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Soda Butte Campground Montana

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The Soda Butte Campground is the closest campground to Yellowstone Park along the famous Beartooth Scenic Byway. It’s just outside of Cooke City, MT only 4.5 miles from the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone. The campground is in prime bear country and is only open for hardsided campers – trailers, motor homes or truck campers. No tent camping is allowed.

Soda Butte Campground
SeasonJuly – September
Number of sites27 sites – Hard Sided Campers only
ReservationsNo
AmenitiesWater, Pit Toilets, Picnic tables, Fire pits, Food storage boxes
AccessibleYes
FirewoodNo
AttractionsClose to Yellowstone Park
Nearest CityCooke City – 1.5 miles

Soda Butte Campground is located in the Gardiner District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The campground is open from early July thru September. The exact season is weather dependent so check in advance if you are coming early or late.

The 27 campsites in the Soda Butte Campground fill up almost every night in the summer. There is no reservation system and all sites are available first-come first-served. There is no way to check site availability in advance so plan to arrive as early in the day as possible to try to secure a site. If the campground is full try the Colter Campground which is just a mile away. There are many other choices in our guide to Beartooth Highway Camping & Campgrounds.

Typical campsite in Soda Butte Campground
This is a typical campsite in the Soda Butte Campground. There is a picnic table, a fire pit and bear-proof food storage at each site. The sites are mostly set in the trees and there are great views of the surrounding mountains.

Each campsite has a picnic table, a fire pit and bear proof food storage. Water and pit toilets are available in a central location. There are no hookups for campers. The Forest Service recommends a vehicle length limit of 48 ft. There is a nightly camping fee which you must pay on-site. Cash and check only.

The campground is located at about 7,500 ft elevation and temperatures can be colder than you expect, especially at night. Between the high elevation and the crystal clear atmosphere you can expect to have some of the best star gazing you have ever experienced.

For more information contact:
Custer Gallatin National Forest
Gardiner Office
P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St.
Gardiner, MT 59030
(406) 848-7375