Burning Coal Vein Campground


Burning Coal Vein Campground is a five-unit, primitive campground approximately 30 miles south of Medora. Campground amenities include a vault toilet, fire pits, and sheltered picnic tables. The coal vein is no longer burning, but you may view the area from the parking lot at the campground. The Columnar Juniper area offers a scenic lookout and a short trail just south of the campground. The Ponderosa pines are south and west of the campground, also.

The campground can be accessed from highway 85 approximately 10 miles south of Belfield, traveling 20 miles on gravel roads #767 and #742. The campground may also by accessed approximately 14 miles northwest of Amidon. From Amidon, go west 2 miles on Highway 85 and turn onto the gravel road. Go west 1 mile and then turn north on road #742, travel north about 9 miles until you reach the campground turnoff sign. The campground is approximately 1 mile east.

The access road goes through private land to reach the campground so please stay on the road.

The southern trailhead of the Maah Daah Hey Trail is located at the campground.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Halfway between Amidon and Medora
Water: potable water via water well with a hand pump
Restroom: yes
Information Center: Medora Ranger District office

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