Weather is ALWAYS unpredictable in Glacier. Year-round! Come prepared for changing conditions and potentially cold and blustery days. Expect colder temperatures and more extreme conditions at higher elevations, such as at Logan Pass.
- National Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park
(a clickable map of Glacier National Park weather)
- Glacier National Park Forecast
(a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier)
- Visit the Glacier NP Weather page for more information.
RV CAMPING in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
The Apgar Campground is the largest campground in the park and hosts almost 200 camping sites for tents and RV campers. Potable water is accessible in the campground, and restroom facilities provide flush toilets and sinks with running water. All Apgar Campground sites are first-come first-serve, with a summer overnight fee of approximately $40.
Most campgrounds in Glacier are on a first-come first-serve basis. Reservations are available at Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds beginning June 1, and may be made up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at https://www.recreation.gov/ or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome at these campgrounds, as space is available.
Water is available at most campgrounds, but there are no electrical or water hookups at any campground in the park. Dump and water fill stations are available at most campgrounds. Water is not available when a campground is in primitive status. Many campgrounds can accommodate campers and trailers, with some size restrictions.
Specific information about each campground, including a map of the sites, operating dates, available services, current and historic fill times, and more is available by visiting https:///www.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.
Group sites are available by reservation for groups of 9 to 24 campers. These sites are located in the Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds. These sites can be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service at https://www.recreation.gov/ or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Many Glacier and Two Medicine Campgrounds have one group site at each campground, and both are on a first-come first-serve basis.
Campers are reminded to keep a clean camp and obey food storage regulations. Animals are attracted to food and food odors. All food, garbage, and equipment used to cook, serve or store food must be kept sealed in a vehicle or in an approved bear-resistant container. .
Glacier National Park-Campgrounds-BY RESERVATION ONLY!!!
Glacier National Park can be a crowded place.
Where and When to Expect Crowds
Crowds in the Summer-time
May through September is the busiest part of the year, with about three million people visiting during each summer season. The parking areas at popular destinations, like Logan Pass and Avalanche Creek, begin filling before sunrise and remain congested for most of the day. Be prepared to spend time looking for an available parking spot.
On the roads
You’re likely to encounter congestion and long wait times around parking lots, visitor centers, and entrance stations. During extreme congestion, access to whole areas of the park may be temporarily restricted for traffic to clear and to allow access for emergency vehicles.
Expect to encounter crowds on the trails. This image is from the Hidden Lake Trail which averages more than 1,500 hikers per day.
On the Trails
The top ten most popular hikes in the park, such as Grinnell Glacier, the Highline Trail, and Avalanche Lake, all average hundreds of hikers per day. In 2017, the Hidden Lake Trail averaged 1,604 hikers per day. However, with over 700 miles of trails, many visitors find that by taking a less popular trail they can get away from the crowds and still experience beautiful views.
Shuttles run frequently but by the time a shuttle reaches your location, it may only be able to take on one or two new passengers.Depending on where and when you attempt to board one of Glacier’s shuttle buses, you may have to wait an hour or more for an available seat. They run every 15 to 30 minutes (approximately), but by the time the shuttle arrives, it may already be full. For example, on a bus stopping at The Loop, there may be only room to board one or two additional passengers. Check at the St. Mary and Apgar Visitor Centers for more information on park shuttles.
Three Tips for Dealing with Glacier’s Crowds
Adjust Your Expectations
Don’t expect your trip to be all solitude. Be considerate, respect other visitors, and strive to protect the quality of everyone’s experience. Yield to other hikers on the trail and avoid loud voices and music when near other people. Check the Recreation Access Display for current conditions and road statuses in Glacier.
Have a Backup Plan, or Two
We cannot understate the value of this essential frame around your RV trip thru Glacier National Park ( or any National Park)………..BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR PLANS, as parking may not be available at the trailhead of your choice. Vehicle congestion can close whole areas of the park daily during the summer. Wildlife activity, weather, car accidents, and wildfires also close areas of the park every year. Being flexible will allow you to get the most out of your visit.
Consider one of Glacier’s Neighbors
Thinking of your visit as a trip to the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, rather than just to a national park, will present many more options. From east into Glacier County, west into the Flathead Valley, and even north into Canada, the park is surrounded by spectacular scenery and exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. See our list of nearby attractions for more information.