Montana Forest Service Camping: Timber Camp Campground

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Timber Camp Campground

Timber Campground, in Gallatin National Forest, is a pack-in-pack-out camping spot that, although primitive, will give the camper solitude and a taste of nature that’s hard to beat anywhere else. Read More

  • Timber Camp Campground is a first come, first served campsite that is also a no fee area.
  • The campground is generally open from June 15 - October 31.
  • The only amenity at this campground is a vault toilet, which is not handicap accessible.
  • Groceries, a shower facility, and food service are available at Gardiner, MT.

Timber Camp Campground provides dispersed camping between Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Close by you will find trailhead access to the wilderness at Bear Creek Campground and the northwest entrance to Yellowstone at Gardiner, MT.

The campground is located 5 miles northeast of Gardiner on Jardine Rd, and then 4 miles northeast on Forest Rd 493.

This campground does not use a reservation system; it is managed on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Season or Open Dates – June 15 - October 31 – depending on the weather
  • Elevation – 7500 feet
  • Fee – None
  • Number and Type of Sites – Dispersed camping sites with open parking.

The only amenity is a vault toilet, which is not handicapped accessible.

Additional Information
Generators are not 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 a few miles of the site at Gardiner, MT.

Activities & Attractions
Head in south spend some time in Yellowstone National Park.

Hiking trails are accessible from the site.

Open meadows provide for excellent wildflower viewing in the spring.