If you’ve never been to Glacier National Park, you must make the trip to this amazing park. Not only is it perfect for an RVer to visit, but even those who do not own an RV can enjoy it too.
Culture & History
Glacier Park was established in 1910. George Bird Grinnel is credited with making the park a legal park. He visited regularly between 1885 and 1887 and stirred up interest in the beautiful area on a national level. The park’s first superintendent was William Logan who put together a crew of a little over a dozen men to maintain and patrol the park. They kept poachers from killing animals and fought fires. Construction on Going-to-the-Sun road began in 1919 and by 1929 visits could reach Logan Pass. Jumping to the present-day, the park gets well over a million visitors annually. So plan your trip to Glacier Park right now!
What to See in Glacier Park:
Going to the Sun Road
Usually, this famous road is open for travel from early July until late October. Logan Pass is the highest point on the road and is a fabulous hiking destination as it has over 10 trails, ranging in difficulty and length. You can get an up-close look at mountain goats and many other native animals and birds. Logan Pass also features a visitor center with a gift shop. From the West entrance, it takes 32 miles to get to Logan Pass. You can drive it yourself or you can get a lift from the many buses that travel up and down the road daily.
The Town of Apgar
Not only does this quaint little village have a campground, an Inn, and cabins to stay in but it has so much more!! Abgar has an ice cream/restaurant, multiple gift shops, a visitors center where you can buy maps of the entire park, and it’s right on McDonald Lake! You can’t miss out on grabbing a meal and some huckleberry ice cream or a special Montana-themed gift for yourself or someone you love.
If you feel like getting out of the park for a little while, then Columbia Falls is the perfect spot. It is only 15 minutes away from the park making it convenient to visit while you’re staying in Glacier. Columbia Falls is full of delicious restaurants and things to do. Need something to do with the kids? The Amazing Fun Center is directly between the Park entrance and Columbia Falls and features a huge maze, a mini-golf course, bumper boats, go-karts, and more! It offers fun for the entire family!
Lake McDonald Lodge
This legendary lodge has 82 rooms available with beautiful views of the lake. You can also take boat cruises and fishing tours right from the lodge. The lodge also has a pizzeria, a dining room, a camp store, and a gift shop. Even if you travel in your RV you can still come and have a meal at the lodge!
There is so much more to see in Glacier Park, depending on where you want to go and what you want to do. There are endless trails, scenic points, and wildlife galore. The park rangers will be there to direct you to see as much as you can during your time there.
Where to Eat
Even though Glacier Park is primarily set up for campers and RVers that bring their own sustenance, there are places you can have a full sit-down meal.
Eddies’ is right in the heart of Apgar and has menu items such as breakfast burritos, french toast, pancakes, omelets, bison burgers, a huckleberry club sandwich, and huckleberry cobbler as well as beer, wine, cocktails and so much more! If you are spending any amount of time in the park, you must give eddies a visit!
Russell’s Fireside Dining Room
This fun eatery offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They do not accept reservations so it is first-come, first-serve. They also serve ice-cold beer for a refreshing time.
The Night Owl & The Backroom
One of the best places to get BBQ and fried bread. This place is absolutely irresistible and a must-try. Some menu items they offer are BBQ pork ribs, spare ribs, country ribs, burgers, chicken, ribeye steak, salads, pizza and so much more. They also offer amazing drinks like margaritas, daiquiris, beer, and wine.
Where Other Smart RVers Stay…
Pro Tip- due to the number of people visiting the park each season, you may want to call well in advance and make reservations.
West Glacier RV Park
This park is full of great amenities such as spacious pull-through spots, 50 amp hookups, free wifi, laundry, a dog park, and even showers. It is close to everything and anything you could need while you’re enjoying your adventure in one of the most beautiful National parks.
Fish Creek Campground
If you’re looking for an amazing campground inside the park this is the place to come to! It is right next to McDonald lake with a ton of spots available for the most amazing camp experience ever. There are restrooms, showers, and pull-through sites, and the entire campground is pet friendly. There is also an amphitheater nearby that shows films about the park and nature. These shows are conducted by the local park Rangers and they are very educational.
This campground is full of great amenities such as flush toilets, fire pits, food lockers, picnic tables, and a ranger station. It is also located right on McDonald lake where you can swim, fish, boat, kayak, and swim! An important note for this campground is that it is only available for those with groups of 9 to 24 people. If you have smaller groups, Fish creek and other surrounding campgrounds can accommodate you. Be sure to check out more details and make reservations on this website below.
When to Visit
Since most of the park is fully open from the months of July to October, it would be best to plan your visit during these months. You’ll be able to enjoy the most beautiful and famous areas of the park this way. Be sure to bring jackets and long pants, especially if you plan on making your way to Logan Pass, as there can be snow at that elevation all year long, making the temperatures chilly. That being said, anytime you visit Glacier National Park, you will make amazing memories!