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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. 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.

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

Rates & Reservations

  • $10/night without electricity
  • $15/night with electricity

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.

First-come sites can be paid on site with cash or check in the iron ranger. Online booking for all other sites 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 or changes are not available; please reserve when you are certain of good travel weather and your own plans. Day-of booking is available at the self-service pay station at the campground or online via smartphone (wireless internet is available one mile south of the campground).

For questions and group stays, please contact us at


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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 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.