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I know I’m a little late with this, forgive me. Our trip to MT in June was great. We did a little touristy stuff but mostly where looking for an area to live. Our house in NY is on the market (pray to St. Joseph for us) and we are ready to move. We put on 3000 miles just driving around MT. We found 2 places we liked. Fort Benton outside Great Falls and Absarokee outside Billings. Anywhere in the Bitterroot Valley, really. I have in my pictures an album of just campsites, where they are and the prices. We found a few by looking in the MT fishing guide, who knew. The prices are without the National Pass discount, which we have. We spent $175 on campsites. The most we spent was $20.00 in Glacier and Finley State Park. We will be more careful to plan ahead and cut that in half next time. Now to answer the big question, we spent $2704 on gas.

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Sue & Paul,
Great trip, I liked that you included the pictures of campsites, that's always good information. Good luck with the property search. I've been to the Bitterroot Valley and can see why you like it. Your pictures are wonderful, especially those vertigo inducing pics on the Chief Joseph Highway. June is such a nice month to travel (if you can avoid Tornados), cool weather and few crowds.

I'm looking forward to chatting at the Fall Rally.
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Posted: 07/27/08 06:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Link to Campsites to Montana added within Trip Reports.

Excellent resource! Many thanks for doing this.

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A friend of mine sent me an add for a house and 20 acres around Missoula for $185K nice looking place. I have researched the area in anticipation of moving there and the Bitteroot Valley is the place to be. The winters are much milder there and the University Hospital is close by.

Oh great photo's I'm headed that way in thee weeks.

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Your Tiber Dam campsite and Bannack provoked my memory. We camped at the dam, nobody else there, unknown at the time we had a broken front window in our camper cabover. Glass all through the camper. All we had was a plastic garbage bag and masking tape. Made that work until we got to Shelby and a glass shop. While there the glass guy said "wasn't that something about O.J. and his run in his Bronco?" We hadn't heard about that situation until then. Also, Bannack S.P. Mosquitos like we'd never seen except in Alaska. Thanks for the "memories."


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You guys are campin' fools. Nice array of sites to see.
We've been through that area too when we were looking for a place to land after retiring.
We too were there in June, which i think is the best month there for camping, especially if you can beat the insects. It was magical. Soft air. Green. Birds chirping, fish jumping...
Jeanie and I looked for a place to retire away from L.A. for 40 years. Kind of low level looking, but we saw a lot of real estate during our lives together. I want to mention my caution:
Be sure you see and experience your 'dream' drop zone in at least three seasons. This simple requirement auto-ejected a great many possible locales for us. A lot.
High summer is the least important season to see, IMHO. Is the wind blowing on a January day? Yes, there is less snow than on the surrounding mountains east and west, it's in the rain shadow, but is it at all bitter? We looked on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, in the winter and a bitter wind was blowing all the time. It just drove us crazy.
I hope your house sells so you can get on with living in the west.
Thanks again for the travelog.
regards, as always, jefe


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I just returned from a 16 day trip - 4435 miles - averaged (hand Calculated) 13.13 MPG. Bought 337.71 gallons of diesel at an average cost of $4.68/gal.

This was a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 carrying a Lance 1030. The Dodge now has 6100 miles on the OD. Will be nice when the Cummins breaks in.

Lowest MPG calculated was 11.2 while in I-90 in Wyoming and Montana encountering a stiff head wind.

Drove 55-65 MPH. On Interstates mostly 65 MPH.

The 6 speed Aisin Automatic and exhaust brake were great in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado.

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Sue - great photos. We sure skirted around each other on our mutual trips out west. Sorry we never caught up. Best wishes on the house sale. Don't tell everyone where you end up in MT or you might have a yard full of TCs! Hope to see you at the fall rally in NY.

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Sue, Thank You very much for the photo's. You know as I was looking at them I was thinking I will bet she would have had a narative if it was possable, just as good as her/his pictures. One more thing, your choise of a truck camper would be far and above any other, in my choice also. Take care out there you two. Thank you once again.


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very cool pics

for a list of montana fishing sites that allow camping check this site

http://fwp.mt.gov/lands/search.aspx?q=ACT_4_0&p=1&s=19&st=fa&t=1

just got back from castlerock on the stillwater river. Very nice place. Also ran up to woodbine campground....great little hiking trail up to the woodbine falls.


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