Glacier National Park Camping

Glacier National Park camping experiences are like no other.

Discover the best Glacier National Park campgrounds for tent or rv camping

Lounging in campsite in Glacier National Park, either in a family tent or an RV, is a wonderful way to experience Glacier Park.

If you really want to immerse yourself in Glacier National Park, as I did, the best way is to hike and camp.

By day you are certainly at one with nature when camping in Glacier National Park and will feel quite small in such a mighty and majestic place.

Glacier National Park: Tent and RV Camping Advice

Laying in a tent at night you will hear some spine-tingling cries of cougars and grey wolves. I certainly saw more stars here on a clear night with the naked eye than I ever imagined existed!

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One of our Favorite Glacier Memories

For those reluctant to experience Glacier National Park campgrounds, there are several, rustic lodges in Glacier National Park to choose from.

A number of campsites also offer sites for Glacier National Park RV camping.

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If you need an RV resource on “Where to go, What to do, and How to just have fun” while living, working and traveling America in an RV, then this is your site.

Glacier National Park Campground Advice

Camping in Glacier National Park means you will be exposed to cold weather at any time of year, so come prepared for freezing temperatures, especially at higher altitudes in the mountains.

Remember, Glacier National Park weather changes on a dime, so always be prepared for anything. Wear lots of hiking clothes as layers so that you can be comfortable no matter how hot or cold it gets–and always carry rain gear.

The same applies to your campsite; secure it when you leave to go hiking so that the wind and rain will not dampen your sleeping gear.

Glacier National Park Campgrounds: How to get a Camp Site

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Allyson reads and clothes dry
at a Glacier National Park campground

There are 13 Glacier National Park campgrounds and most are on a first-come first-served basis.

Enquiries for availability can be made at the kiosks at the entrance to each campground.

Reservations can be made for camping at Fish Creek and St Mary Campgrounds with the National Park Reservation Service.

Here’s how you register a campsite at any other Glacier National Park campground:

  1. Stop at the registration and information bulletin board located at the entrance to campgrounds or campground loops.
  2. Select a site, fill out a fee envelope completely and deposit it in the fee tube within 30 minutes. Park rangers cannot give refunds.
  3. Place envelope fee receipt in the clip on your numbered site post. Check out time is 12 noon.

On a side note, some recommend roping off your campsite if you leave to go hiking without pitching your tent.

While on my last Glacier National Park, Montana vacation, my girlfriend and I failed to do that and a family moved in on our site, even though we had paid and put up a marker on the post!

After a three hour ordeal with Park Rangers, the family was forced to move–but boy, what a headache!

Now, I always recommend marking your Glacier National Park campgrounds with either a tent, chair, or roping off your campsite.

It’s not worth the headache of someone trying to steal your site.

Best Glacier National Park Campgrounds

Here’s a quick fact file on each of the Glacier National Park Campgrounds:

Glacier National Park Campground Description
Apgar Campground At the foot of Lake McDonald with boat access. Flush toilets.

Open early May-mid Oct. – 196 sites. Dump station. RV camping sites

Avalanche Lake Campground 4 miles north of Lake McDonald. Popular for hiking trails. 6 miles to gas and groceries. Flush toilets.

Open mid June to early Sept. – 87 sites. Dump station, RV camping permitted

Bowman Lake Campground On Bowman Lake with boat access. Primitive camping and no flush toilets. Dirt road access.

Open mid May to early Sept. – 48 sites

Cut Bank Creek Campground Open end May to early Sept. – 19 sites

Primitive camping (no toilets). Dirt road access

Fish Creek Campground Near Lake McDonald with boat access at Apgar. Flush toilets.

Open mid June to early Sept. 180 sites. Dump station. RV sites

Kintla Lake Campground On Kintla Lake (near Polebridge, Montana) with dirt road access. Primitive camping, no flush toilets.

Open mid May to early Sept. 13 sites

Logging Creek Campground Open early July to early Sept. 8 sites
Many Glacier Campground At Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier Valley. Boat access. Flush toilets.

Fills within 30 minutes of opening.

Open end May to end Sept. 110 sites. Dump station, Laundry, Showers, Store, RV

Quartz Creek Campground Open early July to early Sept. 7 sites
Rising Sun Campground Open end May to mid Sept. 83 sites.

Dump station, Laundry, Showers, Store, RV camping permitted

Sprague Creek Campground On Lake McDonald with visitor facilities at Lake McDonald Lodge (1 mile).

Flush toilets. Open mid May to end Sept.

25 sites. Dump station, Store. No towed RVs.

St Mary Campground Open end May to early Sept. 148 sites. Dump station, Laundry, Showers, Store, RV

(my least favorite Glacier National Park campground)

Two Medicine Campground At Two Medicine Lak
e with boat trips. Primitive camping, flush toilets

Open end May to early Sept. 99 sites. Dump station, Store, RV sites.

A permit is required from a Visitor Center or a Ranger station in order to camp in Glacier National Park’s backcountry.

What’s your favorite Glacier National Park campsite?

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