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. Please note: during the 2022-2023 winter season, this section of the road will be closed due to a construction project.
Visitor Centers and Restrooms
The Apgar and Logan Pass Visitor Centers are closed. Informational exhibits will be available at Park Headquarters and the Apgar Visitor Center.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
Due to staffing shortages, the park is not offering guided showshoe trips this winter. However, several trails in the Apgar Village area are available for winter skiing and snowshoeing and may be viewed on the Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing page of the park website. The unplowed section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, beyond Lake McDonald Lodge, is also a popular winter ski and snowshoe route. Winter recreation brochures and maps are available at Park Headquarters and the Apgar Visitor Center.
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.
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This short video (0:53) offers a glimpse of what to expect during a winter visit to Glacier National Park.
Last updated: December 7, 2022