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St. Mary Campground

Browning, Montana

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Overview

St. Mary Campground is the largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park, and is conveniently located approximately a half-mile from the St. Mary Visitor Center. The visitor center offers interpretive programs, shuttle service and Red Bus tours leaving from the center. The campground sits near the entrance of the popular scenic byway, the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Recreation

St. Mary Campground is located on the east side of the park, which boasts some of the best trails available for day hiking. Trailheads start at a higher elevation than those on the west side, so less ascent is required to reach scenic vistas.

Facilities

Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water.

A couple of miles down the road and outside the park, visitors will find all the comforts of home, including restaurants, gift shops, camp stores, gas and groceries.

Natural Features

Though shade is sparse, the aspen trees that grace St. Mary Campground flutter in spring and summer breezes and provide colorful splashes of yellow late in the season. Views of Singleshot, East Flattop and Red Eagle Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the landscape.

St. Mary Lake which, although too cold and occasionally too rough to swim in, provides refreshing scenery on warm days.

Nearby Attractions

One must-see attraction is the sister park across the U.S.-Canadian border, Waterton Lakes National Park. As the other half of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Waterton Lakes offers fantastic hiking, scenic boat cruises and several scenic drives all centered around the Townsite of Waterton.
Immediately east of Glacier National Park lies the picturesque Blackfeet Indian Reservation, spanning 1.5 million acres. Visit the Museum of the Plains Indian, in Browning, Montana, for a fascinating introduction to the rich cultural heritage of the largest Indian tribe in Montana.

Reviews

There were some sites that had shade but of course those got snatched up the quickest. The bathrooms were in good working order and the water was fresh and clear. There are no showers available. Most of the sites are fairly exposed we stayed here the night before doing our highline trail hike we got lucky with a reservation. The night prior to the hike the wind picked up very strongly and we ended up sleeping in the car we left early to beat the traffic to Logan's pass parking lot. The views here are beautiful and it is an excellent place for night sky viewing if it's not cloudy. We hiked around St Mary lake a little bit and saw a moose and several ground squirrel. Get firewood in town it is not sold at the campsite. We camped in a tent the tent pad of small gravel was actually fairly comfortable even without our air mattress. Three stars only due to difficulty making reservations and lack of shade.

Unfortunately, we don't have up-to date pricing data for this listing, but you can check pricing through Recreation Gov.

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