Montana State Parks

Montana is a big state. In Montana's state parks you have the option of tent camping, renting a tipi, or sleeping in your RV. It's best to review all of the Montana State Parks to narrow down your camping destinations, and campground options. Montana has 50 state parks. You can search through parks by the state's seven different regions. Here is a listing of Montana's state parks that campers have said are worth exploring:

Missouri Headwaters State Park - This Montana state park is where the tributaries Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison come together to form the Missouri River. This area was a geographical focal point for Native Americans and early settlers. Indians such as the Shoshonie, Bannock, and the Flathead tried to control this area, as did the settlers who soon followed. Sacagawea was captured her when she was young and returned to this area with the Corps of Discovery. Activities that campers can participate in include boating, fishing, bicycling, visiting historical sites, hiking, photography, floating the river, and more.

Chief Plenty Coups State Park- This state park is located in south central Montana and is within the boundaries of the Crow Reservation. This park took its name after Crow Chief Plenty Coups. In fact, Plenty Coups and his wife, left their farmstead for other cultures to enjoy. It can still be visited today. This park offers walking tours, peaceful scenery, and many yearly events.

Pictograph Cave State Park - This Montana state park is very popular in the spring. This is when campers come out to visit, hike, watch for wildlife, and enjoy the cave complex that is the focal point of this park. More than 30,000 artifacts have been found in this park and it's believed that prehistoric hunters lived in these caves thousands of years ago. Park staff is on site to help visitors, and the park also offers printed guides to guests.

Bannack State Park- This state park is a bit different than other Montana's state arks in that it engulfs Bannack, the town where Montana had its first gold discovery. This town is designated a National Historic Landmark. Campers in this area that go to this park liken Bannack to a ghost town, especially in the winter when it's very, very cold. Yet, despite the eeriness they may feel, it doesn't stop them from exploring the empty buildings or skating on a local pond that freezes over in the winter.