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As of fall 2022, due to drought, water is not reliably available from the campground water system and visitors should bring their own supply to last the their entire stay.


Buffalo Camp is located on American Prairie's Sun Prairie Unit.

Opened in 2011, the campground is about 50 miles south of Malta and 4 miles north of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Situated close to a variety of recreation opportunities, the campground features 15 sites (6 tent and 9 RV), vault toilets, and an amphitheater. There is no water available at the campground. Travel to Buffalo Camp is on gravel and unimproved roads.

Tent sites have large, low-impact platforms with tie-down cleats. In addition to an information kiosk and two group pavilions with tables, you’ll also find a 1-mile hiking trail, geocaching opportunities, and a prairie dog town nearby.

RV sites can fit a Class A motorhome plus a vehicle.

  • $11/night for tent sites
  • $16/night for RV sites (30A & 50A hook-ups included)

Buffalo Camp is open year-round. 

Online booking is available for all sites and can be done by smartphone. Wireless internet, an emergency phone, and maps are available in the mudroom of the Enrico Science and Education Center, located one mile south of Buffalo Camp.

Refunds are not available; please reserve when you are certain of good travel weather and your own plans. 

For questions and group stays, please contact us at


American Prairie is working to offer a boundless nature experience for all. Learn about how to visit and what to see and do during your trip.


Campground Map


Campground Rules

  • Buffalo Camp is a NO SHOOTING area.
  • Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Maximum stay is 14 days.
  • Quiet hours are 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Generator hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife and bison.
  • Vehicles must stay on designated roads.
  • Respect your neighbors.
  • Fires only allowed in fire rings.
  • Wood gathering allowed; no cutting of standing trees.
  • No fireworks allowed.

American Prairie encourages all visitors to follow Leave No Trace principles during your trip, including during your stay at Buffalo Camp.

Bringing horses to the area? Learn more about camping with horses.


Getting to Buffalo Camp

Buffalo Camp is located on the Sun Prairie Unit. See below for driving directions to Buffalo Camp from Lewistown:

  • Travel north from Lewistown on Highway 191 for approximately 40 miles.
  • At the T-intersection (Bohemian Corner), turn left to continue on Highway 191 through the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Approximately 21 miles after crossing the Missouri River, turn right onto the gravel road (immediately after mile marker 109). Bear left at the fork onto Dry Fork Road*.
  • Travel 26 miles to the T-intersection and turn left.
  • After 3.5 miles, bear right at the fork in the road.
  • Continue 12.7 miles to the next bend in the road and turn right.
  • Travel 5.6 miles to arrive at Buffalo Camp, following signs along the way.

*Dry Fork Road is not maintained (plowed) in the winter months. If traveling during a snowy season, please consider alternate routes: Midale or Regina Road.

Please see our maps page for additional maps and information.