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Glacier National Park - General Park Information

Glacier National Park is a major tourist destination, but cold snowy winters keep the park quiet from mid-fall through late spring. Before visiting, find out what the weather will be like, and make sure the areas are open. Park Headquarters is open Monday through Friday yearround. The Apgar Visitor Center is open every day from May through October but is only open weekends the remainder of the year. Logan Pass Visitor Center and St. Mary Visitor Center open from late spring through mid-fall.

Camping reservations can be made for St. Mary, Fish Creek and Apgar campgrounds. Reservations may be made up to a year in advance. There are many other campsites, including some at Apgar, that are first-come, first-served. There is a fee for camping. Some sites require pre-payments. Others can be paid for by obtaining an envelope from a ranger and placing the fee in a tube at the campsite. For winter camping, the Apgar picnic area and the St. Mary Campground are available for no fee. Cross-country skiing is permitted, too.

Visitors can see the park on foot, by car or in a Red Jammer bus. The giant glacier has shrunk due to global climate change, but it is still an impressive sight. Many tourists enjoy taking a 1920's tour boat on one of the lakes. Bicyclists find the area challenging and especially enjoy the downhill rush. Fly fishing is a popular sport, and no permit is required. Wildlife watchers will get an eyeful, but everyone should beware the dangerous grizzly bears and mountain lions.

As for hiking, there are valleys and mountain passes to explore. There are 700 miles of trails. Most visitors opt for shorter hikes and scenic overlooks, but the hardiest hikers can walk 110 miles north to south on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail is 52 miles from east to west. Park shuttles make it easy to start where you want, end where you want and return to your car or campsite. Backcountry hiking requires a permit. The Apgar Backcountry Permit Office opens from May through October.