Cromwell Dixon Campground

Helena National Forest

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Hwy 12
Helena, MT 59601
406-449-5490
406-449-5201
Official Website

GPS: 46.5577, -112.3147

Last Price Paid: $8
Number of Sites: 15
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 6260 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

1bars
Verizon 3G
2 reviews
“Campground is currently closed”

Reviewed Jul 02, 2017

Overall Rating

Campground is currently closed (7/2/17). I just spoke with the Forest Service. It is due to the Pine Beetle and it will be closed for the rest of the season, but not permanently.

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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AudreyAirstream
Henderson, NV
27 Airstream International
2016 Ford F150
33 reviews
Nightly rate: $8
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 0

AudreyAirstream would stay here again

“Right on the Continental Divide”

Reviewed Sep 04, 2015

Overall Rating

This campground is at MacDonald Pass on the Continental Divide and has access to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. We did a short hike on the trail and it was really lovely and worth exploring. Note, the trail is not directly accessible from the campground, but starts on the other side of the hill (there are signs directing you).

The campground sites are well placed among trees and each has a fire pit and picnic table. You need to pack out your trash as there are no receptacles. The one downside is that it is quite close to Highway 12 so there is quite a bit of road noise. Much of the noise is due to the fact that cars are either climbing or descending right there, not just whizzing by.

The campground itself has very sketchy cell phone coverage - some sites seemed to have 3 bars of Verizon 3G near the entrance but as you circled the loop it dropped to 1x. So if coverage matters, choose one of the first sites that you come to!

We actually ended up camping in the old "Quigley Group Area" on the other side of the hill because it had 3 bars of LTE. It's a run down looking area and there are really only 3 sites that might work to squeeze into - it feels like boondocking on a forest service road because the area is not maintained and we like that feeling.

By the way, you'll see a large searchlight type of rotating beacon light at the top of the hill by the campground. If you're curious, it's a light from the 1930's that was part of the original Air Mail lighting system! There are very few of these left across the US but 19 of them are in Montana - kinda cool! (You can Google "MacDonald Pass Beacon" for more info and history.)

(If I could, I would give this 3.5 stars...I erred on the side of optimism. The road noise wasn't great but the hiking trail was lovely, so it won.)

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
1bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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