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Best Dispersed Sites Near Custer Gallatin National Forest, MT (50)

    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

    1.

    Travertine Road Dispersed - Yellowstone

    26 Reviews
    59 Photos
    1006 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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping

    2.

    Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping

    11 Reviews
    38 Photos
    382 Saves
    Gardiner, Montana

    Welcome to the Custer-Gallatin National Forest Dispersed Camping area in Montana. This spot is perfect for those who crave a more rugged, off-the-grid camping experience. Nestled near Yellowstone National Park, this area offers stunning views and a sense of seclusion that's hard to beat.

    You'll find several pull-offs along the forest service roads, many of which come with fire rings. The views here are nothing short of spectacular, with vistas overlooking Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs. If you're lucky, you might even spot some wildlife like elk or catch a glimpse of the wildflowers that dot the landscape.

    Keep in mind, this is dispersed camping, so don't expect amenities like toilets, drinking water, or electric hookups. It's just you, your tent, and the great outdoors. Some visitors have mentioned that the road can be a bit bumpy with washboards and potholes, but it's manageable even without a 4WD.

    For those who love hiking, there are some good trails nearby. One reviewer mentioned a nice 6-mile round trip to a lake, which sounds like a great way to spend a day. And if you're into car camping, this area works well for that too.

    Just a heads-up: there's a sign warning about high grizzly activity in the area, so be bear-aware and take the necessary precautions. Also, while some reviews mention pet-friendly spots, it's best to double-check current regulations before bringing your furry friends along.

    In summary, if you're looking for a free, beautiful, and secluded camping experience with breathtaking views, this dispersed camping area in Custer-Gallatin National Forest is worth checking out. Just come prepared and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.

    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Firewood Available
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Targhee Creek

    3.

    Targhee Creek

    22 Reviews
    39 Photos
    600 Saves
    West Yellowstone, Montana

    Welcome to Targhee Creek, a fantastic dispersed camping area near Island Park, Idaho. This spot is a gem for those looking to explore Yellowstone, as it's just a short drive—about 25 minutes—from the West Yellowstone entrance.

    The area is known for its rugged beauty and seclusion. The road in can be a bit rough, but nothing a careful driver can't handle. Once you make it in, you'll find several campsites scattered along the way, with some prime spots right by the creek. The sound of rushing water adds a soothing backdrop to your stay, though it might be a bit loud for some.

    One of the standout features here is the natural beauty. Wildflowers and forest coverage make for a picturesque setting. Visitors have mentioned hearing moose in the distance, adding to the wilderness vibe. The views are simply gorgeous, with mountains and lush greenery all around.

    While the area lacks amenities like toilets, showers, and drinking water, it makes up for it with its natural charm. Fires are allowed, and some sites even have bear boxes and fire rings. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Cell service is surprisingly good, especially for Verizon users, which is a nice bonus for those who need to stay connected. Whether you're setting up a tent by the creek or finding a spot near the trailhead, Targhee Creek offers a peaceful and scenic retreat for campers looking to get away from it all.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Firewood Available
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Creek Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Creek Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Creek Road
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Creek Road
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    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site

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    Little Trail Creek Road - Dispersed Site

    3 Reviews
    10 Photos
    63 Saves
    Gardiner, Montana

    The Gardiner district covers the southeast part of Custer Gallatin National Forest, bordering Yellowstone National Park. Both Gardiner, MT and Cooke City, MT are within the Gardiner district.

    Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. It also means no services (such as trash removal), and little or no facilities (such as tables, fire pits or toilets) are provided.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Hyalite Canyon Dispersed - FS 1046
    Camper-submitted photo from Hyalite Canyon Dispersed - FS 1046
    Camper-submitted photo from Hyalite Canyon Dispersed - FS 1046
    Camper-submitted photo from Hyalite Canyon Dispersed - FS 1046
    Camper-submitted photo from Hyalite Canyon Dispersed - FS 1046
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed

    7.

    Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed

    15 Reviews
    42 Photos
    380 Saves
    Island Park, Idaho

    Welcome to Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed area, a hidden gem in Idaho that offers a serene and scenic escape. This spot is perfect for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it a little. The area is known for its breathtaking views of Henry's Lake and the surrounding mountains, making it a favorite among campers who appreciate natural beauty.

    The camping spots here are dispersed, meaning you won't find designated sites or many amenities. However, what it lacks in facilities, it more than makes up for in tranquility and stunning landscapes. Visitors have raved about the peaceful atmosphere and the incredible sunsets and sunrises over the lake. It's a fantastic place to unwind and soak in the beauty of nature.

    One of the standout features of this area is the easy access to the lake for fishing and kayaking. There are plenty of spots along the shoreline where you can set up camp and enjoy the water. Some campers have mentioned the abundance of fallen trees, which are great for gathering firewood. Just remember to practice fire safety and follow any local regulations.

    While the road leading to the lake can be a bit bumpy, most visitors agree that the journey is worth it. Once you arrive, you'll find a mix of open fields and wooded areas, providing a variety of settings for your campsite. The area is also a great base for exploring nearby Yellowstone, with the West Gate just a short drive away.

    Keep in mind that this is a primitive camping area, so you'll need to bring your own water and be prepared to pack out all your trash. Also, bear safety is crucial here, so make sure to store your food properly and bring bear spray.

    Overall, Henry's Lake BLM Dispersed area offers a unique and rewarding camping experience for those willing to venture off the beaten path. Whether you're here for the fishing, the views, or just some peace and quiet, you're sure to leave with some unforgettable memories.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from 4D2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
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      West Fork Denny Creek

      4 Reviews
      39 Saves
      West Yellowstone, Montana
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • ADA Access
      • Dispersed
      • Alcohol
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from 4G2 Yellowstone National Park Backcountry — Yellowstone National Park
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