5 Great Camping Spots Near Bozeman
It’s no secret that Bozeman is an excellent place to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. With plenty of locations to go hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, and more, there is always something to do in Bozeman. And, if you are interested in taking some time away to sleep out under the stars, there are a number of great camping spots in close proximity to Bozeman. With spring underway and summer right around the corner, consider planning an outdoor weekend adventure at one of the many great nearby campgrounds. Here is a list of campgrounds to try:
Fairy Lake Campground
Fairy Lake Campground is located in the Bridger Mountains, 26 miles north of Bozeman. The campground does not charge a fee and does not use a reservation system for its nine available sites, so it is recommended that you arrive early to ensure you get a spot. The road to the campground is slippery when wet and a high clearance vehicle is recommended (it is not suitable for RV or towed unit travel). Fairy Lake Campground is open from July 1 to Sept. 15, depending on weather conditions. To get there, travel 22.5 miles north on MT 86, then go 5 miles west on Fairy Lake Road.
Bear Creek Campground
Bear Creek Campground is known for being an excellent primitive campground in the West Absaroka Mountains. The campground features dispersed camp sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis (a reservation system is not used). No fee is charged and the campground is typically open from June 15 to Oct. 31, depending on the weather. To get to Bear Creek Campground, travel 5 miles northeast of Gardiner on Jardine Road, then continue 5.5 miles northeast on Bear Creek Road. The access road is not suitable for vehicles that are longer than 21 feet.
Greek Creek Campground
Any outdoor lover will enjoy Greek Creek Campground. This campground, located in the Gallatin Canyon, features privacy, as well as access to fishing. Fourteen sites are available and a reservation system is used to reserve your spot. The fee is $14, with $6 for each additional vehicle. Firewood may be purchased for $5 per bundle. To get to the campground, travel 31 miles south of Bozeman on US 191. Greek Creek Campground is open from May 15 to Sept. 15.
Rainbow Point Campground
If you prefer to camp near Yellowstone National Park, a good campground to try is Rainbow Point Campground. This campground is located approximately 10 miles north of West Yellowstone and the West Entrance to Yellowstone. The campground is located on the banks of Hebgen Lake and features several single-family campsites, many with electric hookups. The campground is open from May 21 to Sept. 27 and the standard fee is $16. A reservation system is used. Rainbow Point Campground is accessible from Highway 191, 5 miles north of West Yellowstone. Turn west onto Rainbow Point Road and travel 3 miles, then 2 miles north.
Eagle Creek Campground
Another campground with close proximity to Yellowstone is Eagle Creek Campground. This campground is also near the Yellowstone River. Eagle Creek Campground includes 16 camp sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservation system is used). The fee is $7, with $3 for each additional vehicle, and the campground is open year round. To get to the campground from Gardiner, travel 2 miles northeast on Jardine Road. The access road is not suitable for vehicles longer than 48 feet. The northwest entrance to Yellowstone is just a few miles south.