Many Glacier

View of Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell Point from the Many Glacier Hotel
View of Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell Point from the Many Glacier Hotel

NPS/Tim Rains

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

  • The access road into the valley is rough and potholes abound. If you are driving a vehicle with low clearance use extra caution.
  • The Many Glacier Ranger Station provides backcountry permits and basic information services. Parking is very limited.
  • Periodically, on extremely busy days, access to the valley will be restricted until parking becomes available. During those times cars are stopped at the entrance station and are not permitted to enter the valley.

Many people consider this area the heart of the park. Massive mountains, active glaciers, sparkling lakes, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife make this a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Many Glacier is also a destination where one can travel by car, foot, boat, or horseback, to get a close look at glaciers and see their impact on the landscape.

The small glaciers seen today sculpt the land in much the same way as the larger ancient ice-age glaciers did; slowly grinding away on the mountains, carving rock and leaving a changed landscape. The landscape may also change in another way soon. Global climate change scientists predict that under the current warming trends, all of the park's glaciers will be gone by 2030, affecting habitat and survival of plants and animals throughout the park.

Many Glacier is a hikers paradise. Trails radiate out in all directions, including two of the most popular hikes in the park, the Grinnell Glacier trail and the Iceberg Lake trail. Hikers can take a different trail every day for a week and still not cover all that the area has to offer.

Springtime brings bighorn sheep close to the road and late summer is the best time to see bears, both grizzly and black, feasting on huckleberries on the slopes above the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Remember that all park wildlife can be dangerous; please keep your distance and never feed wildlife.

If you don't have a vehicle with you, take Glacier's free shuttle to the St. Mary Visitor Center and hop on Glacier National Park Lodge's fee-based shuttle to Many Glacier.

For a live glimpse of the valley, check the webcam positioned near the Many Glacier Hotel shoreline. Due to tough weather conditions, this camera is often not operational in winter.

Facilities, Services, and Activities

Last updated: August 26, 2019

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