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Own Your Own Tepee

Or stay in one overnight at these beautiful campgrounds

Need a tepee? Don and Marcy Ellis will be glad to custom-design one for you, or just as happy to instead use designs originated by the Cheyenne, Sioux, Crow, and Blackfoot nations. The tepees range from 9 to 24 feet in height and are available from White Buffalo Lodges, 406-222-7390. If you don't have room in your backyard or the $270 to $2,000 asking price, check out these sites where the Ellises' handiwork is available for inexpensive overnight stays.

Bozeman Hot Springs KOA Campground
Bozeman, Mont.
Four teepees are set up every summer near a group of mineral pools on the edge of the Gallatin River. Base price is $20 per night.

Lolo Hot Springs
Lolo, Mont.
This campground near Missoula gets a bit chilly in the winter, but its eight tepees circle a toasty open fire. Inside are Coleman lanterns, wood chip-covered floors, and optional cots. Base price is $25 per night.

Sage and Cactus Village
Lusk, Wyo.
A rugged bed and breakfast on the McGee Ranch in Niobrara County. The eight-tepee camp sits on a bluff overlooking the Cheyenne River and offers campfires at night and a western breakfast in the morning. Base price is $40 per night.

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