Current Conditions

 
Rangers look out at the new snow on the mountains from the shore of Lake McDonald
This is the time of year where we look back at the summer and look ahead to increasing snows of the advancing winter.

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Icy Roads sign at the entrance of the park
Road conditions vary quickly this time of year. Check ahead before entering the park.

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Road Status - What's Open, What's Closed

Now that we are approaching winter visitors to the park will need to be a bit more self-reliant. Facilities like stores and lodges are mostly closed. It is advisable to bring food with you when you visit. Some areas are still seeing fairly heavy visitation, especially on warm days. Access to the east side of the park remains closed.

 
Rangers in front of the park's digital recreation access information display
Use the Recreation Access Display (RAD) to find out helpful information to plan your day.

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Which Parking Areas and Campgrounds are Full?

This is the place to go to find out which campgrounds are full, which areas of the park might have access restrictions, what the weather is going to be like, which parking lots still have space available and other timely information.

 
A hiker pauses to enjoy the view from Preston Park on the Siyeh Pass Trail.
A hiker pauses to enjoy the view from Preston Park on the Siyeh Pass Trail.

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Hiking Trails

This fall some of the park's most popular hikes will not be available. Much of the east side of the park remains closed. Well known hikes, like the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails are not accessible. To find out what is available visit the Hiking the Trails page of the park website. Scroll down to the link to the area hiking maps and look at trails in the Lake McDonald and North Fork areas.

 
two bears emerge from the bushes as a car with bright headlights approaches them.
Be aware that bears and other wildlife may be along the park roads this time of year.

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Wildlife

Animals in the park are active year-round, but especially so in the fall. Be extra careful of wildlife that may be along roads. Deer frequent the sides of the roadways and may dash out in front of your car. Always make sure to always stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and at least 100 yards from bears or wolves.

 
Snow on golden larch branches
Snow on golden larch branches

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Weather

Weather is always unpredictable in Glacier. Fall and winter bring a mix of weather patterns through the park. One day it may be sunny and the next we have several inches of fresh snow. Rain is frequent. Come prepared for changing conditions and potentially cold and blustery days.

 
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

Safety

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

Last updated: October 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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