Important: As of June 23, 2011, Chief Joseph Campground
is only open to those who plan to camp with hard-sided vehicles.
It is closed to tents.
Chief Joseph campround is a small campground with a whopping total
of six sites. The campground serves as an important overflow campground
for Yellowstone National Park. Visitors driving up Highway 212
form the park to Cooke City may find they actually prefer the
scenery of this beautiful Beartooth country. You're "in the
mountains" with alpine scenery. There are numerous trails
wandering off into the Beartooths, and the area is well known
for its unique mountain lake fishing. This is a wild area, so
a salways use proper bear coutry etiquette.
Chief Joseph Campground is located four miles east of Cooke
City on Highway 212. You can't miss the sign amongst the thick
Another benefit of the campground is its ideal lcoation for anyone
interested in making a day of the famous Beartooth Pass. Many
consider this the most scenic road in America. There's a good
reason why. Those who choose to camp here get a head start on
tackling the gorgeous route.
The Forest Service recommends vehicles shorter than 42 inches
for Chief Joseph Campround as the road is quite narrow. The largest
parking sur is 22' by 60'. Also of note is the lack of reservations.
If you want a site, it's first-come, first-served. Since there
are so few sites, I;d advise getting there as early as possible.
If no, there are other options in the area, such as Colter
Butte Campground, and Crazy
Chief Joseph campground facts:
Video Tour available: No.
Open: July 15 to September 30
Dump Station: No
Store: No(4 miles west to Cooke City)
Fee: $8, $3 per extra vehicle
Parking apron: 22x60 is largest
Ranger District: Gardiner
Handicapped Accessible: Yes (grates, tables, toilet)
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Elevation: 7,504 feet
Fishing: Yes (Clarks Fork Yellowstone, Kersey Lake)
Gas: No(4 miles west to Cooke City)
Repairs: No(56 miles west to Gardiner)
P.O. Box 5; 805 Scott St.
Gardiner, MT 59030