If you like bears we heard Rising Sun Campground in Glacier National Park may be the perfect place to see one. We did not see any during our time in the campground but one of the staff next door at the Rising Sun Hotel told us that they are always having to check for bears because they are that common in the area.
The Rising Sun Campground is near the Rising Sun General Store which has a great selection of snacks, beer, wine, and other supplies. The Otokomi Lake trailhead is in the parking lot of the general store.
With the high number of bears in the area, you will want to make sure you have bear bells and bear spray with you. You can buy it on Amazon ahead of time to make sure you have it.
Rising Sun Campground gives you easy access to boat tours on St Mary Lake, Logan Pass, Going to the Sun Road and so many amazing sites in Glacier.
Adjacent to the campground is easy access to a general store and restaurant.
Check out all of our articles on Glacier National Park for help planning your trip!
Rising Sun Campground
Season: 6/7 – 9/8
Number of Sites: 84
Location in the park: East side of Glacier National Park. 6.2 miles from the St. Mary Entrance
Campsite Cost: $20.00 / night
Payments accepted: Cash and Check
Latitude/Longitude: 48.6954° N, 113.5214° W
Elevation: 4567 ft
Accessible Sites: #7
Pets Allowed: Yes, but they mush be on a leash at all times.
Are campground Reservations Available? No
First Come, First Served? Yes
Flush Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes, token-operated showers (1 shower stall for men, and 1 shower stall for women)
Is wifi Available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available?
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? Firewood is available for purchase at the camp store.
It is unlawful to gather or cut firewood
Amenities at each campsite:
Fire pit in the site? Yes
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Bear Box in site/area? Yes,
Potable Water? Yes
Fee showers are available at the Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent Motor Inns and private campgrounds adjacent to the park.
RV Camping at Apgar Campground
RV Length: 10 sites can accommodate vehicle lengths up to 25 feet.
Dump Station: Yes
Generators: Generator use in campgrounds is permitted only during the hours: 8:00 – 10:00 am; 12 noon – 2:00 pm; and 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Sites 49 through 84 are generator free
How to get to Campground
Approximate driving distance via Going-to-the-Sun Road:
St. Mary entrance: 6.2mi
West entrance: 43.5mi
A maximum of two tents per site is permitted.
Sites may not be left unattended for over 24 hours.
Campground speed limits are 10 miles per hour.
The maximum number of people in a campsite: limited to eight people
The number of cars per campsite: two vehicles
Checkout time: 12 noon
Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Between July 1 and Labor Day, camping in Glacier National Park is limited to 14 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods.
Between Labor Day and June 30, camping in Glacier National Park is limited to 30 days, either in a single period or combined separate periods.
Rising Sun Campground Map
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