Seasons of Glacier National Park area
Whatever the season, full services are always available in the Gateway to Glacier communities giving visitors to the area the chance to experience the beauty of every season.
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Summer brings clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights. There is nothing like stargazing while toasting s'mores around a Montana campfire...they don't call it Big Sky country for nothing! Camp, fish, hike, explore to your heart's content or simply laze the day away floating down the river. There are recreation opportunities to suit all tastes, age and ability. Accommodation varies from the campsites and railway lodges inGlacier National Park to RV parks, motel accommodation, cozy bed and breakfasts and individual cabins in the Gateway communities. Take your pick for a vacation tailored to your own needs.
Glacier National Park is alive with activity at this time of the year and offers a multitude of Ranger-led activities, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the Park.
The Flathead National Forest offers more trails on which to hike and explore. View the peaks of Glacier National Park from the summit of Desert Mountain; test your mountain biking skills, swim in the local Lion Lake (a great place for family picnics) or fish at Devil's Elbow below the Hungry Horse Dam. Do not forget huckleberry picking!
Fall in Glacier National Park brings a slower pace and is a great time for hiking amongst Fall colors and curling up by the fire to enjoy the cooler nights. The lakes are glassy and still, reflecting the red, gold and ochre of the changing foliage and snow-capped mountain peaks. This time of year offers great photo opportunities and hunting with experienced local outfitters.
Winter in the Glacier National Park area is an experience not to be missed. A true Winter Wonderland, let yourself sparkle on the slopes of Whitefish Mountain or Blacktail Ski Resorts, snowshoe or cross country ski to appreciate the peace and tranquility of the snow-covered landscape, or fuel your adrenalin with a high speed snowmobile excursion.
There are many ranger-led activities within Glacier National Park along with opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. At this time of year the Gateway communities really come into their own offering accommodation, dining, entertainment and recreational activities when the Park campgrounds and summer-season lodges are closed.
Experience the Christmas 'Night of Lights' in Columbia Falls, join in the fun at February's Cabin Fever Days, or simply curl up in front of a log fire and watch the snowfall.
Spring soon comes around again and the snowmelt affords rafters the high-water adventure of a lifetime. The whole area comes back to life as the snow line recedes. Wildlife emerges from Winter hibernation and the cycle begins again.
Which Glacier National Park and Gateway events and seasons are you missing out on?!
For general park information such as maps, Web cams and bear safety information,
check the following park Internet links to help you find answers to your questions:
Bear information: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/bears.htm
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