Glacier National Park Status Update

map of Glacier National Park showing the closed eastern portions of the park
Clickable map showing areas currently open and closed in Glacier National Park

NPS

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 only. 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.

The roads on the east side of the park remain closed, as they have all summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally access by foot or bicycle is also prohibited in the areas of the east side of the park indicated on the map linked here.

What’s Open and What’s Closed

Entrance to the Going-to-the-Sun Road is available 24-hours a day, at West Glacier. Other areas (Belly River, Many Glacier, Cut Bank, and Two Medicine) of the east side of the park, from the Continental Divide to the park boundary, remain closed to all access. No entrance to the park is permitted from the east side.

Congestion
Parking at Avalanche Creek may experience heavy visitation. Expect limited parking and occasional access restrictions. Access restrictions will be implemented when parking areas become full or when congestion warrants.

Areas of the North Fork, including the roads to Kintla and Bowman Lakes are open. Temporary closures at the Polebridge Ranger Station are possible due to weather or parking congestion.

Biking
Bicyclists are permitted beyond the gate on the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as The Loop, or as indicated by signs in place along the road.

Camping
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.

Boating
Lake McDonald is currently the only lake open to boating. The Aquatic Inspection Station is open at Apgar from 9am-7pm. All watercraft must be cleaned thoroughly before coming to inspection station. Please review the park’s website regarding watercraft prior to arrival.

Visitors should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Face coverings are recommended where social distancing is not possible. People who are sick should stay home and not visit the park. The CDC has provided specific guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities.

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.

Guided Hiking Trips
Glacier Guides is providing guided hiking and camping as trail systems and backcountry campgrounds access allows. Day hikes started on June 12 and overnight trips on June 26.

Trails and Backcountry Camping

Check the Trail Status page for updates on open and closed trails.

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.

Last updated: October 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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