SHOULD YOU VISIT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN THE WINTER? YES! IF YOU LOVE ADVENTURE.

Woman in red puffer jacket walks on snow covered evergreen tree lined path with two huge snow covered mountains looming in the background

Visiting Glacier National Park In The Winter

Post Summary: Everything you could ever need to know about visiting Glacier National Park in the winter including what to do, where to stay, and what to bring.

Are you thinking about a trip to Glacier National Park in the winter? Get out your snow gear.

Visiting the national parks in the winter has become one of our favorite things. With Glacier being such a coveted tourist destination in the summer, we knew we needed to add Glacier to our winter travel bucket list.

What did we think of Glacier Park in winter? Epic, adventurous, stunning, wild…shall I go on?

It’s safe to say that Glacier has stolen a piece of my heart. The snow-drenched mountains and the soul-stirring desolation make it the perfect recipe for the winter-loving traveler. Combine some time in Glacier and a few days in the picture-perfect town of Whitefish, Montana, and you’ve got yourself a dream winter getaway.

Here’s our massive guide to everything you could possibly need to know about visiting Glacier National Park in winter. We’ll cover things to do in Glacier in winter, where to stay, what to pack, winter weather in Glacier, and tips for your time there. Use the table of contents below to skip down to specific topics.

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WHY YOU NEED TO VISIT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN THE WINTER

You might be wondering, is Glacier National Park worth visiting in the winter? Yes, visiting Glacier in the winter is incredible. If you love winter activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nature photography, or winter hiking, it’s an absolute paradise. Visiting in the winter does require you to be a self-sufficient traveler. There are no amenities in the park, so preparation is everything when choosing to visit Glacier in winter. Here are a few reasons why Glacier in the winter is amazing:

  1. NO TICKETED RESERVATION SYSTEM – Since 2021, Glacier has started a $2 ticketed entry system to access certain sections of the park. This is in response to the ovewhelming amount of people visiting the park in the summer. It’s a positive change, but a planning nightmare since the tickets are hard to get and you’ll need to know months in advance that you want to go. Visit Glacier National Park in the winter and you just cruise right in to the park.
  1. NO CROWDS: We visited Glacier National Park in January and we saw a handful of people in the park. Which was oddly comforting, because while it’s nice to be alone, we didn’t want to be the ONLY people in the park. We did notice a difference from when we visited on the weekend and on the weekday. There were far less people there on Monday.
  1. AFFORDABLE ACCOMODATIONS: Hotels are nearly 75% cheaper in the winter! It’s insane. In the summer, a standard no frills hotel can cost you $400 a night. In the winter, that same hotel will be $100 a night.
  1. PHOTOGRAPHY MAGIC: The winter landscape in Glacier is surreal. Anyone who deems themselves a photographer will love capturing Lake McDonald in the winter or the snowy mountains that surround the park.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK WINTER WEATHER

Visiting Glacier National Park in winter will mean snow. Lots of it.

Let’s break down Glacier National Park winter weather so you can know what to expect. Here are the average temperatures and snowfall for Glacier National Park in December, January, February, and March.

Glacier National Park In December: High of 27 deg. F/ Low of 14 deg. F
Glacier National Park In
 January: High of 30 deg. F/ Low of 17 deg. F
Glacier National Park In
 February High of 32 deg. F/ Low of 14 deg. F
Glacier National Park In
 March: High of 39 deg. F/ Low of 20 deg. F

Snowfall In December: 37.5 inches
Snowfall In
 January: 39.6 inches
Snowfall In
 February 22.5 inches
Snowfall In
 March: 14.5 inches

Basically, winter in Glacier is cold. If this weren’t a family-friendly blog, I’d punctuate that with an expletive.

You can expect a lot of snow in the park, and the potential for wind, snowfall, or snowstorms is always there. It was about 30 degrees when we visited, but we were prepared with great winter gear. That is an ESSENTIAL piece to enjoying your time in winter weather. I’ll get into what to wear and pack below. If you’re not used to dressing for cold weather, I highly recommend reading that so you’re prepared.

TIPS AND FAQS FOR WINTER IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

A low cascading waterfall in glacier national park in winter
McDonald Falls

Is Glacier National Park open in winter? Yes! The park is open all year, 365 days a year. That being said, most of the park is inaccessible to cars.

Are the visitor centers open in the winter months? The Apgar Visitor Center is the only visitor center open in the winter. It operates solely on the weekends, and that isn’t a guarantee. When we visited on the weekend, the visitors center was closed. However, the bathrooms at the visitor center are open year-round, and there will sometimes be paper maps outside of the visitor center.

Can you drive through Glacier National Park in the winter? From the West Glacier Entrance, the Going To The Sun Road is plowed for 11 miles to Lake McDonald Lodge. From there, there is a plowed parking lot where you can snowshoe, walk, or cross country ski the rest of the park. Weather permitting, that road is plowed and open year-round. The area around Apgar Village is also plowed and in the winter feels like a ghost town.

TIP: Use this link HERE for the most up-to-date information on road closures in the park.

How do I get to Glacier National Park? Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) is the closest airport to the park. Located in Kalispell, Montana, it’s 30 miles from the West Entrance of Glacier National Park.

Another option is to arrive by train on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. It drops you off right in the center of beautiful Whitefish, Montana. From Whitefish, you can get accommodations and rent a car (a necessity for accessing the park) for the 26-mile drive to Glacier National Park.

How many entrances are there to Glacier? There are seven entrances to the park, but the only entrance you can drive into in the winter is the West Glacier Entrance.

Is there cell service or wifi in the park? There is wifi at the Apgar Visitor Center (though it’s not something to rely on!), and cell service is spotty at best. 

Are there gas stations in the park? No. You will need to fill up your car before getting to the park. If you’re coming from Whitefish, the best place to fill up is Columbia Falls.

How much does Glacier National Park cost? The entrance fee to Glacier in the winter is $25 per vehicle and is good for seven days. We used our America The Beautiful Pass, a National Park pass that gets you admission into all the other National Parks plus 2000 other federal recreations sites. If you are visiting any other National Parks within one year, the pass could save you money. You can learn more about it HERE.

Is there food in Glacier National Park? There are no restaurants or snacks sold in the park, and you will need to pack your food. Check out my packing list below for a great way to bring a hot lunch with you to the park.

WHERE TO STAY IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER

Since there is no lodging inside Glacier National Park in the winter, you’ll need to find a hotel or home rental outside of the park. The closest town to the park is Columbia Falls. An easy 20-minute drive to the park makes it an excellent choice for anyone whose main goal is to visit the park. They have a cute downtown area with a grocery store, a handful of nice restaurants, and gas stations to fill up your car. It’s also a good jumping-off point for driving up to the lesser-visited entrances of Polebridge and Camas. It’s also where you’ll find more affordable lodging.

A little further away is the charming town of Whitefish, Montana. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the park and offers wonderful restaurants, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and a great downtown. Whitefish, Montana in winter is beautiful! We highly recommend spending some time there.

We chose to stay in two different hotels, one hotel for when we were visiting Glacier and another for when we were visiting Whitefish. It helped cut down on driving time and gave us more time in the park. Is it necessary? No. Are we happy we did it? Yes!

READ NEXT: 12 Amazing Things To Do In Whitefish In Winter

HOTELS NEAR GLACIER

Four year old boy jumping on bohemian motel room with chic king side bed.

We stayed at Wonderstone, a chic, upscale motel that offers beautiful rooms at a great price. They opened in 2021 and put a strong focus on elegant design and luxurious amenities. To me, it’s an AMAZING place to get a comfortable sleep before you go out on your Glacier wintertime adventure. The space is designed for outdoor types looking for a warm, inviting space to wash and rest between adventures. With coffee from local provider Montana Coffee Traders, plush organic cotton sheets, big cozy beds, and decorative touches from Pendleton and the Citizenry, it’s hard to believe you’re at a roadside motel. We loved our time there and would definitely go back.

They also have a bunkhouse with ten extra large twin beds for budget adventure travelers who just want a bed and a private shower.

HOME RENTALS NEAR GLACIER

Luxury cabin with reclaimed hard wood ceilings, leather couches, big windows, and a fireplace.
Luxury Mountain Home. Image courtesy of VRBO.

A home rental is a great choice for a traveler or family that wants privacy or the extra perks of a kitchen and backyard. Check out these cute VRBO’s in Columbia Falls:

Farmhouse With Views: (One bedroom, sleeps 3, views of Columbia Mountains)
Modern Condo: (Two bedrooms, sleeps 6, bunk beds for kids, walking distance to restaurants and grocery store)
Luxury Mountain Home: (Three bedrooms, sleeps 7, private hot tub, huge kitchen)

You can also search here to find VRBO’s in Columbia Falls that fit your specific needs.

WINTER CAMPING IN GLACIER

In the winter, there are two campgrounds available for front country camping. St Mary Campground (East Entrance) and Apgar Campground (West Entrance). While most people in the winter opt for RV camping, tent sites are available. Camping is free (you still have to pay for admission) and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Backcountry camping is allowed in the park, as long as you secure a permit. You can find more about winter backcountry camping here.

WHAT TO WEAR TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER

Gaiters are a great way to keep you warm and dry!

There’s no way around it; Glacier is COLD in the winter. It doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable, though! If you are prepared with high-quality winter gear and wear proper layers, you might find yourself pleasantly warm. Here’s the basic formula for staying warm while visiting Glacier in the winter.

  1. Wear a sweat-wicking base layer to keep you dry.
  2. A fleece or insulating mid-layer.
  3. Top it off with a waterproof or water resistant outer layer.

Here are our recommendations for what to wear to Glacier National Park in the winter.

BASE LAYER TOP: A base layer should pull the sweat from your body, keeping you warm and dry. They also can be anti-microbial, which means you won’t get stinky wearing them AND you can wear them for several days in a row! Less to pack! Merino Wool is my personal favorite, but a synthetic material works just as well and tends to be more affordable. For women, Kari Traa offers soft and cozy merino wool base layers that are also stylish. For men, Smartwool is a highly rated and trusted brand.

BASE LAYER BOTTOMS: Similar to above, a snug base layer to wear under your hiking or snow pants will keep you toasty warm. You want these to be snug but not so tight you don’t have a great range of motion. Again, I love the prints from Kari Traa for women and Smartwool for men.

INSULATING LAYER: The insulating layer traps heat against the body, providing warmth and protection from low temperatures. You can use a range of clothing choices, but the most common are vests and fleece. You can go affordable and find cheap fleece sweaters or jackets on Amazon. I bought this sweater when we visited Arches National Park in winter and it kept me warm! That being said, we live in a cold climate, and I have noticed that reputable brands like LL Bean and REI are of higher quality and last much longer.

OUTER LAYER: A packable, lightweight outer layer is crucial to protecting you from harsh winter elements like rain, snow, and wind. Since you’ll be moving around a lot, a jacket that stops at your hips is ideal. We like down puffer jackets since they can pack down to the size of a water bottle and can be thrown in a daypack if a fleece sweater or jacket is enough. We love the Patagonia Nano Puff and the North Face Thermoball Insulated Jacket. If you don’t live in a cold climate and that’s too much of an investment, Uniqlo has fantastic down jackets at an affordable price. That’s where we got one of our son’s puffer jackets, and it has worked out well!

SNOW PANTS: If you are doing snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or sledding, you might want to opt for snow pants to keep you dry and warm. Skiing or snowboarding pants can work, but they tend to be bulky, so you might want lined softshell snow pants like these for women and these for men that allow for a greater range of motion.

GAITERS: Gaiters are perfect for winter recreation in Glacier. It’s a waterproof layer that you wear around your boots and pants. We use them all the time when we don’t want to wear snow pants, but we want to stop snow from getting in our shoes and on our pants. It also adds an extra layer of warmth. We love them and are so happy we bought some! A great choice if you don’t have snow pants. You can buy women’s gaiters here and men’s gaiters here.

SNOW BOOTS: You’ll want waterproof shoes that offer good traction, keep you warm, and preferably rise above your ankle to help keep snow out. You can also layer on the above-mentioned gaiters if you’re hiking shoes don’t come up to the ankle. We use the Canadian brand Kamik for all our cold-weather boots. They are fantastic and have held up well after two years of intense trekking in them.

WARM SOCKS: Socks to keep your toes warm are everything! We suggest Smartwool socks or Bison Socks from United By Blue. If you’re like me and your feet get cold easily, you might want to start with a small base layer sock and then layer on a second sock.

GLOVES: I started with lined leather gloves, and they just weren’t cutting it in the 32-degree weather, so I used my thick skiing gloves. It’s irksome to take them off every time I want to take a photo, but it’s more annoying to have cold hands. Make sure to get gloves like these designed specifically for freezing cold weather.

HAT: A snug winter hat is a no-brainer in winter conditions. Get your ears covered!

NECK GAITER/ BALACLAVA: Our second day in the park, the temperatures dropped 10 degrees, and putting on my neck gaiter from United By Blue helped considerably to keep me warm. The only part of my body exposed was my face, and I would pull it up when I needed it. You could also opt for a balaclava like this for full-face coverage. An excellent choice for kids!

WHAT TO PACK FOR GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN THE WINTER

BEAR SPRAY: Yes, technically, the bears are hibernating in winter. But did you know bears get up periodically to do…bear things? Glacier is home to grizzly bears, so you need to have bear spray like this with you even though the chances are slim. Be sure you know how to use it before you go, and don’t pack it in your carry-on for an airplane. In my opinion, bear spray is a non-negotiable that you must have. In fact, we’re pretty positive we heard a bear when we were hiking. You can read about our bear experience here.

DAYPACK: A daypack is vital for your snacks, water, maps, and safety gear. We also used our backpacks to hold our snowshoes for when we didn’t need to wear them. We love the North Face Borealis backpacks.

MOISTURIZER: The wind and dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. You can use Vaseline to protect your face, or if you prefer a more natural product, Waxelene is a good alternative.

CHAPSTICK: Your lips will thank you for bringing a moisturizing lip balm. I swear by Evan Healy’s Whipped Shea Butter lip balm and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

LUNCH AND SNACKS: There are no food vendors in the park, so you will need to pack lunch and/or snacks for your time there. Here’s our hot tip for a warm lunch in the park. We brought our Stanley Thermos, a vacuum-insulated container that keeps your food hot for 15 hours. In the morning, we heated in the microwave some ready-made soup from Pacifica, poured it in, and boom – a hot lunch ready for us in the park. It was heavenly in 32-degree weather!

WATER BOTTLE: Even though it will be cold, staying hydrated is essential to any outdoor activity. Bring a reusable water bottle like a Hydro Flask that you fill up BEFORE you get there. Each person should have a filled-up water bottle. A hydro flask will keep your drink piping hot or ice-cold for at least 15 hours, so you can also pack hot cocoa, coffee, or tea to sip on when you’re cold. But also bring water!

POWER BANK: The cold weather, lack of a good cell signal, and constant photo taking will drain your phone faster than you’re used to. Bring a high-quality power bank to have your phone working at all times.

FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP: A lightweight flashlight like this one or a headlamp is a general safety device you should always have when hiking, but it’s also good to have if you’ll be staying for sunset and need a light source for your walk back.

TRACTION FOOTWEAR: If you won’t be snowshoeing or cross country skiing, it’s good to have traction footwear when hiking in Glacier. We used these YakTrax and they were perfect for the tightly packed snow trails and the icy spots we came across (mostly in the parking lots!). You could also opt for Microspikes, but we didn’t feel it was necessary since we weren’t climbing up rocks and didn’t need that tenacious of a grip.

SNOWSHOES AND/OR CROSS COUNTRY SKIS: We brought our snowshoes, but you can also rent winter equipment in Whitefish. I recommend where to rent them below.

HIKING POLES: A good pair of winter hiking poles is a godsend for stability and keeping yourself upright when walking in snow and icy conditions. Also, they are crucial for snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

TRASH BAGS: A place to keep your trash to throw away later goes a long way to keep the national parks beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.

SNOW CHAINS: If you’re driving a car, make sure to have snow chains that fit your tires. We didn’t need to use ours, but it’s a general safety precaution that’s good to have on hand.

ICE SCRAPER: An ice scraper if your car gets icy and covered in snow.

HAND WARMERS: I can never get enough hand warmers! I love them and always bring them when hiking or camping in cold weather conditions. Super easy to throw in your bag.

BINOCULARS: If you are a bird watcher or animal enthusiast, you may want to pack binoculars like these to help with spotting wildlife.

CAMERA: The nature photography in Glacier during the winter is phenomenal. We brought our Canon 90D with Canon 10-18mm wide-angle lens, Canon 18-135mm zoom lens, and our Go Pro Hero 8 Black. Our Canon camera might be overkill for the everyday photographer looking to get some nice shots. If you’re looking for a good starter camera, we suggest looking at the Canon Rebel T6 DSLR.

MAPS: While there might be paper maps at the West Glacier entrance station, there also might not be. I highly advise you have a paper map or screenshots of the cross country and snowshoe maps on the NPS website. I love maps that have a lot of information, so if you’re like me you can buy this detailed Glacier National Park map.


THINGS TO DO IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER

We’ve come to the fun part…what to do in Glacier National Park in winter! While Glacier is a big park, the area that can be accessed in the colder months is small. One to three days is enough time for most everyday adventurers.  

The main things to do on a Glacier National Park winter trip are snowshoeing, winter hiking, and cross country skiing. We’ll cover that, specific areas to visit, and other Glacier Park winter activities.

1. SNOWSHOEING

Snowshoeing in Glacier is a fantastic winter activity that almost anyone can do! It’s essentially hiking in the snow with the assistance of snowshoes and poles. Typically meant for deep snow areas, the snowshoes cover a bigger surface area allowing you to not sink into the snow.

The trails were nicely groomed and packed down tight while we were there, so we never actually needed our snowshoes for the trails, but it’s still a fun winter activity that can be done wherever there’s snow. We brought our own snowshoes, but you can also rent or buy from Sportsman Ski Haus in Whitefish, Montana or have snowshoes delivered to the park through Get Your Guide.

The National Park Service offers a two-hour ranger-led snowshoeing hike that leaves from Apgar Visitor Center. It’s offered on the weekend only, and snowshoes are available to rent from the Visitor Center. However, there will be no ranger-led snowshoeing hikes for the 2022 winter season.

TIP: Wherever there is a trail or snow, you can snowshoe! Just remember not to step on the tracks left from cross-country skiers. It’s a shared multi-use path for everyone, but you want to keep it nicely maintained for them.

2. CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

A popular cross country skiing path is the Going To The Sun Road.

There are a variety of trails available that will please the beginner to an advanced cross country skier. The most popular trail (that doesn’t mean it’s crowded, though!) is the Going to the Sun Road to the Avalanche Picnic Area. At 11.6 miles round trip, the staggering views and easy terrain make it a fantastic choice if you have only one day in the park. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent or buy it from Sportsman Ski Haus in Whitefish, Montana.

3. WINTER HIKING

Lastly, if you don’t want to snowshoe or cross country ski, consider one of the many winter hikes in Glacier National Park. We predominately explored the park on foot and loved it! Snowshoeing is a great winter workout, but we liked that we could go faster and cover more ground when we walked in our snow boots. Strap on some Yak-Trax, and you might find you like winter hiking more than summer hiking. We’ll get into some of the best winter hikes in Glacier National park below.

SUNSET PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIEWING

The sunset from Lake McDonald.

Sunset is incredible at Glacier. We were lucky to have mostly clear skies when we visited, so the sun gave us an impressive light show. We suggest parking in a pull-out on the main road and walking down (two minutes tops) to Lake McDonald to watch the sunset. You’ll likely have to walk through deep snow (about two feet when we did it), so wear gaiters or snow pants if you don’t want to get wet. Bonus points if you plan ahead and have hot cocoa, spiced cider, or tea in an insulated thermos.

4. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK WINTER TOURS

If traveling through the park on your own feels intimidating, you can opt for a private guided tour from a knowledgeable guide. Whitefish Outfitters offers 1/2 day tours that include insight into the ecosystem of Glacier.


WHERE TO HIKE, CROSS COUNTRY SKI, AND SNOWSHOE IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Here are some great multi-use trails that can be used for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. For how to access all the trails below, use these directions from the official site.

MCDONALD AND AVALANCHE CREEK AREA

Scenic bridge on the way to McDonald Falls.

If this is your first time at Glacier NP in winter, we suggest starting in this area. When entering from West Glacier, you’ll go right on the Going to the Sun Road, following along Lake McDonald until the road closes and you see a big parking lot. Most of the trails are gentle and the views are absolutely stunning.

MCDONALD FALLS

At 4 miles round trip, McDonald Falls is a great choice for anyone traveling with kids or someone wanting a shorter trek. The bridge over McDonald Creek is gorgeous and fabulous for photos. You can see our Instagram reel of the bridge here. A short walk from the bridge will take you to a great view of McDonald Falls.

SACRED DANCING CASCADE

The 5.3 miles round trip hike, Sacred Dancing Cascade, starts along the same path as McDonald Falls making it a great choice if you want something a little longer or as an add-on to McDonald Falls Trail. I like the path because you get to experience the wide-open trail of the Going To The Sun Road and snowy enclosed forested trails.

AVALANCHE PICNIC AREA

For a longer day on the trail, follow the Going To The Sun Road for an 11.6 miles round trip hike to the Avalanche Picnic area. With easy skiing, it’s an excellent choice for beginner cross country skiers. The entire way, you’ll have glorious views of snow-capped mountains and openings to McDonald Creek. It is possible to continue up the Going To The Sun Road or to Avalanche Lake, but the trails are best left to experienced skiers. Depending on winter conditions, the combination of ice and steep, narrow sections make it a dangerous choice for a novice.


APGAR AREA

Backside of women in red jacket and backpack standing on snowy embankment looking out at a creek in Glacier National park.
Lower McDonald Creek

The Apgar Area is in West Glacier and is the next area to see after exploring the Upper Lake McDonald Area.

LOWER MCDONALD CREEK

An excellent option for families traveling with young kids, the trails around the Lower McDonald Creek area are easy, short, and meander along the water of McDonald Creek. The trail is listed as a 2-3 miles long round trip walk because you can pick and choose among different paths in the area. We walked it with our son and had a hard time figuring out which trail led to where, but we had a great time and made sure to be aware of where we had gone so we could find our way back. We started on the trail near McDonald Creek Bridge and followed along the water.

MCGEE MEADOW LOOP

This 11.5-mile trail is ideal for skiers who want a full day out with moderate intensity. We did not do the trail ourselves, but popular advice says to end the trail going DOWN the Camas Road. Doesn’t everyone want to end their winter hike going downhill? Here’s the direction from the official NPS page. “Take the right fork of the road at the closure and ski past the houses until the road turns to a trail. The trail soon joins the road to Fish Creek Campground and the Inside North Fork Road. Bear left past the campground. The improved road soon turns to a narrow climbing gravel road. From this point, it is 3 miles to the first meadow. Continue over the crest of the hill to an orange marker identifying the trail to McGee Meadow. Ski along the northern edge of the meadow until you see the opening for the car pullout to the west, on the Camas Road. After a couple of short uphill sections, the route descends to the road closure.”

ROCKY POINT

Rocky point is a 6 mile round trip hike that offers another perspective of the park’s majestic mountains. It’s great for photographers who want to capture sweeping grand views of Lake Mcdonald and the mountains. Starting on the same path as the McGee Meadow Loop, you’ll veer off and take the McDonald Lake Trail on the right, just before the gate on the road. A fantastic easy trail that can be done with young kids who can do a longer hike!


CAMAS ENTRANCE

The bridge before the Camas Entrance has great views of the Flathead River,

Located on the west side of Glacier, the Camas Entrance is remote and almost guaranteed to bring you solitude. You’ll need to travel 20 miles up Highway 486 to access the entrance. A portion of Highway 486 is paved, but the majority is gravel, so a four-wheel-drive vehicle is best. The entrance is closed for winter, but the bridge leading to the entrance was plowed when we visited. There are no bathrooms or paper maps, so it’s for a well-prepared explorer. Even if you don’t snowshoe or cross country ski the area, it’s a great off the beaten path choice and a beautiful drive.


POLEBRIDGE ENTRANCE

The Polebridge Entrance is where you go for solitude.

For those looking for even MORE solitude, you’ll want to continue North past the Camas Entrance to the Polebridge Entrance. Because of its remote nature, few visit this section except for locals and die-hard visitors. Like Camas, the entrance is closed to vehicles, but you can park at the Polebridge Ranger Station. Untouched and wild, this area calls to those rugged adventurers looking to commune with nature.

TIP: The best huckleberry bear claws (a decadent sweet treat) can be found at the Polebridge Mercantile. It wasn’t open when we visited, but if it’s open stop by to indulge your sweet tooth.

BIG PRAIRIE

4 miles (6.4 km) round trip
A gentle four-mile round trip hike that starts at the ranger station and takes you to a large meadow and back. Beautiful views of the mountain ranges and the Flathead River. Great for families!

COVEY MEADOW

Covey Meadow is a perfect choice for anyone who wants a simple, family-friendly hike. The 3-mile hike overlooks the North Fork of the Flathead River.

LONE PINE PRAIRIE + HIDDEN MEADOW

Similar to the other hikes, this 6 miles round trip hike has views of the 1988 burn, the Flathead River, and the mountains. You can also add 2.4 miles by veering to hike out and back to Hidden Meadow. A pleasant hike that’s a great choice if you’re looking for something a little longer.


TWO MEDICINE VALLEY AND ST. MARY AREA

Two Medicine Valley and St. Mary are located on the East side of Glacier National Park and offer an entirely different perspective. We couldn’t make it there, but how could it not be anything short of phenomenal? You can check here for recommended skiing and snowshoe trails in the area.


Are you ready to adventure your way through Glacier National Park in the winter? Let us know if you have any questions about Glacier National park during winter in the comment section below.

Happy Trails!

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