Explore the Winter Environment with a Park Ranger

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park is offering Winter Snowshoe Walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 11, Winter Trails Day.  This day is celebrated throughout the country as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and discover the fitness and social benefits of outdoor activities.  The snowshoe walks will continue through Saturday, March 22.

The public is invited to join the two-hour, ranger-led snowshoe excursions into the Park’s winter environment.  The program is free. Participants are encouraged to bring snowshoes or they are available to rent for a nominal fee at the Apgar Visitor Center.  Participants should wear sturdy winter boots, dress in layers for a variety of winter conditions, and bring water and snacks.

The walks begin and conclude at the Apgar Visitor Center which is located past the West Glacier entrance station. There is no group size limit and reservations are not accepted. The snowshoe walks are suitable for varying ages and abilities, but are not recommended for children under age 6.

The snowshoe walks are presented in partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy.  The Conservancy is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park,  providing support for preservation, education, and research through philanthropy and outreach.   For more information about the Glacier National Park Conservancy visit http://glacierconservancy.org.

Park entrance fees are required.  The Park’s winter entrance fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker /bicyclist /motorcyclist) for a seven-day pass. When an entrance station is not staffed, it is the responsibility of the visitor to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations at respective Park entrance stations. Annual park passes, which allow visitors unlimited entry to the Park for 12 months from the first date of entry, are available for $35.  Annual passes may be purchased on weekends from staffed entrance stations, at park headquarters on weekdays from 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., or by calling 406-888-7800, and through the Glacier National Park Conservancy Office at 402 9th Street West, Columbia Falls.

Please contact the park at 406-888-7800 for general information regarding the ranger-led snowshoe walks, or visit http://www.nps.gov/glac.