Winter Wilderness Camping

The snow-covered skyline of mountains behind Lake McDonald in winter
Experience winter in Glacier National Park's backcountry.



Obtaining a Winter Wilderness Camping Permit

From November 1 through May 1, special wilderness regulations are in effect. Due to limited winter staffing, there are no physical locations open to issue you a wilderness camping permit. Instead, all permits during this time are issued electronically by advance reservation.

Permits may be obtained between 3-7 days prior to your intended trip start date. Wilderness Permit Center staff will make every effort to return your communication for last minute (1-2 day(s) ahead) trip requests, however at times this may not be possible.

You can contact us to set up your advance reservation wilderness permit by either phone or email:


Winter Wilderness Camping Regulations

Violation of these regulations may result in the issuance of a violation notice and/or revocation of your wilderness use permit.



Winter Safety Gear & Concerns



Watch the Winter Wilderness Camping Safety Video


Additional Resources

  • A backpacker walks on trail towards the mountains, holding a can of bear spray.
    Wilderness Camping Safety Videos

    Watch the required wilderness safety videos before you arrive to speed up your permit issuing process.

  • A hiker holds his hands in a heart before a lake and mountains.
    Leave No Trace

    Learn how practicing Leave No Trace ethics protects Glacier's beauty for all.

  • Park Ranger rapelling with a littler during rescue training.

    Learn how to keep yourself safe while exploring the park.

Last updated: March 26, 2024

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936



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