Ranger-led Activities

Ranger and visitors stopped on a hike overlooking St. Mary Lake.
Ranger-led hike along the shore of St. Mary Lake.

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Ranger-led activity offerings will be limited in 2021. Updated information will be posted here as it becomes available. The information below is what we have typically offered prior to 2020.

Planning

Children are welcome on interpretive activities, but should always be accompanied by an adult.

Cost

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.

Reservations

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. Not being offered in 2021.
  • 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. Not being offered in 2021.

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.
  • Bring a first aid kit to care for your own minor injuries or medicine needs.
  • 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!
 

Last updated: May 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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