26 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
Jul 2016 - $23.00
Nice campground in a heavily wooded area. We were in Loop B with a 35' MH and it was a snug fit both driving in and parking the unit. Limited generator hours, but that isn't a problem. Had a deer wandering behind our site. No wifi or cell phone reception, but after a day of hiking you are ready for bed anyways. No showers in Loop B. Also no water connections except at the dump station area, so if you need water be sure to stop there and fill before setting up camp. Our site was B80 and while it looks like a great drive thru site on the map, it is right at the bottom of a hill and driving thru is difficult with a large vehicle, had to back in to be able to center the rig between the trees. - cagvc
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
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
Sep 2016 - $27.00
Campground is heavily wooded, sites are somewhat near each other but the woods blocks views and provides lots of privacy. Nice clean bathrooms with clean showers. Also a laundry available, we didn't use it but it looked fine. There are cabins available to rent which looked popular. There was a nice inside lounge with TV, area outside of office with tables, benches, shade, etc. Wifi only worked by the office. There was a casual covered restaurant open 7:45 - 12:45 Wed through Sun. The food was good and coffee great. Very nice, quiet campground. Loved the setting. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place! About a mile from the Glacier Park entrance, so very handy for visiting the park. My favorite campground on a month-long trip. There's also a handy sewage dump station. - mntraveler
Sep 2016 - $32.00
As others said, the sites are wooded, making them private and shady. Our site was near the office, making it a long way from the bath/shower building. Cell service on AT&T was irregular. WiFi in the office was very slow. Since we usually use the campground bathrooms and showers, the long uphill walk to the bathroom was inconvenient. Also, near the end of the season (and I imagine at the beginning), the nights were chilly. Since there is no heat in the bathrooms, it was cold getting out of the shower! Also, only one of the 2 showers in each building was able to be completely curtained off for privacy. Staff was very friendly, price was good and we would definitely stay here again and request a site closer to one of the two bathrooms. - Eldereaglewatchers
Aug 2016 - $32.00
We were at the top of the hill. Beautiful quiet shaded campground, all sites feel very private, although you are close to a neighbor on one side. We had good cell and data on Verizon and ATT, staff very friendly, very easy access to the park, would definitely stay here again. - sam and hope
Sep 2016 - $74.00
This is an absolutely gorgeous place to stay while exploring Glacier National Park! KOA's always seem to be near a road and a bit run down, not this one. This KOA is surrounded by mountains and trees, the landscaping is very well kept and manicured and the grass on every site is green and, again, well maintained.
It's hard to find anything at all wrong with this KOA, it really is - by far - the best KOA we have ever stayed at. There is a train within earshot but it's not too bad.
This is off the beaten path, a mile away from the highway and there isn't really anything next door to this, the closest things are a mile down the highway (2 miles away) in either direction.
This KOA has a little restaurant on-site, an ice cream shop and very clean facilities everywhere. If you are looking for a genuine getaway while you explore Glacier you can't do better than this.
There was plenty of room for our 5th wheel in the pull-through site we got and it's just a super nice very quiet little place to stay. - CORockies
Aug 2016 - $74.00
This is a nice campground with gravel roads and pads. We were escorted to our site. The pad was a bit narrow, but adequate for our motorhome. The sites have large grassy areas between sites. Our premium site had a concrete patio with fire pit and benches for roasting. Our AT&T worked well, but we could never find the campground wifi network. It is very close to Glacier National Park which accounts for it's higher price, but we would consider staying here again if we are in the area. - SMorin
Aug 2016 - $75.00
Like all KOA it's over priced that being said the campground is beautiful. Awesome view very well landscaped. For the price you would think they would have cable. - jman
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Good paved road going into and in park, right on Hwy 2. Many sites are paved and the road in the park is paved, unlike a previous reviewer posted. I didn't notice any highway noise at night and very little in the daytime. Train tracks are about a mile away and all you hear is the whistle at night. Wi-Fi connection was very bad for speed and disconnecting. Good Verizon signal. Nice and clean with strict park rules one being no lights on at night. No campfires at sites. They have community campfires by the office nightly at 7 PM. Nice laundry room. Site #2 was $350 for 7 day full hookup. No discounts. I would stay there again. - Filster
Jul 2016 - $50.00
This is a lovely old RV place. Our site was gravel/dirt with lots of shade. No TV. Wifi spotty at best. We would stay here again. - travel2011
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
Oct 2016 - $32.00
We stayed here in October at the end of the season at Glacier National Park. We had plenty of room as there were very few other trailers. However, if this was during the busy season and the park was full, the sites are close together especially if your canopy is out. The laundry is $1.50 and dryer is $1.50. Overall, this park was good and convenient to the west entrance as well as Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Kalispell. - SotoL-L
Sep 2016 - $23.00
This is the best place we have stayed in our trip so far. Staff has been great, check in quick and we had our choice of sites. Our site was long, more then enough for our rig. It was a bit narrow and not level but I had the blocks to make the rig level. Power was good and utilities in the right spot for our trailer. Wifi was adequate, we were able to get a number of OTA television stations and my satellite dish had an open sky. Road noise was noticeable as was the busy railroad tracks which were about a half mile away. - RV'er
Sep 2016 - $41.00
Nice park with convenient access to Glacier Park west entrance (about 5 miles). Park has larger sites on the south side. Sites were close but adequate. Pet friendly. Good/friendly staff. There is a pretty good store as part of the park in the front entrance. Bear spray is reasonably priced. - KSU Alum
Jul 2016 - $38.00
We loved our stay at this rv park. Location to the west entrance of glacier national park was only 7 miles.
Electrical worked well we did not have any problems. Dump station available, stay for 7 nights for the price of 6 and get a free honey wagon.
The owners are great, very helpful and friendly. We reserved for a week, extended another week and then added 5 more days. Would have stayed at month if we had the time. The site we were in was a little narrow due to trees but the site next to us is included to give you plenty of space. We will go there again. - LHeil
Jul 2016 - $38.00
This is a very rough campground. Trees too close, dirt path for the road. Power but no septic, no internet, no amenities. Terrible value for the price and very hard to maneuver in a motorhome. Won't stay again. Very closely spaced also. Sites are not level. - Butch and Deb
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
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