Places to Visit: Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park

Located in northwest Montana, Glacier National Park is a natural paradise, featuring miles of dramatic and explorable mountain wilderness filled with lakes, valleys, forests, glaciers and a diverse range of wildlife.

  • Located 450 miles northwest of Red Lodge.
  • Drive the spectacular 50-mile Going To The Sun Road.
  • Hike The Garden Wall, backpack into the interior, or walk on a glacier. 
  • Book a guided boat or bus tour. 
  • Admission Fees (peak season): $25/7-day Vehicle, $12/7-day Single Entry
  • Open year-round, with variable seasonal hours.

Overview

Glacier National Park contains some of the most striking natural scenery found anywhere in the country. The popular Going To The Sun Road takes visitors on a glorious journey through the heart of the park, rising toward Logan Pass at its apex. Found here is Logan Visitor Center, several trail heads, and gorgeous views of The Garden Wall. Hiking and backpacking are some of the most common activities, as well as camping, guided boat tours and Red Jammer Bus tours.

Hours/Season

Glacier National Park is open year-round, with most facilities open during peak season; certain areas are inaccessible in wintertime due to road closures.

Fees/Cost

  • 7-day Vehicle Permit
    $25/Summer (May 1 – Nov 30)
    $15/winter (Dec 1 – April 30)
  • 7-day Single Entry Permit
    $12/Summer (May 1 – Nov 30)
    $10/Winter (Dec 1 – April 30)
  • Glacier Annual Pass: $35
  • Camping Permit: Fees average between $10 - $23 per night. Backcountry campground permits required.

Contact

Mail: Glacier National Park
Park Headquarters
PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Visitor Information Ph: (406) 888-7800

Highlights

Going To The Sun Road
This east-west running road bisects the park and offers dramatic mountain scenery including panoramas.

Tours
Select from boat tours, bus tours, guided hikes, and more.

Lakes
Paddle, fish, raft, motor and camp along the shores of Lake MacDonald, St. Mary Lake, Two Medicine Lake and others.

Hiking
Glacier spell bliss for hikers and backpackers, with hundreds of miles of trails to trek.

Logan Pass
Feel like you're on top of the world when you peruse the visitor center and enjoy the views here.

Getting Here

Glacier National Park is approximately 450 miles from Red Lodge.

Directions from Red Lodge: Travelers may head northwest toward Glacier Park via US-212 to Billings before taking MT-3 north followed by MT-200 west before merging onto I-15 N and then connecting to US-2. Alternatively, travelers may take I-90 west to Butte before heading north on US-15 and onward.