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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 accessible by vehicle.
The following information should also help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.
Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. This winter, storms dropped near normal amounts of snow in the higher elevations and above normal amounts in the valleys, meaning that the spring melt has been considerable. Please use extreme caution near waterfalls, streams, and rivers throughout the park. 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.
The annual spring plowing is underway. Many roads in the park are already open and free of any snow. Going-to-the-Sun Road is currently closed to vehicles between Avalanche Creek area on the westside and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east. Check the Current Road Status page to stay up to date.
To stay updated on 2017 plowing and see road crew photos, check out the Plowing Status page.
The spring hiker-biker shuttle will run on weekends (and Memorial Day) with stops at the Apgar Visitor Center, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Avalanche Creek. The hiker-biker shuttle will operate every 30 minutes, beginning at 9:00 am at Apgar Visitor Center. The last shuttle of the day will depart Avalanche Creek at 5:15 pm. It will operate until Going-to-the-Sun Road opens fully to vehicles.
Hikers and bikers may travel as far as conditions allow on weekends when plow crews are not working. During weekdays, hiker-biker restrictions are in place to allow road crews to work safely.
What is open?
Late May and early June are a very busy time in the park as amenities are brought out of winter hibernation and opened for another summer season. Check the operating hours page for information regarding dates and times for specific visitor centers and backcountry permit offices.
Trails are also opening up all the time. Rangers and trail crew are currently checking status and clearing debris. Check the Trail Status Reports page for regular updates.
Campgrounds are coming out of winter status. Most will be in full summer mode by June. Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times.
Campgrounds in Glacier are all currently first-come, first-served. For advanced trip planning, sites in Fish Creek, St. Mary, some of Many Glacier and half of the group sites in Apgar can be reserved online atwww.recreation.gov starting in June. Campsites at Fish Creek and St. Mary are reservable no more than 6 months in advance. Group campsites at St. Mary and Apgar Campgrounds are reservable no more than 12 months in advance. Reservations through Recreation.gov must be made 3 days in advance.
Boating Regulations 2017
This summer, non-motorized, non-trailered watercraft will be permitted on Glacier National Park waters. Hand-propelled watercraft will be permitted on Lake McDonald and North Fork waters beginning May 15, and will be permitted on Two Medicine, St. Mary, and Many Glacier waters beginning June 1. This year, non-motorized watercraft will require an in-person inspection by National Park Service boat inspectors. Find inspection locations on the Boating page.
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.
Glacier's wild residents are very active in the spring. 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 to keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash.