Glacier National Park is certainly one of the most stunning and rewarding national parks in the country. It has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the country. Yet it also has one of the highest crowds of any touristy location in the country. For that reason it is important to know when is the best time to visit Glacier National Park to avoid crowds. In this article we will look at the best time of year to visit Glacier National Park.
The first time to go to Glacier National Park is in the spring. This is the best time to observe the wildlife, and in particular the moose. As well, in spring you are going to have the best chance of seeing elk. With elk you have better chance of seeing them at a time when they are coming down from their annual mating season, which happens around March. You should make this your first stop when going to Glacier National Park.
The second best time to visit Glacier National Park to avoid crowds is during its winter seasons. In November and January the crowds are very heavy. At that point, many moose calves begin coming down with their young. The quantity of calves actually doubles during March and April, and with the high number of calves during these months, the crowds can be extremely large. Again, the best time to visit during these months is to be on a walking tour, where you can see the calves while you are still being watched by experienced guides.
The third best time to visit Glacier National Park to avoid crowd is during its summer season. The summer crowds are much smaller than during fall or spring. There are a lot more summer weddings taking place. As well, summer is also the time when most people start to travel on vacation in Montana. Thus, Glacier National Park might experience a higher influx of tourists than usual.
The fourth best time to visit Glacier National Park to avoid crowds is during its spring or fall time. During spring or fall, the temperature is quite mild, which is perfect for hiking, cycling, and general outdoor activities. The crowds are smaller at this time of the year, and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. Again, the best time to visit in spring or fall to avoid the crowds is from mid May until mid September, when the snow melts and the soil can be packed with snow for the season.
So, now you know the best time to visit Glacier National Park to avoid the crowds. When you get there, do make sure you pack lightly since the Park rangers recommend that no more than two-four cans of hand packed food are brought to stay at any given time. Also, take along some water, some supplies, and a camera or two to capture the beautiful landscapes that this Park has to offer. Don’t forget to bring a camera!