Camping in Big Sky Country- Dog Friendly Campgrounds in Montana

Montana is one of the best places to experience the wilderness of America - the same wilderness where the Native American Indians lived, the same wilderness that attracted the White pioneers into establishing colonies hundreds of years ago.

It is home to lush green forests, majestic mountains clear blue lakes and forceful rivers. With all the rich natural wonders, culture and history, it is without a doubt a great place to go tent camping with the family.

Not all Montana camping grounds accept dogs in them though, so if you are planning to bring your family pooch with you on your Montana camping adventure, you should definitely check out the following campgrounds.

Missoula KOA

Follow the footstep of the legendary explorers through the Montana section of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. Photo by Keith Gerstung… commons.wikimedia.org.

In the past years, this KOA campground has lived up to its promise of a fun-filled family camping experience, which is why they are consistently ranked as one of the best camping sites in Western Montana as you will see in these reviews.

The campsite is pretty wide and can accommodate hundreds of campers at a time. There are about 30 sites which are reserved for tent campers, some of which have electricity in them. To make your stay more comfortable, there is WIFI all over the campground so you can update your social networking sites and upload your happy pictures to share with your friends back home. There is also great cell phone coverage so you can keep in contact with families should you decide to stay longer and need them to watch your house for a couple of days more. Of course, the tent sites come with the usual amenities like picnic tables and fire pits and barbecue grills.

Aside from staying in the outdoors, your kids will also love splashing around the outdoor pool while you lounge in the hot tub. There are parks and playgrounds in the campground where the young ones can have a grand time with the other kids, or you can spend some quality time by cycling around the campsite together.

You can enjoy the wilderness of Montana by following any of the hiking trails located near the campgrounds like the Lewis and Clark Trail and the hiking paths in the Glacier National Park.

You can see a full list of the campground details along with the rates, reservations and campground map by going to their website.

Miles City KOA

Although game hunting is allowed in some parts of Montana, there are some places where they are restricted. Be sure to inquire about hunting regulations before deciding on which campground to pitch your tent. Photo by Gary Kramer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service… commons.wikimedia.org.

This KOA campground is tucked away at the countryside of Miles City, Montana with about 20 tent campsites or so distributed around the campgrounds and situated under the shade of cottonwood trees. There are various activities to be enjoyed in the campgrounds, like the outdoor swimming pool (you'll be thankful for this when the heat of the hot August sun starts to burn) and the playgrounds. Oftentimes, you'll come across squirrels running around the campground, some of which are very friendly and will come if you entice them with food (although this is not always recommended). If your kids are well-behaved, they may get to ride the go kart in the office's front lawn.

Another thing that makes this campground famous among many visitors to Montana is its nearness to the various famous outdoors of the state. For one, there is good fishing at the Yellowstone River or the Tongue River. Hunting (if your teenagers are up for it and wife allows) for antelopes and mule deer is also a favorite past time among the locals and visitors, but do note that certain restrictions apply and license are required. Please contact the staff and ask for hunting requirements if interested.

You could also treat the family to a day trip to the downtown area where you will see old frontier buildings and under the registration of the National Register of Historic Places. You can visit the Miles City Range Riders Museum and the Custer County Art and Heritage Center where you and your kids can learn about the old frontier days of Montana.

See full lists of the campground amenities and activities by visiting their website. You may also see helpful tips and advice in these reviews.

Livingston/Paradise Valley KOA

One way of enjoying the Montana wilderness is by going on a horseback riding tour - much like how the American Indians and White pioneers did back in the old days. Photo by Roger Peterson (US Forest Service Northern Region) on Flickr.

Scenic views of the snow-covered tops of Absaroka Mountains, the flowing waters of the Yellowstone River, and the abundance of foliage and wildlife running in the grasslands and hiding behind trees - these are the things that put this KOA campground on top of many Montana campers' lists - just read these comments from those who have camped there already.

There are 25 or so tent campsites in the campgrounds, each of which are situated under the shade of timber. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit and grill, while other amenities are located nearby. There is an indoor pool for those wanting to swim (swimming is not allowed on the Yellowstone River), and playgrounds and bike rentals to keep the kids busy. You can go fishing in the river though, and you may be allowed to ride your canoes or rafts provided the current is deemed safe. Aside from fishing, you will also have a fun time with your kids watching the various bird species that live in the river banks and on trees and even those that soar near the cracks and crags of the mountains.

Near the campgrounds is the Beartooth Wilderness Area, which is great for hiking trips. Otherwise, you can ask the staff to help set you up on a horseback riding tour of the mountains, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the place from above.

You can make your reservations at their website and download a copy of the campground map there as well.

Glacier Campground

The downside of camping near the Glaciers is that it can get pretty cold especially at night and early morning - so be sure you are well-protected by packing appropriate clothing. Photo by David Restivo, NPS on Flickr.

This is one of the most outdoorsy types of campgrounds in Montana, since majority of the campground and the seventy tent sites are covered with tall trees that not only offer shade but a little privacy as well. The trees come as part of the surrounding Flathead National Forest, which offer some great walking trails. There are of course the normal amenities that you would expect from a camping ground, plus WIFI for those who need to stay connected online.

Near the campgrounds are various outdoor locations where you can enjoy rafting and horseback riding. There are lakes, rivers and streams a drive away which is great for fishing and boating. If you want to tour the place in a different way, you can do so by setting an appointment with a helicopter company that offer helicopter tours of the area, where you get to see the majestic mountains up close, the seemingly endless carpet of treetops, and wild animals like grizzly bears running away from the chopper's noise (be alert for these bears and other wildlife while hiking as well - one trick is to make noise while walking as this pretty much scares them away.)

Visit the campground website for more details about their amenities and rates. The reservation details are there as well, and if you need any more encouragement, read these reviews that will surely give you no second thoughts about camping in this place.

Grandview Campground

The Big Horn River accordingly is a fly fisher's paradise with the abundance of trout that thrive in the waters. Photo by National Parks Service.

The Grandview Campground is located in the city limits of Hardin Montana, and as such boasts of that peaceful and tranquil location which many campers sought for when out camping.

There are various things to do in the campground, like the nightly ice cream socials and the gift shop where you can buy Made-in-Montana souvenirs. There is a game room where you and your kids can watch movies or play Nintendo if you don't feel like going out. For those who do though, there are many things to explore and enjoy in the nearby areas.

You can go fishing in the Big Horn River, which accordingly is one of the best waters to go fly fishing. There are also various destinations which make for a great day trip, like the Big Horn County Museum, Chief Plenty Coups Museum and Park, Big Horn recreational Area and many more.

Their official website outlines all you need to know about the campgrounds including rates and contacts for reservations.

When you go camping in this state of Big Sky Country, you are sure to have a great time experiencing the various natural wonders and of the place, along with the culture and history that shaped the state into what it is now.