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Glacier National Park West Glacier

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Glacier National Park
Grinnell Drive
West Glacier
MT
59936
Tel: 406 888 7800

Directions

Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. By Car Visitors arriving by car will use U. S. Highway 2 to access the park from either the east or west. Visitors can also access the park from the north using Highways 89 or 17. By Plane Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana is 25 miles west of park headquarters in West Glacier, Montana. There are also airports in Great Falls, Montana (200 miles east of West Glacier) and Missoula, Montana (156 miles south of West Glacier). Car rentals are available at airports. Shuttles are available at the Kalispell airport. By Train Amtrak services both East Glacier and West Glacier. Glacier Park Inc., provides a shuttle service at these locations. Please call them at 406-892-2525 for more information.

Where are we going today?

Glacier National Park is known as the "crown of the continent" - and when you visit you will see why! You and your family will be surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery in the entire country...and we're excited to tell you about it!

This Montana wilderness is filled with rugged mountains, alpine meadows, pristine forests, and amazing lakes. Grab those comfortable shoes because there are over 700 miles of trails to take on! 

It's a hikers paradise, as well as any family who LOVES an adventure! Glacier National Park is perfect for any family who loves some solitude, and it will introduce kids to a whole new wilderness experience that they will never forget!

History is right in front of you too - as you can relive the days through old historic chalets, as well as lodges, and you can hear and live the stories of Native Americans, so an important cultural experience for everyone. 

The Going To The Sun road is an experience that everyone should have whilst in Glacier National park. During your time there you can also enjoy a ranger-led walk or talk to learn some interesting facts about the areas, and the Discovery Cabin is the best place to learn all about the park's wildlife and plants that call it home.

If you wanted to really make an adventure out of it, there are 14 frontcountry campgrounds for you to stay in - which gives you more time to enjoy the guided horseback trips that are available!

Glacier National Park is a magical experience for the family, especially the kids. A true wilderness experience in a stunning part of the USA! 

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$25 per vehicle for 7 days. $15 in winter. $12/$10 on foot entry
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Various visitor centers open and close at different times, so check before you go

Park open all year round.

I'm Hungry!

There are actually a number of stores and restaurants throughout the park! From snacks to full sit down dinners, there is plenty! .

Healthy Eating!

With the amount of restaurants and stores, there are plenty of healthy options to you to pick from! .

Any Top Tips?

The park participate in the free-fee days, so check the holidays and weekends where you don't have to pay!.

Doing our bit

Glacier's western valleys generally receive the most rainfall. Daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees F. It is frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler at higher elevations. Strong winds and sunny days predominate on the east side of the park. Overnight lows throughout the park can drop to near 20 degrees F, and snow can fall anytime. In August of 1992, a foot of snow fell on the northeastern corner of Glacier. Prepare for a variety of conditions and pack accordingly. You may start the day in a T-shirt and shorts, and need a parka by evening. Dress in layers. Always bring raingear..

Need a little extra help?

The landscape can prove difficult for wheelchairs, so you can always call the NPS and ask them what experiences you can have .

Can I get one of those?

Check out the general stores because there are lots of little bits and pieces for you to take home! .

More information

Check ahead for any road conditions!.

What people are saying?

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    Wow.
    Great hiking in a spectacular setting, and I really do mean spectacular.
    Popular place so you might want to consider the timing of your visit. It is Montana so come prepared - goretex, fleece, and more goretex and fleece. Windy too.
    If you're coming to hike do your homework first. Lots of trails with crowds. You can do hikes with fewer crowds if you do some research but some hikes are worth the crowds.Most in park campgrounds fill early as do some of the parking lots.
    Polebridge area seemed less crowded as did East Glacier around Glacier Park...Read More

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    I was in Glacier for the second to last week of June, and I loved how intense all of the waterfalls, rivers, and streams were. The hiking was astounding, but the views from the car were great as well. Some of the Road to the Sun was closed off due to snow, but that made a several-mile chunk of it an excellent bike ride for cyclists. The sunsets were lovely as well. If you go around the time of the summer solstice, the sun sets very late there (around 9:35PM).

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    Magnificent! This is God's special country. The panaramic views everywhere were beautiful. Wildlife, flowers, the lakes, everything was magnificent. Waiting for road crews was a non-factor. How could anyone complain when you get to look at such beauty while you wait?

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    So beautiful. The beauty is truly surreal. I cant even describe it. Take the Highline Trail with the Glacier Overlook. Its a long 8 hr hike but it has the best views.

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    I am sorry to say that we had a negative experience last week at Glacier. The park service is working on the roads on the east side of the park. There is no information given when entering on the west side warning of the closed areas especially on the east side. We entered expecting to spend some quality time hiking. Most of the parking lots were full on the west side, the visitors center on the pass was closed off because of full parking, and ALL of the east side lots were closed. The park service should provide bus transportation to take the pressure...Read More

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by Dan Donovan

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Wow.
Great hiking in a spectacular setting, and I really do mean spectacular.
Popular place so you might want to consider the timing of your visit. It is Montana so come prepared - goretex, fleece, and more goretex and fleece. Windy too.
If you're coming to hike do your homework first. Lots of trails with crowds. You can do hikes with fewer crowds if you do some research but some hikes are worth the crowds.Most in park campgrounds fill early as do some of the parking lots.
Polebridge area seemed less crowded as did East Glacier around Glacier Park Lodge. Going-to-the-Sun road in midst of 10 year re-work so be ready for it.Let someone else drive this road so you can look out the window. Lots of unpaved roads - what did you expect in Glacier! Signs posted through out area informing of road closures and deals - pay attention.
Lots and lots of campgrounds, most in the park stay full. Look around the area - Glacier doesn't have a monopoly on good hiking and scenery. Quite a few parks and wilderness areas / forests contingent to the park. Visit Blackfoot region and don't forget Waterton.
Don't forget your fleece and goretex. I experienced snow twice in August! Pets not allowed on trails in the Park, seems common in National Parks. Lots of alternatives in the region if fido a must.

by mark van curen

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I am sorry to say that we had a negative experience last week at Glacier. The park service is working on the roads on the east side of the park. There is no information given when entering on the west side warning of the closed areas especially on the east side. We entered expecting to spend some quality time hiking. Most of the parking lots were full on the west side, the visitors center on the pass was closed off because of full parking, and ALL of the east side lots were closed. The park service should provide bus transportation to take the pressure off parking at least until the roads ate fixed "in two years!" I have visited six other national parks and have never had such a poor experience. Will never return to this poorly run park.

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