Glacier National Park

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320 mi 516 km

Hikes

888 mi 1,430 km

Trails
Gems
19 Gems

Easy Trails
68 Trails
Intermediate Trails
75 Trails
Hard Trails
25 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.

Local Info

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 & 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.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Glacier National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here. In addition to these free ranger-led programs, visitors can also choose from a variety of paid guided tours including boat, bus, hiking, horseback riding and rafting tours. For more information, visit the park's website.

Free Shuttles:
The park's free shuttle buses typically operate from June to early September. The shuttles provide two-way service along Going-to-the-Sun Road between Apgar Visitor Center and St. Mary Visitor Center. For more information and to see the current shuttle schedule and stops, click here.

Maps & Guidebooks

If you’re heading out on any of Glacier’s 734 miles of trail, check out the waterproof, topographical with the map on one side and descriptions for 88 day hikes on the back. Hikes are sorted in order of recommendation by Jake Bramante of , the first person to hike all of Glacier’s trails in one summer.

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & 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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

West Glacier Village Restaurant Get the pancakes!!! Or French toast!
Glacier Grill & Pizza Servizio non buono, trancio di salmone servito crudo!! Rimandato indietro e riportato crudo...E avevano finito le steak in Montana ....senza parole!! da non consigliare...
Elkhorn Grill Hamburgers are great and the huckleberry pie is awesome!
The Park Cafe great place for an after hike meal! try the gypsy burrito or the veggie burger; for dessert try the razzleberry pie! be prepared for a long wait in peak season.
Hwy 89, Saint Mary MT — (406) 732-4482
Three Forks Grille Good food with the only (real) wine list in town. Their deli next door is open for lunch - or order cured meats, cheeses and salads to-go for a picnic in the park.
Truby's Clay doesn't just pour the best beer he makes great martinis and has a great memory for guests. It's always a pleasure to stop in and chat with Clay (and the rest of the staff!!)
Tien'sTien's Place Oriental Dining Large bowl soups are huge! Delicious menu...and excellent service. A MUST try!! Haven't had anything I didn't love! You will soon be a repeater!
329 9th St, Columbia Falls MT — (406) 892-1585
Back Room Restaurant Go ahead and eat your weight in fry bread & honey butter!
Wieners Of Waterton Awesome place to grab a bite to eat. Great staff and even better wieners
Two Sisters Near Babb Had the Huckleberry Margarita, yum!
Piggy Back BBQ More than excellent Brisket! Mac n cheese was great. Will was an excellent host/server/part owner. We will definitely be back!
Great Northern Bar And Grill Best bartenders in the valley!
27 Central Ave, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-2816
Craggy Range Bar & Grill I like the Craggy Cosmo with white cranberry juice :)
10 Central Ave, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-7550
The Naked Noodle Free wi-fi!
10 Baker Ave, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-6253
Wrap & Roll Cafe Turkey Apple bacon wrap and blt wrap are really good. Infused water available.
224 Spokane Ave, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-7447
Buffalo Cafe Biscuits and gravy!
514 3rd St, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-2833
Wasabi Sushi Bar Order the crab cakes for an appetizer. You'll be happy you did.
419 2nd St E, Whitefish MT — (406) 863-9283
Swift Creek Cafe Bacon avocado eggs Benedict.
307 2nd St E, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-9136
Loula's The pie is out of this world
300 2nd St E, Whitefish MT — (406) 862-5614

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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3.7 mi 5.9 km
#1 Scalplock Lookout
Essex, MT
3.7 mi 5.9 km Essex, MT
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2.4 mi 3.9 km
#2 Elk Mountain
Blacktail, MT
2.4 mi 3.9 km Blacktail, MT
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Essex, MT
3.4 mi 5.4 km Essex, MT
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#4 Summit Trail
Summit, MT
1.1 mi 1.8 km Summit, MT
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10.8 mi 17.4 km
#5 Autumn Creek South
False Summit, MT
10.8 mi 17.4 km False Summit, MT
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16.6 mi 26.7 km
#6 Ole Creek Trail
Essex, MT
16.6 mi 26.7 km Essex, MT
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15.8 mi 25.5 km
#7 Coal-Fielding Trail
Blacktail, MT
15.8 mi 25.5 km Blacktail, MT
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11.5 mi 18.5 km
#8 Park Creek Trail
Essex, MT
11.5 mi 18.5 km Essex, MT
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2.3 mi 3.7 km
#9 Lake Isabel Trail
Blacktail, MT
2.3 mi 3.7 km Blacktail, MT
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Nyack, MT
1.0 mi 1.5 km Nyack, MT
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7.0 mi 11.3 km
#11 Autumn Creek North
Bison, MT
7.0 mi 11.3 km Bison, MT
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Summit, MT
16.1 mi 25.9 km Summit, MT
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#13 Nyack Pack Trail
Nyack, MT
0.9 mi 1.4 km Nyack, MT
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9.2 mi 14.8 km
#14 Two Medicine Pass
Bison, MT
9.2 mi 14.8 km Bison, MT
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0.7 mi 1.2 km
#15 Aster Park
Bison, MT
0.7 mi 1.2 km Bison, MT
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15.0 mi 24.1 km
#16 Coal Creek Trail
Nyack, MT
15.0 mi 24.1 km Nyack, MT
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0.4 mi 0.7 km
#17 Paradise Point
Bison, MT
0.4 mi 0.7 km Bison, MT
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Bison, MT
5.8 mi 9.3 km Bison, MT
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Pinnacle, MT
1.5 mi 2.4 km Pinnacle, MT
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10.1 mi 16.2 km
#20 Mt. Henry Trail
Bison, MT
10.1 mi 16.2 km Bison, MT
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