Camping

What's better than watching the sunset over an alpine lake from the opening in your tent? How about hot coffee in the morning on the bank of a trout-filled river? With mountains, lakes, rivers, fields, foothills, southwest Montana offers campers a lot of options. Whether you hike in or drive up (cheater), camping around Bozeman is hard to beat.

 

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Therm-a-Rest Capella, Montana Camping
Howlett, David
My trusted Therm-a-Rest sleeping bag has kept me warm through many cold Montana adventures, so when it came time to upgrade sleeping gear for my twin nieces, I knew right where to turn. Read more >>
England, Mike
Gone are the days of melted ice and tepid beer by sundown—a cooler revolution is underway, and the latest enlistee in this high-insulation insurgency is the Coleman Esky Series Cooler. Read more >>
Montana Glamping, Bozeman Camping
Wozer, Jeff
Glamping, if you’re unfamiliar, Frankensteins the words “glamour” and “camping,” and attracts urban types who want to experience the outdoors wit Read more >>
Nemo Wagontop 4P Tent Review
Pogge, Drew
When it comes to car-camping, sleeping in a cramped backpacking tent is just silly. NEMO’s new Wagontop 4P tent combines modern design, quality materials and construction, and ridiculous convenience for civilized camping missions. Read more >>
Pelican Coolers, ProGear Elite Cooler Review
England, Mike
For those extended summer road-trips deep into the Montana backcountry, you need a reliable ice-chest—when the fishing’s good and the sunsets are even better, the last thing you want is a mandatory town run. Read more >>
Campfire tales, adventure stories, Bozeman
Pogge, Drew
How to tell an adventure story. Read more >>
Canyon Ferry, biking, winter camping
Estela Villasenor
Winter camping by bike. Read more >>
sleep pad, camping pad, air mattress
Tucker, David
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture WV is a backpacker’s dream. Lightweight, compact, and highly functional, this pad packs down to the size of a one-liter Nalgene, meaning it fits easily in your pack. Read more >>
Pogge, Michelle
There’s nothing better than a warm shower after a day of mountain biking or climbing, but when you’re camping out of your car, there are few opportunities to get clean. Nemo’s Helio pressure shower is the answer. Read more >>
Pollastro, Joyce
Despite an undeniable attachment to my backcountry mansion (technically a two-person tent, but known to sleep four people) it was time to slim down the pack and go with something lighter. Read more >>
Montana wilderness, Beartooths, thunderstorm, igniting the passion
Kesselheim, Alan
How wilderness flows through time. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Keeping the bears away Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
“If you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned.”–Some Lame-Ass Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
Aspens are turning gold and umber, nights are longer, and days feel crisper. Summer is over—but don’t put away your tent and sleeping bag just yet. The warm days and cool nights of autumn are just right for a camping trip. Read more >>
McCarthy, Chris
Have you ever enjoyed a Dutch-oven dinner and wanted to learn to cook one yourself? Well, Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire (Schiffer Publishing, $30) is the perfect cookbook to get you started. Read more >>
Illustration by Angie Mangels
Wozer, Jeff
It is day three of backpacking in the Beartooths. I’m authoring from inside the butter-yellow walls of my Marmot tent alone. Read more >>
Lewis, Jimmy
For most families, the word “exotic vacation” conjures up images of a luxury resort near an azure sea, sipping tropically themed cocktails on a white, sandy beach. Mom is lounging peacefully on a recliner, Dad is off fishing, and Junior is building a sandcastle. Exotic? Read more >>
Photo by Megan Paulson
Knight, Phil
There are a lot of annoying critters out there, both wild and domestic—packrats, mice, magpies, roosters, raccoons, possums, porcupines, and poodles to name a few. But as far as sheer destructiveness goes, nothing in my experience beats a marmot. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Some of the best things in life are hidden in plain sight, and Paradise Valley’s Tom Miner Basin is definitely one of them. There’s the petrified forest containing 50-million-year-old trees frozen in time. Read more >>
Dehmer, Kurt
Every adventure, even a spring “staycation,” needs a good base camp—and Ennis fits that bill quite nicely. Traditionally a rest stop for travelers between the Gallatin Valley and the gold fields of Alder and Last Chance gulches, Ennis was a place to rest, refuel, and resupply. Read more >>
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