Often called the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is a testament to the rugged wilderness and natural beauty that make camping in the country’s north an unforgettable experience.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road runs 50 miles directly through the park and is home to several stunning camping locations. As one of the most popular camping destinations in the country, campgrounds tend to fill up fast, so get in early. Here are four of the best campgrounds in Glacier National Park.
You’ll find this breathtaking site only 20 miles from St. Mary, nestled in among the ancient fir trees and jagged peaks that populate the east side of the Glacier National Park. There are many walking trails nearby, each providing the hiker with exhilarating views of the surrounding landscape.
The campsite itself is well-equipped, although the campsites themselves may be slightly too small for bigger tents and RVs. You’ll have a short walk to the nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, where you can take a hot shower, wash your laundry, and buy some souvenirs or food.
There are 41 sites, with RV options. You can bring pets and have fires. The sites range between $20-30 per night.
Located about an hour’s drive south of Glacier National Park, this quaint campsite rests on the banks of Swan Lake, near Kalispell. Privately-operated, Swan Lake Trading Post provides visitors with the opportunity to stay in a yurt or cabin, as well as tent camping. The site also contains a small shop that serves up camping gear along with ice cream for those hot, long summer days.
There’s a nearby stream for paddling, and the surrounding area is quiet and serene. You’ll have access to running water and clean, working showers.
These 35 sites range from $20-40 per night, and you can bring your pets and have a roaring campfire. If you RV, there are RV sites available.
Located along Going-to-the-Sun Road, close to the west entrance of the park, Apgar Campground is the largest and busiest camping spot in the park. Tent and RV sites are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and feature exceptional amenities including running water and access to gift shops, stores, and restaurants.
The campground is also only a short distance from the Instagram-worthy Lake McDonald, and the free shuttle stops inside Apgar Campground to take you to the park's best sights.
This large campground offers 194 sites at $20 per night.
As one of the few campgrounds in Glacier National Park that you can reserve ahead of time, book your stay at St. Mary Campground early to secure the best spot. The sunsets over the lake, dramatic panoramas of Singleshot, East Flattop and Red Eagle Mountains, and ample scenic hiking trails are just a few of the attractions to enjoy, so be sure to bring your camera.
In addition, as the largest campground on the east side of the park, it is well-appointed with flushing toilets and running showers, as well as access to the visitor’s center and camp store.
Choose from 144 sites ranging from $10-23 per night. Bring your furry friend, your firewood, and even your RV to relax under the beautiful night sky.
There are plenty of things to see and do during your visit to the picturesque Glacier National Park. Let Banner & Oak help outfit your next adventure into the wild north.