A campground in the West Absaroka Mountains on the Gardiner District.
Camp sites: Dispersed
Trash Pickup: 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.
P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St.
Gardiner, MT 59030
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.
This camp ground had about three established campsites I believe, and they were all pretty private from one another. A creek runs through camp and it's heavily forested. Even during the busiest seasons this free campground is vacant but there is good reason for this.
The drive up was rough, take your vehicle at your own risk. If it's not AWD or 4WD you likely will not make it and trust me, you don't want to get stuck on the narrow road on the edge of a cliff. There's also a couple grave yards about a mile from the camp site which is pretty ominous.
There was a grouse preforming it's drumbing mating performance in the camp at all hours of the day and off and on through the night that got pretty annoying, but I doubt you'll have the same experience.
It is about 7 miles from Gardiner and there was some distressed screaming coming from the woods that cause me to decide to pack up camp and leave, so be weary. I'm certain it wasn't an animal (I'm a wildlife ecology student and am very familiar with animal calls in the area) but I have no idea what had went on.
Other than that, this camp site was pretty and probably the only quiet option near Yellowstone.
There are 3 or 4 sites at this location. One vault toilet services all of them. The site closest to the vault had the best stargazing view in my opinion. There is a picnic table and fire pit accomodating each site. A large open field is on site for activities (frisbee, playing catch, etc) but be careful of the large rocks. Exciting location as your just a quick drive down the mountain from Yellowstone National Park. Great for the avid "backcountry" camper.