Many Glacier Campground

Many Glacier Campground

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Along the Iceberg Lake trail
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Julia Cuervo wrote a review Jul 2022
54 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
People very respectful.
Showed up without a reservation and quickly found out the daily lottery opens up at 7:30am. If you are overzealous and show up a couple of hours before that to get into the car line, you are likely to find a camping spot. They post that you need to notify them by 10:00am on a daily basis to extend your stay, but the day we checked in, we were able to reserve for the complete duration of our stay without issues.

For $4, you can purchase a shower token at Swiftcurrent Campstore.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Grace D wrote a review Jul 2021
Michigan43 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the most beautiful campground I have EVER stayed in! From most every site, you can see beautiful mountains and amazing wilderness. The bathrooms were clean and modern. Right nearby is the Many Glacier trailhead, which has some of the most amazing hikes in all of Glacier National Park. It’s often hard to find a parking spot at the trailhead, but if you stay in this campground, you don’t have to find one! You can just hike from your campground! It’s amazing. There were some bugs in our site, but they weren’t a big deal. I recommend going to the nightly ranger programs at 8pm, we learned so many interesting things at those. Overall a fantastic campground.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Go to the 8pm ranger programs.
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WildernessJoe wrote a review Dec 2023
Orlando, Florida111 contributions25 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The campground is very nice, some sites better than others regarding size and location to river. There is no electricity or water at sites and generators are allowed in specific sites “only” and twice a day for two hours. There is a dump station and a restaurant adjacent to campground and a laundry room. The hikes are phenomenal! You need good hiking shoes, not fancy or expensive just good for long walks. I saw some in flip-flops, i would not recommend. The elevation is over 8,000 feet. If you are not used to it you will tire easily and out of breath often. Bear and moose are in the park. Try not to hike alone and carry bear spray if you can. You can rent the spray or buy it. Never hike in total silence, we saw many hikers with bear bells but rangers said they don't work. Talking and or clapping your hands frequently is better. Please do your research.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There is a long gravel road with lots of pot holes into this part of the National Park. Depending...
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dsdmontana wrote a review Jan 2021
Whitefish, Montana161 contributions96 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been trying for over 4 years to book a many glacier site
I have all my info in /password done /pick the spot or any open spot and i have at least 6 times gone all the way to the ck the box at a nano second into 8 am mountain standard time - east coast 10 a m and get to the check box then need to continue to pay and I can't go any farther. By the time I get anywhere figured out everything is booked up . This day ( my second day) i have counted 27 out of about 80 campsites booked for 13 plus days , 5 for 18 days,15 sites over 10 days and 17 for 8 0r 9 days . That is 60 sites . That is a big chunk out of number of sites I realize you save some for first come and know their is a certain amount that are pre reserve meaning what I am trying to do. I live with in 150 miles from the park , have worked for g p i in the past , have friends that work in the park plus realize some gets grabbed up by the guide groups that sell a trip. I want to know why this continually happens - what the policy is now and it looks like people are able to book before the booking time of 6 months or what ever it is now. If you can not help me please tell me whom I would contact next on this. I hope to get some information that is helpful from someone that really knows what goes on with the booking. Donna Davis
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Date of stay: August 2020
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teamfunannie wrote a review Sep 2023
Concord, New Hampshire457 contributions55 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
National park campground with one new bathroom. Beautiful special place. We had one campground host that texted us the morning we were supposed to arrive and told us some other people were in our site and she saw no need to ask them to move and suggested we camp with them our near the bathroom. That was a real bummer. Luckily the other campground hosts came to Rescue and while they couldn’t move the other people, ray found a comparable site to what we had and we had a lovely night that was restful and beautiful. What a phenomenal spot! Ray was awesome! Very grateful for her and her husband!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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MNnortherner wrote a review Jul 2010
Duluth, Minnesota681 contributions155 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
While I am often skeptical of the "most popular" locations with tourists or in tour guides, fearing an over-touristed locale, I can understand why folks put Many Glacier Campground at the top of their list. It was my family's first trip to Glacier National Park and we went at the end of June. We arrived on a Monday around noon, and there were only a handful of open campsites even then. We grabbed the best of the open lots, and set up camp (tent camping) for 4 nights. A little over 100 campsites, limited hours for generator use, not a lot of sites to accommodate very large R.V.'s although you saw quite a few pop-up or trailer R.V.s in the park, but many tents. Most of the camp sites had pretty good privacy, some of the tent pad areas a little limited or small in scope. Some great spots along Swiftcurrent Creek (all taken when we arrived), and the campground itself is tucked in Many Glacier valley with mountains rising above the trees -- could just get lost in thought gazing at them in the evenings. The Swiftcurrent cafe, store, motor inn and car cabins, along with showers (paid by tokens -- $2.50 for 8 minutes -- purchased at the store), just a short walk from the campground. The campground itself has flush toilets and running water at the bathroom sinks, with pumps throughout the campground providing clean water for camp use. One loop or rung of the campsites bordered the parking lot of the Swiftcurrent, but otherwise you didn't even know it was there from the rest of the sites, and it was not a noisy distraction at all. The campground amphitheater hosted nightly ranger talks, including the "Native America Speaks" program once a night which I highly recommend. Best of all, since Glacier truly is a hiking park in order to appreciate what it has to offer, you have a multitude of trailheads within walking distance from the campground, including the Iceberg Lake trail (our favorite from our stay). Fishercap Lake, a great moose-spotting location, is also a short hike from the campground. I believe it took about 20 minutes to get to St. Mary and the start of the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the campground -- a scenic drive in and out of the Many Glacier section of the Park. The campground also is close to Many Glacier Lodge, where you can take a boat ride across Swiftcurrent and Josephine Lakes to hike the Grinnel Lake trail or cut some mileage off the Grinnell Glacier trail, once it is fully open for the season. Highly recommend this location for camping.
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Date of stay: June 2010
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Global10250 wrote a review Aug 2005
Minnesota1 contribution32 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
After a beautiful hike up the Swift Current Pass Trail to Bullhead lake we were relaxing at our campsight which was right on the creek in the Many Glacier Campground on August 4th 2005. A mother moose and her calf gave the six of us quite a show,eating and drinking in the creek. We whispered, took our fill of photos and showed her our respect by not making sudden movements or speaking loudly. Pretty soon we had quite a crowd of campers who were enjoying the same thing. It seems we were all observing this wonderful moment in nature without frightening the pair or even making them nervous. Then the park rangers showed up. Two younger males (we're guessing summer employees) and one middle aged female wearing a vest saying "Wild life resource Management" or some such thing. I wish I had taken better notice. By this time the mooses had wandered back into the brush across the creek and you couldn't see much of them. THe woman proceeded to take over the situation by telling us we were all too close and we needed to move back to a safer spot. She reminded us who she was and that this is what she did with her summers. Boy, what an insult tor intelligence. We observed the pair for 20 minutes before she even showed up. And since when did campers need to share every wild life encounter with the park service? I know there are some idiots who would have tried to approach the animals and maybe even tried to pet or feed them. Does this mean the park service needs to react like we are all idiots? After all, stupidity has it's just rewards and if you are going to do something stupid, you deserve what you get. That doesn't mean the rest of us should be subjected to intimidating park service employees. THe whole moment was ruined for us and as we look back on our adventure, we'll always remember the so called expert who felt she needed to take control of the non situation.
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Brigid F wrote a review Aug 2014
St. Louis14 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights at Many Glacier Campground. It’s definitely worth it to try and stay there so you can just get up in the morning and walk to some great trailheads, or only have a 5 minute drive to the Many Glacier Hotel area. Otherwise, it’s a 30 minute drive in and out of the park, and parking is really tough after 9:30am.

I found it difficult to find clear directions on how to actually score a campground there, so here’s an account of what we did:

The campground host told us that Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays were absolutely the busiest days, with fill times getting later on Friday, and latest on Saturdays. So if you can plan your stay there for a weekend, that will probably be less crazy. You can check the fill times on the Glacier NP website to get an idea.

If you are renting camp equipment on the west side of the park (as we did), or want to hit a general store or supermarket you should pick all that up the day before, and then drive across the park to stay at St. Mary (either the lodge or the campground) the night before you want to stay at Many Glacier. It is about a 30-40 minute drive to Many Glacier from St. Mary, so we got up at 5am and drove to the campground, arriving just before 6am.

There were already a few cars prowling around the campground that morning. Someone who had camped there before helped us figure out what to do, as the signage is not that great.
1) Right at the campground entrance is a standing sign with orange reservation envelopes. Take one, fill out the bottom part of the envelope flap, and tear it off.
2) Drive around the campground and look for folded orange tags (like the one in your hand) that have that day’s date on them. (For example, if it is the morning of August 7, there will be a “7” written on the tag). They will also have a white tag underneath them stating that the people there are leaving at noon that day.
3) When you find one, place your unfolded, torn-off reservation slip from the orange envelope underneath the white tag. Then fill out the rest of the envelope form, put your money inside (enough for however many days you are staying), and go back to the standing sign up front and put your sealed envelope in the box.
4) The couple up front had warned us to try and make contact with the campground host/ranger on duty who manages the campsites. She started making the rounds at about 6:30, so we flagged her down and told her which campsite we had reserved and watched her write it down. Apparently some mornings are really competitive, and they had had an experience where someone had removed their reservation tag and stuck their own in there! We didn’t have any issues like that, but better safe than sorry if it’s busy. Anyway, once the campground host has written down your reservation, you’re in. We drove to the Many Glacier Hotel to celebrate with a fancy breakfast and then hiked the Iceberg Lake trail to give the people a chance to leave without hovering. By 10 or so, it will be widely advertised that the campground is full, so you shouldn’t need to worry about someone poaching your spot at that point.

So, yes, it is stressful to get a spot here, but it really is worth it for the convenience and the amazing scenery.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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avelina wrote a review Nov 2007
Minnesota24 contributions28 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have camped in Glacier National Park and stayed in some of its historic lodges and in my opinion the campgrounds are the best place to stay in the park. They are primitive but have the best locations without spending a fortune. Many Glacier Campground is nice because it is located near some of the best day hikes in the park (Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg Lake). The campground is also located near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and Camp store where there are coin operated showers if you want a shower. The bathrooms in the campground (and all the camp grounds in Glacier) have only cold water. A nice feature of staying in the campgrounds in Glacier is the campfire program. The National Park Service usually puts on a program a few nights a week. The Native American Speaks programs I have been to have been very good. Many Glacier does not take reservations so you may have to get there early to get a spot. [--] has a list of historical fill times for the campgrounds so you can look and see at what time the campgrounds have filled in the past to get an idea of what time you may need to get there to find a spot.
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Date of stay: August 2006
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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CarCampChic wrote a review Aug 2010
VA21 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great campground. Rangers set up telescopes in the parking lot of the camp store to let people watch for wildlife on the hill behind it. The camp store carries huckleberry soda and frozen yogurt (as well as your usual camp store things). There's a restaurant that has take out pizza for campers as well. But the best part of all of this is that the campground is so close to what I consider to be some of the best hiking in the park.

The only drawback is that this area of the park does have a LOT of bears (great if you're hoping to get a picture) and because of that they are REALLY strict about food prep and storage. This includes having to take your dirty dishwater to the bathroom and throw it down a specified sink. We ended up taking the last spot one day by the bathroom but found it so easy for food prep that we stayed in the spot for 3 more days and would actually recommend that. Otherwise, be sure and pack a bucket with a handle for dishwater because it can be a pain to haul back and forth.
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Date of stay: July 2010Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Melanie H
Murphy, North Carolina64 contributions12 helpful votes
Showers cost $4.75 approximately in 2019. I think there were four showers for each (women and men) maybe 5. We didn’t use the laundry but it’s next to the showers.
Answer from PokeyOne
Wakefield, Rhode Island2 contributions
I think you can only get a walk in spot after Sept 1, I believe the online reservation system will be closed.
rebteeth7 asked a question Jun 2017
Orange Beach, Alabama2 contributions1 helpful vote
We are senior citizens with a national park pass. We want to tent camp. What are the rates?
Answer from hotsauselover
Austin, Texas189 contributions50 helpful votes
in these big national parks usually your tent has to be on the tent pad area
WildernessJoe wrote a tip Dec 2023
Orlando, Florida111 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a long gravel road with lots of pot holes into this part of the National Park. Depending on time of year research the wealthier "
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Julia Cuervo wrote a tip Jul 2022
54 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No worries regarding not having Road to the Sun reservation, you can catch the free shuttle in at a place like St Mary visitor center or just drive in after 4:00pm."
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Grace D wrote a tip Jul 2021
Michigan43 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to the 8pm ranger programs."
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DannyWasserman wrote a tip Jul 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia4,451 contributions473 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"book in advance"
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AdamLeaves wrote a tip Jun 2018
Canberra, Australia520 contributions243 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"I believe it is first come, first served and may fill up very early in summer."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Many Glacier Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Many Glacier Campground?
Nearby attractions include Grinnell Glacier (4.4 km), Iceberg Lake Trail (5.4 km), and Highline Trail (6.6 km).
What are some restaurants close to Many Glacier Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Many Glacier Hotel, Ptarmigan Dining Room, and 'Nell’s.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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