Top 10 Campgrounds Near Glacier National Park, Montana

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Rachelle Anne
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Situated in the northwestern part of Montana, Glacier National Park sits on the border of Canada and the United States. Also known as the “Crown of the Continent,” this national park is home to over 700 miles (1,126.5 kilometers) of trails. It is a hiker’s paradise that also has over 130 named lakes and more than 1,000 different species of flora and fauna. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is more than just trees and lakes. Book a bus tour and cruise through the park on a vintage red bus. Snap some photos of the landscapes of Wild Goose Island. Go horseback riding at Lake McDonald Valley. Take a scenic drive on Going-to-the-Sun Road and venture across the Continental Divide. Are you looking for a place where you can camp out during your trip? Check out the top campgrounds near Glacier National Park, Montana.

Tent-only campgrounds

1. Bowman Lake Campground

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Situated on the shores of Bowman Lake, this campsite provides campers privacy and shade beneath the trees. Families or groups of friends will have access to the campground’s potable water spigots and vault toilet’s during their stay. On top of these, they can experience a handful of activities, such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, all within walking distance of the campsite. The property is available from May 28 to September 12, but it is also open for primitive camping in the fall.

Bowman Lake Campground

Website: Bowman Lake Campground

Address: West Glacier, MT 59936, United States (map)

2. Kintla Lake Campground

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Known as one of the most remote front country campgrounds, Kintla Lake Campground is small and secluded. Surrounded by mountains and Kintla Lake, it is ideal for large groups and is equipped with a hand pump for potable water and a pit toilet. It is available for campers from the end of May to the beginning of September. However, it is also open for primitive camping throughout the rest of the year, depending on weather and road conditions. With Kintla Lake right next to the site, campers can enjoy a handful of water-based activities, such as fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Kintla Lake Campground

Website: Kintla Lake Campground

Address: Polebridge, MT 59928, United States (map)

3. Quartz Creek Campground

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Quartz Creek Campground is one of the smallest campgrounds near Glacier National Park and can be found around 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) away from Lower Quartz Lake. If campers feel like hiking to Quartz Lake, they’ll be able to swim and fish, as well as take in amazing views. Mostly shaded by trees, the property is open from July to September and is ideal for families, groups of friends, and couples who enjoy a quiet place to lodge after a long day of outdoor activities. While the site provides picnic tables and pit toilets, campers are responsible for bringing their own necessities.

Quartz Creek Campground

Website: Quartz Creek Campground

Address: West Glacier, MT 59936, United States (map)

4. Cut Bank Campground

Cut Bank Campground
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jonathan C. Wheeler used under CC BY 2.0

Located east of Glacier National Park, Cut Bank Campground is open all season, and it follows the first-come-first-serve rule for its campsites. Ideal for day hikers who are looking for some peace and quiet, the place rewards hikers with stunning views of Glacier National Park. It comes with pit toilets and garbage cans. However, campers are required to bring their own food, camping equipment, and drinking water. They can also choose to filter freshwater from Cut Bank Creek for their supplies of drinking water.

Cut Bank Campground

Website: Cut Bank Campground

Address: East Glacier Park, MT 59434, United States (map)

RV Campground & RV sites

5. Fish Creek Campground

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As one of the largest campgrounds near Glacier National Park, Fish Creek Campground is also one of the few sites that accepts reservations. It can be found on the west side of the park and is known for having fickle weather due to being elevated almost 3,000 feet (914.4 meters) above sea level, and it is suitable for all types of travelers. It usually operates through a six-month time period and offers campers views of Lake McDonald and a handful of trails for campers to explore. On top of these, it has over 170 campsites for both RV and tent campers, potable water, and restroom facilities with running water.

Fish Creek Campground

Website: Fish Creek Campground

Address: Fish Creek Campground Rd, West Glacier, MT 59936, United States (map)

6. St. Mary Campground

St. Mary Campground
Source: Photo by Flickr user GlacierNPS used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Situated along the east side of Glacier National Park, this campground can be found near the entrance of Going-to-the-Sun-Road. It operates on a six-month rolling basis and accepts reservations for group sites and individual sites. Campers have full access to the campground’s potable water and restroom facilities with running water. While families and friends can enjoy hiking or fishing at the site, they can also head down the road and visit local restaurants, gift shops, camp stores, and grocery stores.

St. Mary Campground

Website: St. Mary Campground

Address: Lp C Rd, Browning, MT 59417, United States (map)

7. Apgar Group Sites

Apgar Group Sites
Source: Photo by Flickr user Steve Cyr used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Apgar Group Sites can be found right on the southern tip of Lake McDonald. It offers five reservable group sites ideal for groups, ranging from 9 to 24 individuals. While peak season is from May to September, the campground is actually open all year long. Not only this, but it also has flush toilets, drinkable water, picnic tables, and fire rings at each site. During their stay, campers can enjoy ranger programs at the amphitheater, have a fun day at Lake McDonald, or visit Apgar Village, which is only a few minutes away.

Apgar Group Sites

Website: Apgar Group Sites

Address: US Hwy 2, West Glacier, MT 59901, United States (map)

8. Two Medicine Campground

Two Medicine Campground
Source: Photo by Flickr user GlacierNPS used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Two Medicine Campground is a first-come, first-serve campground located about 13 miles (20.9 kilometers) away from East Glacier. It is open from June to September and is equipped with on-site facilities, such as restrooms, potable water, and disposal stations. During their stay, campers can head to Two Medicine Lake for a boat tour, visit Two Medicine Chalet and buy some souvenirs, or hike through the handicap-accessible trail to Running Eagle Falls. The property is ideal for small groups of campers and is large enough to provide privacy from other campsites.

Two Medicine Campground

Website: Two Medicine Campground

Address: East Glacier Park, MT 59434, United States (map)

9. Avalanche Campground

Avalanche Campground
Source: Photo by Flickr user GlacierNPS used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

A little west of Continental Divide, Avalanche Campground is located amongst cedar and hemlock trees that keep the area cool during summer and is great for people who love hiking. It has 50 sites that are fit for vehicles up to 26 feet (7.9 meters) long. It has a handful of flora and fauna in the area, which is perfect for birdwatchers, and two popular day hikes that offer hikers spectacular sceneries. Keep in mind that while the campground has potable water and restroom facilities with running water, it lacks showering facilities and disposals stations.

Avalanche Campground

Website: Avalanche Campground

Address: West Glacier, MT 59936, United States (map)

10. Many Glacier Campground

Many Glacier Campground
Source: Photo by Flickr user daveynin used under CC BY 2.0

At an elevation of about 4,500 feet (1,219.2 meters), this campground is near Swiftcurrnet Creek and Lake. It has shared water spigots with potable water, restroom facilities, and picnic tables. Campers can also head to SwiftCurrent Motor Inn for showers, limited groceries, and souvenirs. On top of these, the site is within reach of Babb, Montana, where campers can find several restaurants, a general store, a gas station, and a post office. It is perfect for campers who want to spend a day filled with outdoor activities and take in good views of the mountains.

Many Glacier Campground

Website: Many Glacier Campground

Address: Continental Divide Trail, Browning, MT 59417, United States (map)

Appreciate the beauty of Glacier National Park

Do you want to get away from the city and explore the great outdoors? Then experience the natural wonders of the mountains and unwind at one of these best campgrounds near Glacier National Park, Montana.

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