The Basics of Advance Reservations
Securing an advance reservation before you get to Glacier can eliminate the stress of competing for a walk-in permit at the height of the busy summer season.
Advance Reservation Policies
There is a $40 application fee* ($10 administrative fee + $30 fulfilled trip request fee) for EACH application you submit. If backcountry personnel are unable to award an advance reservation itinerary based upon the parameters you indicate, the $30 fulfilled trip request fee will be refunded.
*We strongly recommend payment via credit card or Paypal for your advance reservations. National Park Service regulations related to certain ACH transactions require us to collect an enormous amount of personally identifiable information and take several weeks to process.
Processing Your Application
We will email applicants as we process their applications. Due to the high volume of applications in early season (March/April), processing and notification may take more than one month for some applicants. Later application submissions (May - Sept.) are often processed within a day. Verification of application receipt is not possible.
Changes to Confirmed Advance Reservations
If your advance reservation request is successful but you wish to change it for some reason (a preferred campground on your route opens early, your dates change, etc.), you have two options:
You can submit another advance reservation application. There is an "existing reservation" field on the application. You will enter the permit number for your current reservation in this field. Reservation changes are subject to all fees ($10 administrative fee + $30 fulfilled trip request fee) if we are able to make your requested changes).
You may also change your reservation when you pick up your permit at the park, subject to walk-in availability. There is no charge for changing permit itineraries on a walk-in basis, up to 24 hours before the start of your trip.
All backcountry fees are non-refundable except as indicated on the Pay.gov advance reservation application. Amendments to existing advance reservations are subject to all fees. If your plans change and you cannot use all, or part, of your backcountry reservation, please call (406) 888-7900 to cancel your trip. A refund will not be provided, but your cancellation will allow other campers to enjoy the campsites you cannot use.
Advance Reservation Opening Dates
In a typical summer, campground reservable dates represent a conservative estimate of when each campground will be snow-free and available for backcountry campers. If backcountry campgrounds emerge from snow cover early, these campgrounds are then placed in an “open” status prior to the listed dates, and are made available for advance reservations. In some years, there is more snow than usual and campgrounds may not open by the dates listed or reserved. In such cases, reserved itineraries will be modified, based on campsite availability, when you pick up your permit at a permit issuing station.
Standard Groups (1-8 Campers)
Large Groups (9-12 Campers)
Submitting an Application
We recommend viewing the following before submitting an application:
Standard Group Application (1-8 campers)
Large Group Application (9-12 campers)
If you are having difficulty accessing the application or are experiencing any other technical difficulties with the Pay.gov website, please call Pay.gov customer service at: 800-624-1373, Option #2.
Backcountry staff cannot diagnose technical issues related to the Pay.gov website.
Last updated: March 6, 2020