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St. Mary | Glacier National Park, Montana

National Park or Protected Area
Lone limber pine overlooking St. Mary Lake looking east. – Just Your Average Weekend Photography - Adam Birely

In Glacier National Park, St. Mary is located where the plains meet the mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for all of your Glacier adventures.

Offering lodging, restaurants, gas, and groceries, St. Mary makes for a good base camp for the whole east side of the park as well as the Going to the Sun Road.

Open seasonally, the St. Mary visitor center provides information about the park as well as issuing backcountry permits.

Driving Directions to Key Access Points

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Glacier National Park
Some motorized use – non-motorized use permitted with inspection as per GNP requirements
Glacier National Park:

Lake McDonald (Across street from Public Boat Ramp)
May 12 – May 31, 2018
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

June 1 – October 31, 2018
7:00 am to 9:00 pm (Hours adjusted for waning daylight)

St. Mary Visitor Center
June 1 – September 29
7:00 am to 4:30 pm

Highlights of this National Park or Protected Area

  • Along the Going to the Sun Road, make sure to stop at the Goose Island overlook for a classic view of St. Mary Lake and the mountains of Glacier.

  • For a family friendly hike, the 1.7 mile round trip to St. Mary Falls makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon.

  • For a more strenuous day or overnight trip, take the 10.8 mile round trip hike to Lake Otokomi.

  • For wildlife and plant lovers, pull off at Two Dog Flats. The area where the prairie meets the mountains provides a unique ecosystem providing a greater diversity of species.