A hidden and not well known military campground.
Fort Harrison RV Park
Type of site
Ft Harrison RV Park SOP
Standard Operating Procedures for Fort Harrison RV Park, MT.508 KB
July 3, 2016
May 30, 2016
29-30 June 2012
Great Camping Location: Full hook ups for Water / Sewer and Electric Follow link to contact base prior if there are any questions. You have to pay for the sites at the BOQ building and the main gate can direct you to it. They also give you a key to unlock the water and power. The guards at the gate are pretty familiar with all of the sites. The sites were extremely clean and well cared for. Not much shade but all of the sites are pull through and easy to get in and out. The only issue with the sites are that the sewer ports are built on the islands and are about 8 inches higher than the pads for the trailers so you have to get a little creative with your sewer lines. There is no wi-fi and no shower but there is a public bathroom that is one of the cleanest I've seen for that type. For any with weapons, the guards at the gate will lock them prior to being allowed on, (Post commander has sign at the gate forbidding personally owned weapons on the post but the guards will just put gun lock on them and give them back to you) and when exiting the base you will need to exit a different (north) gate with a camper higher and wider than 9 feet. If you let the guards know when your leaving they will open the gates for you. The base has 24 hour gym close to site and a small exchange with varied hours during the week. The camp site is cared for in the best manner and is a great place to camp or just stop over.
Stayed in July 2014, Have a dog and there was no problem, sites are close together and not level 3" out from front to back, some sites have utilities on the correct side and some sites have electric on the wrong side. Staff friendly and helpful, free laundry. Quietest Military base I have ever been on. Would stay again if in MT. Rate is a little high but cheap for Montana has the highest prices of any state I have been to so far.
July 23 2014
Since the previous reviews were not good, we only booked one night since we were on our way to GNP. We have 2 cats and we leave them in the RV all the time. We love our cats! We were not looking forward to staying here, but when we checked in my wife asked at the front desk about the pet issue. They told her that it is not true (I think they resolved it from all the complaints) and if the volunteer has any problems to send him their way. All the sites have been redone. How can I tell? They have new concrete, new trees and I can tell that the gravel on the islands have been freshly raked and no weeds. The sewer and the electric are now on the same side! The sites are still not level, but they are not that bad. We've stayed at worse. No mosquitoes and the weather was cool. There is an occasional train, but it's not that loud and not often. The fitness center is within walking distance.
6 June 2014
WARNING TO ALL DOG OWNERS!!!! This military RV park IS NOT PET FRIENDLY!! We checked in and was giving a map. We found our spot with minimal problems. The people that explained the issues with these spots are correct. Sewer hole is much higher than ours which creates a difficulty emptying our tank. We have 2 dogs that are NOT outside dogs. On Sunday, I went to church with a friend and was taken to the grocery store following church. I was gone a total of 3 hours. When I returned to put my groceries away and to let my dogs out a man who identified himself as a volunteer asked me how I liked the park. I stated it was very nice. He then asked if I was given a copy of the rules and I said, I don't think so. He then proceeded to tell me that I was not allowed to leave my dogs inside my camper and leave the park. At first I thought he was either crazy or confused. I said I was never told that nor given rules. He then said if I left I had to take the dogs with me but since I wasn't given the rules it wasn't my fault. I was extremely shocked that they would even have this type of rule in the first place. I told him I traveled all over the United States and HAVE NEVER come across a rule like this. He actually told me this is a standard rule in campgrounds and he too has travel extensively. He also told me that I could ask for "special permission" to let the dogs stay in "my camper" while we were out. This is unacceptable! I am offended with this rule. We take very good care of our dogs and are always aware of things like temperature and whether it's appropriate to take our dogs with us. Leaving our dogs sitting in a car while we run to the grocery store or going to church with a friend on an 80 degree day tells me to leave the dogs in our home where it is cooler and they are more comfortable. It is apparently they dislike dogs to such an extreme that they are not thinking of the harm they could do to animals on a hot day. BEWARE as the rules say pets, so cats, I would expect cannot stay in your camper either. Finally, I left with my dogs and went to a friends house and the "volunteer" that everyone thinks is such a great guy left a copy of the rules on my door. RULE 2(c) Take your pets with you if leaving the RV Park and RULE 2(e) NO PETS WILL BE LEFT UNATTENDED-NO EXCEPTIONS. (Yes, it was on in CAPS)
June - Sep 2013
"Build it and they will come." The RV'rs arrive and the most commonly heard remark is: "What they heck were they thinking?" The sites are far from being level. The sites are very close (too close) and extremely tight with high cement curbs surrounding gravel landscaping that looks nice and makes no functional sense. Instead, it presents the very real and already experienced tripping/falling hazard. CAUTION as tripping/falling hazards are found at nearly every site. Half of the sites have water/sewer hookup on one side while the electric hookup is on the other side. Park your RV facing north or south, it does not matter as water and sewer will be on one side with electric on the other rendering the previously referenced campground map obsolete. It makes no sense. It is a beautiful little campground ideally located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. No bathrooms, no showers but the latrine (pit toilet) is clean and well kept. No management, no information and when calling to make a reservation, expect to leave several unanswered/unreturned phone messages. The clerks/admin at billeting do not know or understand RV's or the park/grounds and seem uninterested in learning. The grounds are maintained by a volunteer and the pride of ownership shows as he and his efforts have made an appreciated difference. Ft. Harrison, a campground for a short/overnight stay for those who are strong and steady on their feet.
Whomever designed this fam camp knows nothing about RVs. Previous post by tdplummer is accurate and I'd like to pile on. The location is the site is great with wonderful scenery, but it's not level enough. The whole flushing uphill thing needs to be addressed, too. The staff that checks you in is friendly enough, but could use a field trip to the park to see how the sites are oriented and to explain the difference between 30- and 50-amp requirements. The base could also use a few signs that say "Billeting" or "Lodging" to point visitors to the building where we check in. What it's called locally is not universally understood. Thanks to the fella who's taking virtual ownership of the park and working hard to improve it. This review is for you, buddy. Please show the colonel.
6 Sept - 9 Sept, 2013
While most of the comments the previous reviewer are correct some are not. When we arrived at billeting the nice young lady apologized profusely for not having our reserved space. She put us in dry camping for the night at no charge at first I was very annoyed it was raining and she wanted me to park in the grass/mud tent camping area but when I explained the size and weight of my coach she agreed that I should stay on the asphalt. Plenty of room to put out the slides without blocking traffic. I was also very annoyed at the person who had overstayed but that was until I discovered that a lot if not most of the spaces were in use by veterans using the co-located VA hospital and were at the mercy of their scheduling. Understanding and compassion are necessary here. The next morning I moved into space 12 and the "fun" began. 1. You need to pay attention to the map they give you the sites are all pull through and alternate the direction you face. Get it wrong and your hookups will be as the previous reviewer noted on the wrong side. 2. The island curbs are very high making the sewer hookup higher than the bottom of my tanks. 3. The lane between the high curbed islands is so narrow the I couldn't open the doors to my wet or electrical bay all of the way. 4. The back row (sites 6 -12) are not anywhere near level blocks will be necessary to keep from over extending your jacks.
August - Mid Sep 2013
We just left this nice little campground. I read the previous reviews and I assure you, the person who wrote the glowing review and further stated that all roads are asphalt and all sites are level did not stay at this campground. We have been RV'ing a long time as I am a mid 80's retired Navy Veteran, disabled and this campground is quiet, secluded, beautiful and could be (should be) rated up there with the very best EXCEPT the bad and the ugly far out way the good. From the point of arrival and check-in, one immediately recognizes that no one knows a thing about RV's. Aside from an unreadable map, the guest receives absolutely no information, you don't get a receipt and you don't dare ask questions because the young clerks cant give an answer because they don't know a dam thing. Rules? Every campground has them and aside from a few bad apples and experiences, we all know, respect and abide by the rules. This campground makes them up as they go and then does not abide by their own rules. Now get this, a disabled vet was just turned away because the campground is full. Full because a contractor, with two campers (in one slot) and a full utility trailer measuring about 30 feet long somehow took precedence. All the while, that disabled vet who was here to visit the VA Hospital - was turned away and forced to dry camp at Walmart. The park itself has an asphalt drive leading in and around the park. Half of the park (in the rear) is designated tent and dry camp made up of rocky gravel and mowed weeds separated by a drainage area, a filthy latrine, and no showers. The other half is two gravel rows (roads) with unleveled, gravel sites. The first row is 50 amp, the second row is 20/30 amp and this is where the bad turns ugly. If you require 50 amp, good luck because the knuckleheads in the office may have filled all the 50 amp slots with trailers requiring just 30 amps. But it gets worst - the 50 amp sites are smaller than the 30 amp sites and the "islands" between the sites are just 8 feet wide leaving 4, maybe 5 feet (I'm being generous) between you and your neighbors slide, rendering the great big boat anchor of a picnic table between you and your neighbor useless because the slides hang over the picnic table bench. Between each site is an "island" containing two trees, red rock gravel, a small cement pad and a huge cement picnic table. The island is bordered by a cement retaining wall which can measure between 8 and 18 inches tall, depending on where you are measuring from, (front or the rear of the site). This presents serious safety concerns for us seniors and those with balance/mobility issues as it poses a real threat when entering and exiting the RV. That said, my 91 year old wife did take a hard fall and became stuck between the RV and that monstrous retaining wall and although the command was notified of the fall "no one from the office or the command bothered to visit or call to check on her!" The "slots" between the islands are small leaving little room for basement hatches to safely clear retaining walls with the real and dangerous risk on the other side of mis-stepping and falling when exiting RV. Now comes the ugly, the retaining walls are so high and the sites are so out of level that the handling of black water becomes an uphill battle. Good luck! Some rigs have jacked up and set down on cement patio blocks. Others are raised with tires high off the ground. The sites are no where close to level and as crazy as all this is, my electric hookup was on the wrong side as is the case of many of the sites. So, we have water and sewer on one side and a shared electric panel with cords causing even more unsafe walking/tripping hazards as we try to navigate the narrow space between two coaches and that unusable boat anchor of a picnic table. The good - we met some of the best people of our lives, we love them and extended because we desired to spend more time together. This is why we RV and I truly look forward to spending time together again, but unless serious changes are made, it will not be here at Ft Harrison. By the way, as I checked out, I was charged $800 for "winter rate". We arrived in August and stayed six weeks and who the heck charges more for winter rates? I also learned that Ft Harrison will be limiting stays to two weeks, seems to me they are most interested in serving their weekend reservist and those reservists on two week summertime training exercises. Ft. Harrison, a beautiful, unmanaged (FamCamp?) RV park for a short, peaceful overnight stay.
12-18 Aug 2013
Nicest Guard campground I have seen. Clean and well kept by volunteers, FHU sites plus single latrine, power poles and most water spigots key locked. No other site amenities, assume laundry, WI-FI, etc could be found on post but Housing Management desk knows and volunteers no information except sketch map for driving directions. Initial confusion over weekly rate $120 vs $100 resolved in my favor on checkout. Security wait at the North Gate was 20 min inbound and 45 min outbound, including me and a semi already waiting. Fedex will deliver to site if addressed to Ft Harrison RV Park, Buna Loop Site #. This is a typical sparsely manned, austere NG post but better maintained than many. Adjacent to VA hospital grounds, where the post office is located.
August 24-28, 2012
We were on vacation in Yellowstone on our way to Seattle to board a ship for an Alaskan cruise when my husband fell ill with cellulitis in his right leg. We left Yellowstone and traveled to Bozeman, Mt to the nearest VA clinic. Medical personnel wasted no time and referred him for admittance to the civilian hospital there. He stayed one two nights and VA transported him to the VA hospital in Helena at Ft Henry Harrison. We were traveling with another couple who had military access so we drove our rigs to Helena and checked into the RV park on Ft Henry Harrison. What a pleasant surprise. The post has little activity going but it is lovely. The RV park is all asphalt and concrete with level sites and very clean. The only problem we had was that the site we were assigned had a problem with the electricity but the office didn't seem to know about it although another camper had tried the same site and reported the failure to the office. Other than that the only downside was no WiFi or cable. We have satellite so cable wasn't an issue but would be nice to have Wifi. It's only available at MWR. We were only a mile or so from the VA Hospital so visiting my husband was very convenient. We were very concerned that we would not be able to make our port of call in Seattle but the doctors assured us that they were going to have my husband well and ready to travel and we'd make our cruise and they did so we did. We missed our opportunity to visit Glacier National Park but hopefully another time. The VA there is awesome and so is the post and the RV park and the people at billeting and the gate guards are especially nice. You need to call ahead and let them know you're coming since they have to open a larger gate further down from the main gate since there are barriers erected that you can't drive a rig through. Best to arrive during working hours.
July 30 through August 8, 2013
Upon arrival they had us coming in 2 days later than what we reserved. We were told to park in Overflow - "the grassy area for tents". We were given an almost unreadable map of the base. The "overflow" was totally full of knee to thigh high weeds so we parked on the asphalt for 2 nights.
On Day 3 we returned to the office and were told there was no space for us to stay a week as requested originally. We were not "Happy Campers". After some prompting from us, they were able to juggle to find us space. There is literally NO INFORMATION or materials given to you upon arrival about the base or the area. You need to call or visit the office to inquire about Mail Forwarding, WIFI, Laundry, Museum times (only open on Thursdays), no Commissary and limited Exchange times. We were camped for 4 days before someone camped in the park told us about WIFI which is poor at best. The location is ideal for visiting Helena and the surrounding areas. The park is quiet and for the most part, people with dogs clean up (except for the people previously in our site and the folks next to us). The sunsets are gorgeous and watching the deer wander freely is a nice touch. Would we stay again? For sure now that we know what to look forward to.
July 29 - August 24, 2011
Paid for a month to allow time to explore the area. Beautiful location and pleasant summer weather. However, on the morning of 8/24, we were told we had to leave immediately because the RV park upgrade will begin on 8/25. Very unpleasant surprise! I have to wonder why the RV park tenants were not given more warning, it's not like the base construction people sat around their coffee on the morning of 8/24 and just decided to go start digging ditches! Wifi has poor signal strength, I was able to connect but the hubby could not. We did not use the showers or laundry facilities. Facility at the RV park is one pit toilet, all others are nearby at the base gym. No trash dumpster on site. Office personnel were friendly and accommodating. The other problem here was with mail delivery. At check-in, I was given a sheet with the mail forwarding address. I had my mail sent here and when I went to pick it up, the soldier told me if I had any more sent, she would return it to sender! Wish they could get their information coordinated without getting the RVers caught in the middle. Park upgrade plan is to put in curbing to protect the hook ups and add a concrete picnic pad to each site. Remainder will be filled with granite sand and trees planted. Possible that all sites will be upgraded to 50 amps.
July 21-22, 2011
Although we did not make it by the 5 p.m. closing time, we were able to find an open site, and use the sewer line. This was our greatest need for the night stay seeing as our tanks were full from the previous night. The next morning we went to pay, and learned that if we had spoken to the gate guards we would have received a key for the other utilities. Not a big deal but good to know for our next visit when we reserve a site. The campground was pretty full for a week day, the base is well kept but pretty empty of personnel when the national guard is not drilling. Very nice little guard base!
July 15-18, 2010
Very important - Bldg #1007 that has keys to locks is only open M-F till 4. This is not stated above in the web page so i will email them and beg them to add this info. We got there after 4 and were shocked to find out we will have no elec till the next day. It was 95 degrees and we had our 4 yr old daughter and two dogs with us. Not happy at all. That being said, while there were some weeds (they recently mowed so they weren't too bad) the location and good nature of the security guards made a huge difference for us. And we met AWESOME other RVers there. The facility is kept spotless, quiet paved roads and sidewalks galore. Being inside the facility made us feel safer. My daughter and I walked to the gym and showers at midnight, something i would never do anywhere else. We were treated so wonderfully. The weather (after having electric for AC) was glorious. Right up the road is Spring Meadows State Park. What a fabulous place, swimming, paddle boats, canoes, etc) Convenient to everywhere in Helena and beyond, and of course the VA hospital. The military base also has a museum (we didn't have time to explore but will be back). Yeah, the RV sites are not fancy by any means, but with all the high points as noted above, it is so worth while. We will definitely be staying here again.
J.M. left this review using the Directory software: There were a lot of weeds in the electric and water sites. It is a small campground. There are 50 Amps available. Lots of deer roam the base and campground.
July 26 - 27, 2009
Good place if you want to explore the local area, to far from I-15 for just one night. For the daily rate should get more for you money. Watch out for the winds, do not leave your awnings down and leave your site.
14 - 21 Oct 2008
I had to do some work at the tng site, which made the RV park very convenient. Ours was the only RV in the park during our stay; perhaps, because the park closes at the end of October. The park is not paved and most of the lanes between power and water pedestals are not all that level. It rained while we were at the park, but the park surface has a lot of gravel and there was no mud as a result of the rain. There are no showers at the park and only a pit toilet. Our toilet failed while we were at the park and we were able to move into nice billets for the last part of our stay. We continued to use the RV during the day and for fixing dinner in the evenings. The rate for the site was only $10 per day, which they offered to waive when we moved into a room, but I opted to pay since we still used their power during the day. Everyone we met at Ft. Harrison was very friendly.
7 through 9 Sep. 07
The original Fort is now a V.A center circa 1890s. The newer operational center is a mix from pre 1940s to very new and up to date facilities. The RV park is located in an open fenced area near the entrance to the range on Bruno Loop. The surface is gravel. There is water and sewer available. Power points are installed but not functional as of 8 Sep. 07. This facility is "big rig friendly". Check in is at Bld. 1011 near the north gate. The small PX is open Mon through Fri. and on Guard weekends. Helena is a short drive and provides many attractions.