground with electric hook ups. Sites are well spaced. We camped in loop c wonderful sites. Quite campground well kept. We will be back.

Sitec 5
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Will  E., July 26, 2021
J
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2021

Beautiful and close to West Entrance to Yellowstone

The road to the campground is washboarded so take it slow. There is not a dumpstation but potable water is easily accessible on the loops and entrance. Pit toilets are available. No showers. Some sites have 30 and 50 amp service.

Site11b
Month of VisitAugust
M
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Okay stay

Clean campground, kind of noisy, a lot of dogs and kids. Rough road on the drive in, but not a 4x4. Would recommend reservations but there are first come first serve spots. Overall fairly secluded, not too bad.

SiteD19
Month of VisitAugust
Ryan
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2021

Great spot

Not too far from West Yellowstone entrance. A nice 4 loop campground next to a lake. Very well kept. We seen 2 beautiful deer come through our campsite.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Ryan , July 5, 2021
Jon H.
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

Absolutely gorgeous spot

It's a really beautiful campground near a gorgeous lake. What more could you ask for?

Sitec14
Month of VisitJuly
Helen C.
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2021

Great campground

Nice, quiet campground with large sites and plenty of space between you and your neighbors. Very clean pit toilets. Friendly camp hosts. There was a long, dirt road that was quite bumpy leading to the campground, but my Subaru Outback had no issues.

Month of VisitJune
Maureen F.
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2020

Close to Yellowstone long dirt road to get to it.

Close to Yellowstone but no electrical, just water spigots and bathrooms. Along the Madison River Hebgen Lake District. Paid $17 with discount. Huge fire rings with cooking grates at each site. Mixed RV’s and tents.

Month of VisitJuly
Ryan L.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2020

Great campground, beautiful morning

Super relaxing and very nice campground! Very private feeling campsite with a good size and distance from others. The only downfalls were the amount of mosquitos and bugs. We had a horrendous amount and it made getting set up terrible in the dark. Bring bug spray! Beautiful lake, brink a kayak or SUP. Amenities were basic but still a great location outside of the park!

  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Ryan L., October 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Ryan L., October 1, 2020
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Eric D.
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2019

Fantastic location for Yellowstone exploration

My wife and I stayed here for a week over Memorial Day weekend. It was in the mid 30’s at night but nice and sunny during the days. We tent camped, and there were first come first served sites available. We stayed in the last loop, loop D and had our pick of at least 15 sites. They’re large and separated decently enough from other sites. Vault toilets at either end of the loop and water sources available every third site. Camp hosts were incredibly kind and always available. The way also sell firewood to save you the trip into town.

We drove into Yellowstone every day, you’re only about 10-15 minutes from the west gate!

The lie is nearby and really pretty, morning or evening walks are nice! Plenty of wildlife around, we had some deer walking through camp just past us while eating. Very friendly. No bear sightings, but they are in the area. Utilize bear boxes! The RV areas were packed and were generally louder with a lot of children but the dry camping sites were far less crowded. Loved this clean, quiet, well located campground!

  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Eric D., November 13, 2019
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Eric D., November 13, 2019
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Dexter I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2019

Ranger review of the Primus Micron Lantern at Rainbow Point campground

Nice clean campground– but don't forget the DEET

Rainbow Point Campground and boat launch is a large nicely wooded and extremely clean campground. The campground contains 83 sites in four loops. Loops B& C have electricity. This is by far the cleanest most well kept campground I have stayed out. Clean nice smelling vault toilets(yes that's right, no smell in those vault toilets), the campsite had been cleaned and raked, the metal fire rings we cleaned out, not evidence of a fire could be seen, any burnt wood from the previous camper was removed, and the picnic table appeared to be cleaned as well. While the sites are not on the lake, it is just a short walk to the beach for those wanting to swim or do a little fishing. Sites can reserved so finding a spot in this campground so close to Yellowstone took some work. The trick if you do not have a reservation is to carefully read the post to see if it is actually reserved for that night. I stayed in the D loop, all the sites had reserved signs on them, however three of the sites were not reserved for the night of my stay. Water spigot can be found in all the loops. At the entrance you can find a recycling station. Fire wood is available for purchase from the campground host. If you plan on camping at Rainbow point be prepared to donate blood, the mosquito's are bad, especially mid day, so bring plenty of DEET and make a campfire, the smoke will really help. While the camp host do a great job at keeping the place clean and are friendly, just wish they would have done a late night run though the campground as their was one campsite at the far end of the loop which had kids up running around being loud past midnight. Actually think if was several family's hanging out together as at 1 am could here some leaving for their campsites in other loops, could over hear the conversation of one group walking back asking another in a car if they could drive their kids back for them so they didn't have to walk back.

Ranger Review of Primus Micron Lantern

I really like the Primus micron lantern, it is nice to be able to bring a lantern backpacking. The Micron lantern is so light weight and small it is easy to tuck in to a pack. The lantern puts out a lot of light, making it perfect for backpacking or front country camping. The Piezo igniter makes lighting an easy, a click or two and you have instant light. The attached cable allows you to hang the lantern from a tree branch, which is handy when no suitable rocks or bare ground is available. The metal mesh globe is a nice feature, don't have to worry about breaking the globe while on a trip. Two backpacking trips and numerous car camping trips and this little lantern is running perfectly with no signs of wear. This is differently a must for backpacking trips, a big thumbs up for the Primus Micron Lantern.

SiteD1
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Dexter I., September 7, 2019
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Dexter I., September 7, 2019
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J
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2019

Nice campground near Yellowstone National Park

This is a nice Forest Service campground with 4 loops and 83 sites. It is very tidy, with raked, wooded sites, clean fire pits and plenty of clean vault toilets. About half of the sites have electric and water faucets are plentiful. Tip: the water faucet near the info board right when you come in is threaded for water hose, fill up your freshwater tank here on the way in. Some sites are reservable through recreation.gov. Big rigs do fit in some of the sites, it is a mix of small and large rigs in this park. The road in is unpaved, it had been graded with few potholes as of the time this review was written. The lake is lovely with American pelicans, ospreys and more. Kayaks and SUP are available to rent from the camp hosts, and there is a boat launch as well. Lots of people bring boats and fish in the lake.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Judy H., August 19, 2019
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Judy H., August 19, 2019
Glenn I.
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2019

Beautiful

This is a great campsite. Siri took me on some crazy roads to get to it, but she got me there, but be aware that Siri might not be the best directions to get you there. The host had raked and cleaned our site very nicely prior to our arrival. The pit toilets were clean. Lots of signage about bears so it’s a spot to work hard at putting your attractants away.

Katrina S.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2019

Good spot

This was a great spot though it did lack water and Sewer hook ups. While there was potable water available, it was too far to hook up to our camper.

  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Katrina S., June 1, 2019
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Katrina S., June 1, 2019
Cindy N.
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2018

Dirt access roads/close to Yellowstone

Good location and very scenic lake at campground! Close to Yellowstone West entrance! No water or sewer hookups! No showers, but community water spouts and port a potty type toilets. Tight space for our Class A motorhome! ($10 sewer dump in town at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park).

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Cindy N., October 20, 2018
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Cindy N., October 20, 2018
  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Cindy N., October 20, 2018
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Boondocks H.
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2018

It was pretty dark when I got in...

So I can only say I'm fairly certain this is where I was. Nice, right? Well it was either this one or cabin creek or something about a Beaver. Whaddaya gonna do?

Got aced at all the campgrounds at Jellystone so joined a caravan of other desperate souls seeking somewhere to rest. This one had openings and I enthusiastically snagged one.

The camp host was up & helping folks get situated so that seemed good. I didn't get eaten by a bear - double bonus! In the morning, I stopped by the lake nearby and took the pic associated w/my review. It's not at the campground - but same general area.

  • Review photo of Rainbow Point Campground by Boondocks H., September 18, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Rainbow Point Campground?

Rainbow Point Campground allows vehicles up to 52 feet.

Are fires allowed at Rainbow Point Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Rainbow Point Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Rainbow Point Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Rainbow Point Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Rainbow Point Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is good.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Rainbow Point Campground?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Rainbow Point Campground. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Rainbow Point Campground, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

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There are 85 campsites at Rainbow Point Campground and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts