Camping at the Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana
I have always said Many Glacier is a special place. The campground here is one of the wonderful things about the Many Glacier Valley. The Many Glacier campground has become my favorite campground in Glacier National Park (that and Two Medicine, which I love for slightly different reasons). We would live here the entire summer if it were possible. My kids never wanted to leave; insisting that we get rid of our home so that we could stay in our camper forever.
The Many Glacier Campground is past the Many Glacier Lodge and Swiftcurrent Lake. Instead of turning left to the lodge, you will go straight until you see the turn into the campground.
The campground here is not divided into loops. There are just site numbers. When you arrive, stop and grab an envelope at the bulletin board that you will fill out and hang from your site and then return the envelope portion with your payment. Sites in the 70’s are located right on a beautiful creek, but since it is so difficult to get a spot here, I would just take what you can get and grab the first site that you see available.
The creek is one of the best features about this campground. There are trails running down to the creek that anyone at the campground can access. The creek is beautiful, clear, and shallow so if you want to cross over to use the other side, you can.
The Many Glacier Campground is also located a short walk from Swiftcurrent Lake, the Swiftcurrent Nature Trail, and the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead. It is also just a short walk from the trailheads up the Swiftcurrent Valley and Iceberg Lake. This is nice so that you don’t have to find parking in the small trailhead parking lots and instead can begin hiking each day right from your campsite.
At the Many Glacier Lodge, you can go for horseback rides, and you can rent boats on Swiftcurrent Lake. There really is endless things for families to do here! Even if Many Glacier is not along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and requires a bit extra driving.
Another great thing here is that the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn is directly across the road. Here they have pizza, pasta, ice cream, beverages and snacks available. I never thought I would eat so much pizza while camping!!
Camping is $20 per night during the summer season. Primitive camping is available in the spring and later in the fall, where the nightly fee is reduced but there is no potable water so you will need to bring your own.
The only downside with the Many Glacier campground is that it is so popular, it is nearly impossible to get a spot. It is first-come, first-serve, which is nice so that the sites are not reserved 6 months in advance, but it also makes it tough because you don’t know if you are going to get a spot. I highly recommend being in the campground before 8am if you want to get a spot, and during the month of August, 8am may not even be early enough. Keep in mind if you do not get a spot that you can stay just outside of Many Glacier in nearby Babb and St. Mary.
Insider’s Tip: A short ten minute walk will take you to Fishercap Lake. This is a flat hike on your way to the Swiftcurrent Pass and Red Rock Falls. Fishercap Lake is one of the best places to see moose in Glacier National Park. Be sure to walk over early in the morning or in the evenings to see the moose family that hangs around. Another great way to go at sunset is to walk (or drive) over to the Many Glacier Lodge and sit on the hilltop and watch the sunset. Fantastic.
I hope you have a fantastic time in the Many Glacier Valley and the Many Glacier Campground! Just don’t take all of my sites!!
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
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