J W.
Bozeman, MT
Joined June 2017
I'm a native Montanan, and love to explore the outdoors.
First to Review
Ruby creek campground

Stayed one night, 2 days here and floated the Madison 3 times, as the campground is right on the river. Well maintained sites, with lots of space between you and your neighbor.

Cabins at the campground

We stayed in the cabins at the campground, which were clean and well taken care of. There is a playground in the middle of the campground, as well as many trails to explore and places to ride a bike. The caverns were closed for the season, but the visitor center was open and fun to visit.

Steep walk

We love this area, and this site was fine for us…however, it is a bit of a steep walk down some steps from the parking spot to the picnic area. And again from the picnic area down to the water. This might be difficult for anyone who has trouble with mobility. Always a fun area for kids to play in the water!

Madison camping

Great place to stay and enjoy floating, fishing, and tubing. There is a loop campground on the West side of the river, as well as some spots along the road on the East side. These tend to fill up quickly, especially on the weekends. It has become such a busy place during the summer with boaters and tubers, if you're interested in camping I'd suggest during the week.

Chisholm-great spot!

We stayed 2 nights here, and the sites are very spacious, with lots of room between you and your neighbor. Lots of room for tents and hammocks! Right next to a small creek where kids can build a dam, hunt for rocks, or wade. This site is about a 2 minute walk to the Hyalite Resevoir, where it's fun to play in the water as well. Picnic tables, fire pit, clean facilities.

Great spot!

Great campsite near West Yellowstone for those who are interested in visiting the park. Campsites near the lake have fantastic views, and perfect trees for hammocks. Nice beach-like area for playing in/near the water.

Varney Bridge Fishing Access

We stayed here for 2 nights, and it has become our traditional early summer spot. There are a few smaller sites right next to the river, which are close to the road. Further down, there are a few more spots with more space, but from those spots it's a short walk to the river. It's a quiet spot, close to Ennis and Virginia City, so there are different options if you want to explore during the day. There are usually quite a few fishermen loading and unloading their boats throughout the day, which can be fun for the younger kids to watch. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and there is one outhouse across from the boat dock. The views are stunning, and the fishing is superb!

Spire Creek Campground

We stayed one night at Spire Rock in our camper. Would be great for camper or tent camping. This is a great campground if you have young kids, as there is a great hill across the bridge where they can look for rocks (geode, crystal type). There is also a hillside right next to the road that is perfect for exploring, making fairy houses, and spotting little troll houses. The sites are plenty big, have fire pits and picnic tables, and each one is next to the creek with easy access for wading. Outhouses are clean and well taken care of. The only reason I rated this 4 out of 5 stars is that there tend to be quite a few atv's driving past to explore the trails further up the road. They can be fast and noisy, but this would not deter me from staying here again.