Current Conditions

 
The setting sun highlights the new snow on the peaks in the North Fork
Snow came early this year. The peaks are already covered in a blanket of white. Many of the lower elevations have snow-cover as well. Check the weather and plan ahead before visiting.

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larch trees at Bowman Lake
Larch trees at peak color along the shores of Bowman Lake

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Glacier in the fall is a special place. The seasonal change of colors on the landscape starts in mid-September and lasts through the end of October. Color comes in two wave. The first trees to turn are the aspens and cottonwoods. The lower slopes on the east side of the park can be a blaze with bright yellow aspen, tipped in orange. The cottonwoods line the streams with yellows and browns. As they start to fade the larch trees begin their dramatic show. Larch are a deciduous conifer and can blanket a hillside is vibrant color. Look for particularly good displays of yellow-orange larch along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and all along the west side of the park. Peak larch color is typically in mid-October.

 

Road Status and Plowing Information

 
Campers and tents are assembled in a field.
St. Mary Campground

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Camping

Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times. More information on the Camping page.

 
Wild Goose Island Overlook
Wild Goose Island Overlook

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Weather

Weather is always unpredictable but especially so in Glacier. Cold snowy days and warm sunny days are both common any time of year. Temperatures vary with time of day and elevation, so be prepared with layers of clothing.

National Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park
(a clickable map of Glacier National Park weather)

Glacier National Park Forecast
(a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier)

Visit our Weather page for more information.

 
People too close to a goat
Observe wildlife from a safe distance. These people are too close to this goat.

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Wildlife

Many animals in Glacier are active year-round. Stay vigilant as you drive park roads. All park visitors should carry bear spray in a readily accessible location, should know how to use it, and should remember required safe wildlife viewing distances. 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.

 
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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