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Discover Fort Benton

The historic little town of Fort Benton sits about 40 miles from one of Montana’s largest cities, Great Falls and 70 miles from scenic Havre. It was built as the final stopping point for boat traffic traveling up the Missouri River in the 19th century as the waterfalls just upriver of the town required extensive portaging, as was discovered by explorers Lewis and Clark in 1805.

When you book an RV in Fort Benton it's like stepping back in time – many of the most famous buildings from its heyday are still standing, including the beautifully restored Grand Union Hotel and Culbertson House. Given its history as a river port, Fort Benton is centered around the Missouri and most of the shops and restaurants that would interest visitors can be found on Front Street, facing the gently flowing waters.

The Great Outdoors

While the drive from Great Falls to Fort Benton would lead most visitors to assume that it sits on a featureless plain, nothing could be further from the truth. The final stretch opens to views of a deep canyon carved through the plains by the mighty Missouri River, providing endless recreational opportunities for adventurous tourists.

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is roughly a three-hour drive east of Fort Benton near Lewiston and contains some of the most pristine badlands terrain in the United States. The area is virtually unchanged from the days when Lewis and Clark explored it in the early 19th century. An interpretative center in Fort Benton explains the region’s history and the importance of its preservation. Numerous trails cross the monument, but if you’re not much of a hiker, the scenic Backcountry Byway from Winifred (just a day trip from Fort Benton) to the James Kipp Recreation Area is the perfect way to spend the day with your Fort Benton RV rental.

Another popular activity is to float the “Wild and Scenic” section of the Missouri River from Coal Banks Landing to Judith Landing, past a series of stunningly beautiful white sandstone cliffs. Kayak and inner tubes can be rented in Great Falls and launched from a boat ramp just outside of Fort Benton.

RV Parks near Fort Benton

Being such a small town, Fort Benton has only a handful of dedicated RV parks. However, unless it’s peak tourism season (July and August), you probably won’t have trouble finding a place to park the camper rental in Fort Benton.

Benton RV Park and Campground offers full hookups, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and a boat launch nearby. Another option is D & S RV Park. Sites have full hookups (or just electricity if that’s all you need) and are very close to the town’s riverside greenway.

If you'd prefer to get out of town a bit, you can do that too. Montana is full of more rustic places to camp with your Fort Benton motorhome rental. Canoe Launch Campground is just south of D & S RV Park and has fairly basic sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets.

One of the closest Walmarts is located in Great Falls, which although not exactly a quick drive from the town, could be a good option if you’re only staying for a couple of nights with your Fort Benton RV rental and want a place to park. You’ll also find a lot more options for shopping and fuel in Great Falls.

Exploring the Town of Fort Benton

To get a sense of the town’s history, check out the Fort Benton Museums and Heritage Complex. Exhibits there showcase how this little community became “The Birthplace of Montana” as the final stop for steamboats traveling from as far away as New Orleans. The complex also highlights the life of homesteaders in the 19th century and an agricultural center focuses on contemporary farm productivity in Montana’s “Golden Triangle” wheat growing region.

One of the most prominent landmarks in Fort Benton is a statue of a dog overlooking the Missouri River. It commemorates Shep, a faithful canine that lived here in the 19th century and has a rather touching story. The dog visited the train station every day for years after his owner died and his casket was shipped back east by rail - every day hoping that his master would return.

Food options in Fort Benton are somewhat limited with most of them being located on Front Street or just off of it. Coffee shops, ice cream parlors, burger joints, and steakhouses can all be found there, but don’t expect anything more exotic like Indian or Thai cuisine to be available.

If you’re planning on getting an RV rental in Fort Benton, MT, during the summer, consider visiting at the end of June when the annual Summer Celebration is happening. Each festival has a different theme, but all of them include live music on Front Street, dancing, games for the kids, and a foot race. It’s fun for the whole family and is great for getting a sense of local culture.

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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