Current Conditions



Ice chunks in a lake with trees in the background.
Visitors should be prepared for very deep snow, ice, and extreme cold. NPS PHOTO
This is a quiet time in Glacier. Snow and cold have arrived and access is limited in many areas of the park. Check these resources if you are planning to visit the park:
A tent in a snowy forest.
When the campground is open for primitive or winter camping, there is no water available and campers are advised to bring their own drinking water. 



St. Mary and Apgar campgrounds are in winter status. All other campgrounds are closed for the season. There is no fee for winter camping, but a valid park entrance pass is required. When the campground is open for primitive or winter camping, there is no water available and campers are advised to bring their own drinking water. Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times. Find more information on the Camping page.

A trail through the forest with snow around it.
Depending on where you go in Glacier you may encounter muddy, icy, and snowy conditions any time of year.



Weather is always unpredictable but especially so in Glacier. Cold snowy days and warm sunny days are both common. Temperatures vary with time of day and elevation, so be prepared with layers of clothing. For a clickable map of Glacier National Park weather visit the National Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park. For a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier visit their Glacier National Park Forecast page. Visit our Weather page for more information.

People too close to a goat
Observe wildlife from a safe distance. These people are too close to this goat.



Many animals in Glacier are active year-round. Stay vigilant as you drive park roads. All park visitors should carry bear spray in a readily accessible location, should know how to use it, and should remember required safe wildlife viewing distances. If an animal reacts to your presence you are too close. Please remain at least 100 yards away from bears or wolves, and no closer than 25 yards of any other wildlife.

A crowd of people walk down a trail in the mountains.

Tips for Dealing with Crowds

May through September is the busiest time of the year in Glacier National Park. Within that, July and August are the busiest of all.

People walk on a steep dirt slope.

Leave No Trace

Many visitors fall in love with Glacier and then want to know how to reduce their footprint.

a sign about staying on the trail


Water is the number one cause of fatalities in Glacier National Park. Please use extreme caution near water.

Last updated: March 4, 2019

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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