Children are welcome on interpretive activities, but should always be accompanied by an adult.
Most programs are free of charge. Boat trips that include a ranger-guided hike and some of the Native America Speaks programs have a cost associated with them. Our Ranger-led Activities Schedule includes details on pricing.
You do not need a reservation on most of our Ranger-led activities, however, there are a few cases when advance planning would be prudent because of limited space:
- The hikes associated with a boat tour tend to fill up quickly, so you should contact Glacier Park Boat Co. for a reservation or visit one of their ticket offices.
- You should make reservations for the International Peace Park hike as it has a space limit of 35 people. You can pre-register at the St. Mary Visitor Center (406-732-7750) or the Waterton Lakes Visitor Centre in Waterton (403-859-5133). You can add your name to that list at any of the visitor centers. There is a fee for the return boat trip back to Canada.
- Tickets for the Blackfeet Singers and Dancers go on sale the Monday before the performance date at the St. Mary Visitor Center Bookstore. Auditorium seating is limited.
- Make reservations, in person at Apgar Visitor Center, up to three days in advance for Creatures in the Creek children's program.
- Admission by ticket only to special Logan Pass Star Parties. Pick up a ticket (one per vehicle) at Apgar or St. Mary Visitor Center bookstores beginning the day before the event. Donations are appreciated.
What to Bring Hiking
- Sturdy foot gear is a must for all but the very easiest of hikes. Everyone should have good boots, with strong support, to help prevent ankle injuries.
- Bring water with you! The mountains can get very hot in the summer. Surface water in the park may be unsafe to drink.
- Mosquitoes and flies can be bothersome. Come prepared with repellent to meet some of Glacier's smaller wildlife species.
- A day of hiking can expose you to more sun and UV rays than normal. Wear a hat and sunscreen. It will help keep you cool and prevent a sunburned scalp!
- Weather can change quickly. Come prepared with rain gear for summer showers.
- Bring something to eat while you are in the backcountry. If you are on an all-day hike or a hike over the noon hour, you'll get mighty hungry without lunch. Remember, if you pack it in, pack it out.
- Come prepared to have a great time!