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!
  • 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.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Glacier Park Inc offers historic red bus tours throughout the park. Just go to www.glacierparkinc.com and it will give a description of the tours and where they leave from.
  • 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.

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