Special Trip Considerations
Nyack / Coal Creek Camping Zone
This area offers greater opportunities for solitude along with greater challenges in the form of undesignated camping. In addition to undesignated camping, designated camping is also available. Advance reservations are not allowed for undesignated camping.
2016 UPDATE: Travel in the Nyack/Coal Creek zone will be extremely difficult due to fallen trees and snags left from the 2015 fires. We will still accept advance reservations for designated campgrounds in the zone, with the exception of Upper Nyack campground, which was destroyed and must be rebuilt. Currently, we do not recommend backcountry travel in the Nyack unless you are very fit and are willing to climb over and around hundreds, possibly even thousands of blackened trees.
Interested in doing an overnight river trip? Find all the information you need on our River Camping Permits page
. Advance reservations are not allowed for river camping.
Southbound travel from Waterton Townsite (Canada) to the Goat Haunt Ranger Station (USA) requires an official government issued photo identification card for U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. All others must carry a valid passport. Visitors seeking to travel beyond the Goat Haunt Ranger Station into the United States must present documents that are Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant. Learn more on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Northbound travel from Goat Haunt Ranger Station (USA) into Waterton Townsite (Canada) mandates contact with the Canadian Chief Mountain Port of Entry upon arrival at Waterton Townsite. Information on contacting the Port of Entry is available at the Waterton Lakes Visitor Centre or the Waterton Station of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Goat Haunt Port of Entry will operate from 11:15 am to 5 pm from June through September No entry into the United States past the Goat Haunt Ranger Station will be authorized outside of these hours.
Continental Divide Trail
A 110-mile segment of The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) runs through Glacier. The designated CDT route and an early/late season alternate route are marked in blue on the map. CDT through-hikers (Mexico to Canada), who plan on entering Glacier at Marias Pass, should call the backcountry office at (406) 888-7857 prior to starting their trip for information on obtaining a backcountry permit.
Recreation on Blackfeet Reservation
A Conservation/Recreation Use Permit is required for all recreational activities on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. A separate permit is required for fishing on the reservation. For further information call (406) 338-7207.
From November 20 to April 30, Backcountry Use Permits may be requested and approved in person or by telephone, up to seven days in advance. Approved permits must be picked up in person. There are no fees for winter permits.
Backcountry enthusiasts may volunteer to re-photograph glaciers to help document them as part of the U.S. Geological Survey Repeat Photography Project
. All the photo sites are backcountry destinations, making this a great way to combine your activity with park scientific objectives. Check out the Citizen Science
program for more ways to help while hiking.