Expert Travel Advice to Glacier National Park

Top Answers To Glacier National Park Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    Everything really depends on conditions on the ground. According to Ellen Blickhan of Glacier NP, "Probably our snowiest months are January and February, but we can get in big storms through June!" She also recommends checking out the park's website for information on average temperatures and snowfall accumulation (http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/weather.htm), plus visiting the NOAA weather site (http://www.noaa.gov/wx.html) for storm predictions. There's also a link with more details about winter activities in Glacier at: http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/ski/xcski.htm, and don't forget to check out avalanche info for conditions in the backcountry: http://www.glacieravalanche.org. Hope this helps, and thanks, Ellen!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    A friend of mine just got back from Glacier. He was there on May 4 and couldn't get past Lake MacDonald Lodge because the road was closed to do snow. All but 2 of the campgrounds were closed as well. So while you may be able to get into the park, be aware that even in May snow may thwart your efforts.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    I was just in Glacier (Labor Day Weekend) and rented a car at the Kalispel Airport (about 35 miles from the park). The car had unlimited milage. I stayed at MacDonld Lake Lodge inside the park; the cabin was clean and pretty basic, but comfortable (there's no A/C but in Sept you wouldn't need it). There are also rooms available in the main lodge, where there's also a dining room and small bar area. Be aware: depending on how crowded the park is the more popular parking areas along Going-to-the-Sun Road fill up early in the morning. A park ranger should be able to give you an idea of what time you should try to park at different locations (Logan's Pass is especially crowded). Also, the weather is ever changing in Glacier, esp at higher altitudes. One minute the sun may be out and it's quite comfortable, the next minute its cloudy and the wind picks up. On Aug 31 the morning temps were around 37 degrees and they were calling for snow at the higher altitudes!
  • mtngirl answered:
    The Going to the Sun road is just what everyone does. To really see the park you need to plan before you come. The Glacier Park website is a great resource and has virtual hikes that you can look at to see different areas. Plus, the park is open year round so don't wait for the GTS road to open to come or put your trip off if it has closed. If you want to stay in a park hotel (my favorite is Lake McDonald Lodge) you will need to reserve over a year in advance. But there are good hotels nearby and many houses for rent. My favorite part of the park that hardly anyone sees is the North Fork area. The nearest town to that area is Polebridge that has a killer bakery and great sandwiches at the Mercantile. That is a good dropping in point for Kintla, Bowman, and the other NF lakes. There are also homesteads inside the park, many that you can rent on vrbo.com. There is one really lovely on inside the North Fork area. Also Two Medicine does not get as many visitors and it is really special - but there is only a campground and camp store there. Warning is that the wind on the East side of the park can be a real challenge, especially at Two Med and Waterton.

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