Unending wilderness. Big Sky mountains, forests, rolling meadows and lakes. More than 700 miles of hiking trails. Summer wildflowers galore.
Hiking, camping, boating, bicycling, fishing, cross-country skiing, horseback trips, ranger-led programs, Going-to-the-Sun Road
One for the Bucket List
Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road. Wind through roughly 50 miles of the park's vistas on of one America's most spectacular scenic routes. The trip takes about two hours from the west entrance to the east entrance of the park, but most visitors stop at Logan's Pass along the way, which is a photographer's dream with fields of summer wildflowers. Hike Hidden Lake and Highline trails at Logan's Pass to take in the most of the floral bewilderness.
Going-to-the-Sun-Road is completely open mid-June to mid-September, but a major road rehabilitation project closes sections of the road during the remainder of the year. Shuttle service is available at the Apgar Visitor Center from July through the beginning of September and includes stops at Logan Pass.
Seasons and Hours
Summer obviously is peak season, with snow usually covering the park till late as June. The Apgar Visitor Center is open May 1 through the end of October, while three other visitor centers are open from the end of May through mid-September. The Park Headquarters is open year-round (except holidays) 8AM-4:30PM, weather permitting.
West Entrance: The park's west entrance is about 33 miles from Kalispell, MT, via Highway 2 toward West Glacier. Access Lake McDonald, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and the west entry to Going-to-the-Sun Road here. See map.
East Entrances: The park's St. Mary, Two Medicine and Many Glacier entrances are near Browning, MT (about 150 miles from Great Falls, MT), off Highway 89. To access the east entry to Going-to-the-Sun Road, use the St. Mary entrance. See map.
Average Temps (ºF) High/Low
January - 29/15
April - 54/30
July - 79/48
October - 53/32
Approximate Distance From...
Great Falls, MT - 150 miles
Spokane, WA - 270 miles
Yellowstone National Park - 450 miles
Boise, ID - 500 miles
Seattle, WA - 650 miles
Salt Lake City, UT - 650 miles