A common misconception is that Glacier is “closed” once the Going to the Sun Road shuts down for the season. The truth is, this is when the crowds disappear and the magic happens.
Imagine sunsets at Lake McDonald with only a deer family to share it with. Cross country skiing into Two Medicine without seeing a soul, only some fresh mountain lion tracks. Biking or taking a stroll along the closed Going to the Sun road with just an Elk herd for company. Quiet moments of contemplation on the Old Belton Bridge while perfect snowflakes float down slowly from the sky.
These are just a few reasons why Glacier in the winter is pure magic.
Before I gave up my hectic NYC life to chase my dreams in Montana, I really didn’t have much desire to visit Glacier during the winter months. Even some locals had advised me against it, saying that everything was closed down and there was nothing to do. I also heard rumors of months upon months under constant cloud cover. Little did I know that winter was actually Glacier’s best kept secret…. And here are 10 reasons why
1) It’s a winter wonderland.
2) The roads turn into cross country ski trails, and….you get places like Two Medicine all to yourself.
3) You can still hike, just add snowshoes, subtract 500 other people off the trail and add a gorgeous coating of fluffy white snow.
4) Magical sunsets at one of the most popular spots in the park with not another soul to share it with.
5) These guys.
6) If it’s cold enough, the lakes may turn into your own personal skating rink!
7) Sometimes you can even walk on water.
8) You can take a stroll down the middle of the Going to the Sun Road without having to worry about cars, just Elk and occasionally Moose.
9) Towards the end of winter/early spring before the roads open to cars, they turn into bike trails!
10) Did I mention that you often get it all to yourself?!