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Old 04-28-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip north to Montana and wanted to see Glacier park. It appears from the information we got in the mail they do not allow motorhomes in the park. Has anyone else been there and what did you find about camping and traveling through the park? We have heard it is a great trip, but not if we can not camp in the park. Some information would be very helpfull. Thanks, Roger
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #2
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We are planning a trip in Sept. and will stay at the St. Mary's campground in the park on the east side. lots of sites 30' +. You can not drive the highway across the park in a RV, but there are tours. Go to Glacier Nat Park and check the campgrounds they tell you the size limits at each campground and the sites for over 30'
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ELMORC: by "not being able to drive the highway through the park in an RV"...do you mean the "going to the sun highway" (which I know you can not take an RV on)....OR do you mean US Hwy 2 ....which will be a problem for me, as we are planning on traveling to Whitefish on the west side of the park, and will need to take HWY 2 to do so. Please advise??
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Hwy 2 is an excellent road, you will have no problem traveling on it with any rv.
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We've camped in both St. Marys and Apgar campground at Lake McDonald. Both can handle 30'+. St Mary's is usually 10F cooler both air and water temps. You cannot drive over Logan Pass if over 21' long and 8'wide. The almost 50 mile drive will take 2 hours or more with traffic but well worth it.
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We traveled the south side of GNP in May of last year on Hwy. 2...it was a little rough but the snow had just been removed. Overall, a MH will have no problem on 2...it's very scenic as well. Going to the Sun road does not allow large RVs. Vehicles are restricted to those less than 8 feet wide (including mirrors) and 21 feet long (bumper to bumper). And if your vehicle height is over 10 feet, you may scrape the occasional rock outcroppings that jut out over some parts of the road. If you want to go to St. Mary in a large RV, you'll need to use Hwy. 89 to the east via 2.

We didn't camp inside the Park, but I seem to remember seeing the tops of some class As on the left side of the road after we entered from the south. Can't speak to any hookups. This link seems to confirm.

If you're a Passport America member, Mountain View RV is a nice park to stay in and it is a nice drive to the Park. It is close in to Columbia Falls and Whitefish as well. Bob
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I've stayed on both sides (Apgar in the West & St Mary on the East) & while some of the sites are small, there are also many at both that will fit your Bounder. There are no services in either park (or any others in Glacier National Park), but water & dump sites as well as bathrooms with running water (no showers) are available. For the most part St Mary Campground is more open while Apgar has shade. You can make reservations for Fish Creek (West Side) & St Mary Campground; the rest are first come first served...
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There are also campgrounds and RV parks outside of the park, but near the entrances, to both the east and west sides of the park. It's been a few years but when I was there they were nice parks with good management and good facilities. Some have full Hookups too.

The limits of driving thru the park have been noted in this thread already. But if you have a toad you can freely use that. Or take the park run bus rides. They are fun and affordable.

Hwy 2 is an easy and scenic drive. I don't recall if there is camping/RV sites along this route or not. But I'm sure Google knows.

I wish I were going again, and I've been there 3 or 4 times already. Summer, autumn, and winter. Enjoy!
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2010 we stayed at a nice campground east if Essex Mt. Glacier meadows . It was fine. There r other campgrounds along hiway 2 also. Beautiful drive. There I'd also a forest campground on hiway 2. And we stayed in another park in 2 in 2003. They had a little log cabin cafe and made huckleberry shakes! Great!
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We are planning a trip north to Montana and wanted to see Glacier park. It appears from the information we got in the mail they do not allow motorhomes in the park. Has anyone else been there and what did you find about camping and traveling through the park? We have heard it is a great trip, but not if we can not camp in the park. Some information would be very helpfull. Thanks, Roger
No problems, as posted it is the GTTS Road and SR 49 AFTER the Two Medicine turnoff that have the 21' limit. You can drive up SR 49 from US-2 in East Glacier with no problem. GNP is one of the best places that we have been in the lower 48. You will love it. Try and make reservations for St Mary's CG. But the pull thru's are tight loops, so backing in the front may be easier to do. Do not miss the hike to hidden lake.

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