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Many federal and state-owned lands allow camping for little or no charge, and you can often set up camp wherever you like, so long as you don't light a fire. In the more developed towns and cities there is almost always a campground or two with more modern conveniences, such as hot showers and flush toilets. It's a testament to this treeless terrain that most commercial campgrounds advertise their shade before their other amenities.
Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for information on camping in state parks and the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for information on camping on federal land in the area.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MT. 406/444–2535. www.fwp.mt.gov.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management MT. 406/896–5000. www.blm.gov/mt/.
U.S. Forest Service MT. 406/329–3511. www.fs.fed.us/r1.