Now that we are approaching winter visitors to the park will need to be a bit more self-reliant. Facilities like stores and lodges are mostly closed. It is advisable to bring food with you when you visit. Some areas are still seeing fairly heavy visitation, especially on warm days. Access to the east side of the park remains closed.
This is the place to go to find out which campgrounds are full, which areas of the park might have access restrictions, what the weather is going to be like, which parking lots still have space available and other timely information.
This fall some of the park's most popular hikes will not be available. Much of the east side of the park remains closed. Well known hikes, like the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake trails are not accessible. To find out what is available visit the Hiking the Trails page of the park website. Scroll down to the link to the area hiking maps and look at trails in the Lake McDonald and North Fork areas.
Animals in the park are active year-round, but especially so in the fall. Be extra careful of wildlife that may be along roads. Deer frequent the sides of the roadways and may dash out in front of your car. Always make sure to always stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife and at least 100 yards from bears or wolves.
Weather is always unpredictable in Glacier. Fall and winter bring a mix of weather patterns through the park. One day it may be sunny and the next we have several inches of fresh snow. Rain is frequent. Come prepared for changing conditions and potentially cold and blustery days.
Tips for Dealing with Crowds
May through September is the busiest time of the year in Glacier National Park. Within that, July and August are the busiest of all.
Leave No Trace
Many visitors fall in love with Glacier and then want to know how to reduce their footprint.
Water is the number one cause of fatalities in Glacier National Park. Please use extreme caution near water.
Last updated: October 19, 2020