Ranger Review: UV Buff Dorado at Glacier National Park

Campground Review: This campsite is in the middle of East and West glacier. Which means it is ideal for a basecamp between adventures. Word to the wise, there are not many services between East and West Glacier. Try to grab grub on either side and bring beer/luxury items with you to the site. This site is right on Hwy 2, so it seems like it should be open year-round. But it isn't, so make sure to plan ahead if the site is open. There is a nice monument here if you just want to stop off while driving by and hit a vault toilet. The sites are quite and secluded for their close proximity to the highway. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Gear Review: As a Dyrt Ranger, I also get products to test and review in the field. I recently got to test Buff's UV Dorado while I was in Glacier. I was never excited about Buff's for their look, but this Dorado pattern is cute. I use my Buff to keep my hair out of my face and to cover my ears in a cold breeze (like the one on Triple Divide Pass). My eardrums hurt when they are exposed to a cold breeze, and it can be very uncomfortable. A Buff is great protection from these breezes, and is comfortable enough to be worn all day without a second thought.

Denali State Park

There are two campgrounds here: Denali Viewpoint South and Denali Viewpoint North. As other reviewers noted, this is not particularly great for solitude. There are great mountain views. Tables, pit toilets are available. A good place to camp overall.

Great location!

The fees are pretty based on the honor system. $20 a night., $5 for an extra vehicle and 7 people max per site. There is both tent and trailer camping. They have bathrooms and showers.

This is one of my fav hiking locations in Nevada! I love the variety. There are different levels of hikes from easy to more difficult. There are lots of trees with excellent shade and you can't beat the views of Washoe Valley when you get to the top.

Near the slow ferry

I always visited Juneau by ferry. This campground is accessible from the slow ferry, but it is a distance from the cruise ships or airports (as you know Juneau is very spread out for its small population). There is nothing Alaska spectacular about this campground, but it is quaint and nice. It is very RV-oriented.

Juneau camping

If you fly into Juneau, the towering Mendenhall Glacier is sure to impress. The glacier is huge and dangles right near town. I took a cheap blue bus from the cruise ship down to Mendenhall. It's a pure Alaskan experience to camp near Mendenhall. A state capital with a huge glacier. Awesome. The campsite has flush toilets and a shower house, as well as some covered shelters. Sites can be reserved on Recreation.gov.

Haines = Heaven

Everything about Haines is amazing. The mountains in this part of Alaska are towering and incredible. There are lots of camping opportunities in Haines including a small rustic campground right in town a short walking distance of the fast ferry. That campsite is about $5 and based on the honor system. This Chilkoot Lake area is much farther from the ferries, but a beautiful area. You will need to find a car to drive you out to the area. The area features a wide river and scenic mountain hikes and views.

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Black Rock Desert (near Sulphur)

This review is for Black Rock Desert, a BLM area to the West of this campground. As home to the famed Burning Man festival, its usually a serene desert when its not crowded with the Burning Man's 50,000 festival-goers. You can still see wagon tracks here from the Oregon trail! Word to the wise: there are no established campgrounds, but free camping is allowed throughout the park (probably why it's not on this site). One thing some people get confused by is that the sculptures that you've seen photos of are not permanent installations, they are only there during the festival-time.

Potosi Hot Springs

This review is for nearby Tobacco Hills campground and Potosi Hot Springs (this was the nearest campground I could find). There are two small host springs undeveloped other than a fence about .5 miles from the campground. A great overnight trip from Bozeman (or a day trip). It's a spectacular drive and a lovely soak. Check it out (if you love undeveloped hot springs like I do).

Lewis+Clark Waz Here

This is a really cool Montana treasure in my opinion. Lewis and Clark signed the sandstone here and its the only location of its kind. Not really a hot camping spot, but a really awesome piece of Americana and a worthwhile visit. If you are interested in Lewis and Clark, Montana has dozens of locations to visit: float the Missouri and camp where they camped, make some big life decisions at Decision Point near Loma, explore the museums at Fort Benton or Great Falls, and much more.

Floating that Mighty Mo?

This site is used almost entirely for people floating the wild and scenic Missouri River past the White Cliffs and the Hole-in-the-Wall. The site has a vault toilet, lots of room for your rig and obviously has river-front access. Bugs can get horrendous here in late summer. It's in the open with few trees, but it is what it is. It's the spot to rest/put-in/take-out on a float.

Montana Vacationland

Seeley is where Montanans go on vacation. It's relaxing, it's nature, there's a cute little town, there's an occasional brewfest, there's a lake, there's a lot of trees. The road to Seeley allegedly has the most deer caused wrecks in the state, so it's good to be careful while driving.

When all else fails....

Glacier can get really packed between about the 4th of July and the end of summer. Try to get a spot inside the park (check the Glacier website), then try to get a spot in Johnson's in St. Marys. Then just get a spot where ever in St Marys. Final option, KOA! Good luck.

Sun River Canyon

You can drive into the front via the Sun River Canyon for great access to the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Sun River Lodge is a great place to get pizza and beer in what feels like the back country.

Monument Peak

Reserve this lookout on Recreation.gov for an amazing trip. The only downside is that this place is FULLLLL of dead flies when you get there. Mentally prepare yourself. Bring 100% of your own bedding to not sleep on dead flies. But once it's cleaned out its an amazing experience.

Quintessential Glacier

Apgar Village is located on the west end of Glacier National Park. Though crowded during the season, this campground offers lakefront views, ranger-led lessons and access to hiking and biking paths. Also a short walk from Apgar Village shops and restaurants, as well as a shuttle that will take you anywhere you want to go in the park (go public transit!). Be sure to check out the telescopes in the parking lot! ProTip: check the Glacier website each morning during the high season for the availability in each Glacier campground (they fill up, some as early as 7:30 a.m.).

Camping in Glacier in Summer is Busy, St. Mary is a good bet

Every campsite in Glacier in peak season will get full. Use this website to see what is still open each day and historical info on when the campsites fill up (sometimes as early as 8 a.m.) http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm

St. Marys is a good bet because of all the privately owned campground in the town. Johnson's is nice and has a great little café. There is also a KOA. St. Marys hedges your bet on options, rather than hoping Many Glacier is open (for example). Also great access to the Going-To-The-Sun Road.

Skip Rushmore, do Badlands

Most people doing the great American roadtrip think Rushmore is a must, and most people have barely heard of the badlands. I'm gonna let you in on a secret, Rushmore is not as amazing as you think it is. They're tiny and it's boring. A short drive away (in the across America timeframe) is the Badlands. And they're not overrated, they're underrated and amazing. Spend your time in this amazing American landscape (and pass up Rushmore).

Nice campground in Glacier, does fill up

Everything in Glacier in summer is crowded, and Two Medicine is no exception. It is a first come, first served campground with running water. The sites are all within a 100 years of the lake=beautiful. In the winter, the road into two medicine are closed. These are car/RV camping sites. Many great trails off of this campground. Warning, the east side of the park can be very windy.

Is it a campground?

There's a very short handicap accessible plank trail called Trail of the Cedars at this pull-off and a few mile in and out hike to Avalanche Lake. No solitude, but great easy hike for people of all ages.

GLACIER SUMMER ADVICE: All campsites in the park can and do fill up. Check this website to see what is available and what time the campsites are filling up each day (Hint: sometimes it is 8 a.m.) http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm

Perfectly preserved ghost town

Bannack lies in a remote corner of Montana, but there is much to see and do at the Bannack State Park. The Bannack ghost town is extensive and well-preserved. They offer tours, gold panning and more. Great family stop on a road trip. Very interesting.