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MNnortherner
Duluth, Minnesota

Most popular campground at Glacier for a reason

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jul 21, 2010
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.
Date of stay: June 2010
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

We enjoyed our stay at the Many Glacier Campground. We were there in early June when things were just starting to open in the area and it wasn't busy. The campground has lots of trees, there are flush toilets, access to hiking nearby, and a camp store nearby where you can buy firewood, basic supplies and food, and souvenirs. They say there are showers available at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn, but it wasn't open yet when we were there. The ranger station is nearby and we got lots of great information from them about the different hikes and what was closed due to bear activity. There are some amazing hikes and great views in the Many Glacier area! It was also fun to visit the Many Glacier Hotel and look at all the historical photos in the hallways. There are two options for restaurants at the Many Glacier Hotel too, if you don't feel like using your camp stove for every meal - we enjoyed the bison burgers and huckleberry ice cream at the Swiss Lounge after a long day of hiking around the lakes.

Date of stay: June 2010
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Reviewed July 11, 2009

Many Glacier Campground is the best there is in GNP. I scoped out other campground in GNP during our trip, and nothing compared. A little over-priced at $20/night, but that was on par with most other campgrounds in GNP. The views from our campsite (lucked out with a site along the creek/river) were beautiful, overlooking Grinell Point. Also nice having access to showers and laundry facilities. Swiftcurrent lodge provided the bare essentials as well as a restaurant. Best part of this camprground was the access to all the trails in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed this area of the park. Only main reason for not receiving of 5-star was that it's proximity was a little far from any small town or the GTTS road. But well worth that drive.

Date of stay: July 2009
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Reviewed November 16, 2007

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.

Date of stay: August 2006
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Reviewed August 14, 2005

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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Date of stay: July 2016
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