Glacier Campground is a wonderful find. It has over 170 camping/cabin/RV spots. The bathrooms, showers and laundry house are very clean, as were the sleeping cabins. The group camping cabin areas offer BBQ grills and water spigots, which are very convenient.
The only <minor> complaint is that the mattresses in the sleeping cabins (we rented cabin #1) were quite uncomfortable (could use a could cleaning too), but it was certainly an upgrade from sleeping on the ground with an air mattress. The cabins themselves are no frills, but cozy. They keep the bugs off and the bears out. Bears do frequent the area, but for some reason, the camp hosts/owners do not provide bear boxes for the food or trash. Instead, they shoot bears (reportedly 20% of which are grizzly bears) with bean bags to scare them away. I would think some bear boxes could prove to be beneficial to both the bears and campers, but that's just my opinion.
I am a dog lover and very much appreciate dog-friendly accommodations, but the office/common area is a little overrun with the owners' large dogs (although they are VERY sweet and mellow). Two of the three seating areas are covered with blankets/throws, since the dog sleeps on them. There was also a large dog bed on the floor. So the common area wasn't exactly welcoming and did not feel clean or like anywhere you wanted to spend a lot of time (which likely most people don't since they are enjoying the majesty of nearby Glacier National Park). On the plus side, the staff is friendly, there's a television, free WiFi, 2 recliners that were free of dog hair, and games, books and a small store.
Make sure to dine at Belton Chalet & Lodge if you stay in the area. It's located about 1 mile from Glacier Campground and is located in a historic (1910) Great Northern Railroad historic building. The taproom and restaurant offer innovative cuisine that is excellent and well priced. They serve cherry margaritas made from local produce when in season. They also offer local meat, game, fish and seafood dishes.
- Also Known As:
- Glacier Campground Hotel
- Glacier Campground Hotel West Glacier
- Glacier Campground West Glacier, Montana