Visitor Use Management

Glacier National Park is an iconic part of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage. To protect Glacier’s outstanding resources, park managers monitor a variety of factors such as ecosystem changes, infrastructure, and visitor use. Visitor use management entails measuring how visitor activities impact the park’s landscapes, animals, plants, and history. It also includes asking our visiting public for comments to understand their needs and expectations. Along with university researchers, private-sector consultants, and park neighbors, we research and create management plans that will hopefully allow visitors to enjoy this special place, now and into the future.

While we understand some visitors and stakeholders are concerned of proposed changes that might affect their park experience, we want all Glacier enthusiasts to know we are listening. Park managers will continue to ask for public input as we move forward, creating a park that reflects visitor needs while protecting the natural and cultural resources of this iconic place.

Find out more about visitor use management and explore how our work helps keep Glacier spectacular today and forever.


Learn About Visitor Use Management

  • Ranger talks to a group of people on a trail facing open mountainess area.

    Explore research we do to understand how visitors enjoy the park and how recreation affects Glacier's resources.

  • Visitor talks to a park ranger at an outside desk.
    Public Feedback

    Learn more about feedback the park has received and how the public can participate in feedback.

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    2024 Visitor Use Management Strategy

    Interested in what Glacier National Park is doing in 2024? Click here to learn about how decisions will be made for visitor access in 2024.

Listen to a conversation with Dr. Susie Sidder, Glacier’s Visitor Use Management Program Manager, as she describes how visitation has changed and how managed access systems help address some of the related issues. Listen to the episode in full .

Last updated: September 7, 2023

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936



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