What is it like in Glacier right now? The following information should help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.
Tim Rains, 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 Plan Your Visit page.
The anticipated opening of the road has arrived! The Going-to-the-Sun Road opened for the summer on Wednesday, July 2nd, in the evening. A storm that occurred in the middle of June left the crews battling 24 avalanche paths again and plowing the debris from the road. The road is open for two way traffic and the visitor center at Logan Pass is open. It is always a wise idea to check Road Status before heading out, there can be temporary closures due to weather occasionally.
Camping and Boating
All of our campgrounds are open for the summer season. For the latest information, historic fill times, amenities, fees and opening/closing dates, please see our Campground Status page. During July and August, our campgrounds can fill on a nightly basis, if you are not arriving in the morning/early afternoon, it will be beneficial to make a reservation inside or outside the park. For reservation inside Glacier National Park, contact recreation.gov.
Melissa Sladek, NPS Photo
Flowers are in bloom! This is a great time to see the approximately 850 different species of wildflowers or forbs in the park. Right now, look for the very popular bear grass and as the snow recedes, look for the diverse wildflower bloom at Logan Pass. Due to the larger than normal snowpack, flowers in the higher elevations may bloom a little later than usual.
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.
Trails in the lower elevations have melted out, however the higher elevations still have hazardous snow and water crossings. Usually the high elevation trails are free of snow hazards by the third week of July, this year, it will be a little later. 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
Summer 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.
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?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.