What Roads are Open this Time of Year?
During the late-fall and winter, weather forces most roads in the park to close. The Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge is plowed and open year-round, weather permitting. This route provides excellent views of Lake McDonald and the mountains to the east.
Visitor Centers and Restrooms
The St. Mary and Logan Pass Visitor Centers are closed for the winter. Apgar Visitor Center is open Saturday and Sunday during the winter months. Check our Basic Information page for winter dates and hours.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
There are several options for visitors to enjoy a guided showshoe trip. Ranger-led snowshoe walks are offered on the weekends during the winter. Other guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours are available through park partners and authorized commerical companies. Details and additional information can be found on our Guided Winter Activities page.
During the winter white-tailed deer are the most frequently seen large mammals. Several species of birds winter in the park as well. Waterfowl may be observed on Lake McDonald and Ravens will likely make an appearance. Please do not approach or feed wildlife, and observe them with binoculars, spotting scopes, or long telephotos lenses.
Food and Lodging
The campstore in Apgar Village may be open and provides snacks and drinks. There are full-service grocery stores outside the park in Hungry Horse and Columbia Falls.
A water bottle filling station is located at the Apgar Visitor Center located approximately two miles north of the West Entrance.
Last updated: December 13, 2023