Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Glacier National Park Campgrounds

Glacier National Park Campgrounds – Opening Dates

The Apgar Campground, the largest campground in the park, hosts almost 200 camping sites for tents and RV campers. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water. All Apgar Campground sites are first-come first-serve, with a summer overnight fee of $20.

Most campgrounds in Glacier are on a first-come first-serve basis.  Reservations are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds beginning June 1, and may be made up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available.

Water is available at most campgrounds, but there are no electrical or water hookups at any campground in the park.  Dump and water fill stations are available at most campgrounds.  Water is not available when a campground is in primitive status.  Many campgrounds can accommodate campers and trailers, with some size restrictions.

Campgrounds in primitive status cost $10/night.  When campgrounds are in primitive status no water is provided.  Any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use.  Primitive and winter front-country campgrounds include pit toilets, no running water and only a limited number of sites.

Hiker/bicyclist sites are available at Apgar, Avalanche, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Sprague Creek, and Two Medicine Campgrounds for $5 per person per night, and at Fish Creek and St. Mary for $8 per person per night.

Group sites are available by reservation for groups. These sites are located in the Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds.   These sites can be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service or by calling 1-877-444-6777.    Many Glacier and Two Medicine Campgrounds have one group site at each campground, and both are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Campers are reminded to keep a clean camp and obey food storage regulations.  Animals are attracted to food and food odors. All food, garbage, and equipment used to cook, serve or store food must be kept sealed in a vehicle or in an approved bear-resistant container.  For more information about food storage regulations, please visit the Glacier National Park or contact the Park at 406-888-7800.

The park’s campground opening and closing dates are as follows:


Currently visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche Creek along the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Over the holiday weekend, hikers and bikers will have unlimited access from Avalanche towards Logan Pass.  As of Tuesday, May 26, access may change day-by-day depending on road crew work activity, with unlimited access after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vehicle access is limited to the St. Mary Visitor Center on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road due to road rehabilitation work.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26 – June 18, hikers and bikers will not have access to the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the east side due to road reconstruction crews working seven days a week, including evenings.  This work will include heavy truck traffic hauling recycled asphalt.   The recycled asphalt was removed from the road over the past two years and is being reapplied as base material in preparation for paving this summer.

Visitor centers are located at Apgar, St. Mary, and Logan Pass and each feature unique exhibits and activities. Interpreters and rangers are available at each visitor center during open hours.  The park’s visitor center opening and closing dates are as follows:


Park stores within each visitor center are operated by the Glacier National Park Conservancy, an official partner of the park. Visit Glacier National Park Conservancy to learn more about the Conservancy and the products and materials available.

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