Wilderness Camping Advance Reservations

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Early Access Lottery Period

Glacier National Park will implement two early access lotteries for wilderness camping advance reservations in 2024 using the Recreation.gov wilderness camping permits online platform. Lottery applications will be accepted for a chance to secure a wilderness camping itinerary. You will NOT submit any itinerary information with the lottery application. If your lottery application is chosen, you will be assigned a date and time when you can access the Glacier National Park Wilderness Permits system on Recreation.gov. in order to submit your desired wilderness camping itinerary. To participate in either lottery, applicants must first create a Recreation.gov account. Please visit the Recreation.gov homepage for details.


General On-Sale Period (First-come, First-served Advance Reservations)

After early access lotteries are completed, all remaining advance reservation campsites will be available to standard groups (1-8 campers) online at Recreation.gov.


Cancellations, Refunds, and Technical Issues



What if I Cannot Secure an Advance Reservation?

If you are unable to secure a wilderness camping advance reservation through Recreation.gov, wilderness permits may be available the day before or day of a desired trip start date by walk-up.

  • Approximately 30% of all sites parkwide are set aside for walk-up campers.
  • Arrive early the day before your intended trip start date for the best campsite availability.
  • Follow the links at the bottom of this page for more information on securing a walk-up permit, planning a working itinerary, and more.

Additional Resources

Last updated: March 26, 2024

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Contact Info

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936



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