Camping in Glacier National Park

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Written by bike posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010

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Camping in Glacier National Park is definitely the way to go, as hotels can sometimes be difficult to find. Besides, staying in Glacier National Park is about appreciating the beauty of our natural resources, and what better way to do that than sleeping under the stars?

Glacier National Park Camping in Canada

Camp in a historical site! Rogers Pass National Historic Site is home to many abandoned railways and hiking trails fun for the whole family. The following campgrounds offer a rustic experience, and therefore they do not have showers, R.V. hookups, or laundry facilities. Camping in Glacier National Park in Canada is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping fees vary from $15 to $22 a night. Explore and consider the following campgrounds for your Canada Glacier National Park camping trip:

Illecillewaet Campground

Only 3 km west of the summit of Rogers Pass, the Illecillewaet Campground is open from late June to late September. It has 60 campsites.

Loop Brook Campground

Located 5 km west of the Rogers Pass summit, the Loop Brook Campground has 20 campsites and is open from Canada Day (July 1st) to Labour Day (first Monday in September). Both Illecillewaet Campground and Loop Brook Campground have flush toilets, drinking water supplies, log kitchen shelters, lockers, and firewood.

Mount Sir Donald Campground

During July and August, the Mount Sir Donald Campground offers 15 primitive sites. The campground is located just one kilometer west of Loop Brook. Campfires are not allowed.

Glacier National Park Camping in Montana

Choose from one of 13 developed campsites when camping in Glacier National Park in Montana. Average temperatures in Montana when camping are 70 F (21 C), but these temperatures can fall quickly at night. Camping fees vary from $10 to $23 a night.

Campgrounds in Glacier National Park (Montana) include:

Apgar

The largest campground in Glacier National Park, with 194 sites. Has flush toilets, but no showers. ~$20 a night.

Avalanche

Situated within an old growth cedar and hemlock trees, this camping site is an ideal choice for those who want to keep cool in summer months. Has 87 sites (only 50 accommodate 26-foot RVs or truck with a trailer), flush toilets, and no showers. ~$20 a night.

Bowman Lake

Approximately 30 miles from the Canadian border, this Glacier National Park camping option is great for those who want to see the Canadian Rockies as well as Montana. Has 48 sites, and no flush toilets or showers. ~$15 a night.

Cut Bank

A quiet, peaceful choice on the east side of Glacier National Park. Has 14 sites, no flush toilets or showers. ~$10 a night.

Fish Creek

The second largest campground, allows some shade and privacy for tent and RV campers. Has 178 sites, flush toilets, showers, disposal station, reservations. ~$23 a night.

Kintla Lake

The most remote option for frontcountry camping in Glacier National Park. Has 13 sites, no flush toilets nor showers. ~$15 a night.

Logging Creek

Located on the west side of Glacier National Park, offers a lot of solitude. Has 7 sites and no flush toilets. ~$10 a night.

Many Glacier

One of the more popular campgrounds in Glacier National Park. Has $110 sites (13 for RV/Truck with trailer), flush toilets but no showers, and a disposal station. ~$20 a night.

Quartz Creek

A small, primitive campground that offers a wilderness experience. Has 7 sites, and no flush toilets. ~$10 a night.

Rising Sun

Located where the mountains meet the prairies. Has 83 sites (10 for RV/truck with trailers), flush toilets, showers, disposal station. ~$20 a night.

Sprague Creek

A small campground near Lake McDonald. Has 25 sites, flush toilets, but no showers. ~$20 a night.

St. Mary

One mile from the St. Mary Visitor Center. Large, but not a lot of shade. Has 148 sites (25 for RV/trucks with trailers), flush toilets, showers, disposal stations, and reservations. ~$23 a night.

Two Medicine

Thirteen miles from East Glacier, and a popular destination for tourists. Has 99 sites (13 for RV/trucks with trailers), flush toilets but no showers, and a disposal station. ~$20 a night.

Camping in Glacier National Park: Quick Tips

Go camping in Glacier National Park

Go camping in Glacier National Park

Here are some quick tips to make your camping trip in Glacier National Park memorable.

1. Arrive Early to your Glacier National Park campsite

Since most campgrounds in Glacier National Park are first-come, first-serve, arriving early will increase your odds of landing a spot. Reservations are accepted at St. Mary and Fish Creek campgrounds for up to six months in advance.

2. Camping in Glacier National Park: Save your spot

Once you’ve picked out your desired spot, leave something on it while you return to the entrance to find the registration kiosk. If you are traveling with a group, have someone stay on the spot while you register to prevent disappointment.
To register, simply complete a self-registration form and place the fee in the envelope in the metal tube, marked fee collection. Remember to pay for all nights you’re going to stay, as no refunds are given.

3. Setting up your Glacier National Park Campsite

The maximum number of nights you can stay in Montana’s Glacier National Park is seven. Pitch only two tents per site–you are allowed eight people per site, and two vehicles.


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