What makes RVing in Glacier Special?
Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the United States National Park system. Located in northwestern Montana, the drive to this secluded park is just the beginning of the beauty that makes Glacier National Park a top RVing destination for new and seasoned RVers alike.
Designated in 1910, Glacier National Park offers glacier-carved peaks and valleys encompassing more than 1 million acres with 130 lakes, 1000 different plant species and hundreds of wildlife species. Glacier offers more than 700 miles of hiking with excellent backpacking, cycling, and camping opportunities ideal for RV adventurers of all types.
The drive from either our Salt Lake City rental location or the RV rental location in Jackson Hole, WY provides some extremely unique views to make your drive one of the best memories you and your family will walk away with.
Depending on if your campsite is on the east of west side of the park, your drive will border the beautiful Flathead National Forest. Some of Glacier’s most unique offerings lie deep inside the park, meaning you’ll need a vehicle other than your RV to cross the heart of the park on the Going-To-The-Sun road. If you’ve rented a trailer, feel free to get it leveled and unhitched as soon as you arrive so that you’re free to take your tow vehicle anywhere throughout the park you desire. If you have a motorhome that is over 21 feet long, you won’t be able to cross the park. The views of this drive are something you’ll want to experience in a vehicle with more windows and 360 views anyway, so keep that in mind.
For the most optimal driving plan, either have a vehicle for getting around or get to know the shuttle system that the park provides its visitors free of charge. The shuttle is a great alternative for those who don’t want to navigate multiple vehicles in the campground. Also, the shuttle service is operated by people who know the park inside and out, and they can offer tons of great advice!
Picking a campsite:
Speaking of campsites, picking the campsite that is right for you and your crew will be crucial for having a relaxing, carefree experience. National Park campsites don’t typically offer full hookups, so ensuring your tanks are all full before entering the park can save you some peace of mind. While Glacier doesn’t offer full hookups, they do have specified generator hours to allow campers to prepare meals and enjoy some luxuries without disrupting the peaceful nature of the park. The campground that offer generators are:
- Fish Creek (C Loop)
- Many Glacier (sites 88-102)
- Rising Sun (sites 49-84)
- Spraque Creek (all)
- St. Mary (A Loop)
- Two Medicine (sites 1-36)
- Cutbank Campground (all)
There are extremely unique sights to behold on both the west and east ends of the park. St. Mary and Apgar both offer access directly to Going-To-The-Sun road, while Two Medicine and Many Glacier require you to leave the park and drive to the main entrance to cross. Planning your campsite is easier when you have a plan for all the sights and scenery you’re looking to take in.
Glacier National Park Activities and Sights:
Glacier offers a wealth of hikes, drives, rides, and activities that make exploring this region a true adventure. For those active types, the most popular and equally astonishing hikes are:
- The Highline Trail (11.4 miles)
- Grinnell Glacier (10.3 miles)
- Iceberg Lake (9.6 miles)
- Hidden Lake Overlook (2.6 miles)
- St. Mary & Virginia Falls (3.1 miles)
For those who are more interested in scenic outlooks without all the work of hiking:
- Going-To-The-Sun Road
- Lake McDonald
- Swiftcurrent Lake
- St. Mary Lake
The areas around the park offers lots of horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and even take guided hikes and tours. The National Park Service offers extensive resources to help you find the guided tour that is right for you!
Best Time To Visit:
Glacier National Park isn’t typically fully available to the public until mid-July through early-September. This limited availability means you need to plan well in advance if you want to have a campsite reserved before your trip. Late August to early September tend to be the best combo of weather and crowds as most families have returned to school and the snowy season hasn’t quite began yet.
Think an RV trip to Glacier National Park sounds perfect for the next family adventure? Contact one of our RV Rental experts and start planning your next summer family vacation!