Gary M.

Cheney, WA

Joined September 2018

Retired engineer/project manager, outdoor enthusiast, amateur photographer

Remote, secluded, no services, narrow gravel roads

If you like camping completely self contained, this is for you.  There is a pit toilet (locked due to current COVID restrictions), and a fire ring at each dispersed campsite.  No water, except for the creek, and not even any cell phone reception.  Parking is level.  Roads into the area are narrow gravel roads, so "large" rigs and/or trailers may find it a challenge.  "High line" capabilities for horse campers.  As for activities, there are many miles of trails and rugged roads to explore, but a CAUTION is to bring a GPS and have good map reading skills to avoid getting lost; it's easy to lose yourself.   We camped September 28-29, and saw very little wildlife (probably due to hunting season), and were probably two weeks early to see the fall colors.  If you like to be by yourself, away from people and can camp without any services (pack it in, pack it out), you will enjoy this place.

Unremarkable camping, but much to see and do

This area is a fairly popular day use area, and the camping area is quite open with one vault toilet.  However, it's a great place for those wanting to get an early start viewing wildlife at the ponds, and there's even a blind.  It accesses some 8,000 acres of BLM land spreading over the channeled scablands with many trails for hiking and horseback, and decent hunting in season.  It's also interesting to explore the old homestead site. and there are picnic tables and viewpoints.  Since this is BLM land, you may share your space with some grazing cattle, and remember to keep the gates closed.

Inexpensive tranquility close to Yellowstone & Beartooth Highway

Dispersed camping in great country!  Pit toilets, water available, garbage & food lockers.  Hard side units only as this is Grizzly country!  The northeast entrance to Yellowstone is only some 10 miles away, and the Beartooth highway is one of the most scenic drives you'll find!  We enjoyed the campground immensely for it's quiet serenity after the crowds of Yellowstone.  Climb the cliffs surrounding your site, enjoy the wildlife wandering through, and relax.

Equestrian camping at it's best

This area accesses many miles of hiking/biking/horseback trails along the scenic Spokane River, but the campground itself is reserved for equestrians. There is also an arena, round pen, and trail training course a quarter mile up the road from the campground.  For large groups and/or overflow, permission may be granted for camping in adjacent areas suitable for high lining horses.  Even though this area is only 20 minutes from our home, we frequently camp there just for fun!

Pleasant surroundings with water activities

Bridgeport State Park is on the upper reaches of the Columbia River across from the town of Bridgeport.  In the summer, it can be hot, and crowded with campers enjoying the river: boating, fishing, swimming, and just relaxing.  It's great in the off season; in fact, March 28 there were only two other units in the campground!

Primitive but magnificent

The campground itself is on BLM land and is primitive.  There is a pit toilet, picnic tables, fire rings, corrals and horse water.  The camping itself is on the primitive side, but the scenery it magnificent!  The last two miles driving in is a rough dirt road, and a vehicle with ground clearance is highly desirable. A three mile hike/horseback ride takes you through Washington's Channeled Scablands to Towell Falls through spectacular buttes and meadows along the creek.  The best time to visit is in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom and before the RATTLESNAKES get populous.  The night skies are particularly dark because you're a long way from any civilization.  It's also interesting exploring the old ranch building that remain on the site. The area is popular with horsemen and trail groups up to a bit of "roughing it." It also can be a great day trip from the Spokane Washington area.

Equestrian Camping

Riverside State Park has a magnificent equestrian campground on the west side of the river.  The main campground has electrical hookups, horse corrals & pit toilets.  With permission, overflow camping is available by the arena facility and readily accommodates "high lines" for your horses.  Many miles of trails intersect at this point, or close by.  There are many hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and even ORV activities in this huge park.  We visit frequently, but spring and fall are probably the most scenic times.