“Nice National Park Campground”

Campground Review | St. Mary's Campground | Glacier National Park

St. Mary’s Campground

St Mary’s is the largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, located just a half-mile from the visitors center. The campground also sits near the entrance of the popular scenic byway, the Going to the Sun Road.

This campground is hard-sided camping only because there are BEARS that love to eat all the berries in the area. Half the campground was closed due to bear activity. We actually saw two large black bears while staying in this campground. Be bear aware!

Glacier National Park is home to black and grizzly bears. We can do our part of keeping humans and the bears safe by keeping campground and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. There are bear-proof containers provided near the bathhouses.

This beautiful campground is right in the national park, it isn’t very often we can stay in a national park campground due to the size of our rig. The campsites were not what we were used to, but worked great for the week we were there. Instead of side by side, we were lined up in a single file.

The sites were well distributed so we didn’t feel on top of each other. Pull through sites made an easy job of parking for us.

Campground Review | St. Mary's Campground | Glacier National Park


No hookups, potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water. Hiking trails, fishing, biking, but the water is too cold for swimming in the nearby lakes.

Driving the Going to the Sun Road is the highlight of Glacier for us. It is a beautiful drive from one side of the park to the other.

Campground Review | St. Mary's Campground | Glacier National Park

Would we stay again?

We probably would stay again because we liked the campground even though it is a bit farther from the larger towns. It does have cell service so that is a huge plus for us. I feel there is more to do on the west side of Glacier now that we have stayed on both sides.

Nightly Cost: $20.00 – Disabled Veterans Pass $10.00
Days Stayed:  9 days
Hookups:  None – Dry Camping
Reservations:  Yes, recommended
Pad Type: Gravel
Pets: Allowed on Leash
Cell Service: Verizon
GPS: 48.7514, -113.4452

You can find all of our Campground Reviews here on our 2019 Campground Reviews page along with a map of the places we have stayed.


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