Current Conditions

Alerts

Caution

Information


 
man leads horse and pack mules down trail by stone building
Pack train at Granite Park Chalet. Photo taken July 2016.

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

What is it like in Glacier right now? Check out our webcams for a peek at current conditions. The following information should also help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.

 
group of rangers on lakeshore hold up centennial sign
The National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!

NPS

Centennial Celebration

August is here, which means we are in the final countdown to the National Park Service's birthday on August 25, 2016. We're turning 100 and you are invited to the party! Join the fun at Glacier and at parks around the country. Check the park calendar for special events.

As part of the celebration, no park entrance fees will be charged August 25-28.

Get up, get out there, and find your park!

 
busy parking lot with view of mountain
Another busy day at Logan Pass

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Going-to-the-Sun Road: Congestion and Construction

Park visitors are feeling the effects of a record breaking 1.5 million visitors at Glacier National Park this year. Ranger tip: Plan ahead—come early or come late. If you are here during peak visitation hours, be patient; the view is amazing no matter where you are on the road.

Repairs have begun on guardwalls damaged in 2014 and 2016 avalanches, with work especially focused on areas below Oberlin Bend. Expect 15 minute delays with one-lane traffic control during daylight hours and traffic control lights at night. Both lanes of travel will be open during the Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day, expect one-lane travel again until weather drives the contractor out of the area.
 
visitors loading onto small shuttle
Loading up at Apgar Visitor Center

NPS/David Restivo

Free Shuttle Service

Glacier National Park's free, optional shuttle system that provides daily service along Going-to-the-Sun Road during peak season begins operating on Friday, July 1 and will continue through Monday, September 5. In addition, limited shuttle service to Logan Pass from Apgar Visitor Center will operate through September 18 this year.

The shuttle service is wheelchair accessible and first-come, first-served. Bicycle racks are available on some of the buses. Expect limited seating at most locations during periods of heavy demand. Smoking, pets, and open containers of alcohol are prohibited while riding the buses. Bear spray must be safely secured to prevent accidental discharge on the buses.

For service details, check the Shuttles page.

 
Pair of bikers stop to photograph mountain
Bikers pause by McDonald Creek

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Bicycle Access Restrictions

When Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to vehicle traffic, bicyclists are reminded that bicycle safety restrictions on Going-to-the-Sun-Road are now in effect through Labor Day, September 5. Bicycles are prohibited between Apgar Campground and Sprague Creek Campground from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, bicycles are prohibited eastbound (uphill) between Logan Creek and Logan Pass from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on bicycle restrictions and average bicycle times, check the park newspaper available at park entrance stations or online, or visit the Bicycling page.

 
Lake McDonald on a cloudy day
Fog and mist on Lake McDonald

NPS/Tim Rains

Weather

Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. Even deep in summer, some trails still have snow patches. Please use extreme caution near waterfalls, streams, and rivers throughout the park. 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 information on temperature averages.

For information on air quality in the park and surrounding region, please visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality website.

 
woman and boy sit at campfire

NPS

Camping

Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information and historic fill times for your favorite campgrounds. We encourage you to arrive early! Many campgrounds are full by mid-afternoon.

Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary, some of Many Glacier and half of the group sites in Apgar. Campground sites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov.

A head's up to Avalanche Campground campers: On September 6, the south portion of Trail-of-the-Cedars will be closed in order to begin work on the Avalanche Creek footbridge. The boardwalk portion of the trail leading to the Avalanche Lake Trailhead is still open. Flaggers will be on-site to accommodate campground traffic.

 
Ranger Talk
Wildlife safety talk

NPS

Ranger Programs

The Ranger-led Activity Schedules for both August and September are posted on our publications page. Plus, there are special events listed on the park Calendar.

For more trip planning information, check out the 2016 Glacier Visitor Guide on the publications page as well.

 
Mountain Goat walking
Give wildlife plenty of space

NPS

Wildlife

It is important to provide them as much space as possible. 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. See the Trail and Area Closings and Postings page for info on the many areas and trails are posted for bear frequenting.

It is always a good idea to check our safety information concerning wildlife and humans. Check out the new park video on the goat behavior research project at Logan Pass.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800
Phones are generally staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Contact Us