Red Shale Campground

Custer National Forest

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U.S. 212
Ashland, MT 59003
406-784-2344
406-657-6200
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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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6 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
0bars
AT&T
1bars
Sprint Voice Only
0bars
T-Mobile
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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

Overall Rating

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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3bars
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FourFeetFourPaws
CA
Lance Camper and Truck or 37’ Fusion Toyhauler
44 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 4

FourFeetFourPaws would stay here again

“Great overnight stop for us!”

Reviewed Aug 17, 2018

Overall Rating

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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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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

Overall Rating

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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0bars
AT&T
1bars
Sprint Voice Only
0bars
T-Mobile

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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
Verizon 4G/LTE
0bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: Furthest from road

Moosegooser would stay here again

“Private and quiet, despite nearby highway”

Reviewed Jul 08, 2017

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This is a free National Forest campground just north of the highway. We stayed here on a June weekend, expecting to find lots of competition for a spot, but only 2 other parties spent the night. It's near the highway, and truck noise could be an issue, but we went to one of the farthest (northern) sites, and found highway noise not a p... more

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0bars
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0bars
Verizon 3G
0bars
Verizon Voice Only

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Currently Wandering

27 Airstream International
2006 Dodge Ram 1500
112 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Currently Wandering would stay here again

“Clean, Quiet, & Peaceful!”

Reviewed Jun 06, 2015

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We did an overnight stop here between Billings & Devil's Tower and would have stayed a few extra nights if we had the time. Super peaceful, beautiful and out of the way. Perfect for relaxing.

Verizon 4G was zippy and we had a great evening!

Access
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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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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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