Wake up and smell the chocolate

This resort park is crowded, noisy, and void of nature. If you are ok with a more built up camping experience while visiting Hershey Park, or if you’ll just be in your RV anyway, this is an ok campground. I wouldn’t stay again, but with family it isn’t the worst choice you can make, as it is close enough to civilization and entertainment to keep everyone busy (even reluctant campers).

Green rolling hills

We met with friends from Pittsburgh here, they visit often and consider this a hidden gem. We enjoyed the waterfront camping and snowshoeing. We got a site by the water and with good tree cover. They also have cabins but we were just in a tent (I don’t know if the cabins are open all year). Great place to camp for simple beauty.

Lakeside campsites

This is a smaller campground for Glacier, but still busy. It has everything you need in a National Park campground, including ranger-led kids programming and a free shuttle. Unfortunately it will fill up so you have to plan your day around getting a spot! But if you can, the views from the campsite are spectacular, whereas other sites in Glacier are just forested. The road noise was annoying but who sleeps in while camping anyway.

Dense forest with easy access to everything

This is a big National Park campground that will fill up every day in the summer. It is close to the park boundary so you get the best of both worlds…civilization and the park’s beauty. We spent all day hiking nearby so didn’t spend much time in the campground. It is busy but was clean. We used the shuttle so we didn’t have to worry about driving and parking. We stayed in the tents loop, nice and far from RV land.

Amazing almost rainforest feel in the mountains

Exceptional life list trails nearby with perfect Glacier NP scenery and wildlife all around. This means you absolutely need to get there early to get a site since there are no reservations at this camp site. The campground has regular ranger programs and modern but simple facilities (at least as of a number of years ago). There were RVs and it was full but it was still pretty serene.

Mining ghost town for day or overnight

Many states out west allow dispersed camping on select public lands owned by the Bureau of Land management. You need to pick up a map of exactly where you’re allowed to camp (there are no facilities, obviously). You can also rent “cabins” which are buildings from before the building became ghosted (but have been updated). Even if you don’t want to camp you can tour the town and have a surreal afternoon imagining what it’d be like to be a miner back in the day.

Lots of lakes

Relatively small campground, nice and wooded, but RVs galore. If you don’t have a boat there isn’t much to do here but nearby there is hiking. We just stayed overnight spontaneously but it was a good state park.

Moose, pronghorns, birding and more

Wide open spaces and mountain views, lots of wildlife. Simple clean and small campground but lots to do in the area to enjoy the nature. There’s also a resort with fancy cabins very nearby---make sure you know which you want. Not too far from Yellowstone, in case you are desperate for a camp site.

Outside Helena

Nice big state park campground, but it fills up quickly. Views are good but they aren’t the Montana stereotypical snow-capped peaks. The camp sites where we stayed were pretty close together but right on the water. Good place to stay for a day passing through or for longer if you just want low-key time on the water.

Large group sites in beautiful area

Group sites: you must have at least 10 people to stay here. Booked for a family reunion, was a nice layout. Site is wooded and shady. Facilities modern but still basic. Tons to do nearby for all ages and interests, including ranger programs short walk away. Really memorable trip. Highly recommended.

Wooded, mountain views

Beautiful national forest primitive sites with modern but basic amenities. Each is large and private. Camp sites are wooded and aren’t really along the lake but the views are still very nice. A lot of people were using the lake for fishing. Seemed like there were a lot of locals here, got some great trail and restaurant recommendations.

Pretty reservoir

Tried to camp here in summer but it was full, but we got a good look at the place. Wooded and near a picturesque reservoir. Basic sites but they had water and toilets. Lots of people had boats.

Fire tower camping!

Slept in this fire tower with 3 friends. Great challenging snowshoe hike in winter. In summer you can drive a Jeep right up to the tower so it’s like a backcountry experience without all the work and with some creature comforts. Cozy wood fireplace and bunk beds. I assume it'd be cool in summer. Tons of wildlife and views. Make sure to reserve in advance and talk with rangers.

Nice stop along the scenic byway in National Forest

Wooded with creeks. Small campground but we were the only ones therein spring. Nice simple primitive camping with tons of trails nearby. Note: on another trip, we stayed in a campground with this same name on the CA/NV border, double check when you look up info.

Great basecamp for the area.

Free, drive-up, no permit needed. Primitive sites, very simple but clean and kept up well. Wooded by a creek. Pretty sure a bear came through camp one night so make sure to follow all the bear guidelines. Cute small town of York is nearby, got to see a cattle drive which was pretty neat.

Montana Wildlife refuge area

Took the Judith River Backcountry Scenic Drive in a Jeep, camped here. Nice and shady, simple primitive sites. Lovely setting. Lots of boat activity at this site. Tons of animals great and small. Really lovely trip.

Small stopover

Lovely little site north of Helena along the highway. Fish & wildlife state siteso simple primitive camp sites. Not too memorable but the nearby area is stunning Montana wilderness with loads of hiking.

Basecamp for serious hiking

Picture-perfect Montana Rockies beauty. Didn’t use the lake but many were. Wooded small campground with basic primitive sites. Owned by National Forest & kept well. Filled up by mid-afternoon, were lucky to get there early. Exceptional views.

Basecamp for serious hiking

Picture-perfect Montana Rockies beauty. Didn’t use the lake but many were. Wooded small campground with basic primitive sites. Owned by National Forest & kept well. Filled up by mid-afternoon, were lucky to get there early. Exceptional views.

Ok stopover

Nice little lake, was there in fall so not busy. Wooded and sites are along the lake, but views aren’t fantastic. Saw bear prints, definitely lock up foods. Bring water treatment methods.