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Lauren

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Posted: 10/25/09 06:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful picture and you do not get that from ANY of the commercial CG's. However, the commercial ones give you FHU's if you want them; then you drive to get your pix.

Either way you go it is a great place. We have reservations for 5 nights on the east side (KOA) and 4 nights on the west side (North American) starting July 22nd.

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IMHO, the east side is far more dramatic and closer to almost all the major attractions in the park. The east side is where the prairies meet the mountains. We love St. Mary CG which takes reservations. If you want hookups, the KOA is okay too, but doesn't have the natural feel of the National Park campgrounds.

There are tons of great things to do with two year olds. There are many short hikes along the road to Logan Pass. Red Rock Falls at Many Glacier is a great hike. Boat ride at Two Medicine is great. Glacier is great.


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Glacier is an amazing place and while it is true your twins would be just as happy camping at your local park you and your wife will appreciate have spectacular the park is. Kids love everything about camping - the dirt, the campsite, eating at the picnic table, all sleeping close, campfires, wading in the lake, the dirt... We choose camping in nationl and state parks over commercial parks when our kids were growing up and have tons of special memories of close family times. And yes, they will not remember the trip in a few years, but how great is that - you have an excuse to go back!


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Loved your post about kids, Barb!

To the OP: Reservations can be made at Fish Creek on the west, and St. Mary on the east on recreation.gov, but I tried to see if any sites are available using some random dates in July, and couldn't find any available. I don't know if there is some kind of time restriction, such as, reservations can only be made within six months, or something like that. You could call the recreation.gov number and see. 1-877-444-6777

Good luck! Hope you have a great time in Glacier!

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We stayed at both Two Medicine and Many Glacier last year. Both were very nice. Many Glacier provided more opportunities for "right-from-the-campground" hikes - even suitable for little legs. ST


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We are not too worried about keeping the boys entertained, at 18 months of age our little guys have all ready spent numerous nights in the camper and playing in the great outdoors. Camping, hiking and and sight seeing is what we want to do with them and they seem to enjoy it[emoticon]. I'm guessing they have seen more of the Western US then most adults - just too bad they will not remember it[emoticon]


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You just keep a doin' what you are doin'. The children will remember the great things you are doing with them well into their adulthood. Our children still talk about the camping / traveling we did with them. We do not have regret one!

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We've stayed at Many Glacier this year, and Apgar (west side) back in 2004. Both are worthwhile if you want to break up your stay, but if you only want one location, go with Many Glacier.

Regardless of which side you stay on, take a couple days to visit the Canadian side (Waterton).

As to comments on needing a pool, etc to entertain the kids. Nah, little ones are just as happy taking short hikes, tossing stuff into a lake or stream. We took our kids camping (tent) from when they were a year old. They just loved the outdoors.

Is it as easy traveling with kids under 5 as it is with older children or just adults? No, of course not. The same restrictions you have with your young children at home is what you have on the road. As long as you accept your endurance is limited by theirs, you're fine. It's the parents that try to push their kids beyond their limits that you see in parks having meltdowns.


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Many thanks for all of the great information! I think we will concentrate on the east side, staying in the park. We will have some flexibility in our itinerary just in case it takes us a day or two to find the perfect camp spot.

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