Many Glacier

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In 2020 & 2021, the Many Glacier Road will be undergoing major reconstruction. Expect significant delays entering and exiting the valley.

If you are visiting Many Glacier in 2020 or 2021, there are a few things you should know ahead of time.

2020 & 2021 Special Visitor Access Information

  • April 1 – May 20, 2020 & September 21 – December 16, 2020: The Many Glacier Road will be closed to visitor traffic at the park boundary due to large-scale road construction projects.
  • May 18 – September 20, 2020: Large-scale road construction projects will significantly increase travel times into the Many Glacier area. Visitors should expect travel delays up to 40 minutes each way from Babb, MT, to the Many Glacier Hotel. Visitors are encouraged to explore other areas of the park if they wish to avoid significant delays.
  • Visitors traveling through construction zones at night Monday through Friday between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. may experience up to a three hour delay.
  • Periodically, on extremely busy days, access to the valley will be restricted until parking becomes available. These restrictions, combined with construction delays, may result in significant wait times to enter the Many Glacier Valley.
  • The Many Glacier Ranger Station provides backcountry permits and basic information services, however parking will be very limited.
  • Visitors are reminded to turn off their car engines while waiting in construction lines to reduce emissions.
  • Please do not throw garbage, including apple cores, orange peels, sunflower seeds, etc. out car windows while waiting in construction lines. This attracts wildlife to the roadways which increases wildlife fatalities. Discard unwanted drinks in sinks or bear-proof garbage cans, not on the roadside.

In anticipation of long delays and congestion in the Many Glacier Valley in 2020 and 2021, backcountry campers are encouraged to select alternative hiking routes that do not begin or end in Many Glacier.

Similarly, backcountry campers are encouraged to pick up their permits (advance reservations or walk-in permits) at one of four other permit issuing stations in the park including Apgar, St. Mary, Two Medicine, and Polebridge.

Please visit the Backcountry Camping page on the park website for complete information on backpacking in Glacier.
Boaters are encouraged to boat on park waters other than waters around Many Glacier to avoid congestion due to 2020 and 2021 construction.

Please visit the Boating page on the park website for complete information on boating in Glacier National Park.
Due to the need to reduce congestion during construction, the entire Many Glacier Campground will transfer to “reservation only” for the duration of the project.

All Many Glacier campsites will be available by reservation only for $23 per night on Half of the campsites will be available for reservations beginning December 13, 2019. The remaining sites will be released for reservation on in March 2020.

Once construction is complete, a portion of Many Glacier campsites will revert back to “first-come, first-served” per usual.
All commercial visitor services at Many Glacier, including lodging, food & beverage, retail, boat tours, and horseback rides, will be operating as normal during 2020 and 2021 construction.
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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.

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Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace it is a way of thinking, an attitude, and an ethic, that helps us reduce our impact on the places we love.

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Plan Your Visit

Planning in advance is the key to having a great trip to Glacier.

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Glacier's Webcams

Take a look at the Many Glacier Webcam to see current conditions.

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Road Staus

Conditions are constantly changing. Check here for updates on which roads are open for driving, hiking, and biking.

Last updated: May 5, 2020

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936


(406) 888-7800

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