Camping (take me there)
What does it mean when a campground is in Primitive Status?
Campgrounds in primitive status do not have flush toilets or potable water.
Do the campgrounds have showers?
There are showers available in the park at the Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent Campstores for a fee. These showers can be used by anyone. The St. Mary and Fish Creek campgrounds have token operated showers only for guests staying at those campgrounds. Token are free for those guests staying in the campground. There are also private campgrounds outside the park that sell shower service. Check with the Campground Host to find out where there are showers available near your campground.
Does someone check me in at the campgrounds? How do I find a campsite?
In Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds (our reservation campgrounds), you will be checked in at the kiosk. If you come after hours, your information and site number will be posted at the kiosk window. If you are camping at our first come/first serve sites, stop at the fee station and pick up a fee envelope, proceed into the campground and find an available campsite. Place your fee envelope in the fee tube within a ½ hour of picking your site. Credit cards are accepted at our campgrounds, with the exception of Cutbank Campground.
Can I make reservations for an auto campground?
Yes, reservations can be made at Fish Creek Campground on the west side of the park and at St. Mary Campground on the east side. You can make your reservations 6 months prior and up to 3 days in advance through Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov
We have a large group of campers, do you have group sites? Can you reserve these group campsites?
Group sites are for groups of 9 to 24 campers. For group site reservations, 5 of Apgar Campground's 10 group sites can be reserved up to one year in advance. The remainder of the sites are on a first come, first serve basis. St. Mary Campground has 2 group sites that can be reserved up to one year in advance. Many Glacier and Two Medicine campgrounds have 1 group site each, and both are on a first come first serve basis. For Reservations at Fish Creek, St. Mary and Apgar Group sites, call Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online at www.recreation.gov.
How do I know how early I need to show up for a first come, first serve campsite?
We have complied all the fill times for each individual campground on our website so you can get an idea of how early you might want to show up. You can find that on our Campground Status Page.
Are campgrounds open year round?
Yes, during the winter, the St. Mary Campground and the Apgar Picnic area are available for camping. There is no fee charged for camping in the winter from November 1st through March 31st.
Do you have any generator-free campsites?
Yes, Sprague Creek Campground, Loop C in Fish Creek Campground, sites 49-84 in the Rising Sun Campground, sites 86-100 in the Many Glacier Campground and sites 1-36 in the Two Medicine Campground.
While camping, where do I store food to keep it safe from wildlife?
All food, caught fish, trash, and any equipment used to cook, serve, or store food must be stored securely at all times (except when these items are being transported, consumed, or prepared for consumption). Safe places include sealed in a vehicle or solid, non-pliable camping unit. Most campgrounds have NPS designated storage lockers and bearproof trash cans available as well.
For backcountry campsites, secure by suspending from any NPS designated food hanging device or in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container.