Pine Creek campground (406/222-1892, www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin, Memorial Day–Labor Day, $11) is 10 miles south of Livingston, then six miles east of Highway 89 up Pine Creek Road (reservations at 877/444-6777, www.recreation.gov). Pine Creek Falls is a short hike from the campground, and Jewell and Pine Creek Lakes are three miles up the trail.
Sites may also be reserved at Snowbank (406/222-1892, www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin, Memorial Day–Labor Day, $11), 20 miles south of Livingston on Highway 89, then another 15 miles east on Mill Creek Road.
Closer to Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park, Tom Miner/Petrified Forest Forest Service campground (406/848-7375, www.fs.fed.us/r1/gallatin, June–Oct., $7) is eight miles west of Highway 89 on Tom Miner Road (36 miles south of Livingston). The Gallatin Petrified Forest is a two-mile hike from the campground.
The many fishing-access sites on the Yellowstone River are also de facto campgrounds.
The Forest Service has cabins for rent up Trail Creek, 20 miles southwest of Livingston, and Big Creek, 28 miles south of town, then eight miles west on Big Creek Road. These cabins are rented year-round for $30 per night; winter visitors may need skis or a snowmobile to reach them.
Contact the Livingston ranger station (406/222-1892) for reservations.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition