You truly can’t go wrong with a visit to Montana. Any time of year, any part of the state, for any reason. Between its national parks (Glacier and Yellowstone, arguably two of the most spectacular in the National Park Service), epic hiking, jaw-dropping scenery, wildlife viewing, and Montanans’ genuine niceness, Big Sky Country truly has something for everyone.
One way you can make your trip even better, though, is by glamping in Montana. Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a wonderful way to connect with nature while staying comfy and enjoying plenty of luxurious amenities. Thankfully, many Montana glamping resorts happen to be in some of the most stunningly gorgeous parts of the state, where you can fully immerse yourself in the experience.
Where to go glamping in Montana
How do you envision glamping in Montana? Do you want to be hours from the nearest airport, or would you prefer to be just a few minutes from downtown? Maybe you’d prefer things more on the rustic side, or perhaps you want all-out luxury.
Regardless, I assure you that one of these six Montana glamping resorts is the perfect fit. Better yet, road trip it and hit two or three (or four!). Let’s get into it!
1. Bodhi Farms, Bozeman
Bodhi Farms sets the bar incredibly high for glamping in Montana. The property, which is just minutes from downtown Bozeman, features not only luxurious Nordic tipis, but also a creekside spa, sauna, onsite yoga, restaurant and bar, and even a permaculture farm.
The tipis strike a perfect balance between rustic and luxurious. They have electricity but no TVs, limited wi-fi, outrageously comfortable beds with top-notch linens, heat for the cool Montana nights, two large patios with private hammocks, and — most importantly — an elaborate coffee setup with all the fixin’s.
As is standard with most accommodations when you’re glamping in Montana, there are no bathrooms in the tipis. However, there are two shared indoor/outdoor tipi bathhouses with showers, plus several other restroom facilities across the property.
This is a great time to mention that everything at Bodhi Farms is done as sustainably as possible. For example, the water is UV-treated (as opposed to chemically treated) and Bodhi’s UV filtration system was one of the very first in Montana!
As impressive as that all is (and I could keep going…), the real reason to stay at Bodhi Farms is the community vibe. Everything centers around community. Dinner is served nightly at long shared picnic tables and afterwards, everyone enjoys adult beverages and s’mores boards around the campfire. You’ll be on a first-name basis with the owners, as well as their children and dogs, by the end of Day One, and I guarantee you’ll have made some new glamper friends, too.
Back to dinner…eat here! All ingredients used are local, and many of them are grown onsite. The bison burger and chimichurri chicken rank among the most memorable meals of my life, and the laid-back al fresco dining can’t be beat.
Finally, Bodhi’s location is perfect (told ya it sets the bar high!). There aren’t many options for glamping in Montana near Yellowstone National Park, but trust me, you don’t need any others! You’re super close to the park, minutes from both downtown Bozeman and the Custer Gallatin National Forest, and a short drive from Big Sky, one of the best ski towns anywhere.
2. Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel, Gardiner
Love the idea of glamping in Montana in a tipi and want to be in Yellowstone’s backyard? Check out Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel.
Located in Gardiner, Montana, this pet-friendly glamping hotel sits directly on the banks of the Yellowstone River just five miles from the park’s north entrance. Insider tip: This is the only entrance in Yellowstone open year-round; the other four close seasonally. Dreamcatcher itself is open from May through October.
Every one of the gorgeous 22-foot tipis is uniquely decorated, so no two are alike. They’re also outrageously comfortable and luxurious, with electricity, heating, memory foam mattresses, wi-fi, breathtaking mountain views, and private fire pits. There’s also a community fire pit, where guests can enjoy complimentary nightly s’mores + cocktails happy hour.
While the tipis don’t have individual bathrooms (this is glamping in Montana near Yellowstone, after all — you’re supposed to “rough it!”), the community bathhouse with private bathrooms more than makes up for it. Luxuriate in the heated floors and rainfall showerheads, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself lingering a little too long!
3. Montana Treehouse Retreat, Columbia Falls
It doesn’t get much more dreamy than glamping in Montana in an authentic treehouse. I mean, right?!
When I say Montana treehouse, I mean it very literally. Three living trees grow straight through Montana Treehouse Retreat, and DIY Network’s The Treehouse Guys built it. The two-story treehouse was constructed using almost entirely locally sourced materials, including several trees from the owners’ property.
The treehouse has a very “Montana” feel, with rustic touches throughout including lots of exposed wood and soft, cozy textiles. Make no mistake, though, it’s also notably luxurious. There’s air-conditioning and heat, a Tempur-Pedic mattress, a well-equipped kitchen, and two “real” bathrooms with full plumbing. This may be glamping in Montana, but it’s hardly “roughing it.”
Every detail of this Montana treehouse is very thoughtfully and intentionally designed. As owner Kati puts it, “There’s a story behind everything in the treehouse.” For example, the wood for the breakfast nook downstairs came from a tree on the property.
The master bedroom and private deck overlook the forest, making you feel as if you’re miles and miles away from civilization. You’re not, though — situated in Columbia Falls, “the gateway to Glacier National Park,” Montana Treehouse Retreat is just 25 minutes from the park’s west entrance, 10 minutes from the airport in Kalispell, and 15 minutes from Whitefish Mountain Resort.
As of 2020, Montana Treehouse Retreat also features a second treehouse on property, the “Raven’s Nest.” This A-frame treehouse is slightly larger and features two bedrooms (one with a massive king-sized bed) and a luxurious soaking tub.
4. Northwest Montana Retreat, Troy
This hidden gem is the epitome of glamping in Montana. To begin with, the location is truly a retreat: it’s nestled into Troy, a tiny but spectacularly beautiful town sitting on the Kootenai River near the Idaho border. The owners, Dani and Hy, are some of the most incredible and generous humans on Earth, and they have poured love and care into this property.
Northwest Montana Retreat features an authentic vintage Airstream with a spacious deck, hammock, and indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Best of all, though, the aptly named “Cozy Roller” has a private antique clawfoot tub outside and direct access to a wood-fired sauna. You can also fish for trout in the creek just steps away. If that doesn’t say glamping in Montana, I don’t know what does!
To make your getaway even more memorable, book one of the thoughtful add-ons including forest bathing, a creekside picnic, or a private spoon carving workshop.
The entire property is off-grid, but certainly not short on luxurious amenities. You likely (hopefully!) won’t have cell service, allowing you to fully embrace the Montana glamping experience and enjoy an intentional getaway. Bring a book and sink into the comfy bed or swing in the hammock, or go explore Kootenai Falls and Libby, just 20 minutes away. Oh, and bring your pup, too — Northwest Montana Retreat is dog-friendly.
Note: Northwest Montana Retreat will also feature a luxurious off-grid cabin in late 2021. And naturally, Dani and Hy built it themselves. #couplegoals
5. ROAM Beyond Glacier, Columbia Falls
If your heart is set on glamping in Montana near Glacier National Park, make a beeline for ROAM Beyond. The property is an easy 20-some-minute drive from the park’s West Glacier Entrance, nestled just outside the town of Columbia Falls.
Its location is definitely reason enough to stay at ROAM Beyond Glacier, but the real reason is for the totally unique experience. Nothing about ROAM is “cookie cutter,” from the handcrafted, one-of-a-kind off-grid Homegrown Trailers to the personalized one-on-one check-in and the almost unreasonably beautiful sunsets.
In each of the “roaming cabins,” you’ll find lighting, a refrigerator, induction stovetop, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, space heater, and outlets galore for charging all your devices (yes, they really are off-grid — they’re solar-powered — but you’d never know it). There’s also luxurious, cozy bedding, dishes and cooking utensils, and all the fixin’s for morning coffee.
You have a choice of two cabin models at ROAM Beyond Glacier, the Dinette or Bunk. The Dinette includes one queen bed and a dining table that converts to a twin bed, while the Bunk features a queen bed and a set of bunk beds. All cabins include a private outdoor fire pit with seating, and some also have a spacious covered outdoor kitchen and lounge area with a picnic table and grill. Dogs are also welcome.
ROAM Beyond Glacier guests also have access to a host of community amenities. Head up to the Schoolhouse for complimentary coffee and tea each morning, wi-fi, or to play some board games. Over at the Barn, you’ll find every type of grill and cooktop you can imagine, plus tons of seating and ping-pong tables. There’s also a fishing pond, community bonfire with s’mores most nights, and complimentary loaner bikes (and longboards!) to cruise around.
If you’re looking for a slightly more rustic Montana glamping experience, check out ROAM Beyond’s Whitefish location in the summer. It’s located on Lower Stillwater Lake about an hour from Glacier National Park and you’re almost guaranteed to not have cell service!
6. Tobacco River Ranch Glamping, Eureka
You’ll fall in love with the tiny town of Eureka long before you actually arrive. It’s just barely south of the Canada border on Highway 93, which happens to be one of the most scenic stretches of road in the U.S.
Then, when you arrive at Tobacco River Ranch, you’ll immediately realize that it lives up to the expectations the drive set. The 450-plus-acre property sits directly on the Tobacco River just outside of downtown and has sweeping views of the Canadian Rockies in every direction.
Even more impressive, though, are the cabins and the thought that went into building them. Originally one large forest service logging cabin, owners Nikki and Carl physically cut the structure into smaller sections and created individual rustic cabins. We stayed in the Ranch Hand Cabin, perched high up on a hill with incredible mountain and river views, and you could almost feel the history in the wood.
No two cabins are alike, but each of them is positioned to have plenty of privacy and epic views. Ours had an enormous deck facing the river, where we watched the sunset every night. Now this is what glamping in Montana is all about!
When hunger strikes or you’re ready to shower, head to the brand new community kitchen and showerhouse. It was newly built in the summer of 2021 and is conveniently located just steps away from the glamping cabins. This is also a great spot to use your phone if you need to, as you likely won’t have service in your cabin.
Down along the riverbank, there’s another historic cabin and several vintage Airstreams and other campers. This area has more of a cool campsite vibe with shared picnic tables and its own community kitchen. And of course, there’s also direct river access for fishing and tubing.
If you need another reason to book a stay at Tobacco River Ranch, here’s one: the Pacific Northwest Trail and the Great American Rail-Trail (more commonly referred to as “Rails to Trails”) both run right through the property. Even better, the owners actually granted an easement to the county for thru-hikers and they’re working on creating a “Trail Angel” station!
So there you have it — six absolutely spectacular places to go glamping in Montana. Which one is your favorite? Not an easy choice, I know! I’d love to hear if you stay at any of these Montana glamping resorts, so be sure to connect with me on Instagram and tag me on social media!
One more thing: don’t forget to pin this post for your trip planning later on. Safe travels, and I hope you love glamping in Montana as much as I do!