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Explore Glacier National Park on Snowshoes & Nordic Skis | Glacier National Park, Montana

Outdoor Adventures, Winter Recreation Area
Snowshoeing in Glacier National Park – Jacob Frank

Saturdays & Sundays, January thru March 2019. Enjoy a two-hour ranger-led snowshoe walk and take an intimate look at the park in winter. Search for signs of wildlife, discover the plants and animals of the park, and enjoy the solitude of winter during this unique experience. Not recommended for children under age 6. Meet at Apgar Visitor Center. Trips leave at 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM. Participants may use their own snowshoes or rent snowshoes for a nominal fee at the Visitor Center. Snowshoe rentals are also available elsewhere in the Flathead Valley.

If you have questions regarding this offering, please call 406-888-7800.

Winter Free Entrance Day in Glacier National Park: January 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Costs to Participate: Free guided snowshoe walk, Cost of entrance fee, Nominal fee for snowshoe rental if needed

Trail System

Glacier National Park offers several snowshoeing and xc skiing options. Join a guided tour or grab a friend and explore trails leaving from Apgar Village or Lake McDonald Lodge.

Departing from Apgar Village: Apgar Bike Path is a shorter trail that connects from Apgar Village to Park Headquarters (just inside the west entrance). It is a flat trail that offers glimpses of Lower McDonald Creek. It does cross three roads and a horse path, so be cautious when crossing roads.

Lake McDonald Lodge: The Going-to-the-Sun Road offers a perfect route for exploring the heart of Glacier National Park. The road is closed to motorized vehicles in the winter at Lake McDonald Lodge. This is one of the more popular "trailheads" for those wishing to snowshoe or xc ski and offers abundant parking and two bathrooms. Take a moment to sign in on register and off you go! Do an out-and-back on the Going-to-the-Sun Road or continue on road approximately 1.3 miles from Lake McDonald Lodge and take the Johns Lake Loop. This fairly popular 1.8 mile loop hike visits Johns Lake, Sacred Dancing Cascade and McDonald Falls, on Upper McDonald Creek. *Please respect area closures.


Approximate Operation Season

January to March