H Paradise Valley
S. Fk. Deep Creek
Pine Creek H,C
Passage Creek Falls H
Big Timber Area
Creek Falls H,C,V
Boulder Meadows H,C
Twin Lakes H,C
Lava Lake H
Little Belt Mountains
MT Railroading V
Gap Wind Farm V
Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
is a great way to experience Montana's great outdoors. Camping gives
you a direct connection to the outdoor world that is not easily
achieved through day visits and hotel stays. Cooking, eating, sleeping
and living in the outdoors gives you a whole new perspective about our
wild places. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy camping in
Montana and we will discuss them more fully.
Many people car camp as their introduction to other types of
camping like backpacking or float camping. However, most car campers for
preferring because of all of the advantages car camping offers. Montana has car camping campsites in all
parts of the state and you can find the camp sites ranging from totally
undeveloped wilderness. To fully developed deluxe campgrounds. Car campers can
cover long distances much more easily than any other form of camping. But the
biggest advantage is your ability to easily carry large amounts of equipment.
smallest car provides enough room to pack gear that will
allow you to camp in comfort. Car campers can usually pack coolers,
chairs, fresh foods, liquid beverages and lots of other large or heavy
items that other types of campers cannot.
This gives you a lot of freedom to take the items that make a very
comfortable camp. Most of the content on this site is geared for car
Back packing is both the simplest and most complicated method
of going camping. It's the simplest because you don't have very much stuff. You
can only take what you can carry and the reality is, that's not very much. For
a typical trip you need a tent, sleeping bag, pad, cook stove, cooking gear,
food, water, clothing, personal accessories and more. That's what makes
backpacking the most complicated way of going camping. You somehow have to
figure out how to get all of the above into a small pack that you can
reasonably carry out the downtown.
Well, it can be done and lots of people love it. However, successful backpacking requires skills and equipment that are best acquired through personal experience.
This site is primarily geared toward car camping but you will find a
lot of practical backpacking advice mixed in throughout the site.
Float camping is a great way to experience camping in Montana. There are
fantastic opportunities on the major rivers and lakes all across the state.
From the wild and scenic Missouri to a
wilderness float on the North Fork of the Flathead River.
There are amazing float camping opportunities for kayak canoeists and
rafters. The type of boat you are in will dictate what type of camping
you need to take. Most kayaks have little if any space or gear and
camping in these boats is
similar to ultralight backpacking, unless they have a support boat that
carries gear for them. Canoeists can take a fair amount of gear,
somewhat more than a
backpacker. A raft
can often take as much gear as a car campers can, allowing for very
comfortable float camping.
There are a number
of great float camping opportunities in Montana some of which are
discussed in depth. Although most of our camping advice is aimed at car
campers, much of what we discuss can be applied to float camping as
wide open spaces and beautiful back roads provide great opportunities
bicycle campers. A lot of wind and a lot of hilly terrain, as well as
roads with narrow to nonexistent shoulders make for some challenging
conditions. However, the spectacular scenery and open vistas provide great rewards. I am not a bicycle camper myself, so, rather than try
to provide information that may or may not be accurate, I suggest you
check out this site for more information about Bicycle Camping.
Next - Selecting A Campground
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