Photography: Reid Morth

Round Up: Glamping at the American Prairie Reserve

This summer, the American Prairie Reserve (APR) has increased opportunities for guests to connect with nature on the plains surrounding the Missouri River in Northeastern Montana. The newly opened Antelope Creek Campground at Mars Vista has four rental cabins that each sleep four people, 12 RV sites with power, five drive-in tent platforms, and three walk-in tent platforms, with fire rings, potable water, a bathhouse with showers, and an interpretive hiking trail. The campground is located 7 miles north of the Missouri River along U.S. Highway 191, northeast of Lewistown.

Antelope Creek Campground adds to the reserve’s existing accommodations, including RV sites and tent platforms at Buffalo Camp, the Founders Hut, the John and Margaret Craighead Hut, and Kestrel Camp’s safari-style lodging.

APR’s mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the Lower 48. When complete, it will piece together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands, making it larger than Yellowstone and Glacier national parks combined. The reserve will support animals that historically called the Great Plains home, such as bison, wolves, bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, swift fox, upland birds, birds of prey, and more. Already, the bison herd reintroduced at APR numbers more than 800. 

The reserve is open to the public for recreation, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife watching, and night-sky viewing far from city lights. americanprairie.org 

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