We have begun installation of newer cameras that have better resolution and allow us to aim and zoom the camera remotely. Some of them will be placed in addition to existing cameras and some will be replacements for older cameras that are not operating as well as they did when new.
The webcams have proven to be extremely popular and we continue to try and find new locations to show. They are very good indicators of weather patterns and good places to check if you are planning on coming up to the park today. If you are planning a vacation later in the year the best place to start your research is on our Plan Your Visit page. That is where you will find a host or resources and information to plan an enjoyable and rewarding visit to Glacier National Park.
Apgar Village Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Thanks again to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for their continued support of the Park's webcam program. Today we are please to add another view of Apgar Village to our locations. This new camera, located at the Apgar Education Center, will show both familiar and new views of the hustle and bustle of summer in Apgar Village.
The summit of Apgar Mountain provides a spectacular view of Lake McDonald and the mountains in the distance. To the left of the lake are Stanton Mountain and Mt. Vaught (Stanton just in front of Vaught) and then just to the right the Garden Wall. The Continental Divide follows the crest of the Garden Wall. Continuing to the right are Mt. Cannon and Mt. Brown. The last mountain clearly visible to the right is Edwards Mountain. Apgar Lookout is at the summit and one of the more popular hikes on the west side.
The southwestern boundary of the park is the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The valley offers a different, but still spectacular, contrast to the Going-to-the-Sun Road, inside the park.
This section of the park offers some of the most challenging and remote experiences Glacier has to offer. The highlight of this view is the dramatic glacier-carved horn of Mount Saint Nicholas (elev. 9376 ft.). Does it remind you of any other peak? How about the Matterhorn in the European Alps? Both formed in the same way. When glaciers carve on three or more sides of a peak at the same time they form these classic glacial horns. We have several other horns in the park but no better representation than Saint Nicholas.
The village of Apgar is the main hub of activity (on the west side of the park) throughout the summer. The park's largest campground is located here as are gift shops, a restaurant, lodging facilities, and boat and recreational equipment rentals. In the other times of the year Apgar returns to a much quieter time. Expect to see buses of school kids coming for visits and snowshoe trips. You are just as likely to see a few deer wandering about as you are a person. Most winters one or two of the gift shops remain open to welcome off-season visitors.
This is the primary information stop for visitors entering the park at West Glacier. During the summer the plaza is the main staging ground for the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle system. The fare-free shuttle system affords visitors access to locations between Apgar and St. Mary in July, August, and part of September. In the winter it is only open on weekends, but the restrooms are available every day.
To many visitors to the park, this view is their first introduction to the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park. This iconic view from Apgar, at the foot of Lake McDonald, really shows what Glacier is all about...big glacially carved lakes, vast wild views of the high peaks along the Continental Divide, and the ever-changing forests that blanket much of the lower elevations. It's no wonder that for many people when they think of Glacier, they think of this view.
This camera is one of the newer models that allow us to zoom in and pan around the scene. Special thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for making the donation that makes these new cameras possible.
Looking east from Logan Pass the massive Going-to-the-Sun Mountain (9647 ft.) dominates the view. The heavily forested Reynolds Creek valley joins the St. Mary valley near the wall of mountains in the distance. If you look to the left you will see part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road just before it rounds the corner to Siyeh Bend. If you are familiar with the road, look about one third up from the bottom just to the right of the middle of the view. That's approximately where Jackson Glacier Overlook is.
Thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for their assistance in providing this webcam.
This camera helps us monitor the fill times for the Logan Pass Parking Lot. Generally it fills before 8:00 am every morning. In the winter you might see the occasional goat or bighorn sheep wander through. Just to the right of center, in this view, you can make out the Going-to-the-Sun Road rounding a corner just past Logan Pass. The road continues to the left and in the right lighting conditions you can see the East Tunnel.
The view over the meadows at Logan Pass is spectacular no matter what time of year it is. Throughout the winter (if the camera stays operational) we will have it pointed south at either Reynolds Mountain or up toward Hidden Lake Overlook. This is one of our new pan/tilt/zoom cameras and we hope it will stay operational all winter.
There isn't a view much better than this. Swiftcurrent Lake provides the perfect setting to the mountains that loom in the distance. Dominating the view is Grinnell Point with Mount Gould to the left and Swiftcurrent Mountain to the right. In between Grinnell Point and Mt. Gould is the cirque where Grinnell Glacier lies. One of the most popular hikes in the park is the trek to Grinnell Glacier. That trail typically opens in mid-July. Opening sooner are the hikes to Red Rock Falls, Iceberg Lake, Apikuni Falls, and Cracker Lake. Many Glacier is a hiker's paradise.
Thanks to a grant from the Glacier National Park Conservancy (glacier.org), we have been able to install another new webcam, this time in the Many Glacier Valley. Long-time webcam viewers may recognize this view. The first webcam at Many Glacier was located on this small maintenance building and pointed at Mt. Wilbur and Swiftfcurrent Mountain. Eventually we moved that camera to a different location to show the lake, Grinnell Point, and Mt. Gould. Now we can return the old view and show both scenes.
The connection to this new camera is very slow, so there may be times when the image is not refreshing as often as some of the others.
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River forms the southwest border of Glacier National Park. This view, from near Park Headquarters, shows the river as it flows under the West Glacier bridge. At night some of the lights of West Glacier may be visible. During the summer watch for rafters. Several commercial rafting businesses use this section of river. In the winter the only activity along the river might be the occasional coyote or deer or a really cold kayaker.
This was the first webcam view that Glacier National Park offered. Originally it was only going to be a test until a better location was found, but it turns out that this view has a large following. Watch for the occasional lunchtime crowd at the picnic table or our resident deer wandering about. Some years in the early summer beargrass blooms dot the forest.
This view from the St. Mary Visitor Center looks west to the mountains surrounding St. Mary Lake. Red Eagle Mountain looms directly in the center. In the winter and spring elk are often spotted in the meadow at first light. In summer wildflowers carpet the view. Fall sees the green turn to a golden hue which contrasts with the bright blue of the sky.
We now have a second camera at the St. Mary Visitor Center. This one will allow us to zoom in on various aspects of the view. We hope to be able to provide close views of the elk in the fall and winter, tighter views of the mountains, and occasionally people at the Entrance Station and in the Visitor Center.
This view from near the Scenic Point Trailhead points west to the Continental Divide. Sinopah Mountain dominates the left side of the view and a shoulder of Rising Wolf is on the right. In the distance you can see Helen Mountain. To the right of Helen Mountain is the ridge-line that goes to Dawson Pass. To the left of Helen Mountain is Lone Walker Mountain. In the far background you can see the tops of the North Cloudcroft Peaks.
Hats off to our great Information Technology staff. We have been searching for new locations for web cameras for some time, particularly in the Two Medicine Valley. Navigating the intricacies of network access and satellite technology is not easy. Today we are debuting a new cam in Two Medicine that will show a bit of the lake and mountains. There may be some hiccups with this for a few days while we get everything dialed in.
Thanks also to the Glacier National Park Conservancy for their generous donation which allows our new pan/tilt/zoom cameras to be possible.
The West Entrance to the park is a good indicator of how busy things may be at locations inside the park. During July and August expect to see a long string of cars as they line up to purchase their entrance passes. We sell several different passes including a 7-day pass for $35.00, an annual pass for $70.00, and the America the Beautiful Pass for $80.00. The America the Beautiful Pass will allow entrance into any national park in the country and is good for some services on National Forests and at other Federal agencies.
The Goat Haunt camera will not be in operation this summer.
Is There a Problem?
Sometimes our cameras stick on a date and time, due to some network issue or possibly a loss of power in that area. Generally we know about it and either need to wait for the power or network to come back, or we can possibly go to the camera to fix it. If you experience an issue with the cameras that you would like to report to us, please email us and let us know. Thanks for your help keeping the cameras going.
Occasionally we find things to show on the webcam that we won't have as permanent locations. In the winter we have snowmen and in the early summer we have ground squirrels. Those temporary installations will be highlighted here.