Glacier National Park
St Mary Campground
Loop A. Site 08
Stayed: September 5, 2016
This was an unplanned site, but a wonderful one. After driving Going-to-the-Sun Road West to East, I found myself on the other side of the mountains with no plans for where to stay that night. Part of me really wanted a hotel bed after so many hours in the car. After asking around in St Mary, however, it seemed like a delightful idea to stay a night in Glacier National Park itself.
St Mary Campground is about a mile from the St Mary Visitor Center (highly recommend stopping there!) and only about 3 miles from the town of St Mary. It is a large campground, but rarely full. Loop A is recommended for tent campers, and no generators are allowed in that loop. It's much quieter without all of the RVs, and I had a restful night's sleep there. This campground is where the mountains meet the prairie, and there's something quietly serene about it. You can listen to the wind whisper through the tall grass and white birch trees. The entire site was bathed in sunlight as we arrived and set up camp.
I'd recommend nearly any site in Loop A other than the one on the end of the loop (26). You have the option between open sites surrounded by prair