Glacier National Park

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305 mi 491 km

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888 mi 1,430 km

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Gems
19 Gems

Easy Trails
66 Trails
Intermediate Trails
75 Trails
Hard Trails
26 Trails

Glacier National Park is home to an abundance of untouched forests, mountainous meadows, rugged peaks, and striking lakes. Boasting over 700 miles of trails, the park is a haven for adventurous visitors seeking solitude and wilderness. Guests can get a glimpse of Glacier's past by exploring the old chalets, lodges, and Native American historical sites abundant throughout the park. Whether enjoying the solitude of a backcountry outing or the beauty of short day on the trails, Glacier National Park has something for everyone.

To learn more about Glacier National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Details

Visitor Centers:
Visitor center hours of operation vary by day and season. Visit the park's website to see current hours of operation.

  • Apgar Visitor Center: Open year round. Hours and days vary by season.
  • Apgar Backcountry Permit Office: Open May through October. Hours vary by seaon.
  • Apgar Nature Center: Open mid-June through August. 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Logan Pass Visitor Center: Open from the road opening through late September. Hours vary by season.
  • Many Glacier Ranger Station: Open late May through mid-September. 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Park Headquarters: Open Monday through Friday year round. 8 am to 4:30 pm (closed from 12 pm to 12:30 pm for lunch).
  • Polebridge Ranger Station: Open late May through mid-September. 9 am to 5 pm.
  • St. Mary Visitor Center: Open late May through beginning of October. Hours vary by season.
  • St. Mary Backcountry Office: Open late May through mid-September. 7 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Two Medicine Ranger Station: Open late May through mid-September. 7 am to 5 pm.

Visiting Tips

Glacier National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Winter weather dictates when most guest facilities are open. Generally, most facilities are accessible to visitors between late May and early September. Park roads experience seasonal closures due to snow, and visitors should check the park's website for current conditions and closures when planning their trip.

Summer is the peak season in the park, but the other seasons offer similarly excellent opportunities to explore the park, although with fewer amentities. Fall is magnificent, but visitors must be more self-reliant as fewer facilities are open. Winter brings a snow-covered environment that's conducive to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Spring is a short and late-arriving season with spectacular opportunities for wildflower viewing.

Fees & Passes
  • Private Vehicle: $30 for 7 days / Winter Rate (November 1 - April 30): $20 for 7 days
  • Motorcycle: $25 for 7 days / Winter Rate (November 1 - April 30): $15 for 7 days
  • Per Person: $15 for 7 days / Winter Rate (November 1 - April 30): $10 for 7 days
  • Glacier National Park Annual Pass: $50 per year
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80

To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping and Lodging

Camping:
Glacier National Park has thirteen drive-in campgrounds. Most campgrounds in Glacier are filled on a first come, first served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary, some of Many Glacier, and half of the group sites in Apgar. The opening and closing dates of the campgrounds vary by season and weather so be sure to check the park's website for current campground status. For more information on campground amenities, current conditions, making reservations, and camping in the park, click here.

  • Agpar: 194 sites. $20 per night.
  • Avalanche: 87 sites. $20 per night.
  • Bowman Lake: 48 sites. $15 per night.
  • Cut Bank: 14 sites. $10 per night.
  • Fish Creek: 178 sites. $23 per night.
  • Kintla Lake: 13 sites. $15 per night.
  • Logging Creek: 7 sites. $10 per night.
  • Many Glacier: 109 sites. $23 per night.
  • Quartz Creek: 7 sites. $10 per night.
  • Rising Sun: 84 sites. $20 per night.
  • Sprague Creek: 25 sites. $20 per night.
  • St. Mary: 148 sites. $23 per night.
  • Two Medicine: 100 sites. $20 per night.

Backcountry Camping:
Backcountry camping is permitted in Glacier with a permit which may be reserved online in advance and obtained the day before or day of a desired trip start date. Permits will not be issued after 4:30 pm at any location. There is $7 per person per night fee. For more information on backcountry camping and reserving a permit, visit the park's website.

Lodging:
Lodging in the park varies from rooms in historic grand hotels to cozy cabins, comfortable motels, and backcountry chalets. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Rooms book quickly, especially for the peak months of July and August.

  • Apgar Village Lodge: Reservations can be made online or by calling (406) 892-2525.
  • Village Inn Motel: Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 733-4522.
  • Lake McDonald Lodge: Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 733-4522.
  • Motel Lake McDonald: Reservations can be made online or by calling (406) 892-2525.
  • Many Glacier Hotel: Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 733-4522.
  • Swiftcurrent Motor Inn: Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 733-4522.
  • Rising Sun Motor Inn: Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 733-4522.
  • Sperry Chalet: Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) 345-2649.
  • Granite Park Chalet: Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) 345-2649.

Food and Drink

There are a number of locations throughout the park that offer food, snacks, and groceries. Dining options within the park range from snack shops to grills, pizzerias, cafes and the more formal Russell's Fireside Dining Room. There are also several campstores located throughout the park where visitors can stock up on groceries and supplies for their stay in the park.

Other Activities

Visitors looking for other ways to explore Glacier National Park will not be disappointed by the variety that the park offers. Backcountry camping, road biking, driving tours, fishing, horseback riding, photography, and boating are among the many activities that the park affords in the summer. In the winter, you can continue your exploration by snowshoeing or cross country skiing. When not out exploring the 700 miles of trail that the park has to offer, visitors should be sure to check out the opportunities for rock climbing in the park and mountain biking up the road in Whitefish.

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#20 Siyeh Bend Trail
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