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 opportunities to explore different areas of Glacier National Park. If you are wondering what diverse areas await you, see our Visiting in Winter page.
Bill Hayden, NPS
Winter is a great time to visit, but visitors should be more prepared with very few services available in the park. Road access is very limited, but snowshoeing and skiing opportunities can be found. Camping is available and no fee is charged, please check our campground status for open auto campgrounds. Planning on backcountry camping? Call ahead or visit the Headquarters Building during the week and the Apgar Visitor Center on weekends.
Get ready for the popular snowshoe walks offered by Park Rangers. Search for signs of wildlife, discover the plants and animals of the park and enjoy the solitude of winter. The walks are offered Saturdays and Sundays, January 11th through March 22nd, 2014 at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Snowshoe rental for this activity is available at the Apgar Visitor Center for a nominal fee or rentals are available in neighboring communities. For more information, visit our Guided Snowshoe Walks poster.
David Restivo, NPS Photo
Roads are now in their winter status. Please see our Current Road Status for the most current conditions. For information on closing dates for the Going to the Sun Road, please visit our Going-to-the-Sun Road FAQs page. For road conditions along the boundary of Glacier National Park, please visit the State of Montana Traveler Information.
Most of the visitor centers and ranger stations are closed for the season, with the exception of the Headquarters Building and the Apgar Visitor Center (only open on weekends) on the west side. 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.
Take a snowshoe or ski in the Park
Skiing and Snowshoeing is the favorite winter activity to do in Glacier. The lower elevations are snow covered and ready for skiing and snowshoeing, however conditions do change daily. The higher elevations are under a heavy blanket of snow. Make sure you are well equipped for traveling in the high country with avalanche knowledge and equipment. Please visit the Flathead Avalanche Center before venturing into avalanche terrain. For information on winter trail conditions, visit our skiing and snowshoeing page. For information on closures please visit our trail and area closures page.
Mark Wagner, NPS
Winter can be a great time to look for animal tracks and signs. Moose, elk, deer, snowshoe hare, squirrel, martin, wolf and occasionally a lynx track can be seen in the valleys while snowshoeing or skiing. 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. Winter ungulate closures are in effect at this time, please check our area closures for more information.
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?
Did you know that in 2010, the same year as our 100th anniversary, visitation to the park set a new record of 2.2 million visitors?