Current Conditions

Important Message
In response to the recent detection of invasive mussel populations in central Montana, Glacier National Park is issuing an interim boating closure within all park waters, in accordance with the park’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Action Plan. The closure includes both motorized and hand propelled watercraft.

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  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Park Waters Closed to All Boating Glacier is the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson Bay. Due to a detection of invasive mussel populations in central Montana, Glacier has closed all park waters to boating until further notice.
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snow on boughs of aspen tree with snowy forest in background
The first week of December

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

During this time of year it is also a good idea to check the current road status to ensure that the area you want to visit is still accessible by vehicle.

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

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

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Weather

Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. There have been snow showers recently. There is snow on the ground and some accumulation on the roads. Temperatures are consistently below freezing, so be prepared with plenty of appropriate layers. 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 more.

 
Man treks through snow along creek

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Put away the hiking boots and break out the ski gear. Check out the Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing page for information on winter recreation. There are links to trail and avalanche conditions, as well as maps, plus winter safety guidelines. Trails and closed roadways are great ski trails.

 
snow covers forest lining road with mountain in background
Going-to-the-Sun Road makes a good ski/snowshoe trail this time of year.

Clint Metzler

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun Road is currently closed to vehicles between Lake McDonald Lodge and the St. Mary Entrance. Check the Current Road Status page to stay up to date. Seasonal gate closures are subject to change with weather conditions and/or road construction.

This time of year, closed portions of the Road becomes a popular trail for skiers and snowshoers because of its easy access and gentle grade (at low elevations).

On the east side, vehicles may still access the 1913 Ranger Station. There is no parking at St. Mary Visitor Center. Skiers, snowshoers, and campers should park in available roadside spaces along Going-to-the-Sun Road or at the 1913 Ranger Station and utilize the newly reconstructed pathway between Divide Creek and St. Mary Visitor Center.

 
ranger at info desk talks to visitors
The visitor center and some businesses are still open in the Apgar area.

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Businesses Say: See You Next Year!

Most services and amenities in the park are closed for the season. Apgar Visitor Center has reduced its operating hours to weekends only. All restaurants and lodging in the park are closed and some in the surrounding communities are closed too.

 
tent and picnic table in snow covered campground
Winter camping

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Camping

Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds are open and in winter status (primitive camping, no fee). All other campgrounds are closed. Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information.

Campers accessing St. Mary Campground will need to hike or bike to the campground from their parking spot. The campground is open and in primitive status. The 1913 Ranger Station parking area is roughly 1 mile (1.6 km) from the campground. Bicycles and pedestrians can use the newly completed bike path that extends from the park boundary at St. Mary to the visitor center and beyond to the St. Mary Campground.

Campgrounds in Glacier are all currently first-come, first-served. Resuming in spring, sites in Fish Creek, St. Mary, some of Many Glacier and half of the group sites in Apgar can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov.

 
Whitetail deer stands in middle of snow covered roadway
Give wildlife plenty of space

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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. It is important that visitors keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Your likelihood of seeing a bear during winter is low, but be alert for mountain lions.

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.

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