Best Camping in Montana

Camping in Montana

Montana entices campers with serene lakes, daring roads (the Beartooth Highway), varied ecosystems, and unique landforms. Because of its breathtaking beauty, Montana remains a popular camping destination for both RV and tent campers.

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Can you camp anywhere in Montana?

You can camp at public campgrounds in Montana, or if you seek more amenities, you can stay at a privately run RV park; however, you are likely to have a more rustic adventure at a state or national park with limited amenities.

Both private and public options are popular and book up quickly; consider making reservations at least one year before travel when possible.

Dispersed camping is available on BLM land, which spans several million acres across the state.

Montana National Parks

Montana has good reason to be proud of its national parks! The views are so striking that you’ve probably bought a scenic calendar or jigsaw puzzle at one point in your life, featuring a scene from one of these parks.

Montana State Parks

In addition to camping, Montana state parks offer various recreational activities, including hiking, wildlife viewing, and water sports.

A few of the popular state park options include:

  • Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is known for a mammoth limestone cavern; over 40 campsite options are available for RV and tent campers. Be sure to register for a candle-light tour of the cavern.
  • Big Arm State Park is a favorite for anglers hoping to catch the “big one” at Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western United States! Other campers might like the wild-life viewing, water sports, and extensive hiking trails.
  • Whitefish Lake State Park has both RV and tent camping available. Nearby activities include hiking, biking, and watersports. WLSP is also a short drive from a ski resort. The lake is known for great fishing and perfect weather for water skiing.

Other popular state parks include Makoshika State Park and Bannack State Park. Learn more about Montana State Parks.

RV Parks in Montana

There is no shortage of options for RV parks in the state. RV camping in Montana can afford both stunning views and the comfort of your home on wheels. Make sure to read reviews and check if full or partial hookups are available.

Learn more about RV Parks in Montana.

Montana National Forests

Free camping (dispersed, no amenities) is located within Montana’s National Forests.

Gallatin National Forest and the Flathead National Forest consists of 2.4 million acres just south of Canada. No cost camping is available at Billy Garret Memorial Bridge Access and Upper Twin Creek Access; keep in mind that the free camping is considered dispersed (primitive, no amenities) and requires setting up a no-trace campground.

Kootenai National Forest, spanning both Idaho and Montana, houses beautiful scenery that might take your breath away! Fisher River Area and Koocanusa Area offer free primitive (dispersed) camping.

Helena - Lewis & Clark National Forest contain six varied dispersed camping areas: Castle Mountain Range, Elkhorn Mountains, Rocky Mountain Range, Snowy Mountain Range, Forest Lake Camping Area, and Haymaker Dispersed Camping Area.

More National Forests in Montana

Free Camping in Montana

Besides the free camping located within the national forests, those who would like to camp on a budget have several other options.

Dispersed camping is available on BLM land in the state. While there are some paid campgrounds within BLM boundaries, these are typically not free. Boondocking on these public lands must be away from the developed campgrounds to be considered dispersed. Make sure to follow posted signs and obey the time frames allotted for camping.

Lastly, RVers may may camp overnight in parking lots where permitted. Make sure to check with the manager and always get permission for overnight stays.

Learn more about free camping in Montana.

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Recent Montana Campground Reviews

Oct 20, 2021

"Better than expected "

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Very peaceful place. Electricity, no water at site, but one pump was working by the pit toilet. Very clean pit toilets. No dump. Dump tanks in town of Malta. Had to put extension pole out to catch signal, due to being surrounded by hills. For local history look on internet for Battle of Bear Paw. Went and saw Battle field. Sad…Will be back even...
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Maria Perham
5 reviews
West Yellowstone, MT

Fox Den RV & Campground

Oct 19, 2021

"unfortunately I have to give 1 star should be minus one"

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we initially made a reservation on the phone on oct. 1. Our request was for arriving Sunday oct.10 leaving Monday oct 18 ( stay 8 nights) we agreed on a 20% discounts as this is off season. We where charge 524.42 for a 7 nights stay . We decide to keep the reservation as is instead of the 8 nights. We arrived on Sunday oct10 at night. The camp...
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Arielle cohn
1 review
Oct 18, 2021

"A Parking Lot In An OK Area"

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I'm not entirely sure how this place gets so many stars. It's clean, yes but it's a parking lot in a subpar section of Billings. The staff was pleasant. The drive in is a little tight but workable. Basically this is just for a stop over to do housekeeping and groceries but there are better options down by the river. I'm not sure what else...
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Bryan Midlam
19 reviews
Oct 18, 2021

"Awesome!"

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Easy access and beautiful location surrounded by mountains. Has several camping spots with fire ring, 14 nights Max camping limit. Beautiful place and about 15 mins from West Glacier Park entrance.

Chandra
1 review
West Yellowstone, MT

Fox Den RV & Campground

Oct 17, 2021

"Good Park and Staff"

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We had hoped to camp in Yellowstone but it was full. Stayed one night at another park but they were full also. Fox Den was able to fit us in. We had a back in site at the end of the row so not too crowded. Park is on the edge of W Yellowstone so close to town and the NP. Not fancy but it has the basics and is clean. It was rather cold when...
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Jim Smith
20 reviews