25 Parks near Essex, Montana
Jul 2013 - $27.00
Found this park online and was leery at some reviews, but we went ahead and made reservations. We got there and were pleasantly surprised. The owner and his son and family were extremely courteous and helpful. We hated to leave! The bathhouse was extremely clean. There were two bathrooms that took a key to open and were locked by an additional deadbolt once you entered! Wish the restaurant was open more hours but understand it is not financially feasible at this time! It is located between Essex and West Glacier. We will return! - DigMyPast
Aug 2010 - $25.00
Family run business with cabins, RV sites & primitive sites. Very convenient to Glacier (20 miles to west entrance), but also across from railroad tracks (as are a lot of the campgrounds along Rt.2), but you get used to the trains or can close up to decrease noise. Great value for full hook-ups, but no cell service or internet, so plan to get away from it all. Nice cafe with good food. Close to hike to Stanton Lake. Only downside was that the restrooms ran out of paper often and were not as clean as they could be. But again, with the full hook-up, it is easy to use your own facilities. We would stay there again if in the area. - shepherdmoon
Jul 2016 - $60.00
The man who checked us in was abrupt & rude and that should have been our 1st indication to not stay at this campground.
We understand the rule of 10pm quiet time, but to have to fires out at 10 when we are quietly sitting beside it is a little ridiculous.
We understood that you could either have the breakfast buffet or order off the menu, however we were told upon getting there that we should go down the road if we wanted to have breakfast other than what was served at the buffet, with food allergies this was not going to work for us, it was very strange.
The biggest issue however was the trains.....quiet time is at 10, but with trains every 30-40 min & the track about 40 feet away, the noise we would have made was nothing compared to that amount of noise!
This has been the highest price campground we came across ($60 usd) & would not recommend it with their rules & no sleep due to noise of highway and trains. - Roxane
Jul 2016 - $52.00
This was a beautiful campground. And the sites are big (we took a 38 ft 5th wheel) with lots of trees. The grounds were clean and the management friendly. But I will never stay at this RV site again. I ignored the reviews regarding the noise and the trains. I should have listened. The train I was able to actually get used to but there was so much traffic noise day and night and you are right next to the street. The other thing I found very odd is in the bathroom there are no doors. just a small stall with a shower curtain hanging on it that blows open whenever someone opens the door. (Sorry, but you guys need to put a little money into your restroom and add some doors.) There were also a TON of bugs at our site. So bad that you can not even put enough bug spray on to sit outside. It is unfortunate because the actual area is quiet beautiful. But when we go back to Glacier we will not be staying here. - Knibbers
Jun 2015 - $39.00
This park was really great. Nice sites, friendly and helpful agents, clean restrooms and showers. Some train noise but after first night it did not bother us. Great location for seeing east and west side of Glacier National Park. - B j crowson
Jun 2016 - $23.00
Just off of Lake McDonald. We woke up to see an elk walking through the loop. Great showers / bathrooms, but the doors have a feature to prevent you from locking the door as you leave, and this confuses some people. Simply close the door, then lock it. There is some threat of bears, so food storage rules apply. Loop D was closed because of bear visits. Nearby touristy places are Apgar and West Glacier; Columbia Falls has groceries and outdoor supplies. - charles_from812
Sep 2015 - $23.00
Even though the park was very full, it was quiet and the treed spaces give an illusion of privacy although you are very close to people. Although the pull through circular sites are a tight fit we got our 40 foot rig in with minimal maneuvering. Dump station and solid Verizon and AT&T coverage. Restricted generator hours. 8-10am, 12-2pm, and 5-7pm. which was a challenge as the sites are very wooded and there was not as much solar charging as we would have liked. Well kept, well-managed, showers available but only in Loop A which is a 5 minute walk for those in other loops. Keep in mind you need to by a $30 seven day parks pass (on top of your $23 a night fee), or for $80 you can purchase the America the Beautiful pass which is good for one year on all federal land. - Lee and Trace
Aug 2015 - $12.00
Beautiful wooded campground - no mountain or lake views in Loop B. We were there when the temps were in the 90s so the shade was much appreciated. The campground map doesn't show it but all sites are pull-through. If you don't want your RV door facing the road pick a site on the right-hand (outside) side of the loop We were in site B68 next to the restroom. Although our site was lovely, I would give it a 1 out of 5 star rating for irritation. The restroom doors "clunk" when they close which was annoying during high-volume visit times (morning and evening). The campground also gets noisy in the evening as families return from their day activities. I thought the campground was limited to 35ft RVs but there were several in the campground that were larger. Generator use is only allowed 8-10am, 12-2pm, and 5-7pm. Because of bears, campers are told not to leave any food, including coolers and grills, out when gone from their site any length of time - we saw the Rangers remove a grill and a cooler from 2 sites when the occupants were gone. Campers are able to retrieve their stuff when they return. - DKL1219
Jul 2016 - $15.00
Beautiful park. Very close to Apgar Village by bike/walking trails. Apgar Village is a great place to shop, eat and view Lake McDonald. My family really enjoyed staying here. It is great for bike riding and right off of Going to the Sun Road. There are no showers, but the bathrooms are very clean. It is very difficult to get a spot, so get there in the morning. The park hosts were friendly and can tell you more about openings than the visitor centers can. The sites are not always level, but they are beautiful and somewhat private. There is a free park shuttle stop at the entrance to the campground. The shuttles are nice, but expect to wait in line at Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass to transfer along Going to the Sun. This was one of our favorite parks on a 5 week road trip. - MargieTX
Jun 2016 - $10.00
We had a great stay at Apgar, love that camping in the woods feeling. We found a site big enough and relatively level for our trailer in Loop B. The site was spacious and had a picnic table and fire ring. So quite at night and located in Glacier Park which made it very convenient for sightseeing. We had the Senior Park Pass so can't beat the price either. Several bike trails as well as the Park amenities at Apgar Village. There is water available at several locations around the Loops as well as several restroom facilities. The restrooms were dated, but clean and Loop C had large sinks for dumping dishwater.
We would definitely stay here again. - jtl2
Sep 2015 - $20.00
Very primative. 180 spaces. No reservations, no hookups (power or water), NO showers. Flush toilets, cold water sink. For a park of its status and visitor population, I find it absurd that there's no shower facilities. The campground is generally always full, but there's no aid in securing a space. First come, first grab. It's a very large triangle walk between the campground, the village, and the Visitor Center-- about a half mile between each. Sites are roomy, pullthrus. Some walkways are wonderful, others are literally on the street. - writedesign
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Close to west entrance of Glacier Natuonal Park, this was a very nice campground in a heavily wooded area. The office personnel were friendly and helpful. Lot was level but had just enough room for 28 ft travel trailer and tow vehicle. Spacing was nice, WiFi in office area, too much foliage for satellite. We connected ok with Verizon LTE. We checked out some of the campgrounds in the park and the ones we saw were mostly pull throughs that were very narrow. Would definitely stay here again. - smitty12
Jun 2016 - $34.00
About as close as you can get to the West entrance of Glacier National Park. The campground offers breakfast Wednesday to Sunday. Laundry facility available as well. Sites are situated on a mountain slope but are somewhat level. Our site was fairly tricky to navigate into though for a big rig. The biggest issue was the low power voltage coming into the rig.
The rate reflects Good Sam discount. - Bay Area Early retirees
Aug 2015 - $34.00
We stay here once a year, every year! Love it!
Clean, neat and very hospitable. - Coloradoblue
Jul 2016 - $100.00
Very nice KOA a little pricey. We had a large pull thru with a grill, picnic table and fire pit. The park was full, quiet at night. The staff was very nice, and considering the size of the park they got us in and to our site in 10 minutes. The workers were great. My grill needed a new propane tank. I called the office and within 5 minutes it was being changed. The restaurant was closed at night as the Chef was ill. Breakfast was very good and super busy. The park is great but again a little pricey. - tazman1953
Jul 2016 - $80.00
Truly a resort park with pools, ice cream bar, cafe. Very well located to Glacier NP. We would definitely stay here again. - dwade
Jul 2016 - $79.00
About 6 miles from Glacier Natl Park west entrance.
Park was extremely well maintained with beautiful landscaping. Graveled roads could do with occasional watering down as they kicked up quite a bit of dust. Trash (including pet waste cans) emptied frequently. There is a definite lack of shade though, but since they've recently re-landscaped I assume eventually there will be more shade.
All utilities worked well with the exception of WiFi, which you can only access 'near the office'. Our Verizon phones and 'hot spots' had plenty of signal.
They have two pools (one adults only), an ice cream shop and a small eatery, none of which we used so I'll not venture an opinion.
The staff was very nice and attentive. When we called to ask for another night they said it wasn't a problem. We told them we'd be up to the office to take care of paying which was fine. They called back a few moments later and said "Let's take care of that now and save you the trip to the office, plus we don't want to take a chance of the 800 system taking your spot". That's good customer service. Not a 'crab' in the bunch. We also saw staff have to deal with a camper who was supposed to have moved sites to a different spot but instead had just taken off for the day, meaning a new camper couldn't get into their assigned spot until after 6pm! They were unfailingly polite and tolerant even though the 'squatter' became abusive to them to the point where they had to ask him to leave.
This park is way above the standards of the 'usual' KOAs. I think it has the makings of a real 'resort' RV park. About the only downside was the number of dogs I saw off leash in the unfenced dog area (there is also a fenced one). I do realize this is something that would be hard for the office to 'police' without having someone at the play area continually. But it did mean there were times when I couldn't take our dog out to exercise as he doesn't 'play well with others' when he's leashed. - QueenofQuitealot
Jul 2016 - $44.00
Very odd layout, but clean. Our spot did not have sewer, only water and electric. It was in the back of a field that we had to drive across to get to our site. The site was extremely unlevel. It was not worth the $44 we paid. No Good Sam discount. Pretty setting with shade. Showers were clean but VERY small. - MargieTX
Sep 2015 - $50.00
First the good...CLOSE to Glacier West entrance. All downhill from there. Campground is dirt, most everywhere. Dusty if dry, muddy if wet. On our first night I asked the two ladies in the office why there were no towels/dryer machine in the bathrooms. Was told that the "RV'ers take the towels to wash their windshields". Not only is there no means to dry hands after using the facilities there is NO soap provided, dispensers or otherwise. The campground has the railroad tracks on one side and a heavily truck /car traveled highway within 100 yards on the other. The shower stalls are tiny and the toilet was dirty from someone that had had serious problems. We camped there for two nights and the same toilet still had not been cleaned by the morning we left. I informed the two ladies in the office the morning we left that after a month of camping all over the Canadian Rockies their campground rated the lowest. I told them the unclean toilet was a perfect example. With that their profanity began and they accused me of being cause for the dirty toilet and to "get out of here". As a retired banker I have never been confronted with such abuse in all my travels. My wife and I spent the next two nights much further away from the park entrance but in a campsite worthy of a 4-5 star rating. San-Suz-Ed was a disaster and not worth a rating higher than a two and only then for being so close to the park. We would never stay here again. - Sweatlife
Aug 2015 - $50.00
Main drive is paved and other roads & sites are dirt. Sites are fairly level, pull through for big rigs. They have a restaurant for breakfast. It was average. Utilities worked fine except 30 amp didn't work at our site. No TV on antenna & Dish could not get through the trees. Wifi worked good but slow. Laundry is $2.25 to wash & .25 for 7 min dry. Park is 2.5 miles west of West Glacier & 14 miles east of Columbia Falls. Good location for visiting Glacier NP. Just way to much to pay for water, electric, sewer & a picnic table in my opinion. No discounts. - Retired & rambling
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Basic campground near West Entrance to Glacier Natuonal Park. We were in back-in site that had 2 vehicles very close to us. We had just enough room for 28 ft trailer and had to park tow vehicle perpendicular to trailer to make it all fit. Some of the pull throughs looked much nicer with some nice trees between sites. Bathrooms and laundry were great. Office personnel very pleasant. WiFi average nothing terrific. AT&T strong with 3 bars. - smitty12
Jul 2016 - $46.00
Small privately owned park. Tight roads, level parking pads. Store onsite. I think there are better places to stay in the area. - boisegolfer
Jun 2016 - $45.00
Close in to West Glacier National Park entrance. Great Showers, with plenty of hot water, laundry facilities were great also. Nice place, nothing glitzy just a great place to stay!
We recommend it.. - GFoxH
Jul 2016 - $28.00
Trains, Trains, and more trains...LOUD HORNS all throughout the night. Sometimes as 0ften as every 15 minutes! Road noise with truckers using jake brakes was just another annoyance during the night. Weedy, messy park with small narrow sites. And I can't forget to mention the quiet hours from 10pm to 6am...what quiet hours?? Rowdies partying up to 2am with slamming car doors, yelling, and carrying on with absolutely no consideration for others...None! Can't say I'll stay again even if the restrooms were clean and the showers were hot. - Rick Frazier
Jun 2016 - $28.00
Park is very foresty, like not all spots will get TV, but it is in a good location. Owners very nice. We called last minute to get a spot; they said come on down. We got there just before her crowds were coming in. She gives a price, no discounts, no adding tax back on, just a price! Will be back.. - melissa boone
Aug 2015 - $35.00
This seemed to be the least expensive park near Glacier, so we stayed before and after GNP, glad to have showers , power and laundry. One site worked fine, but other was on the hillside and quite sloped. Park is in the trees but not great shade when it's in the 90s. Strange set-up with some tent camper sites tightly next to the RVs, which was bothersome when the tenters had fires going til midnight, with smoke smell too close. Didn't seem to be any rule enforcement here, with speeders and dust flying, and campfires going even tho there was a health alert and smoke from WA heavy in the air. But this park works for an overnight, has a great though small laundry room and bathroom. - Annie's Song
Sep 2015 - $20.00
Very popular campground located near some of the best hiking in the park. No reservations accepted so arrive early in the day to try and obtain a site as someone is leaving. The 12 mile road into this area of the park is paved but in bad conditions. Five sections have been washed out. It is passable but you need to slow down. There are approximately 25 sites that will take trailers up to 32' or RVs up to 38'. Almost all of the sites are pull through but the short radius makes many difficult to place a towable RV. Beautiful setting as you are surrounded by mountains and lakes. Water is available at the dump station. Bring all needed supplies since it is over 50 miles to a grocery store or laundry in Browning, MT. No cell phone service - AT&T is only available in Browning, Version available at St. Marys. There are pay showers ($2.50 for 8 minutes) available at the Swiftwater Motor Lodge. Limited groceries, supplies, and food available at the Lodge. Two restaurants nearby but expensive. Hiking in the area is wonderful with much wildlife to see. We viewed mountain goats, big horn sheep, and a bull moose while hiking. This campground with no hookups in a remote area is not for everyone but is beautiful! - linnemj
Aug 2010 - $23.00
$23 is full rate, we paid $11.50 senior rate. Reservations taken and recommended. We could only book 4 nights and could not get any extra nights while here. This place is booked solid in the summer. Great base for seeing the east side of the park. Potable water is at the dump station on the way out. We were able to make the swing around the attendant booth after checking in with no problem. Then a short ride back to the visitor center to turn around. As reviewed, sites can be tight, took some doing to get positioned so our slides could go out. - Bob and Inga
Jul 2010 - $20.00
$20 seems high for no hookups or showers, BUT it is in the Glacier NP and close to great hiking so maybe worth it! Restrooms were very clean. - susy1313