Mother's Day Weekend Camping at St. Mary Campground, Glacier National Park
St. Mary Campground in Glacier National Park has been off our radar for quite some time. It is easy to overlook this campground, but it opens earliest in the spring and it accepts reservations for the summer months, making it a great place to visit early in the season.
The St. Mary Campground is located on the east side of Glacier Park near the town of St. Mary. The campground is tucked just inside of the park, and here you can easily access Logan Pass (when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open the entire length during the summer months). A short drive will take you to Many Glacier and Two Medicine, which are two of my favorite parts of the park.
We camped here over Mother’s Day Weekend 2016. Spring is such a great time of year in Glacier Park, with very few people and lots of animals. The snow in the spring can make many hiking trails inaccessible, but you can still hike many lower elevation hikes where snow has melted off, depending on the year.
I have said before that the St. Mary Campground is not ideal because there is very little shade. If you have pets with you, having shade is pretty critical, even if you have a camper. Dogs are not allowed on the trails in Glacier Park, so if you have to leave your dog for any period of time, you may not choose this campground unless you are able to get one of the few spots that does offer shade.
The nice thing about not having too many trees is that you have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The sites at the highest points to the north even offer views of St. Mary Lake!
Our weekend was full of riding bikes around the campground, lots of hiking, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets on St. Mary Lake! I was able to sneak out for a hike with friends while Matt stayed with the kids.
The Reynolds Creek burn area from the forest fire last year opens up amazing views around St. Mary Lake and on surrounding hikes.
We saw elk and a few bears along the road — as I said, the animals are comfortable this time of year and aren’t too worried about the small amount of people that are there! My kids are lucky to have seen so many bears in their short lives.