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Disperse camping on the shore of the Ruby River

Dispersed Camping Area 6100M is a large camping area a short distance off forest road 100 with five established sites. Three of the sites are in the open and two are tucked in the trees along the edge of the Ruby River. The tree sites are very nice, sitting among large fir trees. Rock fire rings can be found at all sites, one of the treed sites along the river has a metal fire barrel. Disperse camping along FS route 100 is only allowed in designated locations in this part of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. All forest service disperse camping rules are in affect. Stay is limited to 16 days. No facilities at this site so come prepared. Site is at an elevation of 6567 feet

Large flat camping area

Disperse campsite 6100N is located a short distance off of forest road 100. This camping area is a nice large flat grassy area to camp in, perfect for tents. Camping area sits along the Upper Ruby River. One large rock fire ring is available. Fir and Juniper trees surround this camping area. Disperse camping along FS route 100 is only allowed in designated locations in this part of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. All forest service disperse camping rules are in affect. Stay is limited to 16 days. No facilities at this site so come prepared. Site is at an elevation of 6621 feet

Flat camping area next to Coal Creek

Coal Creek Disperse Camping Area is a large flat grassy parking area just barely off the main road. Site has a large rock fire ring with plenty of flat areas to set up a tent or park a camper. Site is right next to Coal Creek. Being so close to the road you will have no privacy, but the remoteness of the area should mean little to no traffic at night. Disperse camping along FS route 100 is only allowed in designated locations in this part of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. All forest service disperse camping rules are in affect. Stay is limited to 16 days. No facilities at this site so come prepared. Site is at an elevation of 7000 feet

Just a grass camping area next to a creek

Dispersed Camping Area 6100X is not much to talk about. The location is just barely off the road in a bumpy grassy area along Forest Service route 100. This camping area is wide open, not much of a site, but does have a small rock fire ring. I would suggest not using the fire ring as small sage brush is growing along the edge of the ring, would build a new ring if you wanted a fire. While the ground is a little bumpy you should have no problem find a level enough spot for a tent and a camper should be no problem at all. Disperse camping along FS route 100 is only allowed in designated locations in this part of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. All forest service disperse camping rules are in affect. Stay is limited to 16 days. No facilities at this site so come prepared. Site is at an elevation of 7024 feet.

No Campground or camping here

Just drove through this area today while out hunting, no campground is to be found in this location, and this area is not one of the forest service designated dispersed camping areas found along this road, these area start further up the forest road. Their is no room at this location for anyone to camp if they wanted to try.

No Campground or camping here

Just drove through this area today while out hunting, no campground is to be found in this location, and this area is not one of the forest service designated dispersed camping areas found along this road, these area start further up the forest road.  Their is no room at this location for anyone to camp if they wanted to try.

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!

Camp where Lewis and Clark camped

Experience Camping near where Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Corps of Discovery camped at the headwaters of the Missouri river in 1805. Missouri Headwaters State Park campground is a 17 site campground located just a short distance from the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers. If you are a history buff or just want to learn about the Corps of Discovery journey then this is a must stay. Historical signs about the the Corps of Discovers stay at the headwaters of the Missouri and their journey are located through out the park. If you have never spent a night in a tipi you can do it here, just be sure to reserve it ahead of time. You can see how Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri by checking out the dug out canoe that can be found at the entrance of the campground. All the campsites have picnic tables sitting on concrete pads, and metal fire rings. Trash pins, water and vault toilets are also available. All the campsites are nice and flat. Most of the site are of good size with nice grassy areas to set up your tent, a few are a little small and cramped. All sites can be reserved. Many short hiking trails are in the park, be sure to take the short hike up to a vista to get the entire view of the headwaters area. If you like to fish you are in luck, you have four rivers to choose from, all with great fishing opportunities.

Surprising quiet campground

We stayed at Mammoth campground during our last visit to Yellowstone as we were unable to get one of the back country campsites we were hoping for. Lucky for us we arrived in the park before 10am and Mammoth had plenty of spots available. Mammoth is a first-come, first-serve campground with a well organized check-in procedures, no need to search for open campsites, the rangers at the check-in station will let you know what is available and show you on the map the available sites. Cost is$20 a night. This campground like all the ones in the park fills up fast, so get their early. The 85 site campground has paved roads with gravel parking pads. Sites have platforms for the tents. Dumpsters are though out the campground, and recycling is available at the entrance. The campground has flush toilets and water faucets are through out the grounds. Each site has its own bear proof food locker, as well as a picnic table and metal fire ring. Their is a nightly ranger program at 9:30pm. We stayed in site 77 and found the campground to be very quiet, even with the park road running right by. The slow speed of 35 mph helps keep the noise down and after about 10pm we really didn't notice cars going by. Morning traffic does start up just after 5pm, but the noise did not wake this light sleeper. Another factor that help keep noise down was the quiet hours, while this tends to do little at other campgrounds to prevent campers, and kids from being loud or from generators being run at night, the strictly enforced notice and posted$50 fine really does the job. Fire wood is available to purchase for$8 a box, kindling for$3 a bundle and they will provide matches if you need them. You do have cell service at the campground.

One of my favorites!

FCFS. This campground is less well-known so there aren’t as many people and it’s fairly easy to get a spot. We got there around 9 a.m. and had plenty to choose from. Lots of trees- perfect for hammocks. You have people kind of close, but spots are spaced out well so you still feel private. Fire pit, bear box, a picnic table at each site. And there’s bathrooms. There’s a river really close that we walked along and fished. And the camp hosts were really nice people! Firewood available at the store at the front.

Quiet campground on Ennis Lake

We stayed at Lake Shore Lodge Campground while visiting my parents in Ennis.

The campground is situated right on the northern shore of Ennis Lake and has a boat launch ramp for those looking to fish.

We stayed three nights at the beginning of July. Our site had water, sewer, and 30amp service. We were able to fit our 39ft toy hauler in with almost no issues.

The campground is very peaceful and appears to have a lot of seasonal residents.

Wood and ice are available from the front desk. Bath houses and laundry are also available on site.

Nice quite campground in the Tobacco Root Mountains

Mill Creek is a nice 10 site campground along Mill Creek in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The campground is 7 miles from the town of Sheridan. Note that the sign in Sheridan says the campground is 6 miles away, however it is 6 miles to the forest boundary, then another mile to the campground. The campground features 2 double vault toilets and two hand pump wells for water. This is a well shaded campground due to the large fir and pine trees. In the mile between the forest boundary and the campground about 6 marked primitive campsites can be found as well. Between the 2nd and 3rd campsites is a short trail leading to a large group fire ring with four benches circling it. All the campsites have a picnic table and fire rings. Each site has a large parking area that can easily fit two vehicles. This is grizzle bear territory, food must be stored in your car or the provided bear proof foot locker at the campground.

Good jumping of point for Yellowstone plus lots of rocks for kids to climb

Canyon campground located in a canyon just across the highway from the Yellowstone River is a pleasant campground with plenty of boulders for kids and adults to climb. The boulders are what really make this campground interesting, many of the campsites are tucked in between these large boulders. Canyon is a good jumping off point for the north end of Yellowstone National Park, located 16 miles from the north entrance town of Gardiner. This is a cheep campground at only$7 per night,$3 more for a 2nd vehicle, but you trade a low cost campground for lack of water. You will need to bring your own water for your stay so come prepared, this is also a trash-in trash-out campground. Bear food storage rules are in affect so leave the food in your car or use the bear lockers. Campground has vault toilets and each site has a picnic table and metal fire ring. The one negative about this campground is the proximity to the highway, lots of road noise during the day, a little quieter during the night but for some reason a lot of drivers seen to hit the rumble strip as they drive by making things a little loud at night. Our Scouts used this campground as a jumping off point for a multi day backpacking trip, close to the park so we could get to the back country office early to get a permit before sites filled up.

Perfectly primitive

Great sites right on the Madison

Great Base Camp

I have now been to Norris Hot Springs two years in a row on the last weekend in September. I love the small number of camping spaces and the rules that all campers actually follow (no loose dogs, no generators). The camp bathroom/showers are super helpful and it is awesome to just walk across the parking lot to the spring.

The food is amazing and the staff are all super friendly. Both years I've been, it has snowed either a dusting or an inch-ish. The camp spots do not become a muddy mess and the drive is still easy to navigate on foot or by small vehicle. 

We might make an annual trip here if we can budget in the time off. It is the perfect spot to setup camp and then go explore the area.

Beautiful spot!

This place is beautiful and dog friendly! The people there were so nice to us when we arrived and the river was absolutely amazing!

First to Review
Camp and fish along the Madison river

Ennis fishing access site is located on the Madison River just on the south edge of town. This is a First come, First serve campground that is walking distance to the town of Ennis. Some sites sit along the river, some spots are more private toward the back of the campground. It appears not much effort was placed in making this site a campground, sites are unlevel and parking pads vary from gravel, to dirt or grass. This is a dry campground like most FAS sites. A small vault toilet serves the area, site are numbered and have a picnic table and appear to all have rock fire rings. Fishing must be good here as this site always appears full when I drive by. Several spots appeared to have nice grassy areas for tents. If you have a large RV you might want to park at a parking area at the entrance and walk in to make sure there is a place big enough for you as the layout of the campground might get a bit tight for a larger RV. The fishing access site is closed to camping from December 1st through April 31st every year.

Ranger review Outdoor Element's Woolly Mammoth Braid at Beaver Creek CG

Forested campground 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park

Beaver Creek Campground is the good spot for a Yellowstone National Park jumping off point. Located 30 minutes form the park the distance improves your chances of finding a campsite in the busy season. The campground sits above Quake Lake, if you enjoy fishing there is a steep trail leading to the lake from the“A” loop, however there is no boat launch at the campground, you will need to drive a½ mile down the highway to find a boat launch for the lake. The campground features paved roads with gravel parking pads, vault toilets, picnic tables and metal fire rings at each site, and their are bear proof food storage if you need it, but you might need to share space with another spot. Campsite can be reserved. The campground has 62 sites spreed apart in 3 loops. Two fully ADA sites are available. Drinking water is available at three locations in each loop. The camp hosts are very friendly and helpful, they also have firewood for sale if needed for$6 A word of caution about the road driving in. The road is paved but narrow, so drive slow and watch out for cars.

Ranger review Outdoor Element's Woolly Mammoth Survival Braid

Got my wife the Woolly Mammoth Survival Braid and have to say that this is a nice survival bracelet. We did wonder if the Jute it is made with would be a little itchy when put on, but found it to be quiet comfortable. We like the idea to place the ferro rod and striker in in the bracelets buckle. It sparks up very nicely making our charred cloth and cotton balls with Vaseline easy to get started. We then tried to start a fire with the sample piece of jute, made a little nest and gave the striker a try and after a few attempts got a spark to take hold and had a fire. Nice to now that we now have a wrist full of fire starting material if we ever need it. Might just want to take this off when starting fires as it didn't take much to get the sample burning. All in all a great survival tool to have around.

First to Review
Beautiful lakeside spot

Lovely quiet dispersed camping spot by the lake. We had seen other reviews that it was bad for mosquitos but we didn’t see a single one. Room for about 6 sites here with a few prebuilt fire pits. Beautiful views - we loved it.

You need to drive down a dirt road with some pot holes and wash boarding. Would recommend scouting it first if it has been wet and there were some big puddles already.

We were fine in our camper van but big rigs might struggle a little In bad weather.

Ranger review Outdoor Element's Kodiak Survival Braid at Bakers Hole

Bakers Hole Campground - A hop skip and jump from Yellowstone NP

Bakers Hole Campground is the perfect spot for a Yellowstone National Park jumping off point. Located just over 3 miles from the park entrance puts you in easy striking distance of just about everything in the park. The campground sits along the Madison river, making it a nice choice if you enjoy fishing. It features paved roads with gravel parking pads, vault toilets, picnic tables and metal fire rings at each site, and most sites have their of bear food storage. This is a first come first served campsite, but just because it doesn't take reservation doesn't mean it will be easy to find a spot, this campground fills up fast. 33 of the 73 sites have electricity. Two fully ADA sites are available. Drinking water is available at several taps located throughout the camp. The friendly camp hosts are almost always on duty and patrolling the camp. They also have firewood for sale if needed. The campground is near the highway but didn't notice to much noise during the night.

Ranger review Outdoor Element's Kodiak Survival Braid

Outdoor Element's Kodiak Survival Braid is a great survival bracelet. A very cleaver idea to place the ferro rod and striker in in the bracelets buckle. It sparks up very nicely making our charred cloth and cotton balls with Vaseline easy to get started. I got the large size which is just a little big, but the medium was not quite big enough. I liked that the Kodiak came with a sample piece of para cord to check out the features in the cord it self. Pulled out the Jute and made a little nest and gave the striker a try and after a few attempts got a spark to take hold and had a fire. With fishing line in the para cord and a hook hidden within this bracelet is all set to save you behind if needed.  Will definitely be taking the Kodiak on future outing.

Totally dug it

We had been doing mostly dispersed camping through the west but decided to stay here after hiking the Pine Creek trail. The trees provided nice spacing and its location nested in the foothills of the Beartooth wilderness gave it a great view.

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.

Close to West Yellowstone

9/6/19 Conveniently located, 6 miles from west entrance of park. We had a pull thru site, 45,. Level gravel site. I didn't like that our electric and water are on site 44 grass area right next to their firepit. Our picnic area not level. Table very worn. They have a lot of different sites including ones with patio and porch swing, tent sites, cottage. Sites that back up to highway get a lot of road noise. Bathhouse attached to store was average quality, clean, good water pressure. The bathhouse attached to the indoor pool/spa smelled really moldy. Nice play area with mini golf. Small fenced dog area. Good size laundry facilities and store.

Great Park Access & Cell Signal

Just after crossing into Yellowstone at the northern most outlet you will find Mammoth Hot Springs Campground, one of the most convenient and ONLY campground where you will find most of the comforts of home aka cell service.   Sure for those not caring about this service the campground might not be the most appealing as it is harder to get into because of prebooking, but for those who year round are looking for a convenient location with room to enjoy the local Fort Yellowstone area this is where it is at.

So with the added amenity of having coverage you might expect this to be one of the higher priced campgrounds, but the price of only $20 per night is extremely reasonable.   

There are no showers at this campground, however the bathroom facilities are very nice with flushing toilets and cold water in the sinks.     I found this to be one of better campgrounds when it came to bathrooms as they seemed larger than most.

Another unique feature of this campground was that a certain number of sites are set aside for those cycling of hiking the area, a very important feature considering so many visit this area on the Contential Divide Trail.     Also there are a select amount of accessible sites for handicapped featuring raised tent pads and water access which is right in the campsite instead of elevated on the hillside like some.

For those not wanting to book in advance, this campground fills very quickly.  I noticed that on weekdays the few sites reserved for day of use filled before noon, so make this your first stop of the day instead of exploring the park first.

Pull ins seemed large enough for mid to large units and the only thing I could say that might be a negative to those in larger units is that you are right on the roadway in some campsites if you are a big rig.   There are a few sites which have size restrictions so check on these before visiting.

For tent campers like myself the pull ins allow you plenty of room to spread out and enjoy yourself.    Sites include picnic tables, bear boxes and fire rings.     

In this area during the late summer and early fall you are likely to find elk very nearby, they tend to come down and graze in the area of Mammoth Hot Springs.    During these times you want to make sure you are remembering to stay at least 25 yards away from them and if you hear them they are likely protecting young or looking to mate so this is when they are more aggressive.  Being able to see them in person is something majestic however!!

TIPS:

  • Check out the visitor center at the Mammoth community / Fort Yellowstone.   this center in my opinion was one of the more interesting when it comes to the history of the park.
  • Visit the Hot Spring at sunset, it is something spectacular at any time of day but at this time as the clouds paint the skies it is the perfect photo opportunity.
  • If you are visiting the park for only a short time, use the internet access at the camp to plan your time, this will really allow you to find the parts of the park you are interested in rather than having to pull off at each point to determine this.
  • Remember west side of the park is more about the geothermal features, it is also the more crowded portion of the park.
Yellowstone Northern Access At A Lower Price Point

When it comes to Yellowstone camping can be difficult unless you plan far in advance and prices can soar in the summer months.   For those wanting a little better price points and convenient access to the northern most entrance visiting the Gallatin National Forest is a great option for finding that perfect location and still maintaining access.

I visited this area and was very impressed with the campground and the spacing it provided.   But more importantly I was happy to see that unlike the Yellowstone campgrounds which lack cell signal, at this location I was able to utilize my services through AT&T.    Sure that might not be something everyone considers when traveling, but when you work remotely being able to access the internet through my cell phone is very important.  I had been in the park for several days so stopping here was a good catch up opportunity.

The sites were each well spaced and offered a soft grassy pad for my tent when staying, unlike the darkened dry grassy lands around.   It was almost as though this location was an oasis, despite having no services.

Each sight provides a bear box, picnic table and fire ring, overall very standard for this area.    Additionally there were basic vault toilets which were very well maintained.  One person at the campground actually joked about that being a great hiding place should a bear enter camp…lol

Camping at this location has a 16 night limit and sites are only $7 per night, which is $20 less expensive than the closest Yellowstone campground.  Similar rules apply to this campground as others in the area.   There are no trash services so you have to pack in and out all of your trash.   Generators can be use throughout the camp during certain hours and there are fire restrictions during certain conditions and times (posted on the entry kiosk).   This is an honor system campground with a pay box at the entry, however I did notice it was patrolled at least once nightly by area Forest Service, unlike the pull off sites just beyond camp.

TIPS:

  • If you need anything you can stop off just before turning onto the road at any number of stores, shops or restaurants in the low laying community.
  • If you need high speed WIFI Subway in the local community has the best access for free.
  • West Entrance allows you to split to to east which is where you will spot more wildlife versus the Western side of the park where you will find more of the geothermal features.
Higher ground camping around EarthQuake Lake

When traveling throughout this area of Montana I noticed several campgrounds along the way, however something I really was looking for was a location which allowed me to be off the water a little bit.   Why??   Because of the location's unique history.

This area is known as "Earthquake Lake" an area which in the 50's experienced a vicious earthquake which sent 80 million tons of rock crashing off the side of the mountainside and into what was then a passing river.    In this incident it swallowed up roadways, campgrounds and cabins and completely changed the landscape which once existed.    While normally I wouldn't be concerned with this, the 16 mile distance around the shoreline is lined with several information stops along the way to allow you to hear the story of that tragic day and also how it has changed the area.   Kind of hard to not think of that when you are in the area. 

For this reason Cabin Creek seemed to be the perfect solution, slightly away from the shoreline and across the new highway but still with access to the water should I decide to enjoy a dip or even a scenic hike along one of the many trails of the area.

The campground is quiet and though there were other campers visiting the soft bed of pine needles provided a muffling to any sound which could be present.    I felt like I was the only camper there because of the silence.     It was so peaceful.

Sites are large enough to easily bring an RV if you would like although most campers I noticed were tent camping or visiting in their vans.     The sites are pretty standard for the area with picnic tables and fire rings in addition to bear boxes.

I found a location just beyond the entry and noticed that the area was rather flat and perfect for setting up a tent.    Though there is grass around camp the sites themselves are relatively clear.    There also is an abundance of small wood you can source for your campfire should you choose to indulge a bit.

I thought the price point for primitive camping was pretty fair for the area at $20 per site or doubles for $40.    All sites are on the honor system and while I visited I didn't see a single ranger visiting or checking in which I thought was a little bizarre for this style of campground.

Bathrooms were pretty basic vault toilets, to be expected for this area.  Pretty much no frills camping, but nice location.

Something I did really appreciate about this campsite however is that they are aware of the possibility of future quake activity and have alarms set to sound as warnings for disaster as well as posted plan of action should you experience an issue.     The higher ground indicated on the post is very close and easy to access even if you are not able to do so in your car.

Tips:  

  • Check out the stops along the 16 mile stretch of highway and learn about the area, it is very fascinating.   There is also a visitor center as you get to the western most entrance of the area.
  • Bring everything you need, there are no services and despite a few little shops along the street they are very overpriced.
  • USE the bear boxes!!   If you are camping in this area there are frequent sightings so better safe than sorry.  I also recommend bear spray.
A day or two

It isn't all together a terrible place, best for a night or two. We stayed 3 nights. If you have a partial hook up site, they are in gravel, which isn't bad but they are so un-level. It took us longer than usual to set up. The rv sites are also cramped. They young adults who seem to manage the park are not very friendly. The bathhouse is very old and has extremely small shower stalls. The shower curtain barely fits across the opening. If you don't like trains don't go, 3-5 a night.

Will go back!

We stayed in a cabin on the river. One of my favorite spots. It was our first time staying at a KOA and would recommend it.

Camp in a meadow of Wildflowers

Yellowstone National Parks back country campsite WF1 sits on the edge of a large meadow of wildflowers with amazing views of the mountains to the west. Campsite WF1 is the first back country site along Black Butte Trail in the North West corner of the park. It is about a 2.2 mile hike to the campsite from the trail head. Campsite WF1 is open to backpackers and stock animals, however I could see no evidence of any stock animals using this site recently. The site has a large rock fire ring in the cooking area with logs sitting around it to sit on. An arrow on a tree with the site number points to the sites toilet just up hill in the trees. Don't get to excited about the toilet, think of an outhouse with out any walls, and the hole in the ground is not very deep, but a back country site with a seat to sit on is a rare treat. Just on the other side of the large trees at the cooking area is a meadow full of wildflowers, the meadow slopes downhill making a flat area in the field for your tent hard to find, but you can find spots at the edge of the field just in the trees with flat spots for your tent. Water is no problem at this site, the creek is just next to the cooking area, best spot to filter the water is right where you cross to enter the campsite.

Black Butte Trail head(WK2) is located on U.S. Hwy 191. The trail head is easy to miss, the sign for the tail is on the east side of the Highway where the trail starts, the parking area is just south of the sign on the west side of the highway. You will need to obtain a back country permit to stay at WF1. The closest place to obtain a permit is at the visitor center in West Yellowstone. The cost is$3 per person with a maximum of$15 for the night. Site is limited to one group of ten.

A little too isolated

I'm all for getting away but there are benefits of having other campers nearby, especially in grizzly territory. This is definitely a back country campsite. It's free. Pack in, pack out & leave no trace. There is a single vault toilet for all campsites. I only found 3 camp sites. The road up was pretty rough when I went but my Subaru made it all right. Overall a gorgeous spot if it's what you're looking for.