Make no bones about it, you and your pooch will have one hell of a time during your stay at Devil Creek Campground! That’s if you don’t mind doing without a few mod-cons, of course -- facilities at Devil Creek are pretty primitive, which means no showers, electricity, or RV hookups.
But with a location like this, who can complain? Located just six miles from Marias Pass in one of the prettier parts of Montana’s Flathead National Forest, the campground sits surrounded by tall pines, with plenty of undergrowth to provide privacy. Though the US Forest Service has designated Devil Creek as a light-usage campground, there are only 14 sites available, so it’s best to make your reservation early. There’s no entrance fee to the area, and sites start at $14.
The main selling point of Devil Creek is its proximity to all sorts of op-paw-tunities for outdoor recreation! Hound-dog hikers in particular might just think they’ve died and gone to heaven. There’s a seven-mile trail leading directly from camp to the fabulous Spotted Bear Wilderness. While almost all the trails in the wilderness area boast amazing mountain views, the Spotted Bear Lookout Trail is a real "mutts" for four-pawed fitness freaks. Also clocking in at seven miles, the route runs through wooded wonderland and rewards those who can handle its steep inclines with panoramic vistas of Hungry Horse Reservoir and the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
Devil Creek is also quite close to the western entrance to Glacier National Park; however, the park is notoriously unfriendly to pooches -- dogs aren’t allowed on any of the trails at all. Keen anglers might also want to try casting a line into Devil Creek itself.
WiFi isn’t available at Devil Creek, and cellular service is hard to come by, so this isn’t the best camping choice for pups and people who need to stay in constant contact. One further note -- the forest is home to a population of grizzlies, so lock your food up tight! Remember to bring waste bags for your pupper, and have a fiendishly good time at Devil Creek Campground!