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Camping Fever? Only One Cure – Bitterroot National Forest – Part Three

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Mountain sheep along the road up East Fork. (KLYQ File Photo)
If you follow the Bitterroot River south, it splits into the East Fork and the West Fork – two totally different experiences, but still basic Montana forest. It’s a little colder there on Memorial Day, but take a heavy coat and enjoy the campfires at the Bitterroot National Forest firepits.

West Fork Ranger District:

  • Rombo Campground – 15 campsites with water, garbage and accessible toilet. Camp host on site. Reserve at www.recreation.gov
  • Alta Campground – south of Painted Rocks Reservoir, 15 campsites, water, garbage and accessible toilet. Camp host on site. Reserve at www.recreation.gov
  • Sam Billings Campground – 12 campsites and accessible toilet. No water. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Slate Creek Campground – 12 campsites and accessible toilet. No water. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Fales Flat Campground – 3 campsites and accessible toilet. No water. pack it and pack it out. To reserve the Group Site, visit www.recreation.gov
  • Nez Perce Pass is open with access to the Selway, Paradise Campground and boat launch and the Magruder Ranger Station. The road to Elk City is currently closed.
  • Sula Ranger District (East Fork):

  • Spring Gulch Campground – 10 campsites with water, garbage and accessible toilet. Camp host on site. To reserve, visit www.recreation.gov
  • Indian Trees Campground – 15 campsites with water, garbage and accessible toilet. Camp host on site. To reserve, visit www.recreation.gov
  • Martin Creek Campground – 7 campsites, water and accessible toilet. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Warm Spring Campground – 11 campsites, water and accessible toilet. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Crazy Creek Campground – 7 campsites, water and accessible toilet. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Crazy Creek Horse Camp – 7 campsites, water and accessible toilet. Pack it in, pack it out. No reservations.
  • Be ready for changing weather conditions. Stay away from soft and muddy roads. Traveling on them only damages them further.

    Never leave a campfire unattended! Make sure the coals are cool to the touch.

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