What is it like in Glacier right now? The following information should help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.
Bill Hayden, NPS
The Park is Open
Glacier National Park is always open; it never closes. Right now, visitors are finding great fall color all along the Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to Logan Pass. The east side of the road between Logan Pass and St. Mary has closed for the season. Other areas of the park, like Many Glacier and Two Medicine also have fine fall foliage displays in progress. Check our Road Status page for current open and closed sections of roads. If you are wondering what diverse areas await you, see our Plan Your Visit page.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open (on the west side of the park) from West Glacier to Logan Pass. Weather permitting, the last day to reach Logan Pass via the west side will be October 19. It is always a wise idea to check Road Status before heading out, there can be temporary closures due to weather occasionally.
The section of road between the St. Mary Campground and Logan Pass (on the est side of the park) has closed for the season due to road rehabilitation work.
The Apgar Visitor Center has moved! Check out the new location at the Apgar Transit Center building. For operating dates and hours of visitor centers and ranger stations, please visit our Operating Hours and Seasons page. Pass sales are available at the Entrance Stations, Headquarters or through the U.S. Mail. For more information on passes and pricing, please visit our Entrance Fee page.
Camping and Boating
Fall is a great time to go camping in Glacier, but some campgrounds have already closed for the season. For the latest information, historic fill times, amenities, fees and opening/closing dates, please see our Campground Status page.
S. Pieper, NPS Staff
Now is a great time to hit the trail (any trail) in Glacier. But remember, hikers are not the only ones that use the trail system. Trails are sometimes posted or closed for frequent wildlife activity. For the latest information on the trails, please visit our Trail Status page. For information on closures please visit our trail and area closures page.
Tim Rains, NPS Staff
Fall is a great time to see high elevation critters at Logan Pass, such as Bighorn sheep, Mountain goats, marmots, pikas and Columbian ground squirrels. While viewing wildlife it is important to remember that approaching, remaining, viewing or engaging in any activity within 100 yards of bears or wolves, or within 25 yards of any other wildlife is prohibited. It is always a good idea to check our safety information concerning wildlife and humans.
Tim Rains, NPS Staff
Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. There can be drastic temperature differences between the valley bottom and the mountain passes. Be prepared for all types of weather! For a clickable map of Glacier National Park weather visit the National Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park. For a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier visit their Glacier National Park Forecast page. Visit our Weather page for information on temperature averages.
Did You Know?
In 1976, Glacier National Park was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. This designation recognizes Glacier’s intact ecosystem as a valuable place for sound research and education to take place in a sustainable manner.