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ST. MARY CAMPGROUND, MT

part ofGlacier National Park, National Park Service
Photo: ST. MARY CAMPGROUND
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

St. Mary Campground is 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 visitor center offers interpretive programs, shuttle service and Red Bus tours leaving from the center.

The campground sits near the entrance to two popular scenic byways: Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan Pass.

Natural Features:

Though shade is sparse, the aspen trees that grace St. Mary Campground flutter in spring and summer breezes and provide colorful splashes of yellow late in the season. Views of Singleshot, East Flattop and Red Eagle Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the landscape.

St. Mary Lake which, although too cold and occasionally too rough to swim in, provides refreshing scenery on warm days.

Recreation:

St. Mary Campground is located on the east side of the park, which boasts some of the best trails available for day hiking. Trailheads start at a higher elevation than those on the west side, so less ascent is required to reach scenic vistas.

Facilities:

Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water.

A couple of miles down the road and outside the park, visitors will find all the comforts of home, including restaurants, gift shops, camp stores, gas and groceries.

Nearby Attractions:

One must-see attraction is the sister park across the U.S.-Canadian border, Waterton Lakes National Park. As the other half of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Waterton Lakes offers fantastic hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the Townsite of Waterton.

Immediately east of Glacier National Park lies the picturesque Blackfeet Indian Reservation, spanning 1.5 million acres. Visit the Museum of the Plains Indian, in Browning, Montana, for a fascinating introduction to the rich cultural heritage of the largest Indian tribe in Montana.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Sites not reserved ahead of time are available on a first come, first served basis
  • Campers arriving after 8 p.m. will find their campsite assignment posted on the kiosk located at the campground entrance. Campers must confirm your registration by 8 a.m. the next morning
  • Grizzly and black bears frequent the area; food storage regulations strictly enforced; when not in immediate use, all food, beverages, coolers, cooking utensils, pet food, or other attractants must be kept in a closed, hard-sided vehicle or secured in bear proof storage lockers near campground restrooms
  • Vehicles/combinations longer than 21 ft. or wider than 8 ft. are prohibited between the Sun Point parking area and Avalanche Campground
  • Park entrance fee is $25 per vehicle and $12 for hiker or cyclist; pass is valid for seven days.
  • Campground length of stay is limited to 14 days.

It is the campers responsibility to be aware of all rules and regulations upon entry to the campgrounds.
Glacier National Park Campground Rules and Regulations

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.75083, -113.44694
48°45'3"N, 113°26'49"W

Located a half-mile west of the St. Mary entrance near St. Mary, Montana. Access is from U.S. Highway 89 approximately 33 miles northwest of Browning, Montana or over Logan Pass when open. Vehicle restrictions are in effect.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ST. MARY CAMPGROUND
Glacier National Park P.O. Box 123
West Glacier  MT  59936

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)732-7708
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