Montana is a state of serenity, where nature seems pristine and untouched by urban life. At Montana, you can truly zone out of the big city rush to have time for yourself and your family. Lakes, mountains, and even a gold rush ghost town are available for campers in this state.
One bucket list item that you simply must cross off is camping the night in Glacier National Park. Known as the Crown of the Continent. With day hikes and nature walks, to extended backpacking trips, there’s stuff to see for any experience level. The park has over 700 miles of trail, so you can visit over and over again and never run out of places to hike.
For fishing, or for wildlife viewing, you can’t beat camping at Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States at 28 miles long and 15 miles wide. A tribal fishing license is required, so be aware of that, but you can also go boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and windsurfing. Keep those eyes peeled for bald eagles, bighorn sheep, yellow-pine chipmunks, and wild horses. (Wild Horse Island is only accessible by boat.)
Camping can take you a lot of different places, but in Montana it can take you deep within the earth. An hour west of Bozeman you can camp at the Lewis and Clark Caverns, one of the largest limestone caverns in the region. Camping here has running water and hot showers. For something a little different, camp at a ghost town! Montana first struck gold in 1862, and the historic ghost town of Bannack has 50 standing structures reminding visitors of the glory days of the gold rush. Guided tours are available and you can even pan for gold. In July there are festivals with reenactments, performers in costume, and live music. Ancient red cedars can be found at Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area near the town of Libby. This campground is small and first-come-first-serve so make it a priority. You’ll see trees that have stood here for more than a thousand years.
And finally, for something completely different, head to the North Dakota border and visit Montana’s badlands at Makoshika, with stark rock formations and exposed dinosaur fossils. There are hiking trails throughout the area, and camping that ranges from rustic to glamping.
So no matter where you go camping in Montana, you’re sure to find something that interests you, whether you’re into hiking and biking, fishing and boating, wildlife watching and birding, or just being alone in nature. There’s something to love in Big Sky Country for everyone.