Operating Hours & Seasons

truck drives down snowy road next to park entrance sign
The entrance sign at the West Glacier park entrance greets visitors during all seasons


Glacier National Park is open every day of the year and visitors can enter the park at anytime. Winter weather tends to dictate when most visitor facilities open and close. Generally from late May to early September, facilities are open to welcome summer visitors.

Visiting in the Off-Season

Many people enjoy the "off-seasons" as a time when the park is a bit quieter. The entrance fee is also reduced.

  • Fall can be spectacular, but visitors will need to be more self reliant, as facilities begin to close down for the season.
  • Winter provides a carpet of snow that makes for some good cross-country skiing opportunities.
  • Spring tends to arrive late and last a very brief time, but can provide an interesting and quiet experience.

Park Roads

Going-to-the-Sun Road runs through the middle of the park and provides access to many locations and activities. Ten miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge) are maintained throughout the year providing access to winter recreation opportunities at the head of the lake.

There is no set date for the alpine portion of road to open. Typically the road has been fully open in late June or early July. Closing portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road is also weather dependent. Typically the road is fully open into October, but that may change due to weather conditions at any point. Be sure to visit our Going-to-the-Sun Road information page for answers to many questions you might have.

Plowing park roads and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a monumental challenge each year. Unpredictable spring snow storms or other weather related events can slow down plowing progress. It is not uncommon for plowing crews to need to re-plow sections of park roads when weather events happen. Safety for our plowing crews, contractors, and the public is our utmost concern and priority. These unknown factors make predicting the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road impossible. During plowing season, our Plowing Status page provides information on where plows are working. As the status of park roads change, we will immediately update our Current Road Status page.

Visitor Contact Stations

Ranger stations and visitor centers throughout the park open and close at different times during the year and are staffed with park rangers who provide interpretation and information to help in trip planning. Stations may be closed during lunch.

In 2018

Apgar Backcountry Permit Office
May 1–September 30: 7 am–4:30 pm
October 1October 31: 8 am4 pm
November 1: Backcountry office closed for the season

Apgar Nature Center
June 17–August 26: 10 am–4 pm
August 27: Apgar Nature Center closed for the season

Apgar Visitor Center
January–May 12: Weekends only, 9 am-4:30 pm
May 13–June 9: 9 am-4:30 pm

June 10–September 4: 8 am-6 pm
September 4–October 14: 8 am-5 pm
October 15–Mid-May 2019: Sat and Sun only, 9 am-4:30 pm

Logan Pass Visitor Center
Not before June 18–September 4: 9 am-7 pm
September 5-September 30: 9:30 am-4 pm
October 1: Visitor center closed for season

Many Glacier Ranger Station
May 28–September 28: 7 am-4:30 pm
September 29: Ranger station closed for the season

Park Headquarters
Monday-Friday (closed holidays): 8 am-4:30 pm year-round, closed for lunch from 12-12:30 pm in the fall, winter, and spring

Polebridge Ranger Station
May 28September 16: 9 am-4:30 pm
September 17: Ranger station closed for the season

St. Mary Backcountry Office in the St. Mary Visitor Center
May 28-September 30: 7 am-4:30 pm
October 1 through October 13 backcountry permits at St. Mary will be issued from the office by the restrooms. Daily hours will be 8 am-4 pm.

St. Mary Visitor Center
May 26June 17: 8 am-5 pm
June 18August 12: 8 am-6 pm
August 13September 30: 8 am-5 pm
October 1–October 8: 9 am-5pm
October 9: Visitor center closed for season

Two Medicine Ranger Station
May 29-September 29: 7 am-5 pm
September 29: Ranger station closed for the season

Last updated: September 20, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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