Five Glacier National Park Camping Tips For Penny Pinchers

Glacier National Park has been called the Crown of The Continent and "Little Switzerland" -- truly it is one of the most beautiful and pristine all-natural camping and recreational destination on earth. It can also be a very economical alternative to the typical family vacation. This article will share with you 5 tips to make your Glacier National Park camping vacation even more affordable by helping you cut costs in ways that you might not have thought of before.

Take Advantage Of Public Transportation

Once you arrive at your camping destination ask your camp host about the public transportation options that are available to you in the area. For instance, Glacier National Park has a free shuttle system that will transport visitors through the park and to many of the different attractions within the park. This free shuttle system is a great way to save money, save on fuel, and free yourself from the hassle and stress of driving during your vacation. Leave the driving to someone else...sit back and enjoy the scenery! In addition to the in-park shuttles, there are also some other low-cost shuttle options that can transport you to and between several of the towns and neighboring communities near the park.

Keep The Kids Happy Without Spending a Dime

When you are choosing your camping destination, consider an option that puts you in close proximity to lots of recreational opportunities for the kiddos to enjoy. For instance, Columbia Falls RV Park is right next door to two beautiful town parks where the kiddos will enjoy hours of fun playing on the swings and slides and jungle gym's. There is also a blue-ribbon fishing river just down the road from the park. This can save you money not only by keeping the kids content, but it can also be a great way to get a free lunch or dinner fresh from the river!

Pack Food Along With You

If you have the extra space in your rig, You should consider stocking up on bulk food items before you embark on your trip. Buying things like cereal, bread, snacks, chips, drinks etc. from a wholesale bulk purchase store like Sam's Club or Costco before you leave on your vacation can save you a lot of money over buying them after you have embarked on your trip.

Peddle Power Can Save Your Pocketbook

If you have some racks, on your vehicle or some other way to carry along enough bicycles for you and your family, this can be a great way to save money once you reach your destination. Glacier National Park has some really nice bike trails at both it's west and east entrances. There are also several really nice bike paths in the towns of Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls. Bringing along a bycicle allows you to park your rig at the campground and just peddle to the store, post office, restaurant or any other place that you might need to go while you are in the area.

Free Entertainment

Glacier National Park by it's very nature makes for an economical vacation. There is enough wild nature and organic activities available here to keep the entire family occupied and having fun during your entire stay. With more than 700 miles of hiking trails, dozens of lakes and rivers to float and fish, endless wildlife to watch and enjoy, waterfalls to visit and glaciers explore, and so much more, you'll never run out of things to do when visiting Glacier National Park, and the best part is, this entertainment is all free!

Visit our Glacier National Park and Columbia Falls Montana page to learn more about the park and the area, and find out why Columbia Falls RV Park is the perfect camping destination for your Glacier National Park camping trip.


Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 206 & Hwy 2 - Take Hwy 2 headed towards Columbia Falls (turn west). You will pass the Water slides, then further up go over the bridge crossing the Flathead river. CFRV Park is just about 1/2-3/4 mile after you go over the bridge on the Right-hand side of the highway. Watch for our Tall sign.

From the intersection of Hwy 2 & Junction 40. Head East on hwy 2 going to Columbia Falls. We are located on the East side of town, on the left-hand side of the road. Watch for our tall sign. After about the second or third light signal you will want to get in the left (inside) lane so you can make a left turn into our Entrance. This is on a slight curve just past the last stop light. Drive carefully. Watch for our Tall sign on the left.

Directions from Hwy 93 & Junction 40. From the intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 40 head east on Hwy 40 till you come to the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 40 (approx. 4.5 miles). Continue driving straight east into Columbia Falls (hwy 40 automatically turns into hwy 2 at the intersection). After about the second or third light signal you will want to get in the left (inside) lane so you can make a left turn into our Entrance. This is on a slight curve just past the last stop light. Drive carefully. Watch for our Tall sign on the left.

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