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Old 01-03-2017, 10:44 AM   #1
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Camping at Glacier National Park

I know this has been covered before but....I couldn't find the link. What are the preferred places for camping at Glacier National Park..both east side & west side? Plan to be there is August, coming from Canadian Rockies. We usually prefer to stay in the park with our 25' AS. Thank you!

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Old 01-03-2017, 11:46 AM   #2
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Glacier...Prefered camp sites?

Actually, any site in Glacier is "preferred" these days! We go there quite often, but the crowds have made it very difficult past couple summers to get "first come, first served" campsites . They are taking reservations at a few camp grounds in East and West now, and many folks use this service, so it is getting more difficult for "first come" campers. Even more frustrating is some of those "reservations" go empty first night, since people think since they reserved a site for X days, they don't need to show up the first day...frustrating to see that and I am told the Park system is working on a fix so they don't go empty.

Now to your question on campgrounds that allow RV's: on the West side, Fish Creek is reservation only. ST. Marys and Many Glacier on East side also accept reservations and have some spots that are on first come basis. Entering from the West, Apgar and Avalanche also allow RV camping first come bassis. On the East side, St Marys, Rising Sun, and Many Glacier. 13 Miles from West Glacier on the way to East Glacier, is Two Medicine which also allows RV camping. There are many sites of course, "outside" the park, so you are likely not going to be "homeless" should the park be full.

You can see animals and enjoy the park using any of these campsites as a base. If you boat, most all of these also offer great access to the lakes with rental craft available. Many Glacier is probably the one of the most popular for hiking and bear or moose sightings, and there is boating there also. Note that many people start out early from any campsite, and head to Logan Pass on Going to the Sun road for hiking and wildlife! Like Yellowstone, Glacier can get very busy during the day in June thru August with many hikers.

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Old 01-03-2017, 03:58 PM   #3
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We journeyed to Glacier last August

We like to day hike so Many Glacier is a must for us. Lots of trails start from this and near the campground. We also stayed at Fish Creek. Many Glacier used to be all sites first come first serve but they have a reservation system now for about 1/3 of the sites. We reserved our sites at Many Glacier and Fish Creek using at our 6 month window date which was in March for August reservations.

The campgrounds with the most RV friendly sites are Apgar and St Mary. Fish Creek has some larger sites in loop B. We stayed in B57. I used Google satellite to try to get a feel for the length of the sites compared to the description at Loop C is hilly and would be difficult for a 25ft AS. Even my 17' Casita was challenged in C141. Our Many Glacier reserved site was 110.

Visitors will reserve a site at St Mary and Fish Creek for one night so they can get into Apgar and Many Glacier campgrounds early the next day. I noticed one of our neighbors at Fish Creek left the next day and we spotted their RV at Apgar. Apgar is convenient to the shuttle bus terminal.

Driving the GTTS road is a pain. Take the shuttle if you want to hit a trailhead or sightseeing or a Red Bus tour. Logan Pass parking was a zoo this past August. Try to get up early to take a shuttle to Logan Pass for Highline, Hidden Lake trails.

We will probably try Two Medicine the next time we go as there are some hikes there I want to try (Pitamakin - Dawson Pass).

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Old 01-03-2017, 06:20 PM   #4
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Nice govt campground on top of Maria's pass, if full there is a large parking lot there also, we use both...and use a bus to go through the park , no trailers on the going to the sun highway...
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