Everything You Need to Know About Camping in Glacier National Park (Video)
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With 700 miles of trails, picturesque lakes and mountains, and designations such as UNESCO World Heritage site and biosphere reserve, Glacier National Park has a lot to offer visitors. Whether you’re hoping to see the park’s beautiful wildflowers or planning to drive down the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, there’s something for everyone. Planning to stay overnight? Camping in Glacier National Park is a great way to immerse yourself in this beautiful environment, as the campsites will have you just steps from some of the park’s most beautiful landscapes.
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Camping in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park has over 1,000 camping sites across 13 campgrounds. Most of the sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis — you can find updated availability on the NPS Campground Status page.
Kintla Lake Campground is the park’s northernmost and most remote option, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for silence and solitude. Its 13 first-come, first-served spots cost $15 per night, and there are no showers or toilets.
Bowman Lake Campground is in the North Fork area of the park, and it has 46 campsites that go for $15 per night. This campground is also in a relatively remote location, so it’s best for visitors seeking some peace and quiet.
Many Glacier is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park, offering 109 sites for $23 per night. This spot is close to some of the best hikes in the park, and you may even spot a moose or bear from the campgrounds.
St. Mary is another popular campground in the park, and it is one of the largest, with 148 sites priced at $23 per night. The year-round campground offers showers, toilets, and more, and you can reserve it in advance.
Rising Sun Campground offers views of beautiful sunrises and Red Eagle Mountain, plus it’s close to the famous Logan Pass.
Fish Creek is the second-largest campground in the park, and its central location makes it ideal for visitors who want to get out and explore. Plus, guests can enjoy nightly programs from park rangers.
Apgar Campground is the largest option in Glacier National Park, offering 194 spaces. This park is near Apgar Village, which has stores, a restaurant, and places to book tours. In the evenings, you can take a short walk to Lake McDonald to see the sunset, as well as take advantage of the nightly park ranger programs.
Other campgrounds in Glacier National Park include Quartz Creek, Logging Creek, Avalanche, Sprague Creek, Cut Bank, and Two Medicine.
Camping Near Glacier National Park
There are a number of RV parks and campgrounds in the area surrounding Glacier National Park, including Mountain Meadow RV Park and Cabins, St. Mary KOA, Glacier Peaks RV Park and Campground, West Glacier RV Park and Cabins, West Glacier KOA, and North American RV Park. These campgrounds are close to the park, and some offer extensive amenities, like pools, playgrounds, on-site dining, and more.
Glacier National Park Camping Reservations
Four campsites in Glacier National Park take reservations: Fish Creek, St. Mary, Apgar, and Many Glacier. You can make reservations up to six months in advance for Fish Creek and St. Mary, and up to 12 months in advance for group sites at Apgar. During the summer season, camping fees range between $10 and $65 per night. If you’re planning to camp at Glacier National Park during the peak season, be sure to make reservations for these sites in advance on the website to guarantee your spot.
Glacier National Park Camping Regulations to Know
The National Park Service has set a number of regulations to ensure the comfort and safety of guests at the campgrounds in Glacier National Park. You can only pitch a tent in designated campgrounds at this park, and during the peak season (July 1 to Labor Day), you can camp for a maximum of 14 days total. Guests also have to adhere to food storage rules, so their food doesn’t attract bears, and the campgrounds keep quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. For a full list of rules and restrictions, visit the NPS website.