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.


image representing the steps to go through for park entry


Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry

Glacier National Park is instituting an online reservation system (ticketed entry) for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the park’s West and St. Mary Entrances from May 28 to September 6, 2021. Day-use visitors who arrive by private vehicle or motorcycle must have a day-use Entry Reservation Ticket.

Road resurfacing work is an ongoing need in the park.
Expect numerous road and infrastructure projects to cause traffic delays this summer.


Park Road Status - What's Open, What's Closed, What's Being Worked On
Throughout the 2021 visitor season a number of needed projects are being worked on. Visitors can expect some traffic delays throughout the park. This page will provides information to aid in planning a vacation in the park.

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.


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.


Hiking Trails

Plans for the summer of 2021 are still in development. It is anticipated that most of the backcountry of the park will resume near normal operations. To find out what is available currently visit the Hiking the Trails page of the park website. Scroll down to the link to the area hiking maps.

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.



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



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


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

Last updated: April 7, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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