Red Shale Campground

Custer National Forest

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U.S. 212 Ashland, MT 59003 406-784-2344 406-657-6200 Official Website

GPS: 45.5688, -106.1463

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 14
Open Seasonally: April-Nov.
Elevation: 3176 ft
Max Stay: 10
Tent Camping: Yes

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

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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
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1bars
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1bars
Sprint Voice Only
0bars
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CaraOstara
KY 24' Thor Motor Coach
25 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: NA

CaraOstara would stay here again

“Perfect over night spot that’s private”

Reviewed Jul 21, 2019

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This spot was everything I needed. Free. Large site. Private. Quiet. Easy to get to. Boom! This was perfect because on a Friday night only two other people camped in my loop, before they arrived I was able to let my dogs run around without bothering anyone. Most people showed up after dark to camp in cars but spots are spaced far enoug... more

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Ourbackroadhome
Box Elder, SD 35' Grand Design 2930 RL Ford F350 6.7 Turbo Diesel
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

Ourbackroadhome would stay here again

“Road was decently maintained, campsites are clean, back in sites large enough for RVs.”

Reviewed Jun 21, 2019

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Nice quiet spot tucked away in the trees. Picnic tables and fire ring. No host. Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am.

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

PBC would stay here again

“It doesn’t get better than this!”

Reviewed Jun 05, 2019

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We’ve been on the road for a month now, and this is probably the best place we’ve stayed. Free, quiet, large spots and beautiful surroundings.

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The McMillan Exp...
Ocala, FL Jayco GMC 1500 4x4
13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 8
Site Number: 2
“Beautiful views, nice big sites w/ fire ring and picnic table!”

Reviewed May 30, 2019

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What a find! If you love boondocking, this place is for you!! This is a free National Forest campground w/ a 16 day max stay. Dry camping. No hookups, water spigots, dump station or dumpsters, so come prepared. About 5 miles to town to find gas/groceries/hardware store. The views are spectacular and it’s not busy. Roads and campsites m... more

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Unknown_Normal
TX 35' Forest River Salem Hemisphere 276RK Ram 2500 Cummins
58 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Unknown_Normal would stay here again

“Awesome free National Forest campground with actual sites and clean pit toilets.”

Reviewed Jan 15, 2019

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This is a first for us in our year of full-time travel: a free campground with actual sites, a fire pit, picnic table and clean pit toilets. It was very beautiful and clean here and we saw almost no one else in our loop in June 2018. There are two loops to this CG. One to the right of the fork, which goes further away from the main ... more

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Pealing Out
35' fourwinds hurricane 2003 jeep wrangler
29 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

Pealing Out would stay here again

“great place”

Reviewed Nov 23, 2018

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free, great campsite, has verizon and in some places you can get satellite, fairly easy to get in and out and has vault toilets
check out the video to see this campground
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zHFT-iVHrc&t=1s

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D. Morris
TX 21' Forest River Surveyor Cadet 2015 Ford F250
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

D. Morris would stay here again

“Can’t believe this is free”

Reviewed Sep 14, 2018

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I’ve been waiting for an amazing free campground that feels great, not like camping on the side of the road. Wow! This is it!! Super quiet, tons of space between sites, tons of trees. I can’t believe we got to stay here, and for free. Would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone looking for dry camping with... more

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FourFeetFourPaws
CA 38' Keystone Fuzion Dodge Ram
75 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 4

FourFeetFourPaws would stay here again

“Great overnight stop for us!”

Reviewed Aug 17, 2018

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We were on our way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and stayed here due to other people’s reviews. We had expected it to be more busy due to the rally, but many Rally goers stuck to I-90. It was a great, quiet spot. Most sites were long, level and relatively quiet from the hiway in the loop if you stay right. We had no problems with... more

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1st Class RV Adve...
44' Heartland Edge 397 2016 Dodge Ram 3500
14 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 5

1st Class RV Adventures would stay here again

“Super quiet and peaceful!”

Reviewed Aug 07, 2018

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We stayed here on our way up to Washington It was super convenient and right off 212! Only thing is we had 0 cell service and because we need internet to work so we only stayed there one night. We have a 44’ toy hauler and fit in site #5 it was a little tight going around the corners in the campground but we were fine. The... more

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J. I. M.
Custer, SD 36' Grand Design Momentum Toy Hauler 2014 Ram 3500 DRW 4X4
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 5

J. I. M. would stay here again

“Well maintained Forestry for peace and quiet.”

Reviewed Sep 13, 2017

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We really needed to get caught up on some housekeeping and needed good internet, quiet and clean. This was a great spot to enjoy the view, go for a walk, take pictures of wildlife, lots of birds, coyote calls off in the distance in the evenings. Beautiful breeze and temps in mid-September here but fire ban due to extreme risk of wildf... more

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4bars
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........Rolling in a RV - Wheelchair Traveling......: Red Shale Campground

   This is a small , free forest campground , right off of US 212. The sites all have tables , fire rings and fairly level parking pads. Some are long enough for larger RVs.  Most of the campsites...

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

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