Current Conditions


Park Closure


The Howe Fire burns in lodgepole pine trees
The Howe Ridge Fire burning in an area previously burned by the Robert Fire in 2003.


The Howe Ridge Fire at night from the foot of the lake at Apgar
Howe Ridge Fire, Sunday, August 12, 2018


Record high temperatures over the weekend of August 11 and 12, along with a storm that produced lightning, resulted in three new fire starts in the park. The most visible of those fires is the Howe Ridge Fire near the head of Lake McDonald.
  • Stage II Fire Restrictions will be rescinded on Friday at 12:01am. Visitors are cautioned to remain extra careful with campfires and smoking outside.
  • Evacuation orders remain in effect for Lake McDonald Lodge, Avalanche Campground and Sprague Creek Campground. Fish Creek Campground has been closed for the season.
Updated fire information can be found on our News Release and Fire Information pages.
Rangers assisting visitors at the St. Mary Visitor Center
Rangers assisting visitors at the St. Mary Visitor Center


What is open?

  • The east side of the park is open.
  • The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open from St. Mary to Logan Pass
  • The Many Glacier Valley is open.
  • The Two Medicine Valley is open.
  • The Apgar, St. Mary, and Logan Pass Visitor Centers are open. Logan Pass Visitor Center has modified hours of 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
  • The North Fork is open however, there is an evacuation warning for areas north of the Bowman Lake Road Junction and the Inside North Fork Road.

Ranger-led activities are available throughout the park. Programs listed for Avalanche Lake, Johns Lake, and Lake McDonald Lodge are canceled. Check with park staff at park visitor centers for specific time and cancellation information.

Numerous trails in the effected fire areas have been closed. Check the Trail Status Reports page for regular updates and the Trail and Area Closing and Postings before setting out for your trailhead.



Weather is always unpredictable but you can expect daytime temperatures between the high 50s to 90s. Cool rainy 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 theNational Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park. For a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier visit theirGlacier National Park Forecast page. Visit our Weather page for more.

Green and white tent in the Apgar Campground
The Apgar Campground is the largest campground in the park and has excellent tent and trailer spots.



The Avalanche, Fish Creek, and Sprague Creek Campground have been temporarily closed. Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times. The Apgar Campground is open. More information on the Camping page.

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



Animals are especially active this time of year. Stay vigilant as you drive park roads. Bears may be seen at this time of year as they forage the slopes for food. 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.

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: August 30, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

Contact Us