Best Camping near Bitterroot National Forest

Join the fun near Bitterroot National Forest. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Bitterroot National Forest is filled with the activities, sights, and experiences to make everyone in your crew a happy camper. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Bitterroot National Forest camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Bitterroot National Forest, MT (143)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Como Campground

    1.

    Lake Como Campground

    8 Reviews
    18 Photos
    141 Saves
    Darby, Montana

    The campground, a.k.a. Lower Como, is a single loop through a stand of mixed pine and fir trees and one of three campgrounds in the Lake Como Recreation Area. __It is located below Lake Como. The understory is grass with good privacy between campsites. Lake Como Lower Campground is paved and features a host site and ten 125' pull through recreational vehicle (RV) sites (with electrical and water hookups) water, and garbage services. Three sites are handicap accessible, and there are 4 handicap accessible vault toilets located throughout the campground. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Lake Como is 913 acres. __The beach is large and sandy. The boat ramp is located at the south side of dam.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Drinking Water
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Billings Memorial Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Billings Memorial Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Billings Memorial Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Billings Memorial Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Billings Memorial Campground

    2.

    Sam Billings Memorial Campground

    3 Reviews
    5 Photos
    13 Saves
    Conner, Montana

    Sam Billings Memorial Campground is located off of the West Fork Rd and consists of 12 campsites complete with picnic tables, and fire rings. There is also a large area ideal for group activities. Other facilites include vault toilets. Campground can accommodate RV's or trailers to 30 feet.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Trees Campground

    3.

    Indian Trees Campground

    7 Reviews
    19 Photos
    38 Saves
    Sula, Montana

    Overview

    Indian Trees Campground is a quiet place to stay 3/4 miles off of Highway 93 in the mountains of southwest Montana. It provides access to a number of enjoyable recreational activities, as well as the vast scenery of the rugged Bitterroot National Forest. The area boasts wild game, high quality water and wild and scenic rivers.

    Recreation

    Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. A number of trails can be accessed near the campground, including the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Nez Perce NHT is a 3.1-mile trail begins near the turnoff to the campground and follows a portion of the original Nez Perce route. Explorers in the early 1800s also used the route, and wagon ruts are still visible along parts of the trail. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is also nearby. Fishing is available in nearby Camp Creek. Anglers will find mostly cutthroat trout but other species are available. A variety of wildlife, including big game like mule and white-tailed deer, elk and moose, makes its home in the area.

    Facilities

    Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. A number of trails can be accessed near the campground, including the Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Nez Perce NHT is a 3.1-mile trail begins near the turnoff to the campground and follows a portion of the original Nez Perce route. Explorers in the early 1800s also used the route, and wagon ruts are still visible along parts of the trail. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is also nearby. Fishing is available in nearby Camp Creek. Anglers will find mostly cutthroat trout but other species are available. A variety of wildlife, including big game like mule and white-tailed deer, elk and moose, makes its home in the area.

    Natural Features

    The campground is conveniently located near Highway 93, at an elevation of about 5,100 feet. It is named for the numerous scarred ponderosa pine trees in the area. Native American populations that once lived in or frequented the area stripped the trees of bark to expose and extract the tree's sweet cambium layer for food. The trees remain historically significant and provide shade to the campground.

    Nearby Attractions

    Popular Lost Trail Hot Springs is located less than a half-mile from the campground. Unlike the majority of natural hot springs, Lost Trail lacks sulfur, making it odorless and very comfortable for swimming. A general store and lodging is located in Sula Store, about 5 miles north.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Drinking Water

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Three Frogs Campground

    4.

    Three Frogs Campground

    4 Reviews
    7 Photos
    29 Saves
    Darby, Montana

    Three Frogs Campground is a newly reconstructed campground and features 16 small trailer campsites and 4 walk-in tent sites. The campground offers accessible vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, water and garbage service, and gravel surfaced roads. Some campsites are also equipped with tent pads. Can accommodate trailers to 30' lengths.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Drinking Water
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Anglers Roost Campground

    5.

    Anglers Roost Campground

    8 Reviews
    10 Photos
    20 Saves
    Hamilton, Montana

    The park is an icon in originally constructed in 1965 and is right on the Bitterroot River, but with modern amenities. We are open year-round in the upper campground. Thinking of wintertime camping? We have a Conestoga Wagon with all the cozy essentials for a great glamping experience, even in winter - great for that ski trip at Lost Horse. We also have a great general store with groceries, local beers, wine, local Montana jams, honey, and other local merchandise and all the rv and fishing supplies you may need. The great plus is we have a great Angler's Roost family ready to help make your camping experience relaxing and enjoyable. Look forward to seeing you.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rombo Campground

    6.

    Rombo Campground

    2 Reviews
    13 Photos
    95 Saves
    Conner, Montana

    Overview

    Rombo Campground is located in a scenic area along the West Fork Bitterroot River in the mountains of southwestern Montana. The area is home to a variety of big game and wildlife, and provides access to a number of outdoor activities, including fishing, seasonal rafting and various trail opportunities.

    Recreation

    Fly fishing and wading in the West Fork Bitterroot River are popular activities. During high water season, kayaking and rafting are available as well. Painted Rocks Lake is just five miles south of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout. Many trails and unimproved roads in the area are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks are nearby.

    Facilities

    Fly fishing and wading in the West Fork Bitterroot River are popular activities. During high water season, kayaking and rafting are available as well. Painted Rocks Lake is just five miles south of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout. Many trails and unimproved roads in the area are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks are nearby.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. Large yellow-barked ponderosa pine trees tower above many of the campsites, which along with fir, aspen and lodgepole pine, provide pleasant shade. The campground is situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area, including bald eagles, mule and white-tailed deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and numerous songbirds.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Alta Ranger Station, located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, was the first Forest Service Ranger Station in the United States, built in 1899. It remains a popular tourist location and is a short distance from the campground. Horse Creek Hot Springs is about 29 miles from the campground and can be accessed via a gravel road with a high-clearance vehicle.A post office and a general store can be found in Conner, 16 miles from the campground. Darby is 24 miles from the campground. It is a full-service community with fuel, lodging, a grocery store, and other local businesses.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Campground

    7.

    Alta Campground

    3 Reviews
    14 Photos
    23 Saves
    Shoup, Idaho

    Overview

    Alta Campground is located in a scenic forest in the heart of Montana's Bitterroot National Forest. The West Fork of the Bitterroot River flows nearby, giving visitors access to some of the best fishing the area has to offer, as well as other water-related recreation.

    Recreation

    Fly fishing and wading in the Bitterroot River, which runs alongside the campground, are popular activities. During high water season, canoeing and rafting are available as well. A variety of trails and unimproved roads are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks, including to Lookout, Razorback and Thunder Mountains, as well as Beaver and Deer Creek Points, are nearby. The Alta Pine interpretive trail is nearby. Painted Rocks Lake is located about five miles north of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout.

    Facilities

    Fly fishing and wading in the Bitterroot River, which runs alongside the campground, are popular activities. During high water season, canoeing and rafting are available as well. A variety of trails and unimproved roads are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks, including to Lookout, Razorback and Thunder Mountains, as well as Beaver and Deer Creek Points, are nearby. The Alta Pine interpretive trail is nearby. Painted Rocks Lake is located about five miles north of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, a popular fishing river in the area. Large, yellow-barked ponderosa pine trees tower above many of the campsites, which along with fir, aspen and lodgepole pine, provide pleasant shade. The campground is situated at an elevation of about 4,580 feet. A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including bald eagles, mule and white-tailed deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and numerous songbirds.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Alta Ranger Station, located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, was the first Forest Service Ranger Station in the United States, built in 1899. It remains a popular tourist location and is just minutes from the campground. Hughes Creek, once a vibrant placer gold mining site, is nearby. The historic area accounted for 88 percent of all the placer gold recovered in Ravalli County from 1904-1948. Horse Creek natural hot springs can be found about 18 miles south from the campground, via gravel road with high-clearance vehicle recommended. The nearest town is Conner, which provides some services and is approximately 27 miles to the north. Darby is about 32 miles away and offers full services.

    Charges & Cancellations

    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Horse Dispersed Campground

    8.

    Lost Horse Dispersed Campground

    4 Reviews
    10 Photos
    59 Saves
    Darby, Montana

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd737682.pdf

    There are many opportunities for dispersed camping on the Bitterroot National Forest. The general guidance is as follows: • Our Forest stay limit is 16 days. After 16 days you must move 5 miles away from your camp site, as the crow flies • Camp in an already used site, do not create a new site o For fire rings (rocks usually), use existing rings before making a new one. Scatter once done and leaving. o Do not burn trash or other items in fire rings to avoid pollution and to not attract animals. o Collect dead and down wood for firewood. o Ensure your campfire is OUT before you leave • Camp 100 feet away from water • Do not rinse and wash dishes/etc. out of the creek or river. Do it on land. • There is a not a set distance for how far you need to be off a trail, but keep in mind other people are hiking and want to enjoy the area as well, so the further away from the trail the better. • Practice Leave No Trace Principles o Plan ahead and prepare o Travel and camp on durable surfaces o Dispose of waste properly o Leave what you find o Minimize campfire impacts o Respect wildlife o Be considerate of other visitors o For more information on LNT, visit: https://lnt.org/ • Do not damage live trees (nails, carving, etc.) • Motorized access to dispersed camping is allowed within 300 feet of most roads. • Know where you are and ensure you are on public lands. Make sure you have an updated map or app on your phone. • Be bear aware and store your food properly.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Travellers Rest Cabins & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Travellers Rest Cabins & RV Park

    9.

    Travellers Rest Cabins & RV Park

    3 Reviews
    2 Photos
    7 Saves
    Darby, Montana
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blodgett Campground

    10.

    Blodgett Campground

    6 Reviews
    16 Photos
    57 Saves
    Hamilton, Montana

    Blodgett Campground consists of 5 campsites, 1 walk-in site, plus 1 host site, complete with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. There are two accessible campsites. __The campground rests under the towering cliff faces of Blodgett Canyon which are very popular to rock climbers. Blodgett Canyon Picnic Area is across Blodgett Creek. __Campground can accommodate RV's or trailers to 45 feet.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available
    • Drinking Water
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Bitterroot National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, Bitterroot National Forest offers a wide range of camping options, with 143 campgrounds and RV parks near Bitterroot National Forest and 11 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Bitterroot National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Bitterroot National Forest is Lake Como Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 8 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Bitterroot National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 11 free dispersed camping spots near Bitterroot National Forest.

What parks are near Bitterroot National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 14 parks near Bitterroot National Forest that allow camping, notably Clearwater National Forest and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.