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St Mary Campground is one of the largest campgrounds in Glacier National Park, located on the eastern side of the park near the St. Mary Visitor Center. It is a convenient location for those looking to explore the Many Glacier area, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and the east side of the park.


St. Mary Campground is situated approximately half a mile west of the St. Mary entrance to Glacier National Park, along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Campground Features

  • Sites: The campground offers multiple campsite options including tent sites, RV spots, and camper vehicle accommodations, though it's important to verify the maximum vehicle length permitted.
  • Amenities: St. Mary Campground provides potable water, flush toilets, and a dump station. Showers and laundry facilities are located nearby, outside the park in St. Mary.
  • Food Storage: Bear-proof storage lockers are available for food and scented items, as it's crucial to follow bear safety regulations in the park.

Reservations and Cost

St. Mary Campground operates on both a reservation system and a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the time of the year. Reservation details and costs can be checked on the Glacier National Park website or through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Operating Season

The campground typically opens in late May or early June and closes in mid-September to early October, weather permitting. There might be changes to this timeframe, so always check the current status before planning your trip.


  • Hiking: There are numerous trails accessible from St. Mary Campground, including hikes to Virginia Falls, St. Mary Falls, and others.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is known for its abundance of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bears, and various bird species.
  • Scenic Drives: Driving the nearby Going-to-the-Sun Road offers breathtaking views of the park's landscapes.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Food Storage: Strict food storage rules to prevent wildlife encounters; all food must be stored in bear-proof containers or vehicles.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in the campground but must be on a leash at all times and are limited to specific areas.
  • Fire Restrictions: Campfires may be restricted or prohibited due to fire danger levels; always check the current conditions and rules.

Safety Tips

  • Weather Preparedness: Weather in Glacier National Park can be unpredictable, so come prepared for various conditions.
  • Bear Safety: Carry bear spray, make noise while hiking, and follow all guidelines to avoid bear encounters.
  • Altitude Awareness: The campground is at a high elevation, so take necessary precautions to acclimate and stay hydrated.


St Mary Campground is a strategic and popular spot for camping when visiting Glacier National Park due to its location and access to park features. Planning ahead is essential, especially for reservations and understanding park regulations, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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