Our first question as we approached Forsyth, Montana, our next stop after a week in Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) in western North Dakota, was whether the campground I'd chosen for us even existed. I had found it on Allstays, but Google maps incorrectly labeled "Rosebud Campground" in the Rosebud West Recreation Area, which may at once time have had camping but was now a day use area only, based on what the Google reviewers said.
The satellite image clearly showed campsites at Rosebud East Recreation Area on the other side of town; however, so I was hopeful that there was indeed still an open campground there. If not, there was a commercial campground just south of town we would use as a backup.
Fortunately, as we entered the small town of Forsyth, we saw "Camping" signs pointing north, in the direction of Rosebud East. Bingo!
Arriving on a Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, we were delighted to discover that we had the campground all to ourselves so could choose any site we liked. We chose a huge pull-through site that used to be a camp host's site, based on the sign, but no longer. This site and the one behind it were the only sites in this small campground with electric poles ($5/day additional charge). Our site was also one of only a few close to a water spigot, which we were able to reach by piecing together two hoses. We were glad for the hookups since we'd been boondocking for a week at TRNP. With the electric hookup, our site cost us $17/night. A few other campers did come in during our stay, but only a few of the 18 sites were ever in use.
The campground was co-located with a fishing day-use area right on the beautiful Yellowstone River, providing some nice views -- and fun for water-loving Paisley!
The main reason we'd chosen Forsyth for a two-night stop was because of the laundromat in town, an easy bike ride. Additionally, we found good walking around town, with some charming historic homes and a cute downtown area to check out.
An unexpected surprise was the excellent road cycling along the frontage road that ran a reasonable distance away from the interstate, providing lovely views of the Yellowstone River and pretty farmland. We took a 40+ mile ride (round-trip) towards the west and back and found the road to be lightly used, mostly flat with only a few small rolling hills, and a very pleasant ride.
There was also a DQ in town that we availed ourselves of after the bike ride -- always a pleasure after a hard (or even not-so-hard) effort!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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