Visiting in November and Early December

Evening light on mountains freshly dusted with new snow
Evening sunlight touches mountains freshly dusted with new snow.

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Visiting Glacier National Park this time of year provides the self-reliant visitor a chance to experience the park in one of its quieter seasons. Changeable weather and road conditions requires a flexible schedule and a bit of a spirit of adventure.

Park Roads
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is open from West Glacier to Avalanche Creek, weather permitting, through mid-December. In mid-December the vehicle closure is moved to Lake McDonald Lodge for the remainder of the winter. Be prepared for inclement weather and snow-covered, icy roads. Check ahead of time to see the most recent road status.

Trails
Trail conditions may be impacted by seasonal weather changes. Expect icy conditions, remain alert for wildlife, and carry bear spray. Read the bear safety information in the Glacier Visitor Guide.

A Day Hiking Guide is available at the Apgar Visitor Center plaza. There are also many trip planning resources available on the hiking page of the park website.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road, beyond the gate closure at Avalanche Creek, is accessible to hikers and bicyclists. Traction devices are recommended.

Camping

  • Frontcountry Camping
    Loop B of the Apgar Campground is open for first-come, first-served, primitive camping. Beginning November 1 there is no charge for primitive camping. The campground has no running water and no flush toilets. There is a vault toilet available.
  • Backcountry Camping
    Winter backcountry camping permits are issued electronically by advance reservation only. Call 406-888-7800 and press 5 to leave a call-back number. Calls will be returned within three business days.

Restrooms
The Apgar Visitor Center is closed for the season, but public restrooms are open year-round.


 
Mt Edwards and Gunsight Mountain with fresh snow
Fresh snow covers the slopes of Mt. Edwards and Gunsight Mountain

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Food and Lodging
Snacks and drinks may be available in at the campstore in Apgar Village. The nearest full service grocery stores are located in Hungry Horse and Columbia Falls. Lodging is not available in the park at this time of year.

Drinking Water
Water bottle filling stations are located in the restroom hallways at the Apgar Visitor Center.

Wi-Fi
The Glacier National Park Conservancy provides free public Wi-Fi at the Apgar Visitor Center. It is available 24 hours a day.

Fuel
There are no gas stations in the park. The nearest gas stations are located in West Glacier (credit card only) and Coram, six miles west of West Glacier on Hwy 2.

In an Emergency
Pay phones with 911 dialing capabilities are located outside the Village Inn in Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge.

Last updated: November 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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