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We are planing a trip to Glacier next July. Having never been there, I'm looking for a little advice for this trip. Should we camp in the park or at one of the commercial CG's? Which side of the park? We will be traveling with our 2 year old twin boys and our small, 21', HTT. Hook ups are nice but not absolutely necessary. We will want to do some sight seeing from our tow vehicle and some short hikes with the boys while we are there. Thanks for the help.


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Chicken McNugget wrote:

Thanks for the links. I see that most of the CG's in Glacier do not accept reservation. Will I have any problems finding a spot? I would most likely arrive on a Sunday afternoon.


We always stop at the Apgar campground on the west side. It's on the south edge of Lake McDonald. Sunday afternoon shouldn't be a problem getting a site. There are no hookups. Each loop has a building with sinks and toilets (have never checked for showers). Plus there are potable water faucets scattered around each loop. Each site is a little loop off both sides of the loop road. There are sites for big rigs and not so big. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

There are walking/biking trails. A boat put in is by the Apgar village with a motel and eating places.

The dump station is located off the campground entrance road. Good tasting potable water.

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We have been able to visit Galacier twice, each time we have stayed in the park, which IMHO is always the best place to stay (in the parks). Both times we have stayed over by St. Mary and just off the Going to the Sun Hwy. But my son stayed down by Many Galaciers and then over on the westside as well. All are neat. On the last trip we spent a few days at Waterton Nat'l Park in Canada before going down to Glacier, nice up there as well. Waterton

There are many campgrounds at Glacier National Park and Map_Listing of Campgrounds.
I believe I would try one of these on our next visit Many Glacier and Two Medicine and Sprague Creek. Also St. Mary is close to St. Mary Lake but not right on it as I remember.


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Thanks for the links. I see that most of the CG's in Glacier do not accept reservation. Will I have any problems finding a spot? I would most likely arrive on a Sunday afternoon.

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There are KOA's at both West Glacier and St Marys.


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I posted this a few weeks ago:
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I think the best campground on the east side is Two Medicine on the upper lake.
If you don’t mind dry camping, it is the best of the CGs inside the park for scenery.

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View from the Two Medicine CG. It was a grand morning in late June this year. You don’t get this from the KOA.



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We stayed in the park at Apgar in the west and Many Glacier in the east. Both were great and centrally located to all the park activies including the ranger talks at night. (Also a quick walk home in case the twins fall asleep.) Go to the NPS.gov site, and search Glacier park, camping, then the specific campground,and then click on the calendar to view when the campgrouds have filled each night in past years. Have a great time, Glacier is a special place.


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We stayed on the west side at the large campground just inside the park in June of this year. There were MANY available sites.


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You probably don't want to hear this but the Park has no interest for 2 year olds. Unless you plan to go back in about 10 years better to put it off and go somewhere that has a pool and playground.


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