Travel Update Montana COVID-19 Updates

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Safety First.

Chris Sawicki

Safety Comes First in the Last Best Place

In Montana, we take the responsible route.

Here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and visitors. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 and the rapidly changing public health situation. We are taking precautions according to information and recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization and we encourage the traveling public to seek and heed the latest expert guidance.

Glacier Country is an extraordinary place to live, work and play, and even in this unprecedented time we can experience all the best the Treasure State has to offer if we play it safe while we’re out and about.

Please use the resources on this site to make informed travel decisions and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Montana Aware
  • Face Coverings
  • Social Distancing
  • Illness Prevention
  • Recreate Responsibly
  • Be Kind
  • Leave No Trace
  • Fire Safety
  • Travel Regulations


Masks in Montana.

Although face coverings in Montana are not regulated by state mandate, they are required in certain communities and on federal properties when you’re inside public indoor spaces and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible.

Some of our communities are following more stringent safety protocols than those set by the state of Montana and have added more restrictive safety guidelines, including mask mandates. Currently, those include Missoula County, Lake County, the City of Whitefish, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park.

If you’re not sure about a community’s face-covering regulations, play it safe and wear a mask.


Six feet is nothing around here.

Continue to social distance indoors and out. Looking to get out into Western Montana’s wide-open spaces? Please stay 6 feet apart even when you’re out enjoying some fresh mountain air, and mask up to pass on trails when 6 feet isn’t possible. Vulnerable individuals are still encouraged to stay home.


Follow illness-prevention protocols.

Please follow CDC guidelines by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, covering your mouth if you cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects.

And if you’re sick? Please stay home.


Be prepared, and know before you go.

Residents and visitors alike are expected to be responsible travelers and recreate responsibly. Traveling responsibly includes staying abreast of travel updates, planning ahead, calling ahead, staying flexible, and adapting to change.


We’re all in this together.

Please be patient, respectful and kind. Our parks and rec personnel, essential workers, and small business owners deserve to be treated with respect and understanding now more than ever.


Help us preserve our wild places.

Please pack out everything you pack in. That includes some things that may not be on your radar, like fruit rinds and cherry pits from those famous Flathead cherries we all love. When you fish and boat Montana’s waterways, it’s important to follow steps to ensure you don’t contribute to the introduction of invasive species—they’re a real threat to Montana’s waterways. Visitors bringing watercraft from out of state can read more about how to protect Montana's waters, including mandatory watercraft inspections and Clean. Drain. Dry. protocols. Respecting animals while wildlife watching helps keep both them and you safe. Stay the recommended distance away from all wildlife, and do not feed them or put yourself or others in danger trying to get that perfect selfie with a mountain goat.


Properly putting out campfires is crucial.

Western Montana is susceptible to wildland fire, especially during the dry summer months. Please do your part to ensure that your actions involving fire are responsible.

Here’s how you can do your part:


+ Campfires must be prepared for safely, built properly, and maintained and extinguished completely.

+ Never leave a campfire unattended.


+ Stay on designated roads and avoid parking on dry brush or grass, as exhaust pipes and vehicle undercarriages can be very hot and easily start a wildland fire.

+ Ensure that chains and metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle, as this can cause sparks.

+ Maintain tire pressure and brake pads.


+ Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts.

+ Do not throw cigarette butts out of your car window.

Follow Montana state fire restrictions: What Fire Restrictions Mean to You

Travel Regulations in Western Montana

Know the most up-to-date travel requirements. 

Glacier Country includes eight western Montana counties (Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders), Glacier National Park, and two Tribal Nations (Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Flathead Indian Reservation).

Some of our communities are following more stringent safety protocols than those set by the state of Montana and have added more restrictive safety guidelines, including mask mandates. Currently, those include Missoula County, Lake County, the City of Whitefish, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park.

Our two Tribal Nations also have mandates that differ from the state’s, and it is important that travelers are up-to-date to avoid disappointment and to keep our tribes safe. 

Blackfeet Indian Reservation 

January 25: The Blackfeet Nation has moved to a Restricted Opening/Phase 2 of their COVID plan. Masks are required. Anyone visiting residents are asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for 10 days. Everyone is asked to limit interactions with residents. A curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. Tribal campgrounds and other open spaces for gathered public recreation will be reopened at the discretion of the Blackfoot Tribal Business Council. Most businesses are reopening at reduced capacity:

  • + Dining or restaurant establishments are curbside only
  • + Financial: bank lobby open at 50% capacity
  • + Lodging: Must follow CDC guidelines
  • + Campgrounds & Parks: Open with limited capacity
  • Click here for more detailed information.

Flathead Indian Reservation

The Flathead Indian Reservation is open to nonresidents. All recreation restrictions were lifted, effective September 8, 2020, on Tribal lands within the Flathead Indian Reservation, although Tribal conservation and fishing permits are required. View the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Who’s at Risk campaign before traveling to our Tribal Nations.

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