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I'll be arriving by train in Glacier National Park late on August 12, before starting a backpacking trip on the 13th. I was planning to spend the night of the 12th in Apgar campground. It would appear that the sites there are first come, first serve only.

It will be peak season, so I was concerned about the sites filling up. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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try this.  Good luck to you.
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Ah, I was there earlier and didn't understand what it was showing. The times it shows may be problematic for me, as I do not arrive until 8pm. Are there other options for cheap over night lodging?

I'll go google it in the mean time.
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I think all national parks have hiker/biker sections in their campgrounds.  I know most of the parks I've stayed in do and there is always room for cyuclists and walkers and if there isn't, they make room.  I can't speak specifically for Glacier but I know Yellowstone, the Tetons, Zion and Grand Canyon do.  I'd contact the information center at Glacier and ask them.  If they do, it'll solve your issue nicely.

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Ah, I was there earlier and didn't understand what it was showing. The times it shows may be problematic for me, as I do not arrive until 8pm. Are there other options for cheap over night lodging?

I'll go google it in the mean time.

maybe try getting a room in west glacier.  As Dorf says, good luck.  Its going to be hit or miss on getting a site that late.  A few years ago, we hitched over to apgar after the shuttles were shut down for the night.  Still were able to get a site, but thinking back on it, I believe it was a hiker only site.  I know we got there after dark, and were surprised to find a spot.


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Like I said before, I don't think finding a hiker/biker site will be a problem regardless of the time of year or day.  At least that's been my experience in other parks, but granted, every park is different.  Still, your best option would be to just call park hqtrs and adk the about hiker/biker campsites and what their policy is.

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Since I was curious myslef about Glaciers's policy on walk-in camp sites, I contacted them myself and this is the reply I received.

We do have them in most of our campgrounds and we do make them always available. Here is a link for campground specific information.

http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm

Ellen Blickhan


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It didn't specifically mention Apgar, but since it's one of the larger campgrounds and close to West Glacier and the rail stop, I would guess that they do have hiker/biker sites.  Best to e-mail them for specific information.  They were very prompt with my request.

Hope it helps.

Good luck and have fun.  Glacier is a magic place.


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Double checking is a good idea, but yes Apgar has a couple sites specifically for walk-ins and bikers (or I seem to remember them being there, hence the double check idea). I've witnessed people with cars take spots in those set aside places in Two Medicine more than once.  

Another thing you can do is, when arriving late, ask the campground host for the handicap site if it's still open.  Last year a host informed us they would grant permission in a pinch, if the campground was full, and it was late enough in the day.  We did get access once, with strict instructions to be out first thing in the morning.  We also had to deal with the park ranger who decided to be a bit of an ass in questioning why we were there ... ("You don't look handicapped to me").  Again the mask and chainsaw might have turned them against me (inside joke with Jer).   A lot depends on the hosts and how flexible they want to be.  Just remember if they do allow it they are doing you a massive favor.  :D


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I know that you didn't ask this, but just north of Apgar is Fish Creek that does take reservations.
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