The Many Glacier Campground is located on the east side of Glacier National Park, at an elevation of approximately 4,500 feet. There are 41 camp sites available for advance reservations and 62 sites on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is located about 22 miles from the town of St. Mary and the east entrance to Glacier National Park. The St. Mary Entrance allows access to the spectacular 50 mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road, and traverses the high point at Logan Pass with an elevation of 6,646 feet. Babb, Montana, is the closest community to the Many Glacier Campground and is located approximately 12 miles east of the campground. Babb has a general store, gas station, several restaurants and an U.S. Post Office. Cell phone coverage is not available in the campground. However, limited coverage is available in Babb.
Many Glacier Campground is located on the east side of the Continental Divide, and has excellent trails available for day hiking and overnight backpacking. Trailheads start at a higher elevation than those on the west side of the park, resulting in a shorter ascent to reach scenic vistas. Trails traverse areas frequented by grizzly and black bears, so take these safety precautions -- hike in groups, make lots of noise to avoid surprise encounters and carry bear pepper spray (know how to use it).
Potable water at shared spigots is available throughout the campground. Restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with cold running water. Camper utility sinks are available to dispose of gray water. Each campsite has a picnic table. The campground is located in a forested area so most campsites have some shade. Some sites are "generator free" for a more quiet camping experience. Other sites have limited hours for generator use. Within walking distance of the campground is the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, a concession facility with a restaurant, camp store, gift shop, limited groceries, and coin operated showers. Please read the individual site descriptions carefully to ensure your vehicle and camping equipment (including RVs) will be accommodated in the campsite. Most campsites and driveways are very small and will not accommodate towed units over 21 feet. A limited number of sites can accommodate towed units 26 to 30 feet. Many campsites will not accommodate camper "slide-outs". If you must use slide-outs, please make a reservation at St. Mary Campground, located 22 miles from Many Glacier and 1/2 mile along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Many Glacier Campground is situated in a mature Douglas fir, lodgepole pine and quaking aspen forest. Vegetation is dense and provides partial shade for almost all campsites. Occasional strong wind gusts occur, however, with tree cover, most sites have some protection from the weather. Nearby natural features include Swiftcurrent Creek and Lake, and mountain views of Altyn, Henkel, Wilber, Grinnell Point, Allen and Wynn.
If you have the time and a current passport, be sure to visit Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. Waterton Lakes National Park is a sister park to Glacier and both are known collectively as "Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park" -- the first international peace park in the world and designated in 1932. Waterton Lakes National Park offers fantastic hiking, scenic boat cruises and several short drives to view wildlife and access numerous hiking trails. Waterton Lakes National Park is located approximately 45 miles north of the town of Babb, Montana. Take Montana highway # 89 north to the intersection of Highway#17 or the Chief Mountain International Peace Park Highway. Continue north to the Chief Mountain international border crossing, where the road number changes to highway #6 and then highway # 5 into Waterton Lakes National Park.
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Many many bears around. Pretty water and mountain view’s. Near the restaurants and showers. Very nice.
Loved this campground and yes it is busy with tourist traffic on the nearby road, they park and then take off and hike but it was manageable being inside the campground. Great access to hikes like Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier which are my favorites! Wildlife sightings almost everyday. Great amenities inside camp and showers, laundry, coffee & shopping just a quick walk over to the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The campground had some great shady spots, even some spots with the river right behind. The park rangers were very nice, there are strict rules to follow because of bears frequenting the camp but the rangers were still very pleasant to deal with. I can’t wait to visit again!
Great camping spot. Easy access to many popular hiking trails, clean, and walking distance to the Swiftcurrent camp store for food and beer supplies. Lots of opportunities to view wildlife on this side of the park. Saw moose and bears within a half mile walk. A moose and calf visited the camp one evening. Sites are mostly shaded, potable water and clean bathrooms. Showers available at the Swiftcurrent lodge for about $4 for 8min shower.
Only downside if you don’t have a reserved site, need to get in line early. We got there at 4am and were not the first to get there. Reserve site if possible, otherwise plan to get there no later than 4:30am during peak season to secure a site.
This campground was very quiet and the sites had plenty of room. Bathrooms, water, trash, and recycling are spaced evenly. Sites 88-104 are located on the river & are free of generators. If you stay at a site near or with a generator, you will have a problem with noise. Lots of shade is available, which is nice. Showers and laundry are behind the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and token are available for sale in the store for shower and laundry. Showers were cleaned multiples times a day. Laundry has limited hours. One shower token gets you 8 minutes in the shower.
Close to a lot of great hiking! There is a trail for everyone of every hiking level here, from backcountry to walking trails. The waterfalls are spectacular, and wildlife is everywhere you look. Because of the size of the park, it does not feel over-crowded.
Ranger tip: Secure a campsite early, reserve before 9 am!
When you stay at Many Glacier you are situated in the heart of the best hiking and wildlife viewing in the park. Grizzly sightings on the slopes nearby are an almost nightly occurrence. Sometimes the animals wander right through the campground. There are several trailheads that begin at the campground or within walking distance. While it is a popular and busy place (difficult to get a spot) it is still worth braving the crowds.
This location fills up very quickly, very popular but they do allow reservations. There are trail access to some of the best day hikes in the park, including a hike to one of the park's largest glacier, Primitive camping is available for $10.00 per night.
The premier campsite in GNP! Not because the campground is great but because many glacier area is the premier park of the park and this campground has you in walking distance of everything. Lots of spots, many can be reserved through the parks service, some are first come and that has become a contact sport!! You now have to get in line prior to 6 am in order to get one of the spots that will vacate later…….that day. Fire pits, water and flush toilet in campground. Store, pay for showers and restaurant very close by. Stunning views and trails very close and wildlife abounds including moose (fishercap lake) and Griz. Look at the hills sides every evening but always have bearspray all the time on any trail.
I really enjoyed camping here.
Clean and close to Swiftcurrent Inn.
We took a last minute trip to Glacier in early August. Stayed in Columbia Falls the night before we arrived, hoping to make it to the campground to snag a last minute sight. Arrived at Many Glacier about 8am. Confused about the reservation vs first come first served process. Apparently you must be waiting for a campsite at 5am to be part of the first come first served lotto. We found a spot that we thought was open, as there was nothing posted on the sight number. Unloaded and got set up just to have the ranger come around and tell us we had to leave. They happened to have a last minute cancellation in the reserved area and allowed up to drag our tent over there. She saved our whole trip!
Many Glacier is a great location. Bathrooms are clean and bright, water, bear lockers, and trash are easy to locate. We hiked,rode the boats, chatted with some great neighbors, and heard many tales of bears in the campground. We'll be back, with a bit more planning next time.