Carbella Recreation Site

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Tom Miner Creek Rd. Emigrant, MT 59027 Official Website

GPS: 45.2124, -110.9005

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: gravel
Elevation: 4993 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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23 people have reviewed this location.

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4bars
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UpCountryCampers
Nisswa, MN 42' Grand Design Solitude Dodge Ram
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
“Would definitely stay again!”

Reviewed Aug 18, 2019

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We came to Carbella Recreation Area with low expectations, but were pleasantly surprised. This is a big open space near a boat launch that will accommodate numerous rigs of any size, fairly level, with great views of the mountains and the Yellowstone River. I think there were approximately 8 picnic table / fire rings but the grounds ca... more

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Traveller_RN would stay here again

“Should have stayed sooner. ”

Reviewed Aug 14, 2019

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We checked this place out on our first day in Yellowstone. Wide open space leading to this spot, although the GPS did steer us across the bridge and directly across the river from the actual camp area. Unfortunately, as we were car camping, the idea was to camp close to wherever we found ourselves on a particular day. We ended up far f... more

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Fearless Family
Hurricane, UT 33' Crossroads RV Zinger Chevrolet 2500 Van
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 0

Fearless Family would stay here again

“Great boondocking on the river”

Reviewed Jul 15, 2019

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Easily accessible from the main road. Be aware the GPS coordinates take you past the entrance. But the recreation sign is immediately on your right as you make the turn from the highway. DO NOT got over the bridge, you've gone too far. Sights are all first come, first serve. It was partly full while we were there at the end of June.... more

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2bars
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hayes8705
VT 28' Keystone Outback Toyota Tundra 5.7L
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

hayes8705 would stay here again

“Awesome boondocking site!”

Reviewed Jul 14, 2019

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We loved our night here on our way to Yellowstone...beautiful setting, right next to the river. Folks sort of parked/camped every which way but we were able to find a reasonably level spot parallel to the water. Was amazing to fall asleep to the sound of the rushing water. Lots of campers and tents but it was a very quiet environment -... more

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3bars
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15 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: N/A

Brian would stay here again

“Great spot a little north of Yellowstone”

Reviewed Jun 25, 2019

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This was a great place to stay while we visited Yellowstone. On our first night, we just picked a spot, and kept the trailer attached to the truck as we arrived a little later in the afternoon. The next day while scouting sites someone with a site right on the river was leaving. We grabbed the spot and loved it. We were right on th... more

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3bars
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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: N/A
“The wildlife convinced me to stay”

Reviewed Jun 24, 2019

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Okay, so I haven't actually stayed here yet. Having just pulled in an hour ago, I wasn't convinced this place was for me due to its openness, and so I was sitting in my Jeep, on Campendium, looking at the sites around West Yellowstone, and was about to move on. Having picked another spot to scout I reached to put the keys into t... more

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7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0
“Cool and free”

Reviewed Jun 18, 2019

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Very rocky paths in get on but level sites. Prickly pear everywhere so shoes are a must. Riverfront sites and the white water rafters go by. Zero bugs when we where there.

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5bars
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19 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Bonjoey would stay here again

“Peaceful quiet great view”

Reviewed May 31, 2019

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We stayed here after several day exploring YNP. Close to main highway but you will not hear traffic. Road going to is gravel and a little rough but doable even on big rigs. We stayed mid week so not much party goers. No att cell service

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DenverDMax
22' Jayco 22FB Chevrolet '03 Duramax - Crew Cab Long Bed
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: NA

DenverDMax would stay here again

“Fantastic free spot next to the river”

Reviewed May 29, 2019

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We camped here as a home base for checking out Yellowstone at the end of May. I think this my favorite spot near Yellowstone hands down. No bugs, slight breeze, river sounds to help you sleep, and perfect temperature! The road in is bumpy, but a rig of any size could easily make it without problems. There are many little fire rings all... more

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Kamila
Oakland, CA 25' Airstream Flying Cloud Ford F150
14 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: N/A

Kamila would stay here again

“Heaven on Yellowstone River”

Reviewed May 27, 2019

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This is an incredible spot. 25 mins from the Yellowstone north entrance and the small town of Gardiner with several restaurants/shops. Several sites are right on the river with picnic tables and fire rings. Access is down a short, dirt road. Road is a bit bumpy, but totally accessible if taken slow. Fast Verizon service is the icing on... more

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4bars
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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
Pets:
  • pets

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