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 truly 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.
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 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 on 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.