Glacier National Park Winter Activities

January 8th, 2012 by HTL

The greatest visitor attraction for guests of the Historic Tamarack Lodge and Cabins is Glacier National Park.  Open year round, the Park offers an outstanding experience for our guests to get up close and personal with the mountains we call home.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities in the park.  For easy access,  the National Park Service plows and maintains the Going-to-the-Sun Road from West Glacier to the Lake McDonald Lodge, a distance of 10 miles, and from the St. Mary entrance to the gate near the St. Mary campground on the east side.  However, most park roads will not be plowed and snow will be allowed to accumulate for non-mechanized recreational use.  This means miles and miles of solitude – the perfect remedy to the over-indulgence of the holiday season!

Park ranger-led snowshoe walks are free and begin at the Apgar Visitor Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, January 7 through March 18.

Winter camping is available in the park at Apgar Picnic Area and St. Mary Campground.  There is no cost for winter camping but a valid park entrance pass is required.  Backcountry permits are required for winter backcountry travelers for all overnight backcountry trips.  Winter permits are available, at no charge, from park headquarters during the week, and on weekends at the Apgar Visitor Center.

Reduced winter season entrance fees, in effect through April, mean a day at the Park provides even greater value for money.  Winter rates are $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants for a seven-day pass.

Winter hours for the Apgar Visitor Center are weekends, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  During the week, visitors may obtain information and assistance at park headquarters in West Glacier.

For additional park information about winter activities at Glacier National Park, visit or call 406-888-7800.

We say…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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