Choose a Campground
Camping in Glacier National Park is a great way to experience this spectacular place. There are 13 front country campgrounds, and each campground varies in use. Whether you wish to tent-camp, camp with an RV or other vehicle, one or more of the park campgrounds should suit your interest.Wilderness Camping in Glacier.
Many campgrounds are available by reservation and can be booked on Recreation.gov. It is recommended you book the site before arriving to the park. Cell service is unreliable and inconsistent throughout the park.
Reserving a site is highly recommended as the park offers only a few first-come, first-served campgrounds.
Campsites are reservable on a rolling basis, typically 6 months in advance from the date you want to book your stay. Notification: Reservations for the 2024 peak season will not begin until early January due to programmatic changes.
All food, lawfully taken fish, garbage, and equipment used to cook, serve, or store food must be kept sealed in a vehicle, sealed in a camping unit that is constructed of solid, non-pliable material, suspended from any NPS-designated food hanging device, secured in any NPS-designated storage locker, secured in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container, or secured in a structure or dwelling at all times, except when these items are being transported, consumed, or prepared for consumption.
Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave litter around your camp. Garbage must be properly stored at all times. Use bear-proof trash cans.
Violation of food storage regulations may result in a $75 fine and/or confiscation of improperly stored items.
Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Noise must be kept to a low level that does not disturb other campers.Generator use in campgrounds is permitted only during the following times: 8 am–10 am, noon–2 pm, or 5 pm–7 pm.
Unreasonable idling of motor vehicles is also prohibited.
All areas are closed to pets except developed areas, front-country campsites, picnic areas, along roads, and in vessels on lakes where motorized watercraft are permitted. Pets must be secured on a leash no longer than six feet, under physical restraint, or caged at all times. Do not leave pets unattended. Owners must pick up after their pets and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle, and they must not allow pets to make noise that is unreasonable.
Firewood is available for purchase at most camp stores. Gathering or cutting firewood in the park is unlawful, except in the following areas:
Fireworks are prohibited in National Parks, including Glacier.
Using campground faucets to wash dishes or clothing, to clean fish, to prepare food, or to bathe is prohibited. All wastewater, including water from showers and dishwashing, must be contained and disposed of in utility sinks or at RV dump stations. Do not leave wastewater unattended. Recreational vehicles must use drain hoses at dump stations.
Fee showers are available at the Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent Motor Inns and private campgrounds adjacent to the park. Showers are available for registered campers only at the Fish Creek, Apgar, and St. Mary Campgrounds.
Bears, mountain lions, and other wild animals can be dangerous! Maintain 25 yards (23 meters) distance from all animals and 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves. See the park’s Safety page for more information.
Closely supervise children whenever they’re outdoors, even in developed areas. Unattended pets may attract a lion and result in the loss of your pet.
Feeding wildlife is prohibited. In their pursuit of their usual food sources, animals will be attracted to improperly stored food. Allowing wildlife to obtain human food or trash is harmful to the animal, disrupts natural behaviors, and can create dangerous situations for both wildlife and humans. Follow the food storage regulations listed above, and always maintain a clean camp. Violation of park regulations will result in the issuance of a citation (fine).
Report all bear and mountain lion sightings or encounters to the nearest ranger, campground host, or visitor center, or by calling (406) 888-7800.
Ranger and Native America Speaks evening programs are offered throughout the summer and cover a variety of topics. Generally, programs start at 7:30 PM or later and last around 45 minutes. More information can be found on our Ranger-led Activities page. The following campgrounds have program amphitheaters:
When campgrounds are open in primitive status, there are special considerations regarding water and sanitation. No potable water sources or dump station facilities are provided. Lake water or melted snow obtained for drinking or food preparation should be boiled (at least one minute) or treated using an approved filtration system.
Comfort stations are closed; campers should use the campground’s vault toilets. Washing dishes or discarding wastewater near campsites or water sources is prohibited. Filter food scraps (pack out as garbage) from dish water and scatter water on the ground at least 100 feet (30.5 meters) away from campsites, lakes, and streams.
Interested in hiking to a remote campsite? Learn more about Wilderness Camping in Glacier.
Is Going-to-the-Sun Road Open?
Conditions are constantly changing. Check here for updates on which roads are open or closed.
How Crowded is Glacier?
Glacier is extremely busy during the summer.
How does the free shuttle work?
The shuttle can move you along Going-to-the-Sun Road but requires flexibility.
Last updated: November 16, 2023