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Public Facilities Notice

In support of efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and following guidance from local and state health authorities, American Prairie is taking a phased approach to open visitor facilities under modified operations. Learn more.



Current Facility Status:

We ask all visitors to travel and recreate responsibly this summer by complying with guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. Visitors must observe social distancing guidelines, and no gatherings larger than 10 are permitted.

  • Open with limited services to RV’s with bathroom facilities on board
  • Tent sites and vault toilets are closed
  • Non-potable water available
  • Book online or deposit cash at iron ranger

Opened in 2011, Buffalo Camp is located 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) and provides non-potable water, vault toilets, and an amphitheater for $10/night (without electricity) and $15/night (with electricity). Travel to Buffalo Camp is on gravel and unimproved roads.

Tent sites have large, low-impact platforms with tie-down cleats. All tents must be set up on the tent platforms. 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.


Buffalo Camp is open year-round. Of the 15 campsites, two tent sites and two RV sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis: sites #14 & 15 for tents and #1 & 2 for RV. No refunds will be provided. Rebooking is available for inclement weather, based on availability. For questions and group stays, please contact us at or 877-273-1123. 

Getting Here

Download the Buffalo Camp Brochure for additional details and driving directions. More travel information is available here. 


Campground Rules

  • Buffalo Camp is a NO SHOOTING area.
  • Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Use the “Iron Ranger” drop box for camping fees & comments.
  • Maximum stay is seven days.
  • Quiet hours are 9PM to 7AM.
  • Generator hours are 11AM to 2PM 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.


The Reserve 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.


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