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Great campground in Yellowstone National Park

Great campground in Yellowstone National Park close to castle rock falls, good tree coverage, has bathrooms and secured food storage, it also has a creek - great for fly-fishing- that leads to the falls. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while hiking down to Yellowstone river.

Primitive walk-in tent camping in a cool riverside spot

Warning: google maps will take you down a small road with houses. Skip that one. Continue straight on the main road and it will have a turn off for the camp. 

At first we we a bit worried about what it would be like. The road there went through 20 some miles of ranching and no trees. Once the national forest starts it is a beautiful area. 

This is also walk-in tenting only. The sites are beautiful and hidden under trees. There is plenty of room between sites giving you privacy. The river is right next to the campsites - perfect sound to relax to. A hand pump water source is here. This is primitive camping in a cool little spot. 

There is a historical site open to tour on the weekend. Natural Bridge site is on the way here with hiking. This is a nice place but it doesn’t handle our teardrop camper.

Makes a good homebase

I have stayed here 3 times . Nice spot for a homebase , there’s  a few hikes to go on from right by the grounds. And if you forgot something there’s a small store just a short walk away. Or maybe a yummy huckleberry ice cream cone right after a long hike. The rosebud trailhead is the kickoff for the beaten path hike so always lots of cars at thevtraihead on weekends but it isn’t too close to the campgrounds. The store sells firewood which is nice (shouldn’t be hauling firewood around anyways). No showers tho. Very basic . Water and toilets .

Nice City Park along the Yellowstone River

We spent 9 days here (8/25-9/2) to work in nearby Billings (40 miles east) before heading to Washington State. The park was quiet and clean and we had no issues with neighbors at all. This is a city park that runs on donations. A nice guy from the local government stopped by once to give us a sheet with the rules and city ordinances.

Completely dry camping, although we were able to fill our tank at the spigot on the side of the restroom building. Grass or gravel sites with fire rings and picnic tables, with a mix of back in and pull-through spaces. A lot of space for big rigs and tenters alike. Firewood was available near the dumpsters in the middle of the park.

The nearest grocery store is a few miles away in town and the laundromat was small but clean. A farmer’s market was set up in the park by the railroad tracks on Thursdays (4:00-6:30) that had everything from fresh veggies and homemade goodies, as well as blankets and jewelry and a couple food trucks.

There is no dump station in the park, but there is one at the nearby Cenex station for a $5 charge during business hours. Otherwise the folks at Mountain View RV Park on the other side of the interstate will let you dump and fill water for $5.

Full Verizon signal allowed me to work from our rig for a couple days when I didn’t need to be in Billings.

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.

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.

Well Spaced

There is a very generous amount of space between camp sites making this campground feel very private. I brought my dog and it was really nice to have all that space. The campground has excellent views of the Bridgers. It's a fairly shady campground, bugs weren't too bad. Each site has a fire pit and a picnic table.

Decent campground

It's $20 bucks a night for tent camping, and has a bathroom with showers. The bathroom stalls are funny. If you sit on the toilet seat, your knees hit the stall door. The shower floors are not nice, but it's still a shower. There is Wi-Fi as well. The guy who runs the campground is very chill. We didn't have to reserve a spot, which was really nice. Overall I liked it. It's only an hour away from the north end of Yellowstone. I would go back.

Excellent camp spot

Excellent camping here. Spots are separated by trees so you can hardly notice any else there. Some are next to the river. Toilets are clean. Tables and fire rings are there too. No trash pick up so pack it out.

Nice relaxing and quiet

Battle ridge is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway quiet and clean!!

Rustic camping with river access

Riverside fishing access that is about 25 miles out of town. Camping is dispersed-like so find a campfire ring and set up. Camping here is simple and pretty rustic. Campsites didn’t have an appealing look but I guess the real draw is fishing. The boat ramp gives access to the water. 

It also has little trails from camp that sneak you to the river. This is a pretty fun feature that gave a private feel to camp. 

A farm is adjacent so only go to the public area. It’s clearly signed but it’s important to respect the locals. 

This is an out of the way spot along a beautiful river. The river is so powerful! We saw quite a few people dropping off boats and moving their cars further down.

Narrow sites but doable

We had all the services except for cable. There is a campstore and pool. Up a little hill and it was well maintained.

Basic RV park/campground with amenities for children

This is your average family campground with RV park and grass closely packed tent campground (like literally right on top of one another split by single pine trees). Very much like a KOA (pool, shop, WiFi, showers, laundry etc.) but half the price ($26/night for basic tent site). No fire pits, there is a picnic table for each site.

Nice, very Nice

We were heading to Yellowstone from Glacier and had been driving for hours. We called and the park and they gave us the last site open for that day and what a site/view! We were the site closest to the Yellowstone River with views of the mountains and river. The restroom facilities were immaculate. There was some road noise but not too bad. The owners and workers were very pleasant. They also have a communal fire ring. Sites are pull through.

Worth it for the view

Right on the edge of the Yellowstone River, about 90 minutes north of Yellowstone NP. This is an RV Park, so no tents are allowed. The view of the river and the mountains is fantastic. And, it’s close to dining in Livingston if you want that. Laundry facilities and a larger than average store. Pet friendly. The sites are small. But, I would definitely go back.

Stayed 2 nights in a tent site.

Clean campground with friendly staff. You can hear train horns during the night so if you’re a light sleeper bring ear plugs.

Creekside camping in active bear country

Drive towards Yellowstone and the head east. The road is nice and meanders through ranches and homes, even after turning to dirt. We saw deer as well as an eagle taking flight next to us. Way at the end of the road is Snowbank. The road through camp is narrow and two-way so exercise caution. We were lucky to find a site unreserved for one night. 

Sites have different feels to them. Ours stretches- car then teardrop then picnic table then fire pit and finally extra space for tents. We’re right by the creek and it’s loud enough so we don’t hear that generator down the way. Water is available and there are a number of vault toilets throughout. We got set up just before the thunderstorms. It rained hard and then the hail started. 

A trailhead is just outside the entrance. Tall grass was everywhere and we never saw anyone parked there. We’re assuming that it doesn’t get used as much. 

This is active bear territory and there are ample warnings. This is a beautiful, remote campground that we are enjoying.

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

Nice city park with electric hookups

Quiet small town with a grocery store. Sites are pull through. Pond with fish. Nice playground. Ball fields. Seems fairly new and unutilized. Easy access.

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.

Get there early

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

Beautiful on the River

$18 without a Montana fishing license, but found a GORGEOUS spot on the Yellowstone River… on July 4th. Not bad. Pretty place.

Just fine

Back in spots have a beautiful view out the back. No separation between units, though, I wish there were some hedges. Gravel throughout and not very level but manageable with levelers. Some highway noise but it’s not bad, especially if you’re on the back side, where site 57 is. You can hear trains go all hours of the night but it’s also not too bad.

Rustic Cabin on Mill Creek

Approximately halfway between Bozeman and the north entrance of Yellowstone. The creek is beautiful. The cabin is close to the road making it easily accessible but doesn’t feel very secluded, although there wasn’t much traffic when I was there mid-week in April.

Beautiful Campsite!

Such had a great weekend here. Amazing views at the top of a hill. Not all the cars in our group made it up, so for some of us it was a walk, but doable. Great sites for tents, as well as hammocks. It was clean, everyone was very respectful around us.

First to Review
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 .

Quick Stop for Sleep

We parked here overnight for a quick nights rest in the jeep before continuing up to Glacier from Bozeman. Did the job, no amenities, this is definitely just a place to park and sleep in the car, i’m sure you could set up a tent inside the trail but when we went April 2019 there was a moose carcass up the trail and wanted to avoid grizzlies and scavengers lol

Beautiful hikes. Great hosts. Will be back for sure!

13 miles from town, but you wouldn't know it. Well marked trails. Lots of trees well established trails. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Site well kept. We will be back for sure.