Rising Sun Campground located in Glacier National Park Montana is west of St. Mary and halfway along St. Mary Lake. Offering primitive tent and RV camping with convenient access to the park. A shuttle stop serves this location so campers can enjoy other areas along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
The Rising Sun Inn is adjacent to the campground with a small restaurant and store available for supplies. The campground has paved roads and parking pads. Picnic tables and fire rings at each site but surprisingly (amazingly) bear boxes are not. There are shared bear boxes dispersed throughout the campground. Bears are a problem at this campground, and all Glacier National Park campgrounds for that matter. Properly store and handle food and scented items to avoid drawing the bears into the campground.
Water spigots are located throughout the campground. Comfort stations, ie restrooms, are convenient also. There is a dump station available with fresh water fill for RVs.
Rising Sun is the last stop and turn around for any vehicle exceeding the 21′ length restriction for the Logan Pass. This campground recommends no RVs over 25′ due to tight roads and small sites.
Two loops of campsites available with most being pull thru style. A pretty location this campground tends to fill before noon during peak season.
A convenient location for boat tours on St. Mary Lake and Otokomi Lake trailhead which is located next to the campground.
The surrounding forest is suffering from heavy beetle kill in the large trees.
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Water - Water hookups or water fill locations. Water is available here for your drinking pleasure. Tents - Provides camping options for tent campers. If you will be sleeping in a tent this location likely has a site to accommodate you. Pull-thru - Provides pull thru style RV campsites. Pull thrus allow RV owners to more easily park without backing up. Pull thru sites are available at this location. Back-in - Back-in sites available. Have no fear you can back it in here. Bathrooms - Bathrooms available. If you are looking for a campground or RV park with bathrooms including toilets or restrooms reviews and our data show that this location has you covered. Public Park - Publicly managed. This campground or RV park is a public park managed by a state, federal, or municipal agency. Generally these types of parks have stricter rules on camping. Video - Video available for viewing. Videos provide a more intimate look at a location to discover if the campground or RV park is right for your next camping trip. Family Friendly - Family friendly. This can include scheduled activities, playgrounds, game rooms or simply a family friendly camping environment. If you are looking for a family friendly RV park or campground this one may fit the bill. Trees - Trees are situated close to or around the campsites. These trees may be close enough to require care when maneuvering into and out of the camping spot. Hiking - Hiking opportunities immediately from the campground or within a very close distance. If you like to hike, explore on foot or even jog/ run this RV park or campground has access to hiking trails. Biking - Easy access for cyclists looking to ride bikes. Our information, reviews and data show that this destination either has bike trails passing through the park or the surrounding area is suitable for bicycle riding. Remember to always wear a helmet and check with the locals on trail and road conditions. Shade - Provides campsites with shade coverings. Shade can be provided in a number of ways but primarily is caused by a forested setting or trees placed in a manner to block some direct sunlight. Pull-In - Pull-in style RV sites. These sites generally are best suited to RV coaches with a windshields. Pull-in can include pull thru sites or sites designed specifically to pull nose in and back out to leave. Scenic - Offers scenic views of the surrounding area. If you want to camp in a RV park or campground with scenic views this one fits the mold. Firepits - Our information, reviews or photos suggests has fire pits available for campfires. Fire pits may be available at all sites or select sites. Walking Trail - Access to a walking trail or walking area. If you want to stretch the legs this location has opportunities to do so. Wildlife - Wildlife around. Wildlife can be as simple as birds or as complex as bears. Wildlife is around so ask what type and know your surroundings. Trails - Onsite or immediate access to recreational trails. The trail may be a multi-use paved path or dirt hiking trail but should be suitable to recreational movement. If you want trails this place has them. Primitive - Offering primitive sites. Primitive sites may have varied amenities available but our definition of primitive campsite means it does not have electric, water or sewer hookups available. The majority of tent sites are primitive in nature. Rural - Set in a rural setting. Rural locations allow you to escape the city and explore the countryside. Dump Station - On-site dump station for draining sewage tanks. Our information, reviews or photos suggest that this spot has a dump station available. Fees may be charged for dump station use; contact the location office or manager for information and rules about the dump station. Forest - Within or adjacent to a forested setting. Our information, reviews or photos suggest the park is surrounded by forest. Access to the forest will depend on the location but generally we have flagged these as forest if they are surrounded by trees or national forest lands. Tourist - Provides facilities for tourists. Generally these campgrounds are located near points of interest or are designed to accommodate novice campers and RV travelers. If you are a tourist this location may be right for you. .GOV - Managed by a government agency. Usually the Forest Service, a national park, BLM, Corp of Engineer, or the like. This location is a public park. Paved - Paved roads or site pads. Pavement can be asphalt, concrete or paver stones. Minimizing dust and capable of supporting large heavy RVs this RV park or campground has pavement. .RECREATION - Accessible for reservations or more information at recreation.gov. It is a public park. Destination - Destination in the fullest sense of the word. Our information or reviews suggest that this campground or RV park is a place people go to to stay at... People want to be here. If you are here then post photos and reviews to brag to others! Mountains - Within a mountainous area. The campground or RV park may be situated on the side of the mountain or their may be mountains around. If you require some elevation variation in your camping destination this park might be a good choice. Public Parking - Provides public parking. This applies to both public and private parks. If the campground or RV park allows non-guests to park in the location. Park - Within a public park or park like setting. If you want a park to camp at this RV park and campground may suit your needs. RV - Allows RV campers. If you have a motor home, camp trailer, or fifth wheel this RV park or campground has RV sites. Pads - Providing some form of a concrete, paved or stone parking pad or patio. If you seek a pad to park on or a concrete patio outside your door this RV park or campground may be a choice. Seasonal - Open seasonally. Season may vary and services may still be available in the off season by our research and info suggests this campground or RV park is seasonally operated. Motorcycle - Access to motorcycle trails, riding areas or has motorcycle camping options. If you want to camp with your motorcycle. First Come First Served - Campsites available on a first come first served basis. These sites are not reservable and are available for drive up or walk up campers. Remote - Located in a remote setting. If you want to camp at a location that allows you to get away from everything this campground or RV park is set in a remote setting. National Park - Within or close to a national park. If you want to camp near a national park this RV park or campground is a suitable choice. Lodge - Provides lodging for guests without tents or RVs. This may include a full scale hotel, motel, cabins or glamping tents. If you want a campground or RV park that has other types of accommodations this one may be right for you. 360 VR Tour - Full 360 video tour available for viewing. Like google streetview this exclusive technology allows you to virtually tour the park see each site in a form better than pictures of each site and see for yourself if your RV or tent will fit. Remember to use your mouse or finger to drag the screen to look around. Restaurant - Onsite or adjacent restaurant. If you want dining options outside of your camp cooked meal this location has a restaurant. Hike-in - Provides sites accessible by foot (or bike). Hike-in sites require you to walk in to the campground. Distances can range from a few feet to a few miles. Plan ahead and understand what you are getting with the hike in campsites. Stream - Adjacent to a stream of water. Streams can provide an extra ambiance to a location with the sound of trickling water.