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Things To Do In Glacier National Park

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Play in Glacier National Park

With more than one million acres, stunning glacial blue rivers and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, Glacier National Park is like a giant playground. Whether you fancy fishing, boating or guided adventures, you've come to the right place.

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Hiking in Glacier National Park

With more than 700 miles of maintained trails, Glacier National Park is a hiker's dream. With a diverse selection of hiking trail options—ranging from easy half-day hikes to more strenuous, multi-day backpacking treks—Glacier National Park has a bevy of trails ready to be explored. Be sure to stop by the nearest visitor center for the latest trails and conditions update or check out Glacier National Park's trail status report. Glacier Guides, the park's exclusive backpacking guide service, also offers day, custom, family friendly and combination hikes in the Crown of the Continent.

Biking in Glacier National Park

Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is a popular activity for many cyclists, with spring and fall being prime time for riding the road.

For safety reasons and to ease congestion on the road, there are certain restrictions in effect from June 15 through Labor Day. From Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground (both directions), bikes are prohibited between 11 AM and 4 PM, while from Logan Creek to Logan Pass east-bound bike traffic is prohibited between 11 AM and 4 PM. More information on biking in Glacier National Park is available at the National Park Service website.

Boating and Fishing in Glacier National Park

Glacier has some great waters, ranging from waterfalls to mountain streams and large lakes.

Motorized vessels are allowed on Lake McDonald, Sherburne Lake, St. Mary Lake, Upper Waterton Lake and Lower Two Medicine Lake. They are also allowed on Bowman Lake and Two Medicine Lake but are limited to 10 horsepower or less.

When recreating on the park's waters, please help stop the spread of aquatic hitchhikers by thoroughly cleaning, draining and drying all of your boating, wading and fishing equipment before coming into the park. A free launch permit is required to launch motorized boats in Glacier National Park and regulations can be picked up at park headquarters or staffed ranger stations. For more information on boating in Glacier National Park, visit the National Park Service website.

Fishing is a popular activity in Glacier and is permitted when done consistently with preservation or restoration of natural aquatic environments. When fishing in the park, a license is not required, but certain regulations, guidelines and courtesies must be followed, as some waters are closed to fishing. For complete rules and regulations on fishing in the park, visit the National Park Service website. Regulations can also be picked up at a ranger station or park entrance.

For rafting adventures on the edge of Glacier National Park, check out our guided rafting trips.

Trail Rides

Trail rides inside Glacier National Park are available at Apgar Corral, Lake McDonald Corral and Many Glacier Corral. Experienced wranglers can take you on a guided ride ranging from one hour to a full-day. For more on trail rides in and around Glacier National Park, visit Swan Mountain Outfitters.

Park Programs

The National Park Service regularly offers ranger-led programs from easy walks to boat tour to day-long hikes and evening talks. Activities are typically posted on the National Park Service website approximately three week in advance. The park's partners, including the Glacier National Park Conservancy and The Glacier Institute also regularly offer programs centered in and around the park.


Things to do and see, Explore Glacier National Park

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News from Glacier National Park: Currently 15.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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