Current Conditions


Park Closure


Late afternoon sun shines on creek and forest sporting fall colors
Autumn on Lower McDonald Creek


What is it like in Glacier right now? Check out our webcams for a peek.

The following information should also help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.

Smoky, hazy sunset over old burn area
A hot, dry summer made for an active fire season in Montana

NPS/Jacob Frank

Fire Season

There are a multiple fires currently active in the park, though recent wet and cold weather has kept reduced activity to minimal. Still, expect some trail and area closures. Learn more on the Current Fire Information page. For information on the Sprague Fire, see its specific inciweb page.

A daily fact sheet is posted on Flathead County's Office of Emergency Services facebook page.

Montana Wildfire Smoke Updates are available on

Clouds encircle snow-covered mountains by lake
Clouds surround Mt. Edwards

NPS/Jacob W. Frank


Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. Autumn is in full swing and we have already seen a little snow. Remember 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.

Mountains frame fall colors on landscape
This webcam still of Logan Pass from September 29, 2017. There are now three webcams at Logan Pass.


Going-to-the-Sun Road

A portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed due to fire activity, making Logan Pass accessible only from the east side. Winter weather conditions may cause temporary closures. Check the road status page or follow the park on twitter for real time updates.

If weather conditions allow, road access to Logan Pass will continue through the St. Mary Entrance until October 16.

There is currently a detour in place through Apgar Village due to road work along the Apgar Curve. That detour is expected to remain in place through mid-spring. See maps on the Going-to-the-Sun Road Project page.

ranger at info desk talks to visitors
Apgar Visitor Center is open everyday of the week in summer.


What is open?

Logan Pass Visitor Center is now closed. The next will be St. Mary Visitor Center on October 9. Some ranger stations and permit offices have already closed for the season. Check the operating hours page. Ranger-guided activities have concluded for the summer.

Check the Trail Status Reports page for regular updates and the Trail and Area Closing and Postings before setting out for your trailhead.

All lodging in the park is closed for the season. Some guided services continue to operate into October. See the Guided Tours pages for company contact information.

Tent, picnic table, and firering in forest campsite

NPS/David Restivo


Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times. Note some campgrounds are already closed for the season, and other gone to primitive status (no running water, nor flush toilets and half price). By November 1, Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds are the only auto campgrounds that remain open.

Solitary kayaker on mountain lake takes a pause from paddling
Kayaking on Bowman Lake

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Boating Regulations 2017

This summer, non-motorized, non-trailered watercraft will be permitted on Glacier National Park waters. This year, non-motorized watercraft will require an in-person inspection by National Park Service boat inspectors. Find inspection locations, dates, and times on the Boating page.

Boat inspection stations will close for the season on staggered dates throughout September and October. With them, the lakes will close to boating for the winter.

Privately owned motorized and trailered watercraft will continue to be restricted, following the detection of aquatic invasive mussels within the State of Montana announced in November of 2016. For more information see the Aquatic Invasive Species page. On August 3, Glacier began scheduling motorized watercraft inspections and sealing for those boaters wishing to launch on Lake McDonald after a 30-day quarantine period.

Moose walks toward creek edge
Observe wildlife from a safe distance

NPS/Jacob Frank


Animals are especially active this time of year as they prep for winter. Stay vigilant as you drive park roads.

It is important to provide Glacier's wild residents 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. It is important to keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash.

Trails and areas are sometimes closed or posted due to wildlife frequenting. It is a good idea to check our safety information concerning wildlife and humans.

Last updated: October 16, 2017

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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