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Camping with Kids Bozeman MT

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Sunrise Campground
(406) 587-4797
31842 Frontage Rd
Bozeman, MT
 
Gallatin County Campgrounds
(406) 587-9054
8628 Huffine Ln # 111
Bozeman, MT
 
Manhattan Camper Court
(406) 284-6930
9110 Wooden Shoe Ln # 1
Manhattan, MT
 
Bear Canyon Campground*
(800) 438-1575
15 Arnold St
Bozeman, MT
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Missouri Headwaters State Park
(406) 994-4042
Three Forks, MT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Bear Canyon Rv Park
(406) 587-1575
4000 Bozeman Trail Rd
Bozeman, MT
 
Lexley Acres Campground
(406) 388-6095
6071 Jackrabbit Ln
Belgrade, MT
 
Castle Rock Inn
(406) 763-4243
65840 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT
 
Sunrise Campground*
(877) 437-2095
31842 Frontage Rd
Bozeman, MT
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 30
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Playground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Bozeman KOA
(800) 562-3036
Bozeman, MT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Stream Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Sprayground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

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My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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