Best Camping near Glacier National Park

Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains in Montana, Glacier National Park boasts over 700 miles of hiking trails and plenty of campsites for weary hikers to spend the night. Near the picturesque cities of Columbia Falls and Whitefish, MT, campers can enjoy a day of shopping or dine at one of the area’s restaurants in between taking in the park’s sights. Avalanche Creek and Granite Park are two popular campgrounds, and RV drivers will find plenty of places to pull up for a night or extended stay. While camping, visitors will have plenty of opportunities to see the area’s diverse wildlife that include grizzly bears, mountain goats, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Glacier National Park, MT (214)

    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park

    59 Reviews
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    479 Saves
    West Glacier, Montana

    Overview

    Apgar, Fish Creek, and St. Mary Campground reservations WILL NOT provide access to any vehicle reservation areas (including the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Many Glacier, and North Fork). To obtain a vehicle reservation, visit Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservations on Recreation.gov. __ Fish Creek Campground is the second largest campground in Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park, in northwestern Montana, is comprised of pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles (1,125 km) of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. It also provides countless scenic vistas for those wishing to relax and take in its natural beauty. The campground is located on the western side of the park at an elevation of nearly 3,500 feet (1,066 m). This area of the park generally receives the most rainfall. Daytime temperatures can exceed 90__F (32__C), although it is frequently 10__ to 15__ F cooler at higher elevations. Weather in the mountains can be varied, including snow in summer; visitors should come prepared for anything.

    Recreation

    This facility is conveniently located in the western part of the park, nearby many day hikes, including Rocky Point Trail, which wanders through a burn area from a 2003 wildfire. Explorers of all ages can attend nightly ranger programs at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Facilities

    This facility is conveniently located in the western part of the park, nearby many day hikes, including Rocky Point Trail, which wanders through a burn area from a 2003 wildfire. Explorers of all ages can attend nightly ranger programs at an amphitheater within the facility.

    Natural Features

    Fish Creek is heavily forested with plenty of shade. Some sites have views of Lake McDonald. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages almost 10,000 years ago. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx. Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as harlequin ducks, dippers and golden eagles.

    Nearby Attractions

    One must-see attraction is Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier's sister park across the Canadian-U.S. border. As the other half of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Waterton Lakes offers great hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the townsite of Waterton. Waterton Lakes National Park

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    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Many Glacier Campground — Glacier National Park

    45 Reviews
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    678 Saves
    Siyeh Bend, Montana

    Overview

    The Many Glacier Campground is located on the east side of Glacier National Park, at an elevation of approximately 4,500 feet. The campground is located about 22 miles from the town of St. Mary and the east entrance to Glacier National Park. 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.

    Recreation

    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).

    Facilities

    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).

    Natural Features

    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.

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    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (406) 888-7800.

    Nearby Attractions

    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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    $23 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Apgar Campground — Glacier National Park

    55 Reviews
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    494 Saves
    West Glacier, Montana

    Overview

    Apgar, Fish Creek, and St. Mary Campground reservations WILL NOT provide access to any vehicle reservation areas (including the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Many Glacier, and North Fork). To obtain a vehicle reservation, visit Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservations on Recreation.gov. Apgar Campground is situated on the southern tip of Lake McDonald in beautiful Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. Pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes are found throughout the park. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for hikers seeking wilderness and solitude. It also provides countless scenic vistas for those wishing to relax and take in the natural beauty of the park.

    Recreation

    Lake McDonald provides great opportunities for boating, water skiing, canoeing and fishing in its cold mountain waters. A variety of fish are found in the lake, including cutthroat, rainbow, bull and lake trout, whitefish and Kokanee salmon.The campground is conveniently close to many trailheads for day hikes, including Apgar Lookout Trail, a 3.3-mile (5.3 km) trail leading up to a fire lookout with breathtaking views of Lake McDonald. The Apgar Bike Path, a paved 1.5-mile (2.4 km) trail popular for walking and biking, leads to the nearby Apgar Visitor Center and Village. Horseback ride reservations, boat rentals, shuttle service and Red Bus Tour reservations are available here.One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which travels past the campground. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles (80 km) through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana.

    Facilities

    Lake McDonald provides great opportunities for boating, water skiing, canoeing and fishing in its cold mountain waters. A variety of fish are found in the lake, including cutthroat, rainbow, bull and lake trout, whitefish and Kokanee salmon.The campground is conveniently close to many trailheads for day hikes, including Apgar Lookout Trail, a 3.3-mile (5.3 km) trail leading up to a fire lookout with breathtaking views of Lake McDonald. The Apgar Bike Path, a paved 1.5-mile (2.4 km) trail popular for walking and biking, leads to the nearby Apgar Visitor Center and Village. Horseback ride reservations, boat rentals, shuttle service and Red Bus Tour reservations are available here.One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which travels past the campground. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles (80 km) through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana.

    Natural Features

    Apgar is located in a dense forest on the western side of the park at an elevation of nearly 3,500 feet (1067 m). This area of the park generally receives the most rainfall. Daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees, although it is frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler at higher elevations. Weather in the mountains can be varied, including snow in summer. Visitors should come prepared for anything.The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages almost 10,000 years ago. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx. Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as Harlequin ducks, Dippers and Golden eagles.

    Nearby Attractions

    One must-see attraction is Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier's sister park across the Canadian-U.S. border. As the other half of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park offers great hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the townsite of Waterton.__

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    $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Campground

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    Glacier Campground

    49 Reviews
    138 Photos
    419 Saves
    West Glacier, Montana

    Glacier Campground is located just one mile from the west entrance of Glacier National Park and is the closest privately owned campground to the park, known for “the way camping used to be!” Our heavily wooded 40 acre campground is surrounded by the Flathead National Forest. West Glacier Village provides many activities including golf, mini golf, shopping, rafting, horseback rides and helicopter tours. There are also many options for great local dining. Outdoor lovers will love staying at with us

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    $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from West Glacier KOA Resort

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    West Glacier KOA Resort

    46 Reviews
    96 Photos
    209 Saves
    West Glacier, Montana

    Pine-scented campsites here are a mere 2.5 miles from Glacier National Park's west entrance. A short drive of a few minutes brings you to the start of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road that twists and climbs across the million-acre alpine preserve. Whitefish, Kalispell, and Flathead lake are within driving distance to explore for part of a day with plenty of time left to relax at this KOA. This KOA also offers a heated adult (18+) pool 2 adult (18+) hot tubs and a heated family (all ages) pool. Enjoy our Lazy Bear Breakfast or Dinner restaurants, as well as our Bearstream Bar and Bear Garden. You can treat yourself to huckleberry ice cream at Scoops Ice Cream Shop or head to the state's largest water park in nearby Columbia Falls.

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    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park

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    St Mary Campground - Glacier National Park — Glacier National Park

    37 Reviews
    120 Photos
    56 Saves
    Babb, Montana

    Overview

    Apgar, Fish Creek, and St. Mary Campground reservations WILL NOT provide access to any vehicle reservation areas (including the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Many Glacier, and North Fork). To obtain a vehicle reservation, visit Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservations on Recreation.gov. ____ The St. Mary Campground is reservation only during the peak season. For information on camping outside the reservation timeframe visit the Glacier NPS website . St. Mary Campground is the largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, and is conveniently located approximately a half-mile from the St. Mary Visitor Center. The visitor center offers interpretive programs, shuttle service and Red Bus tours leaving from the center. The campground sits near the entrance of the popular scenic byway, the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Generators are allowed only in Loops B & C. Generators are prohibited in Loop A.

    Recreation

    St. Mary Campground is located on the east side of the park, which boasts some of the best trails available for day hiking. Trailheads start at a higher elevation than those on the west side, so less ascent is required to reach scenic vistas.

    Facilities

    St. Mary Campground is located on the east side of the park, which boasts some of the best trails available for day hiking. Trailheads start at a higher elevation than those on the west side, so less ascent is required to reach scenic vistas.

    Natural Features

    Though shade is sparse, the aspen trees that grace St. Mary Campground flutter in spring and summer breezes and provide colorful splashes of yellow late in the season. Views of Singleshot, East Flattop and Red Eagle Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the landscape. St. Mary Lake which, although too cold and occasionally too rough to swim in, provides refreshing scenery on warm days.

    Nearby Attractions

    One must-see attraction is the sister park across the U.S.-Canadian border, Waterton Lakes National Park. As the other half of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Waterton Lakes offers fantastic hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the Townsite of Waterton. Immediately east of Glacier National Park lies the picturesque Blackfeet Indian Reservation, spanning 1.5 million acres. Visit the Museum of the Plains Indian, in Browning, Montana, for a fascinating introduction to the rich cultural heritage of the largest Indian tribe in Montana.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Bowman Lake Campground — Glacier National Park

    30 Reviews
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    506 Saves
    Polebridge, Montana

    Bowman Lake campground is located in the North Fork area of Glacier National Park approximately 32.5 miles from the west entrance and 30 miles from the Canadian border. The drive to Bowman Lake is a very slow, dusty, and bumpy ride on dirt roads. Trailers are not permitted. The campground is located close to the shore of Bowman Lake and camp sites are within trees for shade and some privacy. Tent campers looking for peace and quiet will enjoy Bowman Lake for its serenity and remote location.

    Weather Dependent Primitive Fall Season

    October 9–October 31

    Bowman Lake Campground's typical summer season is from mid-May to early September. If weather permits, a primitive camping season can extend into the fall between early September and late October.

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    $10 - $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Rising Sun Campground — Glacier National Park

    23 Reviews
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    356 Saves
    Siyeh Bend, Montana

    Rising Sun Campground is located just west of St. Mary and halfway along St. Mary Lake. Campers at Rising Sun will enjoy beautiful sunrises in the morning with Red Eagle Mountain as a backdrop, and the campground serves as a convenient base camp to many day hikes located east of Logan Pass. Some sites are open, allowing for cool breezes throughout the day, while others are located among trees, accommodating those seeking some shade and privacy.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Flathead River Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Flathead River Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Flathead River Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Middle Fork Flathead River Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park

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    Sprague Creek Campground — Glacier National Park

    20 Reviews
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    314 Saves
    West Glacier, Montana

    Overview

    Sprague Creek is a small campground located on the northeast shore of Lake McDonald, just off Going-to-the-Sun Road. The maximum size limit allowed for all vehicles as well as combinations of vehicles and towed units in Sprague Creek Campground is 21 feet in length (including bumpers) and/or 8 feet in width (including mirrors). The campground is located within trees, providing shade during warm summers. Some sites near the shore have unobstructed views of Lake McDonald.

    Recreation

    Amenities such as a camp store, resturant, gift shop, tour buses, boat tours, and horse rides can be found at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, about a mile away from the campground. Evening programs with a ranger are also located at Lake McDonald Lodge. Use Glacier's free shuttle service at this campground to access other shuttle stops on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

    Facilities

    Amenities such as a camp store, resturant, gift shop, tour buses, boat tours, and horse rides can be found at the historic Lake McDonald Lodge, about a mile away from the campground. Evening programs with a ranger are also located at Lake McDonald Lodge. Use Glacier's free shuttle service at this campground to access other shuttle stops on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

    Natural Features

    Sprague Creek is heavily forested with partial shade. Some sites have views of Lake McDonald. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages almost 10,000 years ago. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx. Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as harlequin ducks, dippers and golden eagles.

    Nearby Attractions

    One must-see attraction is Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier's sister park across the Canadian-U.S. border. As the other half of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park offers great hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the townsite of Waterton.____

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    $30 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Glacier National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Glacier National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 214 campgrounds and RV parks near Glacier National Park and 28 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Glacier National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Glacier National Park is Fish Creek Campground — Glacier National Park with a 4.5-star rating from 59 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Glacier National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 28 free dispersed camping spots near Glacier National Park.

What parks are near Glacier National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 parks near Glacier National Park that allow camping, notably Flathead National Forest and Kootenai National Forest.