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Visitors take pictures at the Glacier National Park sign in West Glacier on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake FILE)

Visitors take pictures at the Glacier National Park sign in West Glacier on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake FILE)

With busier campgrounds and a recently implemented fee increase, front country camping is projected to bring approximately $2.4 million into Montana’s Glacier National Park coffers in 2024 — a 40% increase over last year, according to the Daily Inter Lake. 

Glacier Park’s Public Affairs Officer Gina Icenoggle said fees collected from front country campgrounds in 2023 totaled $1.7 million and brought $1.4 million in 2022. This year, some campgrounds will see a price increase of as much as $10, like the recently reopened Avalanche Campground. This is among other general changes to front country campground fees, like a decrease in the cost of some group sites.

The park has not raised front country campground fees since 2007. Icenoggle said the decision was made after a civic engagement period last year.

“Just like anything else, the cost of being able to maintain campgrounds, and increasing accessibility, making any improvements or facility restoration —  all those things are going up in cost,” Icenoggle said. “In order to be able to continue to take care of the resources here in the park, we had to increase the fees.”

According to visitor use statistics from the National Park Service, overnight RV and campground stays in Glacier National Park throughout 2023 totaled 132,336 and 132,219, respectively.

That’s a sizable jump from 2022, when there were 112,485 RVs and 90,424 overnight tent campers.

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