At this time social distancing is still expected and everyone, especially those at higher risk of getting sick, should continue to follow Montana Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations to protect themselves and others.
Although the state of Montana does not require masks, face coverings are required on federal lands when social distancing is not possible—this includes Glacier National Park. There may also be tribe-specific orders on our American Indian reservations. Individual businesses throughout the region may require and enforce mask wearing in indoor public spaces—please respect their right to do so.
We have all gone to great lengths to help control the spread, and it remains imperative that we continue to follow CDC guidelines. By being conscious we are protecting Montana's most vulnerable from COVID-19, and by continuing to take measures seriously, we protect our family, friends and neighbors.
On August 16, 2021, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Blackfeet Nation issued a mandatory mask requirement for residents and visitors above the age of 2.
Click here for more details.
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.
In order to plan accordingly, travelers are encouraged to contact Tribal governments for the latest information before beginning their trips.
To our friends in Canada wondering about crossing the U.S. border for a Montana visit: While we look forward to seeing you when the time is right, recreational visits are not permitted from Canada into the United States. Please read more on our International Border Crossings page.
Avoid exposure to COVID-19 by doing the following:
If you have traveled to any destination during the past 14 days:
Help us preserve our wild places by packing out everything you pack in. That includes some things that may not be on your radar, like fruit rinds and cherry pits.
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. Read more about mandatory watercraft inspections, Clean. Drain. Dry. protocols, and protecting our waters.
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. Learn how you can Leave No Trace here.
Properly putting out campfires is crucial. Campfires and Montana go hand in hand, but Western Montana is susceptible to wildland fire, especially during the dry summer months. Have fun sleeping out under the stars, but please do your part to ensure that your actions involving fire are responsible. Campfires must be extinguished completely. Click here for Western Montana wildland fire updates. Learn more about Montana's fire restrictions and campfire safety here.
We're all in this together, and human decency is paramount. We expect residents and visitors to be mutually respectful of each other. We all have a common goal—to enjoy Montana. Also, our parks and rec personnel, essential workers, and small business owners deserve to be treated with respect and understanding now more than ever.
For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:
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