Glacier National Park Status Update

Glacier National Park Entrance Sign in the winter
Prepare for snowy roads when you visit the park in winter.

NPS PHOTO

 

Some COVID-19 Precautions are Still in Effect.
The east side of the park remains closed. Winter road conditions traditionally close roads to vehicles, but in addition most of the east side of the park remains closed to all entry. Plans for the summer of 2021 are still underway and have not been finalized at this time. As soon as we know more information we will post updates here and in other locations on the park website.

Winter visitation is much lower than in the summer. If you do find yourself in crowded conditions please continue to maintain social distance, wear a mask, and follow other COVID-19 mitigation efforts.


Winter in the Park
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 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 roads 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. Guided snowshoe trips are not being offered this winter.

Camping
Loop B of the Apgar Campground is open 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. No decisions have been made about which campgrounds will be open in the summer of 2021.

Boating
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 closed 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.

Private businesses in Apgar Village may be open periodically during the winter. Plan to bring food and other items you may need, just in case they are not open.

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.

Last updated: January 8, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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