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Secret Free Camping: Blankenship Bridge Near Glacier National Park

Finding free camping near Glacier National Park is no easy task. However, today, we’re sharing an epic site with you that you’ll love!

Here’s the rundown:

Name: Blankenship Bridge SW or Middle Fork Flathead River

Location: Columbia Falls, MT

Cost: FREE

GPS: 48.4641, -114.0726

Accessibility: The road is narrow and has multiple dips (oftentimes, it’s muddy, too). We could navigate it without a problem, and in fact, there was a 30’ class-A that could make it, but we recommend walking the path first to view the conditions.

A travel trailer/truck combo or Class B RV should have the easiest time getting to the site.


Date/Temp: We camped at Blankenship Bridge for three nights in mid-August. The highs were in the low 90s, and the lows were in the mid-50s. Obviously, winter camping may be a little bit harder.

Amenities: This is dry camping with no amenities. There’s a vault toilet on the opposite side of the bridge in an adjacent county park. We filled up our 6-gallon water jug at a nearby gas station.

Noise: This area sees a lot of traffic and is noisy during the day. The noise isn’t unpleasant, though, and at night it becomes quiet very quickly.


Wifi/Cell: Our WeBoost OTR Cell Booster came in handy at this location. It was able to boost the T-Mobile Hotspot from no service to 4 bars of 4G LTE. Our AT&T service received a solid connection.

Grocery/Errands: Downtown Columbia Falls is 10 miles away. It has all the essential shopping we need – a grocery store, health food store, post office, multiple gas stations & restaurants.

Dog Friendly: This boondocking location is very dog-friendly. River loved playing in the water and roaming around the rocky terrain. There were many unleashed dogs here, but their owners seemed to have good control.

Entertainment: Glacier National Park is the main attraction in the area. We haven’t explored it yet, but plan to in the next few days. We really enjoyed the Farmer’s Market & Concert held every Thursday in Columbia Falls.

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  1. Stacy Heath says:

    Your info always hits on everything I need to know about a site! Thanks!