Visiting in Winter

ice chunks float in river by snowy forest
Icy Middle Fork of the Flathead River

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Visitor information is available in person at Headquarters (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, except holidays) and Apgar Visitor Center (open weekends from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm), or by phone at (406) 888-7800.

Outdoor Activities

As the snow accumulates in Glacier, snowshoeing and skiing are the favorite recreational activity in Glacier National Park. Our Skiing and Snowshoeing page will help you determine current conditions and information on the trails. For current closures, please visit our Trail and Area Closures page.

There is no lodging available in the park in winter, but there are camping opportunities. Auto camping is available at the Apgar Picnic Area and St. Mary Campground. There is no charge for camping in the winter. A free backcountry permit is required to camp in the backcountry. Permits can be obtained over the phone up to seven days in advance, or in person at the Headquarters Building, Monday through Friday or at Apgar Visitor Center on weekends. For backcountry campers desiring to obtain their permit on the east side of the park, please call ahead to arrange a meeting place. Please watch the Winter Backcountry Video prior to arriving in the park on our YouTube site, Part One and Part Two.

Roads

By the middle of December, there are very few plowed roads in Glacier. Apgar Village, 11 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road on the west side, and a mile and a half on the east side are the only roads maintained during the winter. Check our Current Road Status to find out which roads are open for vehicle travel. For road conditions outside of the park, please visit the Montana Department of Transportation Road Conditions Report.

 
snowshoers looking at a beaver lodge
Looking at a beaver lodge on McDonald Creek.

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Guided Snowshoe Walks

In lieu of hiking boots, strap on snowshoes and join a ranger for a two-hour snowshoe in the Apgar area. Take an intimate look at the park while searching for signs of wildlife, discovering plants and animals, and enjoying the solitude of winter during this unique experience.

Winter Snowshoe Walk
Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
January 13 to March 17, 2019
Meet at Apgar Visitor Center

  • Not recommended for children under age 6.
  • Participants should be prepared for a variety of winter conditions by wearing appropriate clothing, dressing in layers, and bringing water and snacks.
  • Participants may use their own snowshoes or rent snowshoes for $2.00 at the Apgar Visitor Center Bookstore beginning 30 minutes prior to the program.
  • Snowshoe rental is on a first come, first served basis, as availability is limited.
  • Snowshoe rentals are also available in neighboring communities.
  • Park entrance fees are required. The Winter rate is $25.00 per car.

In celebration of Winter Trails Day there will be no fees for snowshoe rental on January 19th, 2019.

Last updated: February 25, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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