What is it like in Glacier right now? Check out our webcams for a peek. The following information should also help you in understanding current conditions in Glacier National Park.
Going-to-the-Sun Road Congestion and Construction
Park visitors are feeling the effects of a record breaking 1.5 million visitors at Glacier National Park this year, with no seasonal slow down. Ranger tip: Plan ahead—come early or come late. If you are here during peak visitation hours, be patient; the view is amazing no matter where you are on the road.
Repairs have begun on guardwalls damaged in 2014 and 2016 avalanches, with work especially focused on areas below Oberlin Bend. Expect 15 minute delays with one-lane traffic control during daylight hours and traffic control lights at night. Further work requiring traffic control will take place in various spots throughout September, including work between Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge on the west side and work at the St. Mary Entrance, with traffic diverted through the visitor center parking area on the east side.
Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains. Though it is now autumn, do not be surprised by winter conditions. Temperatures are cooling down near freezing at night, 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 information on temperature averages.
For information on air quality in the park and surrounding region, please visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality website.
Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information and historic fill times for your favorite campgrounds. Be sure to check which campgrounds will be open during your trip, as many close or go to primitive status throughout September.
Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary, some of Many Glacier and half of the group sites in Apgar. Campground sites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov.
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.
At this time of year, bears are entering a phase called hyperphagia, a period of concentrated feeding to prepare for hibernation. It is especially important that visitors keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. See the Trail and Area Closings and Postings page for info on the many areas and trails are posted for bear frequenting.
Shuttle Service End
The Going-to-the-Sun Road Shuttle is done for the 2016 season.
For service details, check the Shuttles page.