Glacier National Park Begins Transition to Winter
As is typical for this time of year much of the road access to the park has closed for the season. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open at the West Entrance. Depending on weather conditions the road will be open to Avalanche Creek or Lake McDonald Lodge. Occasionally in extreme conditions the road may be closed at the foot of Lake McDonald. Limited winter access into the North Fork area of the park is still available as well.
Check the Road Status webpage for up-to-date information.
The roads on the east side of the park are closed, as is typical for this time of year. Additionally most areas within the park, east of the Continental Divide, remain closed to all access due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, just outside the park. Non-essential travel on road within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is prohibited.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
Winter recreation access is permitted beyond the vehicle closure on the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Skiing and snowshoeing along the road is a popular winter activity. The snow is beginning to get too deep for hiking on the road.
Loop B of the Apgar Campground has opened for first-come, first served primitive camping. There is no water available and only vault toilets. Loop B will remain open for primitive camping through the winter.
Lake McDonald is currently the only lake open to boating. All boats must be inspected prior to launch. Obtain a boat permit from the Apgar Permit Center. Boating season will close on November 1, 2020.
Lodges, Restaurants, and Other Services
Glacier’s concessioners operating lodging, restaurants, boat rentals, horseback rides, and bus tours have closed for the season.
In Apgar there is a campstore with limited grocery supplies, gift shops, recreational equipment rental, and a restaurant that may operate later into the fall.
Trails and Backcountry Camping
Snow has begun to accumulate on park trails. Winter conditions are in effect throughout the park trail system.
From November 20th to May 1st, special backcountry camping regulations are in effect. Due to COVID-19 precautions, permits will be issued electronically by advance reservation only. Call 406-888-7800 and press 5 to leave a call-back number. A ranger will return your call within 3 work days. Permits may be obtained up to 7 days in advance.