Halfmoon Campground

Big Timber, Montana

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The drive into Halfmoon Campground is rocky and slow, but the scenery is what tourists expect to see in Montana—a spectacular mountain range bursting from a valley floor carpeted with ranchland and speckled with cows grazing between the sagebrush. Known as one of the state’s island ranges, the Crazy Mountains rise stunningly out of nowhere and confirm for those driving west on I-90 that yes, indeed, they have finally made it to the Rocky Mountains. On the western flank is Grasshopper Glacier, a lingering remnant of the glaciers that, like a sculptor’s chisel, carved these mountains by etching away mud and stone. Created some 50 million years earlier, the glacier appeared when magma rose from deep within the earth’s core to the muddy ocean floor and solidified into igneous rock.
Best Tent Camping: Montana

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Best Tent Camping: Montana

by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

The drive into Halfmoon Campground is rocky and slow, but the scenery is what tourists expect to see in Montana—a spectacular mountain range bursting from a valley floor carpeted with ranchland and speckled with cows grazing between the sagebrush. Known as one of the state’s island ranges, the Crazy Mountains rise stunningly out of nowhere and confirm for those driving west on I-90 that yes, indeed, they have finally made it to the Rocky Mountains.

On the western flank is Grasshopper Glacier, a lingering remnant of the glaciers that, like a sculptor’s chisel, carved these mountains by etching away mud and stone. Created some 50 million years earlier, the glacier appeared when magma rose from deep within the earth’s core to the muddy ocean floor and solidified into igneous rock.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Big Timber
Campsites: 12 Sites
Season: Memorial Day- September, weather permitting
Additional Use: Hiking, Camping
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gallatin National Forest. 406-222-1892, www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin
Fees per Night: $5
Facilities: Hand-pump well, vault toilets.
Driving Directions: Directions to Halfmoon Campground

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2011
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This is a fairly nice campground for a couple nights. The day we arrived we had the place to ourselves. Next day the place filled up. You can day hike to a nice waterfalls or up into the mountains. Bugs are bad, bring spray. Campsites are made more for campers, good tent locations were hard to find.



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