Is Tent Camping Allowed in Glacier National Park?

Tent camping is allowed and encouraged in Glacier National Park. The park provides a variety of campsites, from backcountry sites to frontcountry campgrounds.

Backcountry camping requires a backcountry permit, while frontcountry camping does not.

Backcountry camping is an excellent way to experience the park in its natural state. You can choose from over 200 designated sites scattered throughout the park, some of which are accessible only by foot or horseback.

Backcountry campsites are primitive and have no facilities other than fire rings and bear-proof food storage containers.

Frontcountry campgrounds provide a more developed camping experience. These campgrounds have amenities such as toilets, bear-proof food storage boxes, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Many of them also offer potable water, showers and flush toilets. They are located close to roads and popular attractions in the park.

The park has several tent-only campgrounds that provide an even more rustic experience than the frontcountry campgrounds. These sites are more remote and usually lack amenities such as running water or bear-proof food storage boxes; however, they do provide fire rings for cooking meals.

Tent camping is a great way to explore Glacier National Park and get closer to nature. It allows you to connect with the environment in a powerful way that you can’t get from a car or RV.


Yes, tent camping is allowed in Glacier National Park both in backcountry sites as well as frontcountry campgrounds with varying amenities available depending on where you choose to stay. Tent camping is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the park while connecting with nature more intimately than other forms of accommodation can provide.

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Chris Powell