Glacier National Park Planning

Jul/21/2015 0 Malia Lane
Glacier National Park, National Parks

This page is all about my plans for August, 2015 exploring Glacier National Park, camping in my motorhome. I’ll be adding to it as I gather info below, so please feel free to chime in with comments and suggestions!

On the way back from Alaska, my mom and I came through Glacier National Park in 2003, but we only had a couple of days to spend and I quickly found out that wasn’t nearly enough.

After Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks during June and July, I’ve been planning the entire month of August in Glacier National Park.  One of my main goals has always been to go up and down Going to the Sun Road at least a few times from either end.  I was only able to see part of it in 2003 because the road was closed due to forest fires and the smoke making visibility too difficult.

2003 GTS Road

But what I saw absolutely thrilled me back then and I’ve been obsessed with going the whole way ever since.

In starting the more detailed planning for getting to Glacier after I’m finished exploring Yellowstone this year, I was shocked to hear of the big wildfire now going on that has closed parts of the park. It seems weird that wildfires in 2003 was the reason we could not get all the way up Going to the Sun Road and I’m trying to decide if I will even go on to Glacier if that road remains closed.

A July 22, 2015 news report “Glacier National Park Wildfire Explodes to 1,000 Acres” says that Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed between the St. Mary entrance on the east side and Avalanche on the west side. The Rising Sun Motor Inn, operated by Glacier National Park Lodges and the Rising Sun Campground were evacuated on Tuesday evening.  It’s not known at this time when the east side of the park will reopen.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the area has been really dry with less than normal rainfall. Since rain is in the forecast for today, there are hopes it will help, so I guess I’ll keep a close watch on the NPS Road Status Report and decide if I will head that way in a couple of weeks or not.

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Update:  Malia’s Miles pages on my Glacier National Park visit (Aug. 2015)

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Links – General Info:

Glacier National Park (NPS) Glacier – Enjoy Your Parks
FAQs (NPS) Top 10 Things to Do In Glacier
Going to the Sun Road (NPS) Short & Easy Glacier Hikes
The Best Easy Hikes in Glacier  Glacier NP Webcams

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Campgrounds:

Camping Info (NPS) – Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary and half of the group sites in Apgar. These campsites can be reserved in advance.  Camping fees vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season. For prices of each individual campground, see Campground Status.

Between July 1 and Labor Day, camping is limited to 14 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods. Between Labor Day and June 30, camping  is limited to 30 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods.

Glacier National Park Campgrounds – RV Park Reviews

Campground Notes

Fish Creek

Site Map

No hookups. The second largest campground (178 sites) in Glacier National Park, and one of two campgrounds that takes reservations. Fish Creek is heavily forested with plenty of shade. Several sites have views of Lake McDonald. The sites are relatively spread apart and provide privacy for both RV and tent campers. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities have flush toilets and sinks with running water. RV Park Reviews

St. Mary

Site Map

The largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, and is conveniently located approximately a half-mile from the St. Mary’s visitor center. The campground sits near the entrance to two popular scenic byways, Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass.  RV Park Reviews

Apgar

Site Map

The largest campground – near Apgar Village with visitor center, gift shops, a camp store, a casual restaurant, shuttle service and Red Bus tour reservations here. The campground itself is situated in trees and provides shade and some privacy. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water.  RV Park Reviews

I hope to hear from other traveling souls who have been here and have must-sees and tips to share in Comments below.