Most of the fishing accesses allow camping. You can stay up to 7 days in any one place. There isn't always water pumps there, but there should be an outhouse, tables and a fire ring. And at worse it is $12.00 per night.
Be sure to check fire regulations before starting one. If it is dry, there may be restrictions on where or if you can build a fire.
These are all over looking some form of water.
Motel 6 is pretty consistant. The accomodations are very basic and inexpensive. If you are just looking for a bed for the night and are on a tight budget, this is a good choice. Extras (like Internet access or a microwave are available but cost extra. If you like extras and luxury try elsewhere. One plus for Motel 6 is the staff is usually friendly and helpful. The staff in Butte was no exception. Sorry, no photo.
I planned to stay at the Super 8 in Cut Bank; but there was no room at the inn. Rather than taking a chance in East Glacier I backtracked to Shelby and tried the Crossroads Inn. That turned out to be a pretty good idea. The room was inexpensive, and had nice furnishings with a few extras like a microwave and a small refirgerator. The staff was pretty helpful too. I would stay here again.
Nice pool. I liked the movie posters about old movies with Montana in the title on the walls in the hallway.
This was a pretty typical Super 8; but the staff (especially Berniece) was very nice. An extra I truly appreciated was free long distance calling. I stayed here two nights so I could wander around Yellowstone an extra day. I would recommend it. Only complaint; no decent restaurants nearby. Sorry, forgot to take a photo.
Free Long Distance!
This hotel is convenient to both US Highway 93 and US Highway 2. It is also near the downtown area. There were not a lot of extra ammenities (no microwave or refrigerator) but the room was nice enough, the staff friendly, the Internet reliable and the price inexpensive. It was more than adequate for a place to sleep and I would return. They did a very nice job on the in room guide for the area. The owner appears to be trying hard to provide the best quality for the money.
This was a pretty motel. I liked the wood outside and the room, though a bit small, was nice enough. I had a microwave and a small refrigerator and good internet service. The staff was nice too. I would definitely stay here again.
Near Glacier National Park
The Days Inn in Glendive was a bit more bare bones than usual but the room was clean and everything worked. Continental breakfast was okay. Okay for the night. Toward the bottom end of the 40 to 80$ level.
This was a normal Days Inn. They had a microwave and a small refrigerator and the normal continental breakfast with cereal, oatmeal, pastries and similar items. It was fine for the price, I just don't remember anything about it to elevate it above "Satisfied".
I figured a town as remote as billings would have lots of little $40 or $50 hotels like Fairfield Inns. No, even here in BFM, a Fairfield is a whopping $95 a night, more expensive than a similar hotel in many big cities. I could have settled for a Super 8 for about $65 a night, but it had no wi-fi and was not within walking distance of anything but a gentlemen's club.
So the Fairfield in Billings was a nice hotel, but made from the same cookie cutter as our Fairfield the next night in Bismarck, ND. They had plenty of free parking, free wi-fi, a pool next to the front desk and the elevators, and easy access to the interstate. Though it was a few miles from downtown, the hotel was within easy walking distance of Outback, Red Lobster, Denny's, Fuddruckers, and a Chinese place. Walk a little farther and cross some busy roads and you will find Italian, another steak joint, Olive Garden, and a Mongolian BBQ.
The hotel has 63 new rooms on three floors, and they offer free breakfast including Jimmy Deans biscuit sandwiches and make-you-own waffles.
Cabin was luxurious and welcoming. Staff was cheerful, friendly, helpful, and responsive. Free hot chocolate, spiced cider, and coffee in lobby. Access to large outdoor hot tub.
The interiors of the cabin were just beautiful. We all felt like we were in heaven. We knew it was going to be a great vacation from the start. The parents had their own separate room with a full-sized bed and cabinet TV. The tub and bathroom were large, but with all the people there 2 smaller ones - even 3/4 baths - would've been better, but we managed. The 3 double beds were so comfortable, and there was a couch, too. No oven, but there was a good-sized stove-top range, a microwave, and a large fridge. The western/Native American decor and wall hangings were great for atmosphere. We told the kids it was extra to use the TVs so did not have them on at all. Blissful peace and human interaction. First night we played Mexican Train, but after that were too tired for games the other nights. My main beef was I wish the hot tub was inside, because those skeeters were terrible! I think we paid around $300/night in high season, a bit of a splurge, but that was for 3 families, and we thought it was absolutely well worth it. It was a great experience!
This Swiss chalet style hotel stands on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park. It opened in 1915 and has 205 rooms.
This is a state park in the Pioneer mountains, close to crystal park, Elkhorn hot springs, Ghost towns of Coolidge and Bannack, and the Pioneer Mountains scenic byway between Polaris (don't blink or you will miss it) and Wise River.
Well they have bears, although I have never seen one. There are warnings posted everywhere. They have the new and improved forest service outhouses, nice camping areas,drinking water, trails, gold panning in the creek, again I have never found gold but I have friends who go there for that very reason. As long as there aren't any burning restrictions, they have nice fire pits also.
Last year it cost $9 for a campsite.
This a a relatively new hotel located a couple blocks outside the Yellowstone National Park gates (in the city of West Yellowstone, MT). Large rooms and friendly staff make this a great starting place for your adventures. We had a large room with a king size bed, fridge, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, pull out sofa couch and lots of lights. One more important thing, this is a pet friendly hotel. Overall, this is a great place to stay.
Included in your rate was a continental breakfast, pool, jaccuzi, sauna, satellite TV with HBO, heated underground parking, free local calls and interior corridors. You also have access to washers and driers. And there is lots of room outside to run and do your business
Not the nicest facilities for tent camping, but if you have an RV, cheers!
The price was a little steep too, but the location was great, just a little outside Helena.
All the usual KOA facilities: pool, store, showers, etc.
Western Montana is full of rivers. The Bitterroot, the Blackfoot, the Clark Fork, the Yellowstone, The Big Hole, The Flathead, and on and on and on. And they all get fished...alot. So there are many many fishing accesses where you park your car and gain access to the river. Most of these places allow camping, and most do not charge. Granted no showers but they do have a bathroom, modern day forest service "outhouses" have come a long way and they are generally well maintained. Oh and did I mention FREE?
The views are always outstanding, you are on a river and there is nothing nearby to disturb you. They have picnic tables and firepits also.
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