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Rattin Campground on Rock Creek Red Lodge, MT

Rattin Campground is on Rock Creek just off US 212, the Beartooth Highway, 8 miles from downtown Red Lodge, MT. Rattin Campground is one of two campgrounds on the east side of Rock Creek. It’s small and generally quiet even though it’s close to the highway.

Rattin Campground
SeasonEarly May – Late September
Number of sites6 campsites
ReservationsYes
AmenitiesWater, Vault Toilets, Picnic tables, Fire pits, some food storage
AccessibleLatrines only
Firewoodyes
AttractionsStream fishing, Hiking, Beartooth Scenic Highway
Nearest CityRed Lodge, MT – 8 miles

Rattin is the first campground you come to after leaving US 212 on the East Side Road (Road 2379). The road intersects with the highway at a signed intersection 8 miles from downtown Red Lodge (60 miles from Yellowstone Park). The East Side Road crosses Rock Creek just after leaving the highway and Rattin Campground is just a short distance. Note that on some maps it is called the Rattine Campground.

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The campsites are located in two areas along the single access road. Although there are 7 sites, one is used by the camp host who also serves the Sheridan Campground. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and food storage locker. The accessible vault toilets and water pump are shared by all campers. Firewood is available for purchase from the camp host.

Rattin campsites are available for reservation. Here’s information about Rattin Campground Reservations. This campground usually fills so it’s a good idea to reserve in advance. If you are hoping to get a site without a reservation try to arrive early. If Rattin is full Sheridan Campground is just up the road and campgrounds on the main Rock Creek are only a few miles away.

Road through Rattin Campground
The road through Rattin Campground is narrow and quiet. If you are pulling a trailer you must stay on the section of road that ends with the large parking area and turn-around. If you continue you might not be able to turn around. Look at the map above for details. This road also serves as a private driveway that continues on after the campground. Respect private property and don’t drive past the last campsite.

There is a camping fee that you will pay online when you reserve. If you plan to secure a site and pay on-site be sure to have cash or a check.

Things to Know About Rattin Campground

The campground sits alongside Rock Creek so there are fishing opportunities for the wild trout that inhabit the creek. There are a number of hiking trails in the area and Rattin is a convenient place to stay to enjoy some great hikes.

Although Rattin is close to the highway, the dense trees and the sounds of the creek muffle most of the traffic noise. Rattin is unique as the road through the campground continues on as a private drive. Consequently, there is often traffic from residents along the road.