Staff Picks: Our Favorite Stuff

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 faves!Staff PicksColorful Wildflower Hydro Flask  “This...

Protecting Native Fish in Glacier

Glacier National Park is well known for its stunning vistas, iconic megafauna, and pristine waters – but beneath the surface lies a hidden world locked in a perilous balance. Glacier is home to dwindling populations of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout, which face the ever-looming threat of extirpation (local extinction) due, in large part, to competition with invasive species.

Unraveling the Mystery of Golden Eagle Nests

A juvenile eagle spreads its wings. Photo by BJ Worth - In Glacier National Park, where the air is crisp and the mountains are steep, a remarkable bird can be found soaring on thermals across the expanse of blue sky. The golden eagle is a giant of...

A Keystone Species Comes Home

“These prairies now seem bare of life, but it was not always so. Not very long ago, they were trodden by multitudinous herds of buffalo and antelope; then, along the wooded river valleys and on the pine-clad slopes of the mountains, elk, deer, and wild sheep fed in...

Keeping our Wild Rivers Wild

A calm spring morning on the Flathead River. If you’ve visited Glacier National Park, you have probably noticed the pristine water of the Three Forks of the Flathead. But there may be more river than you realize! Did you know that 100 miles of the Flathead River...

The Incredible Link Between Glacier Grizzlies and Moths

Photo from the study of a bear digging for moths. Fleeing moths are circled in yellow.Each summer, a peculiar feast takes place high in the mountains of Glacier National Park. You usually hear it before you see it—the clinking of small rocks as heavy paws dig into...

5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

Photo by Sally Lombards National Park Week is here! This week is all about celebrating some of our favorite places where lifelong memories get made. We know this time of year looks a little different for everyone depending on where you are geographically, so we wanted...

Lynx Study Published

You might remember that 2019 was the Glacier Conservancy ‘Year of the Lynx.’ Now, in 2023, and we know more than ever about this elusive creature's activity in the Crown of the Continent. Over the past three years, researchers have dedicated their expertise to...

Protecting Wildlife from Disease

One of the most unique experiences available to Glacier visitors is the chance to view an intact ecosystem full of wild and untamed animals. Glacier’s majestic megafauna are a special resource that we can never take for granted, and an intact ecosystem is not something that merely happens—it requires the tireless work of park biologists to protect the habitat and safety of these creatures.

Piikuni Lands Corps Builds Connections and Skills

This summer marked the triumphant return of the Piikuni Lands Service Corps (PLSC), on hiatus the last few years due to the pandemic. The program, which engages Blackfeet youth and young adults in paid conservation work, reached an important milestone this year: for the first time, the crew was fully led and managed by Blackfeet staff.

Historic Photos Bring Going-to-the-Sun Road Construction to Life

Glacier National Park’s archives contain a wealth of fascinating materials and valuable historic documents, but with no park museum to display historic artifacts, documents, and photos, few people laid eyes on these incredible resources. A major digitization effort in Glacier’s archives is changing that—and so far, the results are amazing!

Last Minute Gifts

Last minute gifts for the Glacier lover in your life!

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.

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.


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

Helpful Planning Tools


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