Places To Go

A ranger talks to visitors inside a visitor center in front of a map.
Rangers are happy to help you plan your visit but things will go more smoothly if you plan ahead.

Glacier is a big park. You probably can not see the whole thing in one trip. Planning where you want to go, and having a backup plan, will help you have a good trip.


Lodging
Apgar Village Lodge
Village Inn Motel

Boat Rentals
Glacier Park Boat Co.
Glacier Outfitters

Bus Tours
Red Bus Tours
Sun Tours

Horseback Rides
Swan Mountain Outfitters

Additional services available at Apgar include: a campstore, numerous gift shops, restaurant, paddle board rentals, limited cell phone coverage, ATM, and worship services. There is a campground at Apgar and two miles away at Fish Creek. Apgar Visitor Center is located just outside the village down a paved path.

Logan Pass is the highest elevation (6646ft/2025m) reachable by car in the park. It is extremely popular with visitors and the parking lot is generally full between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.

Super Powers Exhibits
A series of exhibits behind the Logan Pass Visitor Center explain, in excitng comicbook-style art, about how climate change is making life more difficult for some animals. Or check out our multimedia presentation of the exhibit.


Facilities, Services, and Activities

Logan Pass Visitor Center
Ranger-led activities
Day hikes
Guided hiking and backpacking
Drinking water
Restrooms
Shuttle service

The North Fork is an area reached only by private vehicle on unpaved roads. With limited amenities, the North Fork invites a self-reliant visitor. Allow all day to drive to and from Kintla and Bowman Lakes, and pack a lunch. The only services in this area are available outside of the park in the community of Polebridge. There is no cell phone service at all. A four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle, and the ability to change a tire are recommended, as flat tires are a common problem. Vehicles over 21’ and/or trailers are not permitted on any roads in the North Fork, with the exception of private horse trailers accessing the Bowman horse corral.

Facilities, Services, and Activities

Bowman Lake
Logging Creek
Kintla Lake
Quartz Creek
Day hikes
Picnic areas
Drinking water (not at all campgrounds)
Restrooms & pit toilets

Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road are open year round, however the entire road will not usually open until late June at the earliest. Please visit our Plowing and Road Status pages for the most up to date information. The alpine sections of Going-to-the-Sun Road typically closes for the winter around the third Monday of October, but that can change due to weather.

Plowing 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. Our plowing status page provides information on where plows are working.


Specifica Vehicle Size Limits: 21 ft (6.4 m) long, 8 ft (2.4 m) wide, 10 ft (3 m) tall

Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Rising Sun picnic area parking. Vehicle and vehicle combinations over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to the Loop, due to rock overhangs. Stock trucks and trailers are able to access Packers Roost on the west, and Siyeh Bend on the east.


Bicycling

From June 15 through Labor Day, the following sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are closed to bicycle use between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm:

  • From Apgar turnoff (at the south end of Lake McDonald) to Sprague Creek Campground
  • Eastbound from Logan Creek to Logan Pass
Speed Limit

For safety reasons, 45 miles per hour is the speed limit in the lower elevations of the road and 25 miles per hour in the alpine section. Please be careful around blind curves as animals and pedestrians do cross the road.

Lodging
Lake McDonald Lodge
Motel Lake McDonald

Boat Rentals and Scenic Boat Cruises
Glacier Park Boat Co.

Bus Tours
Red Bus Tours
Sun Tours

Horseback Rides
Lake McDonald Corral

Additional services available at Lake McDonald include: restaurants, campstore, gift shops, ATM, and worship services. The Sprague Creek Campground is two miles south, on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Lodging
Rising Sun Motor Inn

Boat Rentals and Scenic Boat Cruises
Glacier Park Boat Co.

Bus Tours
Red Bus Tours
Sun Tours

Additional services available at Rising Sun include: restaurant, campstore, gift shop, and showers. The Rising Sun Campground is located adjacent to the campstore.

Boat Rentals and Scenic Boat Cruises
Glacier Park Boat Co.

Bus Tours
Sun Tours

Additional services available at Two Medicine include: the Two Medicine Campstore and the Two Medicine Campground.

Scenic Boat Cruises
Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co.

Goat Haunt is a remote backcountry location only reachable by boat or hiking. There are no services (other than the scenic cruises) available at Goat Haunt. There is a ranger station for information and Customs and Border Protection Officers.

A passport or other approved documentation (information available here) is required for travel beyond Goat Haunt into the park.

Lodging
Many Glacier Hotel
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

Boat Rentals and Scenic Boat Cruises
Glacier Park Boat Co.

Bus Tours
Red Bus Tours
Sun Tours

Horseback Rides
Many Glacier Corral

Additional services at Many Glacier include: campstore, restaurants, ATM, laundry, and showers. The Many Glacier Campground is located at the end of the Many Glacier entrance road one mile past the Many Glacier Hotel.



 
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Directions & Transportation

Transportation is a critical part of trip planning. Glacier's roads all have various restrictions and season lengths.

Snow piles onto a mountain road blocking traffic with trees in the background.

Current Road Status

Go here to get the latest updates on road openings and closures around the park.

A large snow plow clears deep snow from a road surrounded by forest.

Snow Plowing Status

Where are the plows? Go here to see the latest updates about snow plowing on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Visitor Centers

Glacier has three main visitor centers. At each, you will find knowledgable staff ready to answer questions and help in trip planning.

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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.

Last updated: June 18, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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