Where to Go Camping in America's Northern Rocky Mountains

The rugged peaks of the northern Rocky Mountains are scattered across the beloved parks of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, with stunning mountain scenery that changes as it makes its way through different climates. There is so much to see and experience in this mountain range; deciding where to start can be a challenge. If you’re looking to experience the Rockies from a different vantage point, start planning your trips to these three out-of-this-world campgrounds.

1. Montana: Apgar, Glacier National Park

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A must-see site for the casual camper, the large campground of Apgar offers its guests full amenities and convenient access to some of the most sought-after trails in all of Glacier National Park. If you want to try your hand at some water sports on nearby Lake McDonald, the site provides a range of equipment rental options. 

2. Wyoming: Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park

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Located near the shores of iconic Jenny Lake, this primitive campground gives visitors some of the most rugged views the Rockies have to offer. Protip: This is a popular, first-come, first-serve site, so be sure to arrive by 7am to nab a spot during peak months. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!

Idaho: Elk Creek Campground, Sawtooth National Forest

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This rocky, tent-only site is located in the valley of Central Idaho’s Rockies--the beloved Sawtooth Mountain Range. A hiker’s paradise, this park consists of over 750 miles of trails that give adventurers unique views at peaks of 10,000 feet. Be sure to bring insulated gear and lots of layers as nighttime temperatures are known to dip into the 40s, even during the height of summer.

These three campgrounds barely scratch the surface of what the northern Rockies have to offer. But they'll open up a whole world of camping adventures. 

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