Current Conditions

Hidden Lake Trail - July 8, 2018 - Expect crowds on some of the more popular hiking trails in the park. Try to practice social distancing while hiking. That was not a concern two years ago when this photo was taken, but it is today.
Hidden Lake Trail - July 8, 2018 - Expect crowds on some of the more popular hiking trails in the park. Try to practice social distancing while hiking. That was not a concern two years ago when this photo was taken, but it is today.

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A car passes over the triple arches on the Gong-to-the-Sun Road
Triple Arches is just one of many outstanding architectural features of the Going-to-the-Sun Road

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun. Access will be from the west side only.
Please check the park's status update page for the latest information as Glacier National Park continues to reopen closed areas and expand services available. Additional information about services and facilities is available there as well as the park's COVID-19 Reopening Plan.

 
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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Recreation Access Display

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 summer 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. Now that part of the park is being reopened, 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.

 
Summer rain showers from Apgar Lookout
Summer rain shower viewed from Apgar Lookout

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Weather

Weather is always unpredictable but especially so in Glacier. Spring brings a mix of weather patterns through the park. One day it may be in the high 60s and 70s and the next it barely cracks the 50s. Rain is frequent and welcomed by emerging spring wildflowers. 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: July 17, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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