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ALTA CAMPGROUND, MT

part ofBitterroot National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ALTA CAMPGROUND
Status: Open through Wed Nov 12 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Alta Campground is located in a scenic forest in the heart of Montana's Bitterroot National Forest. The West Fork of the Bitterroot River flows nearby, giving visitors access to some of the best fishing the area has to offer, as well as other water-related recreation.

Natural Features:

The campground is located along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, a popular fishing river in the area. Large, yellow-barked ponderosa pine trees tower above many of the campsites, which along with fir, aspen and lodgepole pine, provide pleasant shade. The campground is situated at an elevation of about 4,580 feet.

A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including bald eagles, mule and white-tailed deer, moose, elk, bighorn sheep and numerous songbirds.

Recreation:

Fly fishing and wading in the Bitterroot River, which runs alongside the campground, are popular activities. During high water season, canoeing and rafting are available as well.

A variety of trails and unimproved roads are great for exploring by bike or off-road vehicle. Hiking trails to various mountain peaks, including to Lookout, Razorback and Thunder Mountains, as well as Beaver and Deer Creek Points, are nearby. The Alta Point Trail is accessible.

Painted Rocks Lake is located about five miles north of the campground. Visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Anglers will find mountain whitefish and a variety of trout.

Facilities:

The campground offers 14 campsites, three of which are accessible, for tent and RV camping. Each site can accommodate up to 10 people and two vehicles. Utility hookups are not available. Parking spurs are gravel.

Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. A campground host is available on-site and trash collection bins are placed throughout the facility.

Nearby Attractions:

The Alta Ranger Station, located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, was the first Forest Service Ranger Station in the United States, built in 1899. It remains a popular tourist location and is just minutes from the campground.

Hughes Creek, once a vibrant placer gold mining site, is nearby. The historic area accounted for 88 percent of all the placer gold recovered in Ravalli County from 1904-1948.

A variety of natural hot springs can be found about 18 miles from the campground.

The nearest town is Conner, which provides numerous services and is about 27 miles away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Call (406) 821-3269 for information on road conditions or fire restrictions
  • Click here for more information on the Bitterroot National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.62389, -114.30194
45°37'26"N, 114°18'7"W

From Darby, travel south on Highway 93 for about four miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 473 and continue southwest for about 30 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ALTA CAMPGROUND

DARBY  MT  59829

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)821-3269
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