Best Camping near Custer Gallatin National Forest

Are you in need of a campground near Custer Gallatin National Forest, MT? There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that Montana camping has to offer. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your Montana camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Custer Gallatin National Forest, MT (247)

    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park

    1.

    Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park

    53 Reviews
    184 Photos
    458 Saves
    Gardiner, Montana

    Overview

    Mammoth Campground will reopen for camping Friday, May 24, 2024. Reservations are required. There are no first come, first served sites. For reservations at the campgrounds managed by Yellowstone National Park Lodges (Fishing Bridge RV Park, Bridge Bay, Canyon, Madison, and Grant Village campgrounds), please visit the Yellowstone National Park Lodges website: http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/stay/camping/

    Recreation

    There are many recreational opportunities in the Mammoth Hot Springs area including hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. A highlight is to explore the boardwalks above Mammoth Hot Springs to view the the steaming hydrothermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces. In the winter, ski or snowshoe among the whiffs of sulfur along the Upper Terraces. You can also explore the historic Fort Yellowstone area.__ Visit the park's website to learn more: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/explore-mammoth.htm

    Facilities

    There are many recreational opportunities in the Mammoth Hot Springs area including hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. A highlight is to explore the boardwalks above Mammoth Hot Springs to view the the steaming hydrothermal features or take a drive around the vibrant travertine terraces. In the winter, ski or snowshoe among the whiffs of sulfur along the Upper Terraces. You can also explore the historic Fort Yellowstone area.__ Visit the park's website to learn more: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/explore-mammoth.htm

    Natural Features

    The Mammoth Campground is situated in a high sagebrush steppe, scattered juniper and Douglas fir trees provide shade during hot summer months. Wildlife including elk, bison, pronghorn, and mule deer frequent the Mammoth Hot Springs and Northern area of the park, depending on the season.__ The road from the North Entrance to the Mammoth Campground winds up the Gardner River canyon, past crumbling walls of sandstone and ancient mudflows. The vegetation is much thicker in the canyon than on the open prairie down below, the common trees being Rocky Mountain juniper, cottonwood, and Douglas-fir. Low-growing willows also crowd the river's edge in the flatter, flood-prone sections of the canyon. Watch for wildlife, which varies by the season. Eagles, osprey, dippers, and kingfishers can be spotted along the river, while bighorn sheep climb along the steeper parts of the canyon. Elk are common in Mammoth Hot Springs, while bison can often been seen along the road out to Tower___Roosevelt. Spring and Fall daytime temperatures range from 30__F to the 60__F with overnight lows in the teens to single digits. Snow is common in the spring and fall. Summer temperatures are often around 70__F to 80__F and occasionally 90__F at lower elevations. Nights are usually cool and temperatures may drop below freezing at higher elevations. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons. During winter, sub-zero temperatures and snow are common, especially at night and at higher elevations.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Visit the park's website to learn more about the Mammoth Hot Springs area: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/explore-mammoth.htm

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changing Reservations: There is no change fee if a visitor extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. Additionally, there is no change fee if the visitor wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility. If a visitor wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee. If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date. Once a reservation date has begun, visitors cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center. Onsite staff will assist with changes or cancellations.__ Cancellations: Visitors may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's approved rate including tax and applicable add-on. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. Visitors who cancel a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days prior to arrival date will pay a $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night___s rate.__ No-Shows: A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.__ Early Departures: Visitors are requested to notify staff at the facility if they depart early to allow others to use the site. If the visitor chooses to depart early, they may forfeit the approved rate and applicable tax and applicable add-on for the day of departure. If a visitor departs prior to the scheduled check-out date, they may be eligible for a partial refund. Visitors may notify the Recreation.gov call center to request a refund of remaining unused nights. If a visitor requests a refund for an early departure after the facility check-out time (10 am) has passed, the visitor will not be refunded for that night and is eligible for a refund on any additional nights that will not be used.__ Refunds: Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Visitors may also initiate a refund request through the call center at any time after their reservation has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive. In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

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    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park

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    Madison Campground — Yellowstone National Park

    79 Reviews
    242 Photos
    548 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Madison Campground___elevation 6,800 feet (2073 m)___sits about 14 miles east from the town of West Yellowstone and 16 miles north of Old Faithful. Nearby, the Gibbon and Firehole rivers join to form the Madison River. In early summer, meadows teem with wildflowers and bison. In September and October, you can often hear bugling elk. Yellowstone National Park Lodges provides reservations for this campground.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone
    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone
    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone
    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone
    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone
    Camper-submitted photo from Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone

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    Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone

    26 Reviews
    59 Photos
    1012 Saves
    Gardiner, Montana

    Travertine Road Dispersed Camping, just outside the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, MT, offers a rugged yet rewarding experience for those who don't mind roughing it a bit. This spot is all about the views and the solitude. You won't find any amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water here, so come prepared. But what you will find are stunning vistas and a sense of peace that's hard to beat.

    The road up can be a bit of a challenge—it's bumpy and steep in places—but most vehicles can handle it if you take it slow. Several campers have mentioned that their Subarus and even small trailers made it up just fine. Once you get there, you'll be greeted by expansive views over Gardiner and the surrounding mountains. It's a prime spot for wildlife sightings too; elk and coyotes are frequent visitors.

    Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a campfire under the stars. Just make sure to bring your own firewood, as there's none available on-site. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. And the best part? It's free.

    If you're planning to explore Yellowstone, this location is incredibly convenient. You're just a short drive from the park's north entrance and the town of Gardiner, where you can grab a bite to eat or stock up on supplies. One reviewer even recommended the Wonderland Cafe for a good meal.

    In summary, if you're looking for a no-frills camping experience with breathtaking views and easy access to Yellowstone, Travertine Road Dispersed Camping is a fantastic choice. Just be ready for a bit of a rough ride and come prepared with all your essentials.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Red Cliff Campground

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    Red Cliff Campground

    19 Reviews
    62 Photos
    189 Saves
    Big Sky, Montana

    Overview

    Red Cliff Campground is located in the scenic Gallatin Canyon, on the Bozeman Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest, in Montana. Bozeman is 46 miles north of the campground and West Yellowstone is 45 miles south. The campground is adjacent to the Gallatin River and Highway 191. The surrounding area offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, rafting, hiking and viewing local wildlife.

    Recreation

    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 Elkhorn Creek Trail, for hiking and horseback riding, begins at the south end of the campground.

    Facilities

    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 Elkhorn Creek Trail, for hiking and horseback riding, begins at the south end of the campground.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits next to the Gallatin River, at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Most campsites are situated among scattered pine and fir trees. Some sites are located in open meadows further from the river. A variety of wildlife makes its home in this scenic canyon. Visitors can often glimpse bald eagles, bighorn sheep, moose, elk, mountain goats, deer and coyotes. Black and grizzly bears also live in the canyon.

    Nearby Attractions

    The west entrance to Yellowstone National Park is located 45 miles south of the campground, in the town of West Yellowstone. Visitors enjoy day trips to the park for unparalleled wildlife viewing, beautiful scenery and unique geologic features. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in the town of West Yellowstone is a popular attraction. It showcases live grizzly bears, gray wolves and various birds of prey, and has a variety of exhibits and educational programs.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (623) 910-0170.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow Point Campground

    5.

    Rainbow Point Campground

    33 Reviews
    96 Photos
    286 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Overview

    Rainbow Point Campground is located on the banks of scenic Hebgen Lake, in southwestern Montana. It is approximately 10 miles north of West Yellowstone and the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Visitors enjoy the area for its boating, fishing and hiking opportunities, as well as its close proximity to Yellowstone.

    Recreation

    Hebgen Lake is considered Montana's premier still-water fishing lake. Anglers will find a healthy population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake. A boat ramp is located within the campground. Hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area.

    Facilities

    Hebgen Lake is considered Montana's premier still-water fishing lake. Anglers will find a healthy population of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake. A boat ramp is located within the campground. Hiking, biking and off-road vehicle trails crisscross the surrounding area.

    Natural Features

    Hebgen Lake sits on the Madison River, at an elevation of 6,240 feet. The lake covers 21 square miles and has 65 miles of shoreline. Rainbow Point is situated on Rainbow Bay, among a dense forest of lodgepole pine. A variety of waterfowl is often spotted in the area, including sandhill cranes, herons, Western grebes, white pelicans, osprey, Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks, loons and bald and golden eagles. Bison, deer and moose are frequently seen as well.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (623) 910-0170.

    Nearby Attractions

    West Yellowstone offers dining, shopping and lodging options. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a popular attraction with live grizzlies, gray wolves and birds of prey, and a variety of educational exhibits and programs. Yellowstone National Park offers unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities, breathtaking scenery and unique geological features.

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    • Phone Service
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    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday

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    Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA Holiday

    39 Reviews
    107 Photos
    138 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Just 6 miles from Yellowstone's west entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana (the most popular and convenient entry point), you'll find a pine-shaded site that is the perfect base camp for exploring the world's first national park. Old Faithful puts on its steamy regular-as-clockwork show just 30 miles away. The area offers horseback riding, world-class fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, a nightly Old West Rodeo, Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Return for a soak in the indoor pool housed in a classic Montana log building. Fuel up with a latte and pancakes for breakfast and a barbecue dinner in the evening (featuring Almost Famous ribs). Save room for delicious homemade fudge.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $120 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bakers Hole Campground

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    Bakers Hole Campground

    31 Reviews
    71 Photos
    426 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    This campground has both reservable sites and sites managed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    A campground along the Madison River on the Hebgen Lake District.

    Camp sites: 73 camp sites Electrical Sites: 33

    Accessible Facilities: Fire Grates Fishing Platform Tables Toilets Water Trash Pickup: Yes Firewood: $6.00 / bundle No Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night.If you would like more information on the campground please contact Yellowstone Country Campgrounds, Inc at (406) 646-1012. Information: Hebgen Lake Office P.O. Box 520 West Yellowstone, MT 59758 (406) 823-6961

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    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park

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    Canyon Campground — Yellowstone National Park

    48 Reviews
    211 Photos
    389 Saves
    Gardiner, Montana

    Canyon Campground___elevation 7,900 feet (2408 m)___lies in a lodgepole pine forest at Canyon Village, south of the Washburn range and near the breath-taking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Canyon Village offers stores, restaurants, and lodging. Nearby hikes include Cascade Lake, Mount Washburn, and the Canyon Rim trails. Yellowstone National Park Lodges provides reservations for this campground.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Canyon Campground

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    Canyon Campground

    13 Reviews
    40 Photos
    138 Saves
    Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana

    A campground along the Yellowstone River on the Gardiner District.

    Camp sites: 17

    Accessible Facilities: Fire Grates Tables Toilet Trash Pickup: No Firewood: No No Reservations: This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night. Information: Gardiner Office P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St. Gardiner, MT 59030 (406) 848-7375

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    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Madison Arm Resort

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    Madison Arm Resort

    28 Reviews
    75 Photos
    156 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Madison Arm Resort RV Resort & Campground, only minutes from Yellowstone National Park, is located just off Highway 191 and Highway 20.

    We offer perfect summer camping with very special facilities including, RV sites, tent campsites, and cabins among pine trees, wildlife and mountain vistas. And do we have activities... boating, fishing, swimming. We're close to white water rafting, hiking, biking, back packing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, golf, and tennis

    Here you'll intimately experience the grandeur of the Yellowstone wilderness. This is a great overnight destination as you enjoy sightseeing Yellowstone National Park or it is a great fishing vacation.

    Hebgen Lake has abundant trout fishing - whether you use a wet or dry fly, troll, tube, or bank fish, you are sure to find the fishing enjoyable. Our resort has marina facilities that include boat and motor rentals, canoes, kayaks, launch ramp, docking, and fuel. Boat slips are equipped with convenience outlets to allow charging of your electric trolling motor battery.

    Madison Arm Resort is open from May 15th to October 1st.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Custer Gallatin National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, Custer Gallatin National Forest offers a wide range of camping options, with 247 campgrounds and RV parks near Custer Gallatin National Forest and 50 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Custer Gallatin National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Custer Gallatin National Forest is Mammoth Campground — Yellowstone National Park with a 4.4-star rating from 53 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Custer Gallatin National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 50 free dispersed camping spots near Custer Gallatin National Forest.

What parks are near Custer Gallatin National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 12 parks near Custer Gallatin National Forest that allow camping, notably Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin National Forest.