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In 1907 the US Forest Department became concerned about the risks of overgrazing and mining Montana and purchased a huge swath of land. This area was originally called Otter National Forest. However, sometimes in 1908, the romanticized stories about the Battle of the Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand approached a fever pitch, and the Forest Department caved to the pressure and changed it to Custer National Forest. The Forest Department steadily added large land purchases over the subsequent decades. Today, Custer National Forest sprawls across a large chunk of eastern Montana, spilling over into South Dakota.

The closest large town depends on which part of Custer National Forest one is visiting. Bozeman, MT, is a growing ski town that has grown by leaps and bounds in the latter part of the 21st century. Billings is the largest city in Montana, and it, too, has experienced rapid growth and is the site of several attractions like ZooMontana, Pictograph Cave, and Pompey’s Pillar. Billings is about 50 or 60 miles north of the closest access point to Custer National Forest. Search for an RV in Rosebud County, MT, and prepare to embark on a memorable RV camping adventure.

Getting Outdoors

Over 1,500 miles of hiking trails wind and weave through 1.2 million acres of grasslands, prairies, and forests. Most of the maintained hiking trails are near Red Lodge and Ashland, though adventurers are welcome to go backcountry hiking off trails elsewhere. However, they are cautioned to be familiar with reading maps and orienteering. In some areas - particularly in flat prairie and grassland regions where there are no landmarks - it’s very easy to become lost. Several hundred miles are open to off-road vehicles, horses, and mountain bicycles. As soon as the cold descends upon southern Montana and blankets the region in deep soft snow, almost 150 miles of trails are groomed, making them available to snowmobiles and cross-country skiers.

Custer National Forest is the habitat of hundreds of different mammals, birds, and amphibians. A shortlist includes wolves, grizzly bears (albeit rare), moose, pronghorn antelope, black bear, and bison. One of the rarer raptor birds, Merlin, is found in a large concentration in Custer National Forest, and it is the largest in the United States.

Though there aren’t many ponds and lakes in this region, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of streams and creeks that babbles and gurgles their way downhill. Among many species of fish, anglers can expect to catch brook and rainbow trout and smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Rock climbing is a popular activity at Custer National Forest, particularly in the Hyalite Canyon near Bozeman. The bitter cold that plagues the region in winters doesn’t stop rock climbers from having their fun. When the waterfalls in the Hyalite Canyon freezes over, they ascend it using crampons and ice axes. The canyon is considered a world-class ice-climbing spot because the canyon keeps the waterfalls frozen for longer.

Camping at Custer National Forest

RV camp in Custer National Forest, surrounded by nature and sheer wilderness. Instead of listening to the noisy hotel, neighbors argue, listen to sprightly birdsongs in the trees. Instead of enduring the hum of an air conditioner, enjoy the soft hoots of owls as they prepare to go hunting. Custer National Forest has over 30 RV campgrounds within its boundaries, and there are several privately-run campgrounds nearby, too.

Close to the Big Sky region is Greek Creek Campground. Although it’s a smaller campground with only 14 sites, that also means it’ll be a quieter camping experience. There are faucets with running water and toilets.

RV camp near Hyalite Canyon in Hood Creek Campground. One of the larger campgrounds near the canyon, it has 25 sites and a stunning view of the valley. There is also a restroom and running water on-site. However, due to the campground’s elevation, this campground is closed in winters.

Alternatively, look for a privately-run campground that may have more amenities for its guests. The KOA, located in between Red Lodge and Roberts, MT, boasts amenities like full hookups, WiFi, and a dog park. The family-friendly campground also has a heated pool, fun planned activities for both children and adults, and bicycle rentals.

Exploring the Area

Join the other rubberneckers on the Beartooth Scenic Highway by renting a motorhome. The 68-mile journey begins in Red Lodge, meanders through woods and prairies, and ends near the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Silver Gate, MT.

Many small towns operate historical societies and museums as a way to honor their heritage and hold onto their culture. Montana Museum in Cooke City, MT, illustrates what life in these rural parts was like for the early trappers and frontiersman. There are several original artifacts used by the first men and women who ventured into the rugged mountains on display, along with maps, documents, and tools.

Rolling from town to town in an RV rental, stop in one of the small shops displaying local artists or crafters’ goods. Search for the perfect souvenir to take home to remind you of this once-in-a-lifetime RV camping trip.

RV Rentals in Custer National Forest, MT

Custer National Forest, MT is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Custer National Forest. Outdoorsy's Custer National Forest RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Custer National Forest, MT


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
The Beaten Path Trail Custer National Forest, MT
East Rosebud Trail to Elk Lake via the Beaten Path Custer National Forest, MT
Sylvan Lake Trail Custer National Forest, MT
Phantom Creek Trail #17 Custer National Forest, MT
Slough Lake Trail Custer National Forest, MT
Granite Peak Trail Custer National Forest, MT
Mystic Lake Trail Custer National Forest, MT
West Fork Trail (#1) Custer National Forest, MT
Crow Lake Trail Custer National Forest, MT
Quinnebaugh Meadows and Sundance Lake via West Fork of Rock Creek Trail Custer National Forest, MT

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Red Lodge KOA Carbon County, MT
Cooney Campground Carbon County, MT
Big Timber / Greycliff KOA Sweet Grass County, MT
Livingston / Paradise Valley KOA Park County, MT
Parkway RV Campground Park County, WY
Ponderosa Campground Park County, WY
Dailey Lake Campground Park County, MT
Cody KOA Park County, WY
Billings KOA Yellowstone County, MT
Bear Canyon Campground Gallatin County, MT

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