Avalanche Campground ~ a slow hiker's guide™


Closed until late spring 2016

Dates of Operation Summer 06/20/2015 - 09/03/2015

Campground Links

Avalanche Campground Map

GNP Camping Regulations

Avalanche Campground
Dates of Operation Summer 06/20/2015 - 09/08/2015
Summer Fee $20.00 / night
Number of Sites 87*
Flush Toilets Yes
Water Yes
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Reservations No
Shuttle Stop Yes
Trails Yes
Towed-Units Yes
Elevation 3,428 feet

*50 sites can accommodate up to a 26 foot RV or truck and trailer combination

Cover shot of my Wildflower Guide for Glacier National Park.
A slow hikers guide to Glacier National Park Wildflowers is available from iBooks. Note: You need to have iBooks app installed on your computer for this link to go to the correct page. (iPad or Mavericks) Your iPad will need iBooks 3 or later, your MAC will need OS X.9 or later and iBooks 1.0 or later.

Available on iBooks wildflower book cover

A slow hiker's guide™ Glacier National Park Wildflowers

If you camp nearer to Avalanche Gorge the sound of Avalanche Creek masks the sound of auto traffic on The Goint To Sun Road. Short walk to the Shuttle Stop.

The photo of Avalanche Gorge was taken from the bridge crossing Avalanche Creek on the Trail of the Cedars. This trail starts next to the entrance road to Avalanche Campground.

"Avalanche campground is located in one of the most popular sections of Glacier National Park west of the Continental Divide. The campground is situated within old growth cedar and hemlock trees, keeping the area cool during the summer months. The campground accommodates tent and RV campers, however only 50 sites will accommodate vehicle lengths up to 26 feet. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities are equipped with flush toilets and sinks with running water." ~ from NPS For the moment with high water flow the sound of the falls at Avalanche Gorge drowns out the traffic noise from the GTSR at least in the 'A' Loop where I camped the last day of June 2013.
Bring your hiking boots and binoculars if you are staying at Avalanche Campground. Two popular day hikes, Trail of the Cedars, and Avalanche Lake, afford visitors spectacular scenery and glimpses of birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. Plant enthusiasts will appreciate the diverse species of flora. Be sure to check out many of the evening programs with a ranger at the Avalanche Amphitheater, just a short stroll from the campground. Use Glacier's free shuttle service at this campground to access other shuttle stops on the Going-to-the-Sun Road." NPS Info

Sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Approximate driving distance via Going-to-the-Sun Road:
West entrance: 15.7mi
St. Mary entrance: 34mi
Campground layout

Avalanche Campground Map