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Wonderful Surprise

The wife and I were here in summer 2018 and my what a treat it was. This campsite sits in a beautiful valley. Bearbox included along with bathrooms. You can collect your own firewood. Up the road is a fantastic scenic trail. I would absolutely be here again in the future.

Wooded sites that are large near hiking and fishing

This is just down the road from a couple other campgrounds. It’s nice to have options when you don’t have reservations. 

The sites are large and spread out. Some are in the sun while others have separate areas for the picnic table. Trees are around which create a nice wooded setting. A water hand pump and clean vault toilets can be found. 

The Greenough trailhead is at the end of the campground. Hike or bring your fishing gear and try your luck. We saw several families heading out with their fishing rods- but we didn’t see any caught fish…. This is also just at the start of where the Beartooth Highway starts going up to the west. 

We didn’t like this one as much as Parkside Campground but it’s nice having options.

Nestled along a creek at the base of the Beartooth highway

This is a beautiful campground! The Beartooth highway starts going up to the west right here. You must drive this route but plan lots of time for photos. 

The campground stretches out along the Wyoming creek. Let your eyes go upwards and glimpse the mountains around you. This campground is in the valley. Large sites are well spread out and wander through the wooded area. Drive through and select the one you like and then fill out the form. Vault toilets and garbage bins are spread out too. We found quite a few open sites but many were reserved. If this one fills up there are a few more down the road. 

The trailhead for the Wyoming creek trail is at the start of camp. We saw plenty of cars parked here for day hiking. This is a great place.

Beauty in the Beartooths

This was the first Forest Service campground I came to that allowed tent camping heading northeast out of Yellowstone and Cook City(mostly due to bear activity in, appropriately enough, the Beartooth Mountains). It’s a beautiful campground that is close to the road, but most of the road noise gets drowned out by Crazy Creek as it flows past the campground on its way to the Clarks Fork River. I think the best sites are 12 and 14 as they are at the back of the loop overlooking the River valley below and looking straight back at the mountains. With the bear activity in nearby campgrounds and in Yellowstone, I went ahead and put everything in the bear box instead of my car (bears are getting good at opening cars like tin cans). I was equally excited and nervous to see the wild strawberries in full fruit all over the ground in a couple sites as well. The vault toilet was clean and the campground host let me know that since there is no water in the campground, I was welcome to fill a water bottle or two at his huge water tank (not sure if this was offered to all or just to me, so be sure to bring your own water just in case).

Stretched out campground in beautiful bear country

This campground had more people than we expected. Most sites emptied out for the day so it’s pretty quiet. The host camps right at the start. This is along the road but downhill a bit. You can’t see traffic but you can hear it. Sites are large but don’t hide you from other campers. We preferred more privacy so the dog wouldn’t get upset by others moving around. 

It’s still a pleasant place. The vault toilets are clean. The hand pump works so water is available here. This is a nice camp but we think others are more scenic.

Lakeside atop the mountains on the Beartooth highway

What a place! Site 19 is right on a rapidly flowing river that enters Beartooth Lake. It’s a large site in loop c. We’re the only ones this far down but we passed campers in the other two loops. The water sources in all loops are not working so be prepared. Clean vault toilets are in each loop. Hail greets us just after setting up- and this is July! It’s 50 degrees at 1 so we’re planning to try and stay warm. The sun popped out right away so the weather seems temperamental. 

Beartooth highway is narrow and closes due to weather at times. The scenery is amazing and well worth stopping at all the overlooks. 

Be sure to check out the lake. There is a day use area with a boat launch. Mosquitoes were out even as we set up. Bear signs are around so be aware of those grizzlies. 

This is a great find for only$15.

Inexpensive tranquility close to Yellowstone & Beartooth Highway

Dispersed camping in great country!  Pit toilets, water available, garbage & food lockers.  Hard side units only as this is Grizzly country!  The northeast entrance to Yellowstone is only some 10 miles away, and the Beartooth highway is one of the most scenic drives you'll find!  We enjoyed the campground immensely for it's quiet serenity after the crowds of Yellowstone.  Climb the cliffs surrounding your site, enjoy the wildlife wandering through, and relax.

Great place

The facility is awesome and the sites at the bottom of the hill by the creek are amazing. Makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Surprise in Billings

Needed a one night spot on the way to Theodore Roosevelt NP, and came across Yellowstone RV and Campground. Little noise due to its close proximity to I-90. Clean bathrooms with showers. Pool and other fun amenities. Friendly staff…great for just a one night stay.

Surprisingly nice stay (and those showers!)

We normally avoid KOA campgrounds - preferring to stay away from large campers pushed together. Our experience was not what we expected. We were the only ones in the last loop. With the way our teardrop faced we couldn’t see anyone else. This gave us a small campground feel. 

There are lots of activities - from mini-golf to dog park to river access. We took advantage of the amazing showers. 

Walking around was a surprise too. We followed a trail by the river and it led around a pond  it was short but away from everything.

And they asked,“Have you seen the falls yet?”

The road only goes up into this hollow and it seems like it ends at a mine. Curl around it and the road gets smaller and then you’re here. There are a few loops and it’s all paved. Sites vary in size and shade. We didn’t have reservations so we were left with finding an open site. Site 6 is perfect- evening shade and near water and restrooms. Water pressure was surprisingly good and there are a few spigots around camp. At first our camper was in the sun so we prepared dinner in the shade at the picnic table. There’s a spot next to it for a tent. By the time we returned from a hike shade was everywhere. 

There is trailhead parking in one of the upper loops. We walked there and signed in. This is a wilderness so they monitor usage(also for rescue issues). The hike is all uphill to the amazing waterfalls. You stay along the river for a bit and then climb, only to return to the falls. It’s not that long and spectacular. 

While our stay is short, others told us they had been there for a week. This is an unexpected find at the end of the road

First to Review
Nice camping on the river

Wide gravel road all the way to the campground. We saw RV’s in some sites so this is more accessible. 

Sites are in a loop around the vault toilet. No water source is available unless you use the river. These sites weren’t as nice as the ones over at Swinging Bridge FAS but there were more people camped here. Some sites are by houses so go further in to find more shade and privacy. 

2 bar cell service is all we found but town is not far away.

Drive through horse ranches and find a hidden surprise

The narrow dirt road is really only wide enough for one vehicle. Perhaps this isn’t the best spot for big rigs. 

This is a nice campground that is right on the river. Sites are really separated down along the river. There’s lots of trees and bushes that separate sites. One vault toilet and no water source(other than the river) make this a primitive camp. 

We had cell service but not LTE.

Small camp with a powerful creek

This is a super small campground. A basic loop and it’s over. There is a pull through site but most others are smaller. There is a vault toilet in the middle. We only saw one other camp group so this is a good option if you’re wandering and need a place to camp. 

Oh but they rapids! Walk over to Lake Creek and be mesmerized by the power of the rapids. The old bridge is perfect to sit on and enjoy the sounds. Never mind that it’s right along the road, it’s loud enough to drown traffic out. 

Don’t forget to bring mosquito protection. This is grizzly territory so be aware.

Get there early

Only 8 spots available. Too close to civilization as we had cell service.

Awesome tent site

Love this camp, I have been multiple times. Near a variety of hiking trails and streams. Camp was very clean and quiet with great hosts!

Top Notch

Beautiful Campground, great customer service! Dog park, pool, putt-putt golf. They serve breakfast and ice cream for a few!

Surrounded by mountain

We had to get away from our reservations at big moose because of terrible conditions. We called at 6:00 at night and they brought us in. Showers were clean. Nice river on the side. Staff was great

Resort style...

Never have we stayed at a KOA before so this stay was different than anything we’ve experienced before. The pull through site we had included a patio with swing and picnic table- but not much on space… probably only 15 feet between rigs(?) however the campground had plenty of activities and amenities, including mini golf, pool, lodge, dog park, playground, ice cream stand and a BBQ joint, and the mini golf, and food stuffs were all an additional fee. We were only staying one night, and didn’t partake in any of the activities, and at the price of the per night rate, I felt that maybe we wouldn’t stay at another KOA, mostly because of the spacing issue, and the fact that it didn’t really feel like a campground at all… but like I said, we are used to slightly more rustic conditions, lol. It is worth mentioning that just a few miles away is Pictograph State Park- and that was pretty cool, and a beautiful walk after a day of driving!

Great clean campground

This was a great campground! Very clean camp sites, clean bathrooms, and very nice and polite camp hosts. We had reservations Saturday night but showed up Friday night hoping we could get a walk-up spot. The camp hosts were very accommodating and helpful! The spot we reserved was great! Tree coverage, a long picnic table, fire ring,close to the river, close to the bathrooms (if needed), and did I mention…clean?!?! The camp sites were spread out enough so that you didn't feel too crowded. It was a great location for anything you want to do, hiking, biking, fishing, off-roading, or just simply relaxing. We would definitely go back here again.

Perfect spot outside Yellowstone

We were driving into Yellowstone from Billings and wanted something that would give us early access to the park. This was perfect. A nice pull off with several options to park a van, tent, or small trailer or RV. We fell asleep to the sound of the river and were into the park within 20 minutes the next morning. We were able see moose and a bear because of the early access to Lamar Valley. Wish we could have seen the surrounding area in the daylight but we got in late and were out early. From what we saw we highly recommend it!! It is dispersed Forest Service camping so you will need to have all of your own supplies and be sure to leave no trace (including your poop)

High Alpine Camping

Phenomenal camping in the Beartooth Wilderness. Up over 9000 feet, prepare for cold nights and large mosquitoes in the summer. Don't let this turn you away though, as the mountain views and air are worth it.

quiet and secluded

road can be a bit rough , not far from the natural bridge , good fishing on the Boulder River. some camp spots are a little tight to get in with larger rv's . plenty of privacy between spots .

Beautiful scenery with access to great hikes!

We used this as a base camp for heading up to Lower and Upper Timberline Lakes last year and were delighted by the quality of the sites.  While staying here it's also a good idea to head up and over Beartooth Pass if you haven't already by going to Yellowstone!

Good location for a KOA

Is a good spot to set up if you're looking to explore Red Lodge or the Beartooth Mountains. Nothing fancy but has more amenities than most tent sites

Amazing views of the glacier carved valley!

This is a great spot to stay for a while or to use as a base camp for setting off to some of the higher backcountry lakes. Be bear aware at all times and keep your food stored in a bear can or high and away from trees. Stopping here for a night is also a great idea if you're headed towards Yellowstone

Nice little spot but just head further into the mountains!

Nice little spot with motel rooms and some tent spots. You're already at the foot hills might as well head up into the beartooths! Is a good place to stay if you dont want to Airbnb or stay at one of the lodges.

One of the better KOA locations

This KOA sits right along the Yellowstone River along the eastern outskirts of Billings. It has all the regular KOA amenities and a beautiful view of a cliff to the north where native americans drove bison off. Bring big spray duri g the spring and summer as bugs can be horrific!

Was clean

Was very clean when I visited last summer a little congested tho.

Nice

We used it as a base for Yellowstone. Beartooth hwy was undescribable! Amazing views. Close to Red lodge. It's not perfect by no means but felt safe. Word of advice though, don't try and do everything in Yellowstone from one Basecamp. Spend more time traveling than anything else. I knew Yellowstone was big but damn!