GLACIER NATIONAL PARK AREA CAMPGROUNDS
There are a large number of Glacier Park campgrounds that range from primitive camping, to tent camping to cabins on up to deluxe RV resort campgrounds. There are close to 400 tent sites in the Glacier Park area. Almost 150 rental units like camping cabins are also found in the Glacier Park area and over 3,000 RV sites can be found around Glacier Park. The specific facilities at each campground vary considerably. The following explains a little about the different types of Glacier Park campgrounds.
USDA FOREST SERVICE CAMPGROUNDS IN THE GLACIER PARK REGION
The US Forest service has over 2.3 million Acres of land in the Glacier Park area. 48% of this property is designated as Wilderness area. Virtually all of this land is available for dispersed camping. That means you can camp anywhere on Forest Service land unless it is posted as no camping. This is ideal for backpacking and car camping in primitive areas with tents. You will have to pack in everything you need and pack out all of your garbage and trash. Dispersed camping means no improvements of any type are provided for your comfort.
In addition to the dispersed tent camping in the Glacier National Park area, the Flathead National Forest Service has 34 campgrounds. None of these sites have showers or flush toilets. Most of the campgrounds also have restrictions on the length of any vehicle in a RV site. Fifteen sites are limited to RVs under 12 feet, thirty one sites are limited to under 22 feet, one hundred sites are limited to less than 32 feet, ninety seven sites are limited to 40 feet and only five sites can take a 50 foot RV. All of these campgrounds limit the length of stay to two weeks.
CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS WITHIN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Glacier National Park camping is only allowed in designated areas. There are 13 designated campgrounds inside of Glacier Park with approximately 1,000 campsites. Only two of the campgrounds will take reservations, all others are on a first come first served basis. A campsite can only be occupied for one week at a time. Five of the campgrounds only have vault toilets while the rest have flush toilets. None of the campgrounds contain showers but one park, at St. Mary does have two coin-operated showers nearby. None of these parks have hookups for Recreational Vehicles.
PRIVATE SECTOR CAMPGROUNDS AND RV RESORTS IN THE GLACIER NATIONAL PARK REGION
The vast majority of the campsites in the Glacier Park area are provided by campgrounds outside the National Park. These parks provide tent camping, rental accommodations such as camping cabins and RV sites ranging from full hookup deluxe resort style camping to primitive campsites. The private sector provides about 300 tent sites, 150 rental facilities, and 2,000 RV campsites. These campgrounds and resorts are listed in Trailer Life and Woodall?s Directories under the following city headings: Babb, Columbia Falls, East Glacier, Essex, Hungry Horse, Kalispell, Martin City, St. Mary, West Glacier, and Whitefish.
While the scores given to these twenty plus private campgrounds varies considerably, the top scoring park in the Glacier Park area in the 2010 Woodall?s Directory was earned by the Whitefish/Glacier Park KOA with a score of 4W5W out of a possible 5W5W. Our RV resort provides a free breakfast during the summer camping season as well as swimming pool, camp store, restaurant/entertainment center and free paddleboats, free miniature golf, free bicycles and a free petting zoo among other activities. We have a wide range of site types from grassy tent sites to full hookup sites with 50 amp electrical service.