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Old 04-20-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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Glacier NP

Heading north from Yellowstone, we plan on visiting Glacier NP in the 3rd week of July. This is our 1st trip in the MH to the northwest & need advice on where to stay & what to see.

Does anyone have recommendations for RV parks near Glacier? Are reservations necessary?

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Old 04-20-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Reservations for campgrounds near Glacier are most certainly required. Glacier is a beautiful park, but be aware you can't take your RV on the "Going to the Sun Road" up over Logan Pass. You'll have to decide east or west side of the park for your base camp and travel by toad or the famous Red buses to visit the park interior. The west side has more camping opportunities. Also be aware that the Logan Pass Visitor's center parking lot fills very quickly, if you arrive after 9:00 am there's a good chance you'll be waved on past because the lots are full.
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We stayed at Columbia Falls rv park last year.
it was a nice place, and about 1/2 hour drive to the park.
There are some campgrounds closer we saw but wanted to stay in Columbia Falls and also catch the farmers market.
Glacier is a great place.
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Heading up from West Yellowstone along the Gallatin river (Hwy 191) is absolutely beautiful. You will love it. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. Lots of pull outs for photo opportunities.

Once you get to Bozeman you will kind of have to decide which side of Glacier NP you want to visit. The east side there is St. Mary's KOA and another smaller rv park but can't remember the name off the top of my head. The east side is also more "prairie" like compared to the more "forested" west side. There are many more campgrounds/rv parks on the west side. We have stayed at both and just took Hwy 2 around the southern tip of Glacier to experience both sides. My wife and I prefer the west side but that is just our opinion.

We too will be in Glacier NP in July, staying at the West Glacier KOA this trip. Plan on taking a toad with you to travel the "Going to the Sun" highway and all of the other surrounding areas.

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Hi Caswelld,
I stay only at St. Mary's KOA on the East side of Glacier. Reservations are required. The trails I hike are much more accessible from the East side. From the KOA one is less than a mile from the visitors center. From there the rangers can tell you what is open. The 3rd week in July does not guarantee all trails will be open. Between snow and bears, check with the ranger station every couple of days.
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We've stayed at both the east and west side KOAs and had good experiences at both. Each is very close to their respective side's park entrance and when we were there a few years back were clean, well kept and staffed by nice people. You absolutely do need reservations at that time of year.

Glacier is my favorite NP, we have been twice and are really looking forward to heading back in two years.
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Stayed at Glacier Meadow Campground on the South side. About 1/2 way between the East and West sides on HWY 2. Did not have reservations. Nice owners & park.

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Has anyone stayed at Fish Creek campground in the park?
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Has anyone stayed at Fish Creek campground in the park?
It's one of the two GNP campgrounds that takes reservations.

Facility Details - FISH CREEK CAMPGROUND, MT - Recreation.gov
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Has anyone stayed at Fish Creek campground in the park?
This is where we stayed when we visited. Close to the entrance and easy to pick up groceries. The sites should be looked at carefully to see if you fit. We had a 25' camper, and we were happy. There are loops that do not allow generators and there are loops that do allow them; choose carefully.
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We have reservations for Fish Creek loop B #72. They do allow generator usage. We're only going to be there 3 days. It looks pretty nice but we've never been up that way before. Love the lifetime Senior Pass
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