RV camping in “Big Sky Country” is hard to beat! Comfortable summer weather, fabulous scenery, and interesting history all await you. There are great Montana RV camping locations to be found, from exclusive Montana RV camping locations to boondocking and basic service public campgrounds.
Montana RV Parks
- Montana RV Parks – Research tool for finding the best Montana RV parks and campgrounds.
Federal RV Camping Information
- NationalPark Service – NPS information about Montana RV camping on National Park Service campgrounds.
Montana National Forests
US Forest Service manages nine forests in Montana ideal for RV camping. Forest Service lands are open for dispersed camping unless otherwise prohibited. Dispersed camping is defined as camping outside a designated campground. The following links will take you to each National Forest web page.
- Bitterroot National Forest
- Custer National Forest
- Flathead National Forest
- Gallatin National Forest
- Helena National Forest
- Kootenai National Forest
- Lewis and ClarkNational Forest
- Lolo National Forest
- Bureau of Land Management – BLM information about lands managed in Montana. BLM manages 8.3 million acres of public land, and free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is encouraged on BLM lands in Montana.
- US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about Corps lakes in Montana. RV camping facilities are available at two USACE administered lakes in Montana.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife
Refuges in Montana. Not all refuges allow camping, so check carefully.
State RV Camping Information
- Montana State Parks offer a wide variety of campgrounds. RV camping locations from the mountains to the plains with almost unlimited recreation opportunities are located throughout the state. Interactive map.
- Montana Fish and Game – Information and directions to Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas. Many but not all WMA’s allow RV camping, so check regulations for the area you wish to camp at.
- Official Montana State Tourism Website – Where to go and what to do. Montana RV Camping suggestions and trip planning ideas included.
- Camping Reservations – Make your Montana State and Federal campground reservations in advance, and your campsite will be waiting when you arrive.
Montana RV Dump Stations
- RVDumps.com – Places to dump your RV in Montana.
- Sanidumps.com – Montana RV dump stations listed by town.
Free Montana RV Camping
Public Lands offer virtually unlimited free dispersed (boondocking) Montana RV camping locations. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (US Forest Service) Ranger Districts and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Field Offices. Use the above links to find their contact information and websites, and asked for “recommended dispersed camping locations.”
The following are just a few examples of great free Montana RV camping locations. Boondocking has tips for finding great remote RV camping locations.
Unique sandstone formations jump up from the surrounding prairie in Medicine Rocks State Park. Free RV camping with 12 semi-developed campsites. Enjoy photography, hiking, and wildlife viewing in this remote and primitive area in eastern Montana.
The USDA Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has many free developed campgrounds. Located in southwestern Montana, there are over 20 free campgrounds available. Verify vehicle recommended length before heading into remote areas.
Free RV camping is available at two designated campgrounds managed by USDA Forest Service.
- Tuchuck Campground – 22-foot max recommended 60 miles NE of Columbia Falls.
- Red Meadow Lake – 32 foot recommended maximum length RV located 49 miles NE of Columbia Falls.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages large areas of southwestern Montana. Free RV camping is permitted for adventurous campers well off the beaten path. Contact the Dillon BLM Field Office. Lists several free developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping.
RV camping is available for smaller vehicles at the Eklaka Park Campground. Popular campground for hunters with several undeveloped roads through the forest for ATV’s, motorcycles, and 4×4’s.
The Lakeview Campground offers free RV camping for units up to a recommended 22 feet. There are other designated free campgrounds listed, and dispersed camping is encouraged.
The Garnet Back Country Byway begins at Highway 200, about 30 miles east of Missoula. Free dispersed RV camping is allowed along the byway. Check road conditions before heading into new areas.
Stony Campground offers free camping with 10 campsites, and a 32-foot maximum recommended length.
Free RV camping is available at two designated campgrounds above and below Toston Dam. Boating, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and floating are some of the outdoor recreation opportunities.
Public Montana RV Camping
Montana RV camping is great with outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone. Campgrounds managed by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Montana State Parks offer RV camping. Some of the Nations most visited National Parks offer RV camping in Montana and USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups. This is only a partial listing of public Montana RV camping opportunities.
Chisholm Campground. RV camping, bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, and biking are available outdoor recreation activities.
Located near the west entrance to Glacier National Park, Big Creek Campground is a great Montana RV camping destination.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Over 700 miles of trails make Glacier National Park a hiker’s paradise. The spectacular scenery makes this park an ideal RV camping destination as well. Over 1000 campsites in 13 campgrounds. Not all campgrounds are suitable for recreational vehicles.
East of Missoula along Interstate 90 is the Beavertail Hill State Park. Smaller RVs to 28 feet with the campground on the Clark Fork River.
Fire rings, fishing, mountain biking, water, and vault toilets are available at Basin Lakes Campground.
hiking, biking, swimming, and a horseshoe pit are only a few of the Big Larch Campground activities. On-site campground host.
Public lands offer great Montana RV camping locations. State, Federal, and private campgrounds have basic service campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, to full hookup RV resorts. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available at State and National Forests and lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Use the links to the public lands websites above for specific information about Montana RV camping and public lands access. Research and explore, and you should have no trouble finding the best Montana campsites.