Wilderness Camping

Glacier was recommended for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1974. National Park Service policy requires that the park’s character not be degraded and remain unimpaired for future use and enjoyment. Recommended wilderness lands are managed differently than frontcountry or backcountry areas, and are managed with minimal human manipulation of a diverse, intact, natural ecosystem. Remaining undeveloped, with minimal mechanization and modern influence, wilderness lands provide outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive, unconfined recreation. For additional information on the Wilderness concept and the park's recommended wilderness areas, visit our Wilderness in Glacier page.

The park’s wilderness camping program is designed to minimize resource impacts while providing positive visitor experiences. Follow the links below to plan and enjoy a wilderness adventure in Glacier.
Park Rangers assists a visitor with their wilderness itinerary.
Wilderness Camping Advance Reservations

Learn the steps to secure an advance reservation wilderness camping permit, from start to finish.

Visitors prepare a meal at a lakeside wilderness campsite near a mountain.
How to Get a Wilderness Permit

Learn how to get a wilderness camping permit.

Three visitors looking at a map in front of mountains.
Wilderness Trip Planning

Gear lists, maps, and more to help you prepare for Glacier's wild landscape.

A person stands on a snowy ridgeline before a snow-covered firetower and trees.
Winter Wilderness Camping

Prepare for the unique challenges of winter backpacking in Glacier.

Photo of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River in late summer
River Camping

Foot and stock are not the only ways to reach a campsite. Find out the required gear and your location options.

Last updated: July 10, 2024

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936



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