Immerse yourself in nature with unspoiled wilderness, fresh air, and ideal weather for comfort. This experience is just too good to pass up. The camping in our area is low on bugs and big on making memories. Slowing down the pace and focusing on the simple things is easy in our neck of the woods. Nature herself has rolled out the welcome mat, inviting you to share in all her wonders.

CAMPING

COOKE CITY/COLTER PASS/SILVER GATE

Information on campgrounds that are perfect for your adventures are listed below. *Please note, the dates campgrounds are open can change based on snow fall. It is best to double check prior to your arrival to ensure the campground is open. All camping is on a first come first serve basis, no reservations accepted. It is also important to know most of these campgrounds do not have cell phone service. Mileage on directions portion is approximate.

CAMPGROUNDS LOCATED

  • Along Highway 212 between the MT/WY state line and the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park

  • and Along CHIEF JOSEPH HWY 296

  • 2019 Dates below

Private 

Campground

           Showers & Laundry                                                                              

Tent Sites Available

# of Units

Dates

Open*

Max

Trailer Length

Water, Electrical, Sewer

Directions

Chief Joseph RV Campground    16  Units    5/21 - Oct 1        Pull through sites                       8 sites                                                  

307-527-5510        Website:  chiefjosephrvpark.com                               Tent sites available

On HWY 296, Chief Joseph Hwy.  About 25 miles east of Cooke City

Campground

Name

# of Units

Dates

Open*

Max

Trailer Length

Elev.

Hosted or

Self-Serve

Water

Site

Fee**

Extra Vehicle Fee***

Directions

Beartooth Lake    21 Units   June 28 - Sept  16         9,000        32 Feet          Hosted           Yes        $15.00     N/A  

On HWY 212, Beartooth Pass, About 20 miles east of Cooke City

Island Lake           21 Units   June 28 - Sept  16         9,600       32 Feet          Hosted             Yes       $15.00    N/A       

On HWY 212, Beartooth Pass, About 25 miles east

of Cooke City

Chief Joseph Highway

(307) 527-6921

Campground

Name

# of Units

Dates

Open*

Max

Trailer Length

Elev.

Hosted or

Self-Serve

Water

Site

Fee**

Extra Vehicle Fee***

Directions

Dead Indian         10 Units      Open Year Round      6,000     32 Feet          Hosted          No             $10.00     N/A  

30 miles from Junction of 212 and 296 east of Cooke City

Hunter Peak        10 Units       May 24 - Nov 1           9,600     32 Feet         Hosted             Yes        $15.00     N/A  

5 miles from Junction of 212 and 296 east of Cooke City

Lake Creek          6 Units         June 7 - Sept 16         6,400     22 Feet       Self-Serve        No         $10.00     N/A  

1 mile from Junction of 212 and 296 east of Cooke City

Crazy Creek        16 Units       May 24 - Sept  16      6,900      28 Feet          Hosted          No          $10.00     N/A  

On HWY 212, Beartooth Highway, 11 miles east of Cooke City

Fox Creek            33 Units       Closed 2019               7,100        50 Feet         Hosted           Yes         $20.00     N/A  

On HWY 212, Beartooth Highway, 7 miles east of Cooke City

Water & Electric

Available

All GNF Campgrounds listed below require hard-side camp equipment.

Campground

Name

# of Units

Dates

Open*

Max

Trailer Length

Elev.

Hosted or

Self-Serve

Water

Site

Fee**

Extra Vehicle Fee***

Directions

Chief Joseph                            Closed                      7,400 

                                                 Permanently

                                                                                

2  1/2 miles east of Cooke City

Colter                    18 Units    July 1  - Sept  9          7,400       48 Feet        Hosted         Yes            $9.00           $3.00

 

Hard Side Only, no tents

2 miles  east of Cooke City

Soda Butte          27 Units   June 17 - Sept  9        7,400       48 Feet         Hosted        Yes            $9.00          $3.00

 

Hard Side Only, No tents

1/4  mile east of Cooke City

* 1/2 price fees for America the beautiful Senior or Access Pass holders.

** 1/2 discount not applicable for extra vehicle fee.

Other Camping in Custer Gallatin National Forest around Cooke City

(406) 848-7375

Campground

Area

Notes and Information

Lulu Pass         

  • Disbursed camping.

  • You must be 100 ft from water 

  • 14 max day stay

  • Must have food storage (hang food)

  • Know about any burn restrictions

  • You may leave food in trunk but not outside vehicle

  • Water jugs may be left outside of vehicle

  • Gas jugs may be left outside of vehicle

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