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Interview with Anderson Design Group

Anderson Design Group's Glacier Posters Note from Anderson Design Group: As artists and wilderness explorers, our passion is to venture into our beloved 63 American National Parks, photograph and document these wonderful natural places, and share our enthusiasm for...

NPS Academy Internship Makes Glacier Careers Accessible for All

A new internship program is introducing participants from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the National Park Service to career opportunities at Glacier. This was no typical internship: ACE, the American Conservation Experience, has an innovative and immersive new training program to kindle passion and curiosity for NPS careers and build critical career skills. The training program, called the NPS Academy, is hosted at Grand Teton National Park. In March, the cohort of interns spends a week at the Academy building skills and making connections that will serve their future careers.

Gift Guides

We are all far too familiar with the feeling: you find what is sure to be the perfect present for [insert guy in your life here] and then you learn they already have what you had in mind and it's back to the drawing board. We have a perfectly curated list of gifts for...

Partner Spotlight: Iron Shield Creative

We recently met up with our partners from Iron Shield Creative, Lailani Upham and Carrie Lynn Bear Chief by Two Medicine Lake to talk about their work, why they love Glacier, and how you can get involved.

Wilderness Work Wins National Award

Jillian McKenna, Glacier National Park’s Wilderness Data Steward, was presented the Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award by NPS Director Chuck Sams in a ceremony this August in Washington DC.

“It was especially meaningful to receive this award from Director Sams,” McKenna shared, “Since he’s the first indigenous person to serve as National Park Service Director.”

MAPS Station Research in Glacier

People often enjoy spending time outdoors for peace and quiet, but rarely is the forest completely silent. Glacier National Park has over 260 bird species that you have the opportunity to hear when spending time in the dense forest areas. Because of the important roles they play in the environment, studying bird population trends is a top priority among conservation biologists.

Employee Feature: Ariana

One thing led to me coming out to Montana to work for the Conservancy and that was a road trip I took in 2021. Logan Pass wasn’t open yet so I was only able to go up to Avalanche Creek. I was immediately mesmerized by this place with the Swiss-like mountains, jade colored water, and villages that felt like home. I knew somehow, someway I’d find myself back here. When applying for summer positions I knew it had to be in Montana and I wanted it to be meaningful. I applied for the Conservancy and I feel so blessed that I was accepted for a position during the 2022 season!

Staff Picks: Our Shop Favorites

With so much great gear benefiting the park, it can be tough to choose the perfect items from the Glacier Conservancy Park Store. We've narrowed it down to some of our personal top picks so you can find your favorites!Staff Picks1. Men’s Hooded Tech Shirt  “This...

Using Social Media For Good

For many people, social media has become an important part of the way they interact with national parks. From trying to find the right trail to hike, to sharing selfies with family and friends, social media can be a valuable tool for the digitally connected park visitor. But increasingly, social media is associated with dangerous and destructive behavior in parks. In a time when headlines abound of hikers jumping fences, disturbing wildlife, or damaging natural resources in pursuit of the perfect selfie, one may begin to wonder—can social media be used for good in our parks?

Employee Feature: Brendan

When I was a kid, I read a lot and spent just as much time outdoors. I attended a Waldorf school for my kindergarten and elementary school years, which cultivated an early appreciation for nature, adventure, and the relationships present in close-knit communities. As I grew older, I switched into the public school system and slowly lost some of that appreciation for the outdoors and that feeling of being a part of a larger, purposeful community. But, my interest in adventuring outdoors continued in my reading interests, as books such as Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer captivated my interests and built a yearning within me to see the western parts of this country.

Headwaters Podcast Returns for Season 3

A brand new season of Glacier National Park’s podcast is projected to be released early 2023. GNPC sat down with the Headwaters team to get the inside scoop on season 3.

Employee Feature: Eliza

In my last semester year of college, I began reflecting on my past decisions and what I truly wanted to get out of the next few years of my life. The ultimate goal is to become a physician assistant (PA), but with my limited healthcare experience due to COVID-19, it was unlikely that I would get into PA school before 2024. Therefore, I had a decision to make: begin working in healthcare after graduation to gain experience or do something completely different for my last summer break. I chose the latter.

Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species in Glacier’s Waters

Major lakes and reservoirs across the country have been dealing with the drastic and alarming consequences of invasive mussel species, which wreak havoc on natural ecosystems and human infrastructure alike. But thanks to the diligent and industrious work of rangers and volunteers, invasive mussels have so far been kept out of Glacier National Park’s pristine waterways.

Meet the Superintendent: Dave Roemer

Former Redwood National Park deputy superintendent, Dave Roemer, started his new position as the superintendent at Glacier National Park in July 2022. The Glacier Conservancy caught up with Dave to learn about his new role and his goals for Glacier.

Employee Feature: Ripleigh

I have only been working at the Conservancy for a few weeks, but the experiences I have had and the memories I have made are going to stay with me for a lifetime. I have spent my entire life in Montana and have been to Glacier countless times, but getting the opportunity to experience the park with so many wonderful, like-minded people is an honor. One day, in particular, has outshined the rest – I got to go on a sunrise hike, do product photography, and go on a classic boat tour of Lake McDonald. This day happened to be the summer solstice, which seems to be very fitting as I walk into this new season of my life.

Employee Feature: Haleigh

My seasonal adventure in Glacier National Park began quite suddenly. Within one week of graduating from the University of Florida, I was packing up my things and flying halfway across the country, far away from anything I had known before. Montana, and the western United States, were unfamiliar to me; this trip would be my first time in both Montana and Glacier National Park.

Employee Feature: Mahala

Every year, the Conservancy welcomes a team of seasonal employees to work in our busy retail stores during the summer season. They travel from all over, and for many, this is their first trip to Montana or Glacier National Park. Their enthusiasm and energy are...

Native America Speaks 40th Anniversary Art Contest

Congratulations to artist Henrietta Wolf Black, the winner of the Native America Speaks 40th Anniversary Art Contest!   Henrietta’s design has been selected as the first ever logo for Glacier National Park’s Native America Speaks program. Native America Speaks is...

Wolverine Research Underway in Glacier

Photo: Amy Macleod You may or may not have heard of a wolverine. This elusive animal is the largest member of the weasel family. Little is known about this iconic species of Glacier National Park, which typically occupy remote stretches and high elevation habitats....

Welcome To Our New Business Partner, The Raw Stone

The Glacier Conservancy is pleased to welcome one of our newest business partners, The Raw Stone. The Raw Stone is a San Francisco-based jewelry maker specializing in ethically-sourced raw diamond & gemstone jewelry. They are donating 10% of proceeds from their...

Glacier Park Podcast Returns for Season Two

Ilawye the Great Grandparent Whitebark Pine Tree Photo: NPS Just in time for the new year, you can now tune into the first episode of the brand new season of Glacier's podcast. Headwaters is a podcast from Glacier National Park, made possible thanks to your donations...

Park Store Team Funds Multiple Projects In Glacier for 2022

Every year, the Glacier Conservancy's park store team selects a project in need of funding to be the focus of their add-on donation engagement efforts. Throughout the busy summer season, the park store staff create meaningful connections with visitors that translate...

Great Gray & Boreal Owl Research Underway Thanks to 2019 Giving Tuesday Donors

Photo: Fyn Kynd A great gray owl. Long before humans ever set foot in Montana, great gray and boreal owls have called it home. But you’d be lucky to spot one of these elusive birds while hiking through the forest. Owls hunt by night and roost by day, usually...

New Internship Program Focuses on Conservation In Glacier and Community

Photo: NPS With your support, the Glacier Conservancy is furthering our mission to preserve and protect Glacier National Park through strong community partnerships. This year, we teamed up with Glacier's Education Program and Whitefish School District to offer a new...

Current Conditions

Park Information

Visit the official Glacier National Park Website or view days and hours of Visitor Centers.

Reach the park at (406) 888-7800. Phones are generally staffed Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Parking & Road Conditions

Road conditions in Glacier can change quickly. Before you set out, check the current road conditions.

Get up to date parking and road status updates on the park’s Twitter feed.

The park spends months in the spring plowing the Going to the Sun Road and other roads throughout the park. Check on the plow status or see the latest photos from the road crew.

Weather

Webcams are located throughout the park to help you plan for the current conditions.

Helpful Planning Tools

HOW TO SEE GLACIER WITHOUT A CAR

If you’re traveling to the area without a vehicle, or just want to let someone else do the driving and avoid looking for a parking space on a busy day, there are plenty of options.

Once you arrive at either the Apgar Visitor Center on the west side or the St. Mary Visitor Center on the east side, you can take the free Going-to-the-Sun Road Shuttle from July 1 through Labor Day, or take a tour on a red bus or with Sun Tours.

Park Express Shuttle: Runs from Whitefish to the Apgar Visitor Center four times daily.

East Side Shuttle: Runs between Glacier Park Lodge, Two Medicine, and St. Mary Lodge. From St. Mary Lodge, you can transfer to the free park shuttle on the Going-to-the-Sun Road or transfer to a Xanterra shuttle to visit Many Glacier.

By bicycle:  Park your car at Glacier Guides in West Glacier and rent a bicycle to ride the 1.5-mile bicycle trail (all downhill!) to the Apgar Visitor Center. It’s also half the cost to enter the park on bike or foot than in a vehicle.

Once in the park, there are two guided tour bus options in addition to the free shuttle. Both companies also offer pickup locations outside the park gates.

Red Bus Tours with Xanterra
Blackfeet Interpretive Tours with Sun Tours