A slow hiker's guide™ St Mary Campground

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Closed due to bears! September 2015

The St. Mary Campground, located on the east side of the park, was closed temporarily in the fall of 2013.
"The campground had seen a recent increase in black and grizzly bear activity, creating a high potential for negative human/bear interactions." NPS Info
During the fall of 2013 their was a bumber crop of rose hips in the St Mary Campground, while at the same time their was a lower then usual crop of service beries in the Many Glacier area. So the bears both black and grizzly moved their lunch spot to the St Mary Campground.

2013 Campground Schedule for St Mary

Campground Links

GNP Camping Regulations
St Mary Campground Map


Dates of Operation Summer
5/24/2014  9/09/2014
Summer Fee $23.00 / night
Number of Sites 148*
Flush Toilets Yes
Showers Yes
Disposal Station Yes
Reservations Yes
Shuttle Stop No
Trails No
Elevation 4,932 feet

*25 sites can accommodate up to a 35 foot RV or truck and trailer combination

Dates of Operation Primitive
4/01/2014 - 5/23/2014
9/09/2014 - 10/31/2014
Primitive Fee $10.00 / night
Number of Sites 66
Flush Toilets No
Water No
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Reservations No
Shuttle Stop No
Trails No
Dates of Operation Winter
11/01/2014 - 4/01/2014
Winter Free Free
Number of Sites 66
Flush Toilets No
Water No
Showers No
Disposal Station No
Reservations No
Shuttle Stop No
Trails No

The view below is about 3 miles from the campground from outside the park on Hwy 89.

st mary lake
Red Eagle Mountain and St Mary Lake May 2013

St Mary campground is NOT a shuttle Stop! There is a wooden bridge that connects the campground to the Visitor Center the path is between site 12 and 14. There is no parking for the bridge crossing, you will need to wander through the various loops to get to the bridge!
St. Mary is a windswept campground! Be prepared for strong wind gusts!
St Mary Campground is the only campground in Glacier Park on the east side that takes reservations! St Mary Campground is theonly campground on the east side of Glacier National Park that is open year round. Winter camping is free.

"St. Mary campground is the largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, and is conveniently located approximately one half mile from the St. Mary visitor center. Activities such as interpretive programs, book sales, shuttle service, and Red Bus tours are located at the visitor center. Though shade may be sparse, aspen trees grace St. Mary campground with soothing sounds from spring and summer breezes, and colorful splashes of yellow late in the season. Views of Singleshot, East Flattop, and Red Eagle Mountains compliment the landscape. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water. Token operated showers are located in Loop C. Tokens may be obtained at the check- in station for registered campers only. A couple of miles down the road and outside the park, you will find amenities such as restaurants, gift shops, camp stores, gas, and a grocery store. St. Mary is one of two campgrounds in the park that take reservations. You may sign up through the National Reservation System at www.recreation.gov Sites are reservable June 1 through September 3. Sites not reserved ahead of time are available on a first come first serve basis. At other times, when the campground is open, all sites are first come first served. Primitive camping is available April 1 through May 19 and again from September 19 through November 30 for $10.00 per night. Winter camping begins December 1 and runs through March 31. There is no fee for winter camping, but a valid park entrance pass is required. When the campground is open for primitive or winter camping, there is no water available and campers are advised to bring their own drinking water. " NPS info


St Mary Campground

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