Visiting in Winter

snowy foreground and mountain

From Apgar Village, at the foot of Lake McDonald

Clint Metzler


As the snow accumulates in Glacier, snowshoeing and skiing are the favorite recreational activity in Glacier National Park. Our Skiing and Snowshoeing page will help you determine current conditions and information on the trails. For current closures, please visit our Trail and Area Closures page.

By the middle of December, there are very few plowed roads in Glacier. Apgar Village, 11 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side, and a mile and a half on the east side are the only roads maintained during the winter. Check our Current Road Status to find out which roads are open for vehicle travel. For road conditions outside of the park, please visit the Montana Department of Transportation Road Conditions Report.

Auto camping is available at the Apgar Picnic Area and St. Mary Campground. There is no charge for camping in the winter. A free backcountry permit is required to camp in the backcountry. Permits can be obtained over the phone up to seven days in advance or in person at the Headquarters Building, Monday through Friday and the Apgar Visitor Center on weekends. For backcountry campers desiring to obtain their permit on the east side of the park, please call ahead to arrange a meeting place. Please watch the Winter Backcountry Video prior to arriving in the park on our YouTube site, Part One and Part Two.

Visitor information is available in person at Headquarters (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, except holidays) and Apgar Visitor Center (open weekends from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm), or by phone at (406) 888-7800.

Winter/Spring Waterton Glacier Guide (1.9 MB pdf)

ranger instructs child on snowshoes

Guided Snowshoe Walks

For winter 2015, the popular guided snowshoe walks will be offered again.

Search for signs of wildlife, discover the plants and animals of Glacier, and enjoy the solitude of winter during this unique experience. Walks will be on Saturdays and Sundays from January 10 through March 22, 2015. The two hour walks will depart from the Apgar Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Snowshoe rental is available at the Apgar Visitor Center or in the Flathead Valley adjacent to the park. For more information please visit our 2015 Guided Snowshoe Walk brochure or call 406-888-7800.

Lake McDonald at Sunset

Visitors at the Apgar Boat Dock at Sunset, Lake McDonald

Amy Vanderbilt, NPS

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