Camping in Glacier National Park is the ultimate Rocky Mountain experience. Staying up late next to the campfire, staring up at a canopy of stars. Waking up at the crack of dawn to the soothing melody of songbirds as they sing their morning praises. Sipping a cup of hot coffee as you watch the sun rise over the Rocky Mountain front. Breathing in the rich aroma of the spruce and pine trees along with the haunting scent of the campfire as it crackles and burns. There is nothing like it, it is really the ultimate summertime vacation experience.
There are a few things that you should keep in mind however to ensure that your Glacier National Park camping experience is the best that it can be.
Montana Nights Can Get Very Cool
For starters, remember to bring a warm, heavy sleeping bag or heavy blankets. Montana nights can get cold anytime of the year, in fact it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below freezing even in mid-summer during the overnight hours. You want to make sure that you've got plenty of heavy blankets and / or a really good sleeping bag that is rated to keep you warm even into the mid twenties. It's also a good idea to bring plenty of clothing and dress in layers. Temperatures can swing dramatically from overnight and early morning to mid-day and late afternoon, and if you've dressed in layers you can easily adapt to whatever kind of weather the day throws at you.
Glacier National Park's Nosy Neighbors
Glacier National Park is grizzly country, and while the chances of you seeing a bear at your campsite are slim, it is always a good idea – whether you are camping at the edge of town or in the middle of the wilderness – to pack away any food items into bear safe containers. If you're out in the wilderness it is a good idea to stow away any food items a good distance away from your camp and suspended at least 8 to 10 feet off the ground using a pulley system and a solid branch of a tree. Bears and other wild animals will not pass up a free dinner opportunity if you make it easy for them. Simply stowing away your food in your automobile is not always the best idea. It is not uncommon for bears and other wild animals to shatter windows and use other extreme tactics in order to get to the food inside your car during the night.
Keep Your Campsite Secure
If you leave your campsite for the day to explore the park or any of the other attractions in the area, be sure to button down your camp and make sure that all of your belongings are securely stowed away. In certain areas of the mountains and valleys surrounding the park, the wind can pick up rather suddenly without notice and you certainly would not want to return home to your camp after a long day of exploring, only to find your greetings scattered all over the place, that is if you can find them at all.
Secondary Transportation Is A Good Idea For Exploring Glacier Park
If you are bringing your RV along on your Glacier National Park vacation, it is a good idea to also bring along some secondary form of transportation. Whether that means towing along a car, a motorcycle, mopeds – or for the hardy types, a couple of mountain bikes – you'll be really glad to have the extra form of transportation which will make it much easier to get around the Valley to explore the great communities within the area, and also the roads within the park. In fact the primary road that transects the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, will not even allow RVs or other large vehicles over 21 feet in length.
Camping in Glacier National Park can be a very rewarding and unforgettable experience. In my opinion it is the best way to experience the park and all of the beauty and magnificence that mother nature has to offer. As long as you plan ahead and play it safe, your glacier national Park camping experience will be something that you and your family will talk about and reminisce over for many years to come.