Things You Should Know While Planning Your Glacier National Park Trip

Glacier National Park in Montana covers over one million acres and is home to mountains,  glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and an incredible variety of thriving plant and animal life. The park is  a paradise for explorers due to its enormous variety. It provides something for everyone, from  those who want to see magnificent landscapes from a car or boat, to those who wish to get close  and more involved with a stroll, a climb, or even a glacier hike. It is also famous for its fantastic  wildlife, from lynx and elk to wolverines, wolves, and grizzly bears.

Glacier can quickly check all the boxes, whether you’re searching for challenging walks,  backcountry camping, beautiful driving, or family-friendly hikes. However, Glacier National Parkis also wild, scattered, sometimes unexpected, and often without a mobile phone or internet, and thus you  have to prepare yourself.

If you are a nature lover, you may think about camping in the Glacier National Park to spend as long as possible in nature. The most popular glacier campsites are Fish Creek Campground (West Glacier), Apgar Campground (West Glacier), Sprague Creek Campground (Going-to-the-Sun Road), Avalanche Campground (Going-to-the-Sun Road), Rising  Sun Campground (Going-to-the-Sun Road), St. Mary Campground (St. Mary Area), Many Glacier Campground (Many Glacier Area), and Two Medicine Campgrounds (Two Medicine Areas). These are the most famous campsites, but not all of them! There are a large number of outdoor sites, smaller  glacier camps, and even free campsites outside of the park, as well.

The ideal time to visit Glacier National Park for hot weather is July, August, and September,  although the park may be crowded with visitors. The months of June and October are beautiful  shoulder seasons, although the higher altitudes of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, especially Logan  Pass, may be blocked by snow during these months. Whatever time you come; Glacier is all about the scenery.

You may experience this stunning nature while on a scenic drive, day walks, from the back of a horse, on a boat trip, on a bike, and along the Flathead River. Other activities include walking and backpacking, wildlife watching, guided tours, ranger-led programs, camping, photography (the sunset at Lake McDonald is one of the most photogenic spots in  the park), biking, fishing, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, and various special events. There are also  many different activities.

Travelers will find many traditional rustic lodges with a style and feel that harkens back to the  early twentieth century when it comes to places to stay near Glacier National Park. There are lodging options both inside and outside of the  park. The Rising Sun Motor inn, Village Inn at Apgar, Lake McDonald Lodge & Cabins, Many Glacier Hotels, Glacier Outdoor Center, Homewood Suites by Hilton Kalispell, Under Canvas Glacier, Sky eco-Glacier General Store and Cabins, Glacier Homestead, Glacier Haven Inn, Wonder Stone, and Kandahar Lodge and Swiftcurrent Motor Inn & Cabins are the places to stay near Glacier National Park.

Marcin Aleem

The author Marcin Aleem