Current Conditions

Alerts

Caution

Information


 
Aspen grove in yellow fall colors and evergreens in front of mountain
Taking in fall colors on a mid-September day in Many Glacier

NPS/Stephanie Metzler

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.

 
busy parking lot with view of mountain
Another busy day at Logan Pass

NPS/Jacob W. Frank

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.

 
Lake McDonald on a cloudy day
Fog and mist on Lake McDonald

NPS/Tim Rains

Weather

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.

 
woman and boy sit at campfire

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Camping

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.

 
Ranger Talk
Wildlife safety talk

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Ranger Programs

The Ranger-led Activity Schedule for September is posted on our publications page. Plus, there are special events listed on the park Calendar.

For more trip planning information, check out the 2016 Glacier Visitor Guide on the publications page as well.

 
Mountain Goat walking
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.

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.

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.

 
visitors loading onto small shuttle
Loading up at Apgar Visitor Center

NPS/David Restivo

Shuttle Service End

The Going-to-the-Sun Road Shuttle is done for the 2016 season.

For service details, check the Shuttles page.

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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