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Old 06-13-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park

We've had an unexpected change in our planned travel direction this year. We'll be in Bozeman, MT mid July and are wondering what the odds were for us to nab a spot in Apgar Campground in Glacier?

40', so that limits the sites.

For those of your Glacier veterans, any opinions on what are chances of nabbing a spot are? 20, 40, 60% ?? We'll be heading that way on a Monday or Tuesday, so if weekend crowds fit into this equation, hopefully some of them will be gone(?).

Thinking of moving closer on Monday, finding a place for the night, then driving in during the 9:00-11:00Am times of departure in our Toad. If a spot shows up, be ready today for it and hang out tag, then go back and get the RV.

Appreciate any opinions or tips.

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We've stayed at Apgar with our 40' motorhome. They don't accept reservations so we planned to be there by 11 am and we got a site. The national park web site gives the daily status of when they fill. June is still early so they haven't filled yet. July will be busier but by checking the web site you can get a feel of daily vacancy as the time draws nearer. We've been there in Aug & Sept.

https://home.nps.gov/applications/gl...s/cgstatus.cfm

One thing we have found about national parks is that Wed & Thurs. are better days to get non-reservable sites rather than Mon/Tues. People take a week or two vacations and need to get back to work on Monday so they seem to leave for home on Wed or Thurs. Of course, many do differently but those are the days we shoot for.

Good luck. If you've never been to the campground there a very nice paved walking/biking trail from the campground to the little store to get an ice cream. Very convenient!

I will say, unless they've redesigned the dump station it is extremely difficult to access and it's very busy. Same for water fill. We hauled it with us and dumped at the next stop.
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Thanks! Interesting info sharing on the Wed/Thur being good days to arrive, due to departure. Suspect that is variable based upon how far a NP is away from urban areas. For example, Yosemite is 3-4 hours away from many heavily populated areas, that the exodus of weekend warrior visitors takes place on Sunday. I also find that many of the popular fishing lakes/river campgrounds (State, County, COE, NP, Etc.) usually show Fri/Sat reserved, and then open spots during the week.

With Glacier being both a mega draw NP (like Yosemite and Yellowstone), but also a good bit of a drive for those that are one or two week vacation mode - I can see your logic on needing a few days to head back home. As we used to do the same thing, usually leaving Thursdays from popular draw NP's, to allow the travel time and unpacking time to start work on Monday's!

We'll see how this works out. If I had known we would be going to the area, i would have made reservations at St Mary on the East side.

I did call and talk to a Ranger, and he also suggested we consider Two Medicine, he said we would fit with our coach. But looking at the NP site, they say max length is 35' (May have been 36'.), so I wonder if he forgot I mentioned we're 40'(?). I'm going to call back again today, and ask for clarification. But being a smaller campground, suspect the odds would again be lowered on finding a site that will hold us. (And not complaining at all, we purposely picked 40-42' when we bought, knowing it would limit out options going out. Not a major problem when we plan properly, and this is a classic example where a change of our travel plans makes this now tight scheduling in peak area of high demand areas!)

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