Operating Hours & Seasons

entrance sign

Entrance sign at the west entrance to Glacier National Park in West Glacier

NPS Photo

Glacier National Park is open every day of the year and visitors can enter the park at anytime. Winter weather tends to dictate when most visitor facilities open and close. Generally from late May to early September, facilities are open to welcome summer visitors.

Many people enjoy the "off-seasons" as a time when the park is a bit quieter.

  • Fall can be spectacular, but visitors will need to be more self reliant, as facilities begin to close down for the season.
  • Winter provides a carpet of snow that makes for some good cross-country skiing opportunities.
  • Spring tends to arrive late and last a very brief time, but can provide an interesting and quiet experience.

Park Roads

Portions of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. Ten miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (from park headquarters at West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge) are maintained throughout the winter providing access to winter recreation opportunities at the head of the lake. Be sure to visit our Going-to-the-Sun Road Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many questions you might have.

Plowing park roads and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a monumental challenge each year. Unpredictable spring snow storms or other weather related events can slow down plowing progress. It is not uncommon for plowing crews to need to re-plow sections of park roads when weather events happen. Safety for our plowing crews, contractors, and the public is our utmost concern and priority. These unknown factors make predicting the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road impossible. During plowing season, our Plowing Status page provides information on where plows are working. As the status of park roads change, we will immediately update our Current Road Status page.

Visitor Centers & Ranger Stations

Visitor centers throughout the park open and close at different times during the year and are staffed with park rangers who provide interpretation and information to help in trip planning.

Apgar Backcountry Permit Office 2015
May 1 - September 30: 7am to 4:30pm
October 1 - October 31: 8am to 4pm
November 1: Backcountry office closed for the season.

Apgar Visitor Center 2015
January - May 15: Weekends only, 9am to 4:30pm
May 16 - June 12: 9am to 4:30pm
June 13 - September 7: 8am to 6pm
September 8 - October 12: 8am to 5pm
October 13 - Mid May 2016: Weekends only, 9am to 4:30pm

Logan Pass Visitor Center 2015
Road Opening - September 7: 9am to 7pm
September 8 - September 20: 9:30am to 4pm
September 21: Visitor center closed for season.

Many Glacier & Two Medicine Ranger Stations 2015
May 24 - September 19: 7am to 5pm, backcountry permits available until 4:30pm.
September 20: Ranger stations closed for the season.

Park Headquarters 2015
Monday - Friday (closed holidays): 8am to 4:30pm year round, closed for lunch from 12pm to 12:30pm in the fall, winter and spring.

Polebridge Ranger Station 2015
May 24 - September 7: 9am to 5pm, b
ackcountry Permits available until 4:30pm.
September 8: Ranger station closed for the season.

St. Mary Backcountry Office in the St. Mary Visitor Center 2015
May 24 - September 19: 7am to 4:30pm

St. Mary Visitor Center 2015
May 23 - June 27: 8am to 5pm
June 28 - August 22: 8am to 6pm
August 23 - September 27: 8am to 5pm
September 28: Visitor center closed for season.

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