Dates & Hours

Glacier National Park welcomes visitors 365 days per year and is never "closed". Winter weather dictates when most visitor facilities, hiking trails, roads and activities open and close for the season. June through September is typically considered our "summer" season when most facilities and roads are open and accessible. The Going-to-the-Sun Road typically opens in mid June and closes in mid October.

Our seasonal lodging properties typically open in late May or Early June and close in mid to late September. Grouse Mountain Lodge, located in Whitefish, Montana is always open year-round. For more information, see our 2016 Lodging Dates below.

When to Visit Montana

The best time to visit Montana and Glacier National Park depends on what you're looking for in your vacation. July and August are the warmest summer months with reliable warm weather and most roads and hiking trails will be fully accessible. The Going-to-the-Sun Road typically opens in mid to late June. This also means that July and August are the busiest times of year. If you're looking to beat the crowds, spring or fall may be the best time of year to visit.

Montana's Secret Season

Spring is the secret season in Montana. The landscapes are awakening from the long winter and the weather becomes mild. Glacier National Park and Whitefish are much less busy in May and early June before kids are out of school for the summer. In spring, not all roads and hiking trails will be open, but there is still plenty to do! Spring is the best season for whitewater rafting at the peak of run-off and cyclists can bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road before it opens to vehicle traffic. Although most hotels in the Park open in early June, Grouse Mountain Lodge is open year round and Apgar Village Lodge and the West Glacier Motel typically open in late May.
Winter in Whitefish is a beautiful time of year! Whitefish Mountain Resort typically opens for the season in the first week of December and the first couple weekends before the holidays are great times to get lots of turns without the crowds. The busiest weeks in winter are around Christmas and New Year's as well as around President's Day (Family Day in Alberta). We see lots of snow throughout the winter, but the chance of a bluebird ski day is higher March. 

Fall in Montana

Yes - we have fall colors in Montana! The Larch tree, also known as Tamaracks, are deciduous conifers that change color and lose their needles in the fall. The Larch turn the mountains gold and create spectacular scenes of fall color. Also in the fall, Whitefish has a great line-up of events filled with local flavor, including Whitefish Oktoberfest! For fall visitors to Glacier National Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road typically stays open until mid to late October, depending on when we receive our first snowfall. Although more properties in the park close in September, Grouse Mountain Lodge is open year-round.

2017 Lodging Dates

The 2017 opening dates for our lodging properties are as follows:

Glacier Park Lodge
June 6, 2017-September 25, 2017
June 8, 2017-September 26, 2017
Open year-round
May 26, 2017-September 21, 2017

Apgar Village Lodge
May 19, 2017-September 24, 2017
May 26, 2017-September 17, 2017
June 9, 2017-September 17, 2017

Visitor Center & Ranger Station Hours

Visitors centers throughout the Park open and close at different times. Times are subject to change throughout the year.

Logan Pass Visitor Center
Road Opening-September 5: 9am to 7pm
September 6-Septemeber 30: 9:30am to 4pm
October 1: Visitor Center closed for season
Many Glacier & Two Medicine Ranger Stations 
May 26 - September 17: 7am to 5pm, backcountry permits available until 4:30pm.
September 18: Ranger stations closed for the season

Polebridge Ranger Station
May 29 - September 17: 9am to 5pm, backcountry Permits available until 4:30pm.
September 18: Ranger station closed for the season

Apgar Visitor Center
January-May 13: Weekends only 9am to 4:30pm
May 14-June 10: 9am to 4:30pm
June 11-September 5: 8am to 6pm
September 6-October 10: 8am to 5pm
October 11-Mid May 2018: Weekends only, 9am to 4:30pm

Park Headquarters 
Monday - Friday (closed holidays): 8am to 4:30pm year round, closed for lunch from 12pm to 12:30pm in the fall, winter and spring
St. Mary Visitor Center 
May 28 - June 25: 8am to 5pm
June 26 - August 14: 8am to 6pm
August 15 - October 2: 8am to 5pm
October 3: Visitor center closed for season