Fall in Glacier National Park

Fall In Glacier National Park

Explore Autumn in Our Biggest Natural Treasure

Andy Austin

Explore Autumn in Our Biggest Natural Treasure

When you’ve got 1 million acres of jaw-dropping landscape and Mother Nature throws a splash of fall color over it, you run out of words to describe that next-level beauty. That’s what autumn does to Glacier National Park. Open year-round, every season in the park is stunning, but fall is uniquely magical. The glacial-carved valleys and mountainsides are painted with the golds of autumn against blue skies and snowcapped peaks.

We've rounded up our top picks for fall adventure in Glacier National Park.

A cyclist takes in the fall view in Glacier National Park, Montana on the Going to the Sun Road.

1. Bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

A major Glacier National Park highlight is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road winds 50 miles across the park from West Glacier to St. Mary, reaching 6,646 feet and crossing the continental divide at Logan Pass.

Fall is the perfect time to take a boat tour in Glacier National Park, Montana Nicholas Parker

2. Go Camping and Stargaze Our Mesmerizing Night Sky.

Set up camp at one of the park’s front-country campgrounds: Apgar, Bowman, Kintla, St. Mary, Two Medicine or Many Glacier. Glacier National Park is a designated Dark Sky Park, so you’ll find some of the best stargazing in the world right from your campsite. Please note that each campground has its own reservation requirements and closing dates, and they are all at “primitive” status this time of year.

Visitors floating on the river in Fall in Montana.

3. Take a Scenic Float or Fly-Fishing Trip on the Flathead River in West Glacier.

Our waters make up some of the wildest and some of the most serene parts of our region, and there's no shortage of ways to play in almost any of these sparkling rivers, lakes and streams.

A hiker takes to the fall trails in Glacier National Park, Montana Donnie Sexton

4. Set Out on a Trail Ride with Swan Mountain Outfitters.

Swan Mountain Outfitters is honored to be carrying on a nearly century long tradition of trail riding in and around Glacier National Park. We don't think there could be a better way to experience Glacier, so we invite you, your family and your friends to come and join us on a horseback adventure through this unspoiled and awe-inspiring national treasure. Please note, trail rides end in mid-October.

Just one view on the 734 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park, Montana.

5. Hike One of the Park's 734 Miles of Trails.

Good old-fashioned hiking is one of the most intimate ways to explore Glacier National Park. Touring the terrain by foot allows you to get up close and personal with nature—feel the ground, explore the flora and fauna, spot wildlife tracks and guess who made them, stop at a creek and hear the trickle of the glacial water or the tune of a songbird, and breathe in the crisp alpine air. All this and more, not to mention the beauty of the vast landscape beyond what's right in front of you.

The sun shines over the fall views and the Tamarack Trees in Glacier National Park, Montana Andy Austin

6. Chase the Best Fall Colors into the Park Mid-September Through Early October.

You don't even need to see what's around the next bend to be stopped in your tracks at Glacier National Park. The sheer beauty is jaw dropping from every angle. With over 1 million acres of towering, jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, wild meadows and sparkling waters, plus wildlife watching and recreation opportunities, it is, quite simply, the vacation of a lifetime.

Fall (September + October) Itineraries in Glacier National Park

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News from Glacier National Park Currently, 29 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.