Great, quiet little place. Clean bathrooms. In a grove of trees in the middle of open fields. Places for tents. We're able to camp with our 30' TT. Lot was big enough to turn it around. Had to use our generator all night due to battery issues. Sorry to the tent campers at the other end of the park for the noise. I'm sure they were glad when we pulled out in the morning. Awesome free spot.
Getting to this place with our 30' TT was a challenge. Most of the road there is a one lane, winding road with dropoffs at times. There are lots of horse trailers that use this road so be prepared. That being said, the payoff is amazing. We camped at a dispersed site just past the actual campground which was completely vacant during our stay.
There are many hunters that also use this area. We spoke with a couple of them & they told us that grizzlies, moose, black bears, elk at times, & mule deer are very present in the valley although we only saw deer. The river is very near the lower campsites. The stars go on forever & we were lucky enough to stay here for 3 clear nights & a full moon. It is a top notch spot. Highly recommend.
We got our water from a mountain stream 20 minutes away, it was cleaner than tap water. Both of us drank it & lived. Firewood is very plentiful along the road, just watch for marked areas where it can't be gathered.
U shaped parking lot. Park area with picnic tables in the middle & one side. No fires. Pets ok. Right next to a river. Gas stations nearby. Good water pressure for filling freshwater tank. Free dump station on site. Very noisy & lots of drive-throughs overnight. A couple homeless people hanging out.
We made the mistake of taking our TT down to the lake but missed the right turn going to the campground loop, wound up stuck at the boat launch area. DON'T make the same mistake we did. There should be a sign because if someone takes the first left, it is a dead end with no opportunity at all to turn around. We got lucky.
After we got turned around & went back up to the dispersed camping area, we found the ultimate spot & stayed 5 nights. There are several of these spots at the top of the hill. The last night dropped a little snow on the higher elevations so we headed down before it got any worse. We were able to get H2O from the visitors center in Cooke City, just a few miles away. We also did laundry in the Soda Butte Lodge. Kind folks in both places.
The stars were astounding at night. The view of the mountains was incredible. We had no wildlife come through during our stay but did make friends with the local chipmunks & gray jays.
This campground is perfect for exploring the beartooth pass or Yellowstone due to its location. The washboard, winding road to the top is one lane at times so use caution. We had cell signal on the top ridge so that was nice for phone calls if we needed.
We will go back again.