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Rising Sun Campground

A slow hiker's guide™

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Dates of Operation Summer 06/20/2015 - 09/15/2015

Rising Sun Campground Map
GNP Camping Regulations

From the start of the Reynolds Creek Fire during the summer of 2015 Rising Sun Campground has been closed.
Late summer of 2013 this campground was closed due to a problem bear.

Press Release on bear activity in 2013.

Rising Sun Campground 2014
Dates of Operation Summer 5/24/2014 - 9/3/2014
Summer Fee $20.00 / night
Number of Sites 83*
Flush Toilets Yes
Water Yes
Showers Yes
Disposal Station Yes
Reservations No
Shuttle Stop Yes
Food Yes
Elevation 4,875 feet

*10 sites can accommodate vehicle lengths up to 25 feet

Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.
Here grow the wallflower and the violet.
The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee, the logcock will wake you in the morning.
Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill.
Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.
John Muir, Atlantic Monthly, January 1869
US (Scottish-born) conservationist & naturalist (1838 - 1914)


st mary lake

Rising Sun can get very windy!

Rising Sun Campground is located where, "the mountains meet the prairies", just west of St. Mary and halfway along St. Mary Lake. Campers at Rising Sun will enjoy beautiful sunrises in the morning with Red Eagle Mountain as a backdrop, and the campground serves as a convenient base camp to many day hikes located east of Logan Pass. Some sites are open, allowing for cool breezes throughout the day, while others are located among trees, accommodating those seeking some shade and privacy. 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 see our ranger guided activity schedule for more information. Adjacent to the campground is a camp store, a casual restaurant, and token operated showers (1 shower stall for men, and 1 shower stall for women). Boat tours on St. Mary Lake are located near Rising Sun, and shuttle service is available at this location. Lace up your boots for a hike to Otokomi Lake (5.2 mi one way)from the trailhead located next to the campground. Use Glacier's free shuttle service at this campground to access other shuttle stops on the Going-to-the- Sun Road. Sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rising Sun Campground