Visiting Glacier National Park

Planning a trip to Glacier National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Glacier National Park, Montana.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rockies / West Coast

Park Size: 1,013,322 acres (1,583.32 sq miles) (4,100.77 sq km)

Location: Flathead and Glacier counties

Closest Cities: Columbia Falls, Montana

Busy Season: May to September

Visitation: 3,049,839 (in 2019)

How much does Glacier National Park Cost?

Glacier National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $35 Summer / $25 Winter
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $30 Summer / $20 Winter
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $20 Summer / $15 Winter

An annual Glacier National Park Pass costs $70 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $10 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Glacier National Park Open?

Glacier National Park is open year-round, but many parts of the park are closed during winter.

Are dogs allowed in Glacier National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Glacier National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads open to vehicle traffic, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails, along lakeshores outside of developed locations, and in the backcountry. Please review the Glacier Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Glacier.

Where are Glacier National Park’s visitor centers?

St. Mary Visitor Center – late May to early October

Apgar Visitor Center – Daily mid-May to mid-October, weekends during the rest of the year

Logan Pass Visitor Center – Open when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to vehicle traffic.

Land Acknowledgments for Glacier National Park

The National Park known as Glacier National Park sits on mid-May to mid-October.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Where to stamp your National Parks Passport Book in Glacier National Park?

The National Park Passport Book is the BEST and cheapest National Park souvenir. Every National Park Obsessed person should have one of these books.

If you are new to the National Parks, you can learn more about the National Parks Passport program here or jump right in by ordering:

IMPORTANT: Do NOT stamp your government-issued passport.

There are thirteen official stamps for Glacier National Park. Here is the list of National Park Passport Stamps you can get in Glacier National Park:

  • Apgar, MT
  • Goat Haunt
  • Goat Haunt, MT
  • Lake McDonald, MT
  • Logan Pass, MT
  • Many Glacier, MT
  • NPS Centennial
  • Polebridge
  • Polebridge, MT
  • St. Mary, MT
  • Two Medicine, MT
  • West Glacier, MT
  • West Glacier, MT (Capital Letters)

Bonus Stamps

  • Glacier 1910 National Park 2010
  • Image Of Bird Foot Prints
  • Image Of Cat Paw Prints
  • International Peace Park
  • Junior Ranger
  • Lake McDonald
  • St. Mary Lake
  • Two Medicine

Glacier National Park Passport Stamp Locations

Here are all the locations to find the Glacier National Park Passport Stamps. Not every stamp is available at every location.

  • Apgar Visitor Center
  • Conservancy Visitor Center Belton Train Station
  • Goat Haunt Ranger Station
  • Headquarters
  • Lake McDonald Ticket Office [BONUS ONLY]
  • Logan Pass Visitor Center
  • Many Glacier Ranger Station
  • Polebridge Ranger Station
  • St Mary Visitor Center
  • St. Mary Lake Ticket Office [BONUS ONLY]
  • Two Medicine Ranger Station
  • Two Medicine Ticket Office [BONUS ONLY]

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