Spire Rock Campground is located in scenic Gallatin Canyon on the Bozeman Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest, in southwestern Montana. It is 26 miles south of Bozeman.
The surrounding area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, rafting, hiking and viewing local wildlife.
Great opportunities for hiking, fishing, scenic driving and wildlife viewing are available around the campground. Anglers cast for rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout, whitefish and Arctic grayling on the Gallatin River. Rafting and kayaking are popular activities as well.
The popular Storm Castle Trail begins nearby. This steep, 3-mile one-way trail climbs to Storm Castle Rock, with excellent views of the canyon below. Garnet Mountain Lookout Trail also begins near the campground. The 3.5-mile trail climbs 2,800 feet in elevation, to the lookout.
The campground offers single-family campsites, an overnight, GROUP CAMPING AREA (SITE 2), and another GROUP AREA (SITE 12), that can be used for overnight camping or day-use picnicking. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets.
No drinking water is available in the campground. Campers must bring their own water. Roads and parking spurs within the campground are gravel.
The campground sits next to Storm Castle Creek, a tributary of the Gallatin River, at an elevation of 5,600 feet. Most campsites are located along the creek and are surrounded by spruce and fir trees.
A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area. Visitors can often glimpse bald eagles, bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mountain goats, deer and coyotes. Black bears and grizzly bears also live in the canyon.
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I showed up here late one night on my way to Big Sky and was lucky enough to get a spot. There are plenty of amenities such as toilets, fire pits, and tables. If you are looking to do some night photography there are some great spots just along the river, which the campground borders, that provide some breathtaking views. There can be a bit of noise in the morning with people heading up the road for off road fun but overall this is a great little spot tucked away just off the highway.
We stayed one night at Spire Rock in our camper. Would be great for camper or tent camping. This is a great campground if you have young kids, as there is a great hill across the bridge where they can look for rocks (geode, crystal type). There is also a hillside right next to the road that is perfect for exploring, making fairy houses, and spotting little troll houses. The sites are plenty big, have fire pits and picnic tables, and each one is next to the creek with easy access for wading. Outhouses are clean and well taken care of. The only reason I rated this 4 out of 5 stars is that there tend to be quite a few atv's driving past to explore the trails further up the road. They can be fast and noisy, but this would not deter me from staying here again.