Many Glacier Campground A slow hiker's guide™


2015 Campground Schedule for Many Glacier

Many Glacier Campground Map

GNP Camping Regulations

Late spring 2014 GNP revised the fall schedule for Many Glacier and it's schedule has RETURNED to the 'normal' open in primitive status untill the END of October

It's possible that sometime next year part of Many Glacier Campground will be reserved for reservations.

*13 sites will accommodate up to a 35 foot RV or truck and trailer combination

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+ Pay Showers at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

GNP during 2013 proposed setting up Many Glacier Campground for reservations. During the summer season if the weather is good the campground is FULL early in the morning! Swiftcurent Restaurant opens at 6:30 AM for breakfast. If you get there early service is quick. This campground is in the center of bear country take the time to learn how to properly dispose of food waste. Do NOT store food in your tent! In addition to getting fined for this you risk the very real chance of having a night time visitor. There are numerous steel food storage bins throughout the campground. Many Glacier is the epicenter of wildlife and hiking for GNP. Hikers and photographers return here year after year to enjoy the many unique opportunities found in Many Glacier.

Dates of Operation Summer 5/30/2015 - 9/29/2015
Summer Fee $23.00 / night
Number of Sites 110*
Flush Toilets Yes
Showers No (across the street $)
Elevation 4,890 feet
Dates of Operation
9/29/2015 - 10/31/2015
Primitive Fee $10.00 / night
Number of Sites 110*
Flush Toilets No
Disposal Station Yes
Reservations No
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Reservations No

a fed bear is a dead bear swiftcurrent lake sunrise

There is a solitude, or perhaps a solemnity, in the few hours that precede the dawn of day which is unlike that of any others in the twenty-four, and which I cannot explain or account for.     Thoughts come to me at this time that I never have at any other.

George Bird Grinnell (fyi Grinnell Point reflecting on the boat dock)

There are a few view sites at this campground along Swiftcurrent Creek. This campground fills up early during July and August so get there early or be prepared to drive back to the St Mary area. I have used Johnson's Campground as my first night in the area during the summer months otherwise I would need to leave home at 4:30 AM. When I'm camping I have no trouble getting up at that time but not so easy from home.

The campground at Many Glacier is one of the most popular campgrounds in Glacier National Park. Camp sites are on a first - come, first - serve basis, and due to the popularity of this campground, it is suggested you arrive early. The campground is situated within trees for tent and RV campers, though there are only 13 sites that can accommodate vehicle lengths up to 35 feet in length. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities are equipped with flush toilets and sinks with running water. Be sure to join a ranger for nightly evening programs. Please ranger guided activity schedule for more information. Nearby is a combination gift shop and camp store, and a casual restaurant. A fee-based shuttle service with Glacier Park Inc. (will need to wait until 2014 for new schedule from new vendor) is also available here to connect you to east side destinations. A separate building near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn houses token operated showers (3 shower stalls for men, 4 shower stalls for women, and 1 ADA accessible unisex shower stall). The historic Many Glacier Hotel, situated on Swiftcurrent Lake, is located down the road from the campground. Here you will find dinning opportunities, interpretive programs, boat tours, horse rides, fee-based shuttle service, and Red Bus tours.

Above info from GNP but edited by slowhiker