Sunshine S.

Portland, OR

Joined August 2016

Better choices in BGNP

This is located in lower elevation (as compared to Wheeler), but feels like a parking lot or field. Yes, you are close to the visitor center and town, but there is little privacy and nothing unique about this spot. Drive uphill and gain a view, trees, and privacy!


This is the busiest National Park in the system, and it shows! The campground is incredibly busy, but clean and well-managed. It provides a good access point for hiking and does cut down on the driving. A number of trails are available and families with young children should find it easy to explore.

Clean, quiet, and close to the visitor center!

The campground was clean, quiet, and sites were spread out enough to allow for some privacy. We stayed 3 nights and would certainly stay again!


This is on the dry side of the continental divide and you can certainly feel it! Beautiful though, albeit further away from the services that west Glacier has to offer. This is an easy "base camp" for exploring a quieter side of the park, as well as the Indian Reservation!


Lake creek is close enough to Hwy 2, but near enough the nearby towns to make beer treks a bit easier. :) Fishing is great as well and lots of local residents who are happy to show you about.

Classic NPS Campground

This is a classic NPS campground (I think it is the 2nd largest in Glacier) but surrounded by a decade-old burn. It is right across from Apgar, but with a quieter feel and you can book online! This campground also makes a great base camp for treks to Polebridge and huckleberry bear claws!!

Enjoy the hike!

The Hetch Hetchy dam hike didn't originally appeal to me, but we learned a ton about the water supply and explored tunnels as well. The area was easy to access and my young (5/6) children were able to easily hike.

Nice NP Campground

This is a nice, solid National Park campground. The volcanic soils make for a dusty camping experience, but the sites are spread out so that it feels more private than most. We only stayed 2 nights, but would stay again!

BUSY (But beautiful)

Getting in and out of Cades Cove can be a traffic nightmare! This campground keeps you right in the thick of things, but on the other hand, you are right in the thick of things! The campground is beautiful, with plenty of attractions to walk to, but there are just too many people!

We stayed here and rented bikes from the camp store on Wednesday morning while the road through the cove was closed. This was the highlight of our visit!


Garver Mtn Lookout is remote, stunning, and the views go on forever. This is the kind of lookout rental where you can stay for days and not run into another human. (Grizzlies and moose may be a different story though). This look out is adjacent to the original USFS structure, so you get 2 amazing buildings for one. :) The hike in is STEEP, but only 0.25 miles and absolutely worth the sweat. There are extensive trail trail systems all along the ridge line, so plan on spending a few days and exploring the area.

Crags is closed!

Crags Campground is closed for public use as September 23, 2014 for conversion to a new Volcano Adventure Camp.

Upper Ford (Yaak)

This USFS Cabin rental is perfect for families! The cabin is a former ranger house and is located right next to the river, with horse stalls and plenty of space for parking. Hiking trails, fishing, and great swimming holes are very close by. The cabin is along a road, but traffic isn't a concern as the USFS in the Kootenai aren't busy any time of the year. I believe you can only rent by calling the Kootenai National Forest (Troy District).


This high elevation camp provided great access to trails, beautiful viewpoints, and even a small creek! This was one of the best campground that we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in almost 20 National Parks!

Thousands of earwigs!

Wow. Literally thousands of earwigs everywhere. We sprayed with the ultra toxic bug spray left behind, then returned and swept them up. Stayed up most of the night fighting them off. The views from the tower were stunning, the road approaching steep (no passenger cars), but what we remember most are bugs, bugs bugs everywhere!


Located almost 25 miles up the Yaak Hwy, this campground is situated along the river (and Hwy). Nothing makes this campground stand out, except maybe the large moose pond adjacent to the campground. If you can catch an early morning moose, then the campground gains a few stars! :)


This campground is as primitive as you can yet, yet beautiful. Although situated right off the road, this spot tucks in next to the creek and provides great access to northern Yaak area and lots of wildlife and hiking. The location does not include water (other than the creek) but does have pit toilets.

Quiet and great access to hiking/wildlife

The quiet campground is located right across the road from Peet Creek Rd (USFS Rd) which provides access to Northwest Peaks and an abundance of wildlife. Moose frequent the area and the river access is great!

Yaak River Must-Do

The Yaak River campground is a local summertime favorite! Although busy for day-use but locals, the campground can often be quiet in the evening hours. A number of great swimming holes and the waterfall itself make this a great choice! Also, great proximity to trails, beautiful drives, and even some beer on the Yaak River!


Two Medicine is the best campground in Glacier! Almost all of the sites have beautiful views of the lake. First-come and no online booking available, but that makes this small gem of a campground even more of a secret. There are some great hiking trails right from the campground, and even boat tours. I grew up in MT and recommend this one to everyone!

Apgar - Glacier NP

This is a very busy and fairly typical National Park campground. The sites are situated between "Apgar Village" and the road along lake MCDonald. This makes the large campground easy to use and access, but not very private. The good news is coffee, ice cream and shopping are all within walking distance. The views of Lake McDonald as the sun sets are a bonus!