Glacier National Park, Montana Travel

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana, found approximately 350 miles northwest of Big Sky, has endless opportunities for seeking adventure, experiencing the wilderness, and viewing diverse wildlife and major geological features.

  • Glacier National Park is open every day of the year.
  • Today there are 50 glaciers in the Park.
  • Within its 1.4 million acres of wilderness, are over 730 miles of maintained trails.
  • There are over 200 lakes and streams in the Park.

Overview

Today there are 50 glaciers in the park. Although these glaciers are currently shrinking, they are still shaping the sedimentary rock of the park, but on a much smaller scale than thousands of years ago.

The diverse climates and wildlife of northern Montana create stunning surroundings in Glacier National Park. The higher mountains, dividing the park from north and south, have a warmer and moist climate making forests of spruce, fir, and lodge pole pine dense. Hemlock and red cedar are common near Lake McDonald.

Within its 1.4 million acres of wilderness, over 730 miles of maintained trails allow hikers and backpackers to see some of Glacier's hidden beauty. In lower elevations trails are usually dry and free of snow by mid-June. In higher elevations trails do not dry until late July.

There are over 200 lakes and streams in the park making Glacier an angler's paradise. Lakes and rivers are not stocked but fishing is permitted. Check with park staff about dates of the fishing season and regulations.

Hours/Seasons

Glacier National Park is open every day of the year. However, winter weather dictates when most visitor facilities open. Most facilities are open from late May to early September.

During the shoulder seasons, and in winter, lodging and other guest services are available in gateway communities, but not in the Park. Contact local Chambers of Commerce for more information.

The Going to the Sun Road is closed for a majority of the winter season.

Fees/Costs

7-Day Automobile/Vehicle Permit
Summer Rate - $30 May 1 - November 30
Winter Rate - $20 December 1 - April 30

7-Day Single Entry Permit
Summer Rate - $15 May 1 - November 30
Winter Rate - $15 December 1 - April 30
Per person entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group. Non-transferable.

Glacier National Park Annual Pass - $50
Valid for one year from month of purchase. Admits purchaser and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the pass holder and his/her immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (foot, bicycle). Non transferable, nonrefundable and does not cover camping fees.

Contact

Visitor Information (406) 888-7800
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) (406) 888-7806

Highlights

Of course the most fascinating highlight of Glacier National Park would be the glaciers. However, depending on the amount of time that you have to spend in the Park, you can enjoy a multitude of things.

  • Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
  • Participate in a ranger-led talk or walk.
  • Investigate the Discovery Cabin in Apgar Village
  • Take a backpacking trip deep within Glacier's wild interior.
  • Hike through forests and up mountains on over 700 miles of hiking trails.
  • Camp at any one of our 13 front country campgrounds.
  • Take a boat cruise to learn about geology, park history, and much more.
  • Ride on a horse and explore historic and contemporary routes.
  • Tour the Going-to-the-Sun Road in a Red Bus or learn all about the Blackfeet Indian culture in comfortable motor coaches.

Getting Here
Leaving Glacier National Park from the southwest entrance follow MT-83 south till it merges with I-90. Take I-90 east to exit 298 and then head south to Big Sky.

Along the way you will want to explore Flathead Lake, Butte and Bozeman, MT.

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