Montana Forest Service Camping: Chief Joseph Campground

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Chief Joseph Campground

At Chief Joseph Campground, the camper will discover from July to September in Gallatin National Forest a truly forested wonderland. Montana offers the very best camping around near Gardiner. NOTE: CHIEF JOSEPH CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. CHECK THE CUSTER GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.
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  • Contact the Gardiner District Office at (406) 848-7375 for up to date information.

The Chief Joseph Campground can be found 4 mile east of Cooke City on US 212. The access road not suitable for vehicles longer than 42'.

This campground does not use a reservation system, it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware the campground may fill up on weekends & holidays during the summer months and you should arrive in the early afternoon to ensure there is a space available for the night. Contact the Gardiner District Office with questions: 406-848-7375.


  • Season or Open Dates – CLOSED FOR THE 2017 SEASON.
  • Elevation – 7500 feet
  • Fee - $8.00/daily ($3.00 each additional vehicle per site)
  • Number and Type of Sites – 6 camping sites


  • Fire grates
  • Tables
  • Handicapped accessible toilets
  • Hand pump water
  • Trash Pickup

Additional Information
Generators are allowed.
There is no dump station.
There are no showers or laundry facility.
There is no firewood.

Groceries, a shower facility, and food service are available within 5 miles of the site at Cooke City.

Activities & Attractions
For an easy day trip, take a drive over Beartooth Pass and visit Red Lodge, MT.

Head in the other direction and spend some time in Yellowstone National Park.

Numerous hiking trails are accessible from the site.