Gallatin National Forest
thick forest with meadow and picnic bench
Soda Butte Campground


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Important: As of June 23, 2011, Soda Butte Campground is only open to those who plan to camp with hard-sided vehicles. It is closed to tents.

Soda Butte is a beautiful and decent-sized campground sandwiched between the magnificent Absaroka Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains. It is reached by driving one mile east of Cooke City which is the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Although not exactly a crowded campground, it does see some use by those seeking a less crowded Yellowstone area camping experience. Due to the location next to the Beartooth Highway (212), you can expect road noise.

Fishermen will find this a nice destination, with the option to fish Soda Butte Creek and the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. There are also numerous mountain lakes with fantastic trout fishing.

Those interested in a nice spot to set up camp between Yellowstone and the spectacular Beartooth Pass will find it an ideal camping location. The close proximity to Cooke City means that supplies are in no short order. There are some nice sandwich shops in town as well as gas and snacks. If you want to do some serious grocery shopping, you will have to go to Gardiner at the north-central Yellowstone entrance or shop in Billings before driving over Beartooth Pass.

Visitors interested in photography and wildlife watching will find many things to like about Soda Butte campground as the area is incredibly scenic with many choices. Chief Joseph Scenic highway (296) splits off from the Beartooth highway and also offers jaw dropping visuals, especially the views of Pilot Peak with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone rushing below.


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Soda Butte campground facts:

Video Tour available: No.
Open: July 1 to September 30
Sites: 27 plus 1 group
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(1 mile west to Cooke City)
Fee: $9, $3 per extra vehicle
Parking apron: 22x60 is largest
Ranger District: Gardiner
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes
Elevation: 7,800 feet
Fishing: Yes (Soda Butte Creek, Clarks Fork Yellowstone)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No(1 mile west to Cooke City)
Repairs: No(52 miles west to Gardiner)

tall trees and mountain peak with tents below



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