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Glacier National Park, MontanaWEST GLACIER, Mont. – Straddling the Continental Divide in northwestern Montana, glacier-scoured mountains tower over a wilderness landscape,
creating a majestic backdrop for this week’s National Park Getaway.

Glacier National Park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and the remnant glaciers descended from ice ages of 10,000 years past. The park
preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Within the park more than 740 miles of trails, hundreds of lakes and more than 1,500 miles of perennial streams entice people of all ages and abilities to explore outdoors. History buffs will find intrigue in the 375 historic properties maintained in the park, including Glacier’s famous National Historic Landmark, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

This week’s National Park Getaway article shares views from the park’s most famous road, pointing out the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities
that await your discovery. Start your adventure at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Camping At Glacier National Park

Enjoy the crackling of a campfire and sleep under the stars in Glacier National Park. With 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites to choose from, options are plentiful.

For detailed information about each individual campground such as campground fees and amenities, location, number of sites, and historic fill times, please visit the Campground Status page.

How To Secure A Camp Site

Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary and half of the group sites in Apgar. These camp sites can be reserved in advance.

Camping fees vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season. For prices of each individual campground, visit ourCampground Status Page.

For a first-come, first-served campground, select a vacant site and pay at a registration area by completing a fee envelope and depositing it in the fee tube within 30 minutes of arrival. Retain the envelope receipt and clip it on your numbered site post. Pay only for the nights you plan to camp – refunds are not available.

About a mile into the woods at Hillsborough River State Park, Florida, the smell of fudge cookies baking wafts from a toaster oven outside Jack and Mary Lou Smith’s air-conditioned motor home.

A plastic windmill rendered motionless by the Florida heat decorates the campsite. There are a few tables, popup chairs and a radio.

For the summer, this is home.

“You can do anything here,” Mary Lou, 73, says, passing a plate of cookies to visitors. “You just better like doing it in the outdoors.”

The Smiths are campground hosts, volunteers who serve the park 32 hours a week in exchange for free utility hookups and a place to park their home on wheels, a 34-foot Fleetwood Bounder purchased in 1987.

Camp hosts keep the grounds clean, act as guides and help novice campers settle in. They scrub the restrooms, shoo off wild raccoons and round up visitors for campfire parties.

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In support of “Great Outdoors Month,” the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) is teaming up with Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa., to promote the camping lifestyle on June 10-11. “Get Outdoors and Go Camping…It’s Easy” is the theme that the association has chosen to use for its two-day promotion.

Members of the association will be on hand to greet the guests and give them a 2011 Campground Directory of privately owned parks, according to a news release. The guests will be encouraged to check out the RVs and tents supplied by Maiden Creek Marine and RV in Berks County. They will experience what camping is really like by making mini-s’more around the campfire and singing a few campfire songs. Coloring books will be given to the children and there will be photo opportunities. Expert outfitters from Cabela’s will be demonstrating the newest camping products available and helping campers gear up for their next trip.

“Camping is not only the most affordable vacation around, it also is fun and memorable. In Pennsylvania you have over 230 campgrounds to choose from to make that memory,” said Beverly Gruber, PCOA executive director.

She adds, “Time spent camping or RVing allows you to slow down and gives you the flexibility to pursue what you want and where you want to be. It gives you a chance to rediscover your family and lets you choose the activities your family enjoys. So stop in at Cabela’s and get acquainted with camping and RVing.”

This promotion ties in with the “Great Outdoors Month” in June, being promoted by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and proclaimed nationwide by President Obama and nearly every state governor in the United States.

Camping is a family activity which is a great memory-maker. At this Cabela’s event, young families will be encouraged to go camping during the month of June. A coupon is being issued from the Go Camping America website, www.gocampingamerica.com, that gives a 20% discount on your campground stay. The downloadable coupons are valid only between June 1 and June 25 at participating parks, so when you call to make your reservations, be sure to ask if they will accept the GCA coupon.

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