Glacier National Park: Veterans Day is Fee-Free Day
Free Park Pass Available for Active Military Members
WEST GLACIER, MT. – Entrance fees to Glacier National Park will be waived on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, in honor of those that serve and have served in the United States Military.
Glacier National Park, as well as the other sites of the National Park Service, offers a free annual pass to active duty military members and their dependents. The annual pass allows free entrance to national parks and other federal recreation sites.
Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents can obtain their pass at Glacier National Park’s headquarters building or any staffed park entrance station. A current and valid military identification card must be presented to obtain the pass. More information is available HERE or by calling the park at 406-888-7800.
Winter entrance fees to the park are in effect November 1 - April 30 each year. The park’s winter entrance fee is $20 per vehicle and is valid for seven days. The per-person winter entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot or bicycle is $10 and is valid for seven days. An annual Glacier National Park pass for unlimited access to the park for one year is available for $35. The annual Glacier National park pass fee will increase to $45 starting January 2016 and $50 starting January 2017.
Other passes with America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program are also available. United States citizens 62 years of age and older may purchase a lifetime pass for $10, and citizens with a permanent disability may obtain a free lifetime pass. An annual pass available for $80 allows free entrance to federally operated recreation sites across the county, including many National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bureau of Land Management sites.
Backcountry permits are required for any backcountry overnight visit in the park. Permits for the winter season are available by calling the park up to seven days in advance, or by visiting the park headquarters office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or the Apgar Visitor Center on weekends, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For backcountry campers desiring to obtain their permit on the east side of the park, please call ahead to arrange a meeting place. Winter backcountry campers need to view the park’s two Winter Backcountry Camping Videos prior to arriving in the park. The videos are available on the park’s YouTube site .
Visitors planning to boat within the park are reminded that all motorized watercraft require inspection and a permit before launching within the park. During the winter, boaters are encouraged to contact the park prior to their visit and schedule an inspection by calling
406-888-7800, extension 6.
Winter camping is available at the Apgar Picnic Area and the St. Mary Campground. There is no charge for camping at these locations in the winter with a valid entrance pass. No services are provided, except vault toilets.
The park headquarters office will be closed on Veteran’s Day. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. The Apgar Visitor Center is open weekends, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For additional information about Glacier National Park, visit the park’s website. Visitors may also learn more about the park via Facebook.