Great Campgrounds Outside of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, Banff, Waterton Insiders Guide
Booking a campground
Moose Creek (2.5) – RV resort and B&B that is very close to the West entrance to Glacier National Park. The resort offers a range of amenities, including a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness center, and a game room. There is also a restaurant on site!
West Glacier KOA (4 mi) – This is not your typical KOA campground. It is immaculately maintained and conveniently located right next to the West Glacier Entrance. You’ll appreciate the array of amenities, including a refreshing pool, expansive grassy areas, level campsite platforms, and clean bathroom/shower facilities. While it may not offer the same rustic experience as some of the national park campgrounds, it provides superior amenities and is still conveniently close to the park.
West Blankenship River Access (9 mi) – This is a great option for those who want to maximize access to adventure. This isn’t a formal campground: it’s a large gravel/sand bar on the West Bank of the Flathead River that serves a great place for self-contained campers (hello campervans!) to spend a night. Situated just beneath the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River, which form the Southwest boundary of Glacier NP, this campground offers easy river access, exceptional wildlife viewing (eagles and other birds of prey commonly nest along the North Fork) and views of the park itself straight out our window. Given that this isn’t a formal campground, no reservations are required, making it a good basecamp for last-minute planners.
Hungry Horse Reservoir – over 10 campgrounds on this reservoir, all accessible by van. All Campgrounds have fire rings, BBQ pits, Tables, and vault toilets. Not all sites have running water. Below are the three closest to entrance of Hungry Horse:
- Emery Bay Campground (15 mi) First come, first serve campground
- Lost Johnny Point Campground (19 mi) Has running water!
- Doris Creek Campground (18 mi) Closest to entrance with reservations
West Glacier – Glamping
ROAM Beyond (22 mi) – Despite being further from Glacier NP than the other options, ROAM is our favorite because they offer van-specific “docking stations” for $60-$80/night. This provides you a private campsite with a small porch and sheltered sitting area, while offering access to the rest of the ROAM Beyond property, including showers, cooking, dining, and lounge areas. Essentially, you have access to glamping amenities at a fraction of the cost. Nestled on the East side of Flathead Valley, ROAM’s location offers easy access to Whitefish, Flathead Lake & Big Fork, and the airport, making it a great place to start & end your trip. Moterra has arranged for exclusive access to ROAM’s docking stations. To book, email email@example.com and tell them Moterra sent you.
Under Canvas (5.8 mi) – Under Canvas West Glacier is a luxurious glamping resort located just 5.8 miles from the West Entrance of the Glacier National Park. The resort offers a range of luxurious safari-style tents, each equipped with comfortable beds, fresh linens, and private bathrooms. The resort has communal areas, with restaurants and lounges and fire pits.
The Wander Camp (7.3 mi) – Wander Camp Glacier is located in Coram, Montana approximately 10 minutes from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. Amenities include: showers, flushing toilets, sinks, common fire pit areas, etc.
Northwest Glacier (North Fork Flathead River)
Big Creek Campground (3 mi) – Big Creek Campground lies in the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, 3 miles south of the Northwest entrance to Glacier National Park. Visitors can enjoy access to the Flathead River as well as the countless other recreational opportunities provided by the surrounding forests. Access to campsites is down dirt/gravel road for extended periods of time (at least 2 miles if coming from GNP, more if coming from Columbia Falls). The campground offers several accessible individual campsites for tent and RV camping. Each has convenient access to the river and is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The water is in 2 locations and are hand pumps.
St. Mary’s/Many Glacier
Johnson’s Campground (0.5 mi) – The Johnson family has been in the hospitality business for over 60 years and 3 generations. The RV park offers a variety of campsites: full hookups, electrical hookups, and dry camps. There are 75 tent sites and 82 RV sites. Camping can be in a thicket of trees, in a grassy meadow or sites with a panoramic Glacier view. Views of Lower St. Mary Lake, Upper St. Mary Lake, Glacier Park and the Blackfeet Reservation.
Chewing Black Bones Campground (6.3 mi) – This is a great jumping off point for anyone who didn’t score a campsite at the coveted Many Glacier campground. Whether you’re heading into Many Glacier to explore, or if you’re trying to line up early for the First-Come, First-Served campsites in Many Glacier, keep this one in mind. 126 overnight sites, 8 picnic shelters, 22 full hookup 32 power only, some sites are lakeside, dump and water station, visitor center/deli store, large picnic Area, bathroom and showers, 1 boat launch, dock, 3 comfort stations, hiking trails, cultural demonstrations, public water system.
Duck Lake Campground (13 mi) – Duck Lake Campground is found along the southern shore of Duck Lake, located east of Glacier National Park — 13 miles from the St Mary entrance to the park and Going-to-the-Sun Road, 14 miles from Many Glacier entrance.
Red Eagle Campground (5 mi) – Red Eagle Campground is located along the Two Medicine River south of Lower Two Medicine Lake just 3.4 miles south of the Two Medicine entrance to Glacier National Park and 5 miles north of East Glacier Park Village. Red Eagle is a large primitive campground ideal for visitors who are looking for a natural camping experience.
Glacier Grizzly Resort (14.5 mi) – Brand new, 100 RV sites, 15 tent sites, luxury tipi & glamping. RV sites are spacious and private, allowing you to relax with friends and family in complete comfort. All 125 of the RV sites include 2,500 square feet of land to spread out in. You’ll find plenty of welcoming amenities at your campsite; picnic tables, dedicated camping areas, BBQ pits, fireplaces, and patios. The RV camping area has two bathrooms with a toilet, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and a bath or shower. Campsites with a mountain view, a river view or both are available!
Crooked Creek Campground – There are over 100 campsites available, with both serviced and unserviced options. Fire pits on every site. On-site store open 9 am-8 pm: Firewood Ice Laundry soap, etc. as well as other useful items such as groceries and some RV supplies ,washrooms, showers, and outhouses are open 24 hours per day except for cleaning times. The campground is 15 km from Waterton Lakes township. While in a beautiful setting, it is very isolated.