Crazy Creek campground in the Shoshone National Forest is a very
remote and scenic campground on the smaller side of the scale.
The first thing you will notice is the absolutely gorgeous stretch
of highway that leads you to the grounds. This is Beartooth and
Absaroka mountain country, with stunningly scenic mountains all
around you. From Crazy Creek, you can venture out east along the
beautiful Chief Joseph Scenic Highway 296 to the Cody area, or
you can head up 212 into the spectacular Beartooth Pass, one of
the most famous high altitude drives in the country. Many consider
this drive to be the most scenic in the U.S.. I would be among
that group, but I would also put the Chief Joseph Scenic drive
up there with it. Those interested in fantastic landscapes from
the highway will find Crazy Creek in the Shoshone National Forest
to be a perfect location. Many people find these drives to be
more scenic than anything in Yellowstone.....
The campground itself is small with lots of mule deer hanging
about. There are some nice size boulders and a pine forest. Head
about 10 miles east of Cooke City Montana and you will see the
large campground sign. Those interested in great mountain scenery
will want to spend more time in this northeast area of "Yellowstone
country" rather than the rest of the park. The high mountain
alpine look begins around Pebble Creek campground and continues
on into the Shoshone National Forest. Those interested in wilderness
will find that the campground is situated between the Absaroka-Beartooth
Wilderness(Montana) and the North Asbaroka Wilderness(Wyoming).
This is wild country, and yes grizzly bears call the area home.
Crazy Creek Campground!
Crazy Creek campground facts:
Video Tour available: No
Open: Varies based on snow, from late May to September 15th camping
Dump Station: No
Store: No(10.6 miles west to Cooke City on highway 212)
Fee: $10 max length of stay 16 days
Ranger District: Clarks Fork
RV: 18 x 33
Handicapped Accessible: No
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Elevation: 6,869 feet
Fishing: Yes (Clarks Fork River - brook trout, rainbow trout)
Gas: No (10.60 miles west to Cooke City on highway 212)
Repairs: No (10.60 miles west to Cooke City, on highway 212)
Image notes: Both photos are from Crazy Creek campground in the
Shoshone National Forest. This is very scenic country.