Brigham B.
Rigby, ID
Joined July 2016
Great Place to Camp...minus the sprinklers

Unfortunately it was raining the whole night we showed up. However there was a covered pavilion, with a fridge, and 2 walls. We were able to stay dry under the pavilion and cook our food on the stove we bought. We were tent camping which offers plenty of picnic tables and nice green grass. There are plenty of areas from for RV camping along with hookups. There's also a boat ramp.

Now the bad, as we were getting ready to go to bed, the sprinklers came on. Thankfully we had springbar tents that were able to take the rain as well as the sprinklers. We tried waking the camp host to turn them off. Didn't work. We just waited it out and we were fine.

The campsite firepits, and pavillions with fridges, basketball courts, a boat doc, and bathrooms (clean, with no nasty smell, and hand blower dryers).

Desert View Indeed

This campsite is first come first serve. I would not trust the rangers or boards at other parts of the park to tell you if the campsite is full. We were told it was full but thought we'd swing by just to check. Comes to find out that there were a lot of opened sites. It has clean bathrooms and water, as well as an area to clean your dishes! It is quite a distance from all the major sites of the park, BUT there are some good sites around it. If you want a site closer to a lot of the major sites plan ahead and book a site closer. The site worked great for our needs (a site big enough for our 3-man tent) in June of 2015. There's a general store near by if you need any supplies, but it does come at the increased park price. You'll also need to bring in your own firewood or purchase it at the general store.

Great Stay Close to a lot of sites

This was a great little campsite for us to spend 2 nights June of 2016.

First the stuff that I didn't like: Our campsite was a little on the small side and out 8 person tent barely fit with just enough room so that it wasn't in the campfire. Other sites were bigger and they do have sites for campers. There were signs up that said there were showers but we didn't know where to find one. I'm sure asking for help from a ranger would do the trick.

Now the good: We were really close to Apgar village and other sites along the Road to the Sun road. The rangers were nice and pleasant to interact with. They also offered ranger talks in the evening at the amphitheater, which was a short walk away. Bathrooms as well as clean drinking water were close by. We also saw 2 deer walk through our campsite. You're also only 15 mins away from Clearwater MT, if you forgot any supplies.

Be sure to bring your own firewood. They are also very strict on their bear control and on making sure campers store their food when away from their campsites. You will also want to be sure to reserve well in advance or have some great timing to snag an opened non-reservable spot. Usually 11 a.m. is when you check out; so if you show up around that time you may be able to snag an opened non-reservable spot.

I'd do it again.

We stayed here 2 nights the summer of 2015. It's priced fair and we were able to find a camp spot with some good shade. We were camping in a tent se we didn't need hook-ups. I'm not sure what the hook-up situation is for campers. We were able to enjoy cool evening walks; where we would often spot deer. It was also fairly close to the amphitheater to hear the ranger talks. I would recommend going to the talks because they would talk about a lot of the history that you may miss out on. Also the showers were free; a little old school but got the job done.