Glacier National Park is always open; it never closes. The winter season is upon us, snow has fallen to the valley floor and more is on its way. If you are wondering what awaits you during winter in Glacier National Park, visit our visiting in wintering in the park page.
In honor of those who serve and have served in the United States military, entrance fees to Glacier National Park will be waived for the public Saturday through Monday, Veterans Day weekend.
In addition, Glacier and the other 400 sites of the National Park Service offer a free annual pass to active-duty military members and their dependents. The annual pass allows free entrance to national parks and other federal recreation sites.
Passes can be obtained at Glacier National Park’s headquarters or any staffed park entrance. A valid military identification card must be presented to obtain the pass. For more information, visit nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Winter entrance fees to the park are in effect Nov. 1 to April 30 each year. The park’s winter entrance fee is $15 per vehicle and is valid for seven days. The per-person winter entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot or bicycle is $10 and is valid for seven days. An annual Glacier National Park pass for unlimited access to the park for one year is available for $35.
For more information or to purchase a pass, call the park at (406) 888-7800.
Although not as popular as summer, campers are still camping during the winter. There are two auto campgrounds open during the winter, Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds. Both campgrounds are primitive, no running water, nor flush toilets and are free of cost during the winter.
Plenty of photos and lots of Glacier National Park information to help you plan your trip into the northwest corner of Montana, just south of the Canadian border.
Ahhhh, the great outdoors—and where better to enjoy nature at its best than at ‘Glacier National Park’.
You don’t have to wait for summer months to travel to this wonderful, beautiful place since there are activities and sports available each an every month of the year. And don’t forget your camera because the scenery is breathtaking in any season! This is God’s country and no other hand could ever take credit for it’s extreme diversity in recreational areas and glorious scenery.
If you want to have a great vacation, just follow a few rules of the park, and nature, and you won’t be disappointed.
Glacier Park covers 1.2 million acres of mountain ranges, deep valleys, and lakes formed by sixty glaciers that remain in the area. It also contains alpine meadows, dense forests, waterfalls, and two hundred lakes. Glaciers, (rivers of ice) sculpted these pristine mountains, and while the remaining glaciers are smaller in size, geologically they still do the same work as the original giants that formed this magnificent park.
Sacred to Native Americans through the centuries, the Plains tribes continue to hold vision quests and prayer ceremonies on Chief Mountain at the northeast border of the park. The first white man known to enter this area in 1815 was Hugh Monroe, (called ‘Rising Wolf’ by the Blackfeet Indians). He was a fur-trapper for the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.
The great Northern Railroad reached Glacier National Park in 1892 and brought miners, settlers, and tourists. In 1895 the federal government purchased the park from the Blackfeet Indians in order to freely mine for minerals. When none were found, the government then turned Glacier into one of our most cherished national parks.
Glacier National joins Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta Canada and is the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states. The park is home to 936 miles of rivers and streams, and 700 miles of hiking trails. There are very few road-miles in order to maintain the primitive/unspoiled beauty of this very special area. The only exception is a 52 mile stretch called, “Going-to-the-Sun” highway. It cuts through the very center of the park, crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and traverses the towering Garden Wall. A ‘Red Jammer' bus happily takes many visitors along this highway so they may enjoy the view in summer and early autumn months.
Heavy snow pack, and waters from melting glaciers in the spring contribute mightily to three major rivers of North America—the Missouri/Mississippi—the Columbia—and the Saskatchewan/Nelson. Cool, clear water at it’s earliest beginnings in Glacier Park…
Wolves, grizzly bears, and cougars (mountain lions,) as well as many species of plants, birds, snakes, insects, and small animals inhabit these beautiful Montana acres, so one must respect this fact for safety, both yours and theirs, when visiting the Glacier park.
OK, now that I’ve given you the history and facts about Glacier National Park, it’s time to delve into all the fun to be had there. Just to mention a few popular activities—check this list out:
1) Biking Glacier Park
3) Scenic viewing
6) Horseback riding
10) Snow shoeing
Go, have fun, tour this wonderful and beautiful country…Glacier National Park!