1. Glacier National Park
With 13 different campgrounds and about 1,009 sites to choose from, there’s no shortage of spots to set up a temporary home around Glacier. This photo was taken at the Cut Bank Campground on the east side of the park, which is accessed by a five mile dirt road off Highway 89.
2. Fort Peck Lake
Fort Peck Lake is a remote destination perfect for getting away from it all… except wildlife, that is. Since it’s fairly close to the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge, campers will often see birds, buffalo, elk, and other small wild game. The lake is a great place to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, paddlefish, salmon, and lake trout.
3. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Do you prefer your campsite to have views? This might be the place for you. Bighorn Canyon has several campgrounds ranging from easily accessible to primitive. Medicine Creek Campground, for example, is only accessible by boat or hike and has no drinking water.
4. Finley Point State Park
In a state full of beautiful camping sites, Finley Point stands out. The park has a secluded campground on the south end of Flathead Lake, and the boating, fishing, and swimming are amazing.
5. Philipsburg Bay (Georgetown Lake)
The Philipsburg Bay campground is available for RV or tent camping. If you camp during the summer, show up early in the week. It’s so popular that spots often fill up by Thursday.
6. Makoshika State Park
Makoshika has campsites you can book to ensure you get a spot. Photographer Kevin Cates captured this photo of the night sky at Makoshika, and it says more about what lies in store for the lucky campers than words ever could.
7. Lowland Campground
You’ll find this spot about 20 miles north of Butte near Sheepshead Recreation Area. It has 12 units that will accommodate your trailer (up to 22 feet), tent pads and tranquil views. You can fish at the nearby Maney Lake or go for a hike at the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
8. Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa
There are an array of campsites located in this vicinity. The McGillivray Campground, which will open in May, has a boat ramp and a sandy beach swimming area (and toilets that flush!).
9. Giant Springs State Park
This beautiful area is one of the greatest things about Great Falls. The park offers camping in the Central Area and the Heritage Area. Reservations are recommended.
10. Holland Lake
Located near Bigfork, this camping area offers views of the incredible Holland Lake. When you’re staking out your spot (which you can do from May-September) try to find one that includes a view of Holland Falls, a 40 foot waterfall.
11. Lake Elmo State Park
Lake Elmo is one of Montana’s most popular areas, especially for those living in the Billings area. This might not be the best place to escape other people, but you’re likely to meet some new friends during your camping trip.
12. Thompson Falls State Park
Thompson Falls State Park’s shaded, quiet campground is on the Clark Fork River near the town of Thompson Falls. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the riverside trail, fish for trout with your family, or just relax in your camping chair.
13. Garnet Mountain Lookout
Looking for a truly unique experience? The Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout sits on the apex of Garnet Mountain south of Bozeman. It is the only fire lookout for rent in the Gallatin National Forest and offers some of the most gorgeous mountain views in the state. Since you must pack in your own water and there is no electricity, this is still considered camping.
14. Woodbine Campground
You’ll find Woodbine about seven miles north of Nye, adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. You’ll be surrounded by mountains and have access to drinking water, campfire circles, grills, and fishing areas. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?
15. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
There’s more to this area than the infamous limestone caverns. The large campground has showers, RV hookups, three cabins, and a tipi. The water is turned off from October 1 to April 30, but you can camp here all year. With all the hiking trails and scenic areas to explore, camping here is almost necessary to see it all.