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Glacier National Park transitioning to winter operations

Posted at 9:57 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 10:31:51-04

Glacier National Park is preparing for the winter months.

Although the park is accessible to the public year-round, fall and winter are seasons with low visitation, limited access, and reduced services.

The boating season is coming to a close in Glacier National Park with all remaining open waters -- including Lake McDonald, Bowman Lake, and Kintla Lake -- closing on Nov. 1.

Most campgrounds have closed for the season and no potable water is available on the east side of the park.

The Apgar Campground, located in the Apgar Picnic Area, and St. Mary Campground remain open year-round in primitive or winter status, which means that no running water is available.

Click here for more information about campground status.

Visitors are reminded that hiker-biker access is permitted on most closed roads at this time of year. Related risks include falling ice or rocks, road debris, and ice-covered or snowy road conditions.

Current road conditions, including closures, are posted on the park’s road status webpage . Current trail status information can be found on the park’s trail status webpage.

Most visitor centers and ranger stations have closed for the season.

Park Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Apgar Visitor Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, restrooms, potable water stations, and updated information are available in the Apgar Visitor Center plaza seven days a week.