Glacier National Park Camper
We often call this type of vacation ‘ My First Camper’ mostly because we focus on first time and ‘never even considered’ a camping vacation. Let us provide all the logistics and planning from route, menu, transportation, food and daily activities. We have been this way before and we know how to do it right. This is clearly the type of vacation you would never want to go alone… this is enjoyed best with other singles. this is a comfortable, cozy way to see some really great sights, explore a part of the country you might never get to see, try some new activities and most importantly enjoy all this with other singles who have the same idea as to what make a great vacation.
Each day we have something different planned..You’ll never forget hiking, biking, swimming and exploring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Raft on the Snake River and explore Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (One of our favorites) If you are a first time camper this is the ideal trip because it is designed for the neophyte. In between all the camping and outdoor activities you will have time to recoup and recover on our tour bus.. we have ‘pimped the ride’ so there are sofas, beds and lounge chairs to kick back and rest between stops. Our daily meals are wholesome, very tasty and fun a mix of prepared, BBQ and vegi mix. A bit of everything for everyone.
Full Glacier Park Camper Vacation Details Tabs Below
All Aboard Glacier National Park Camping Week!
The bus is leaving, and this is one experience that you don’t want to miss. Founded on the principle that getting there is more than half the fun, this trip offers you a radical twist on the classic bus tour. With a converted bus as your new home on wheels, we roll from town to town, taking in the sights, playing outside, cooking mouth watering meals and relaxing as the miles speed by.
How We Do It:
As the staff explains, If how you get to your destination is as important as the destination itself, then our trips are for you. This vacation is in unconventional road trip that celebrates both the journey and the destination. Guests on this vacation are not necessarily there for the destination, but for the experience and the people. It is a very social trip. A strong bond quickly forms between travelers, and while a trip begins with 15-20 or so strangers, it usually ends with a family of travelers. The flexibility of our format makes us unique.
Once the bus has parked for the day, you are free to do whatever you please. While some may choose to hike, bike and kayak, others can simply read a book, chat, go for a swim or nap beneath a shady tree. Evenings might be spent relaxing in hot springs, sitting around a campfire, or, if the group wishes, we might drive into town and invade the local cowboy bar, bowling alley, pool hall or movie theater. With buses that can carry 15 mountain bikes, as well as many other toys, this trip is the perfect excuse for as much — or as little — activity as you like.
The interior of our buses are extremely unconventional – In a good way! With the seats removed, our buses have been converted into lounge areas complete with pillows, a stereo system and an ice chest for beverages. As night falls and we return from another exciting day of adventure, the tables and couches convert into comfy cozy bus-beds. There you can do a little light reading from our bus-library, play some cards with your friends while listening to groovy bus tunes on the bus-wide sound system or drift off to sleep while we cruise on down the road. By morning, our drivers will have delivered us to the next wonderful place to explore, wherever it may be!
Our Meals are geared to provide you with the fuel you will need to get through you active days, and yet still extremely tasty. You’ll find coffee, tea, fresh fruit salad along with a hot entree at every breakfast. Lunches will be packed or served picnic style. Dinners will be various hot dishes including salads, pastas, stews, chili and burritos. We can definitely accommodate any and all dietary needs but please let us know ahead of time.
Our Camper Departs Salt Lake City at 5pm and Returns Noon. We pick up at the Royal Garden Inn in Downtown SLC. The hotel has a fee shuttle to and from the airport that our guests can use, even if they are not staying at the hotel. This allows you to come in a day early and depart the day after the trip ends. Best to fly into SLC on Friday and be ready for the early AM start on Saturday… the week ends on Friday and you can elect to stay over and depart Saturday.
Warm to hot days and cool to chily nights are typical this time of the year
The hikes featured on this tour vary in length, technicality and difficulty and range from 1 to 7 miles. Each location has various hiking option so there is something for everyone.
Our meals are geared for active days simple, nourshing and tasty. You will find coffee, tea and fresh fruit salad along with an hot entree at eery breakfast. Lunches will be packed or picnic style. Dinners will be various hot dishes including salads, pasta, stew, chili and burritios. We can most definitely accomodate all dietary needs as long as you notify us in advance.
Group Note: This tour is singles friendly meaning there might be some couples joining the group.
Typical Package includes:
- Tents Included
- Sleeping Bags Rent $30
- 70% of Meals Included
- All Park Entrance Fees
- Camping Fees
Glacier National Park Camper Daily Itinerary:
Depart Kalispell, Montana 2PM
Pick up at Kalispell Super 8 Parking Lot – Either fly in early or book the pre/post trips nights at the hotel.
You may choose to sleep in a bus bed, in a tent, or out under the stars. (Tents and sleeping pads will be provided)
Avalanche Creek and the Trail of Cedars
Hike to an amazing alpine lake surrounded by snowcapped peaks and steaming waterfalls. The trail first begins with the towering Trail of Cedars and then follows the beautiful Avalanche Creek to Avalanche Lake. In the late afternoon, relax on the shores of beautiful Lake McDonald, rent a kayak, or visit the shops at Apgar Village. We’ll enjoy a cookout and campfire tonight, and perhaps a local favorite: Huckleberry Ice Cream! a
Rafting and travel to the East Glacier.
Spend the morning rafting on the Flathead River or kayaking on Lake McDonald. In the afternoon we’ll travel to the East Side of the Park with a stop at the quaint town of East Glacier and some stunning scenic overlooks.
Logan Pass is the Heart of Glacier National Park. Situated right on the Continental Divide, this area offers great hiking and wild life viewing opportunities. Hike to scenic Hidden Lake Overlook, or part of the famous Highline Trail. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, big horn sheep, hoary marmots and maybe even a grizzly!
Hike along St. Mary’s Lake, through thick forests and past cascading creeks to St Mary’s and Virginia Falls. Or take a scenic boat ride/hiking combo tour to the same spot. Either way, you’ll love these astonishing views of the mountain peaks, waterfalls, and greenish blue lakes!
Nicknamed Little Switzerland, the Many Glaciers area gives us yet another chance to experience snowcapped peaks, pristine lakes, and beautiful alpine meadows. Hike the Swiftcurrent Nature Trail, or for a bigger challenge, try hiking to Josephine or Grinnell Lakes. We also recommend the scenic horseback ride, or renting a kayak for an hour or two, or relaxing on the Lodge porch!
Return to Montana between 10-12noon
Register & Pay
What to Bring:
One duffle bag or soft sided suitcase, approx. 2’x3’x2
Daypack/backpack and water bottle (Camelbaks® and other hydration backpacks are one of the best inventions everor so we like to think. Also, most backpacks can hold a hydration reservoir aka “bladder”)
Warm sleeping bag 15-30 deg.***
Footware: Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers.
Sport sandals (Teva type) to wear into the water on hikes, in hot springs and to the showers.
Flashlight/Torch (LED headlamps are the most handy)
Sun screen, sun glasses, hat,
Winter hat (for chilly campfire nights)
Towel (consider a pack towel to save room!)
Camera and film (you’ll use more film than you think, on average 1 roll per day! Digital cameras can be recharged on the bus.)
Pillowcase (we have pillows on the bus!)
Pack Light! You will be able to do laundry
by day 3-4 of your trip.
2 pairs of long pants
3-4 pair shorts ( zip-off pants are convenient)
3 T-shirts/tank tops
1 long sleeve shirt
1 fleece or sweatshirt
1 Light jacket/wind breaker for afternoon rain showers
1 bathing suit
5 pairs of socks and underwear
Guilty pleasures worth indulging:
Sketch pads, journals, camera gear, discmans, cds, paperbacks, binoculars, telescopes, instruments (call first if you plan on bringing an accordian) and of course Ardell’s Achille’s heel on the North to Yellowstone, a packable fishing rod. (A Yellowstone fishing license is $20 well spent, though many streams are Fly rod only, and most are catch & release)
Laundry: Laundry is available on most tours usually mid week.
We will be dining out 1-3 times a trip, however you do not need to bring anything extra. Moab and Jackson Hole are both casual towns filled with people who are hiking and biking like you!***Toiletries: Personal preferences of course, but don’t forget medications and ample sunscreen including lip balm. The bus is equipped with basic first aid needs. We recommend trial sizes, they’ll last about a week, and then you’ll have more room in your bag for souvenirs! Remember to pack liquids in your checked luggage, or make them less than 2oz.
A warm sleeping bag is crucial on all of our tours, especially the Western tours as temperatures drop off considerably in high altitude and desert environments. It should have at least a 20 degree rating. We rent appropriate sleeping bags ($30) if you do not want to purchase one, or make space for it in your luggage. And yes, we do wash them between uses!
Clothing and wearable gear
1-three synthetic “duofold” type shirts
2-three pair synthetic/coolmax socks
3-three pair synthetic underwear/sport bras
4-one pair nylon/synthetic zip-off pants with cargo pockets
5-one pair nylon/synthetic swim trunks/walk shorts
6-one pair polyester fleece sweat pants, pockets are nice
7-one pair polyester fleece work gloves
8-one polarfleece type jacket
9-one waterproof shell or rain poncho
10-wide brimmed hat
12-one pair sport sandals or water shoes (no flip-flops)
13-knit or fleece toboggan type stocking cap
14-toiletries/bag (see following section)
15-sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner
17-a synthetic chamois pack towel
19-Ogio “locker bag”
Two purchases that will forever
change your camping experience:
If you’ve never used them. A hydration pack and an LED headlamp. A hydration pack allows you to carry more water than one might ordinarily bring on a lengthy hike, and you’ll drink more water and more frequently because of the ease of access to your water, not having to stop, drop your pack, swig and then put your pack back on. You just sip from the hose whenever you’re thirsty. They really cut down on dehydration related problems that can mess up your trip. Both Wal-Mart & Target offer inexpensive selections of hydration packs now.
Still using incandescent flashlights or headlamps that have less than an hour average battery life? Time to go to WalMart and drop $12 on an Energiver Headlanp. The batteries that come with it will last the entire trip, even if left on during every hour of darkness during the trip. My favorite thing about the Energizer is the red ‘stealth light’ mode that preserves your night vision and doesn’t disturb others who may be sleeping around you.
Our camper departs Spokane Washington 2 PM and returns the following week by noon the same weekday. Try our Discount Air Link
Ramada Spokane Airport
8909 West Airport Drive
Spokane, WA 99224