Winter Camping in Glacier National Park

We offer incredible, customized multi-day winter camping in Glacier National Park.

Whatever your means of travel, be it cross-country ski or snowshoe, we’ll get you far from civilization and deep into a winter paradise. Campers will sleep in a tent during travel days, and will build igloos or quinzees when we arrive at our campsite. After establishing camp we’ll head out on day tours of the area. Your guides handle all transportation, meals and navigation. Winter camping in Glacier National Park is the ultimate way to experience the desolate frozen beauty of the Park in the off-season!

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Another sunny, snowy morning at camp. Two Medicine Valley.

Our guides are experienced in winter travel and camping techniques, with certifications in Mountain Travel & Rescue and Avalanche training through National Ski Patrol. We are certified in Wilderness First Aid and are well-versed with cold-related injuries. We prioritize your safety during these extended winter tours.

For those newer to winter camping and travel, we can demonstrate:

  • Winter Travel Techniques

  • Winter Camping Techniques

  • Leave No Trace Principles

  • Avalanche Awareness

  • Tour planning & Route-finding

ITINERARY:

Day 0: Meet at the Glacier Adventure Guides office in the evening for trip briefing and equipment check. We like to get the technical details handled early for a smooth start the next day.

Day 1: Meet at the office at 9 a.m. and load up gear. Drive to trailhead and begin the trip! Travel to campsite where we will pitch tents or create snow shelters, maybe do a short tour, have dinner, and settle in for the evening.

Day 2: OVERNIGHT: Up at first light for breakfast, followed by morning tour of the area. We will then pack up and head back to the trailhead.

MULTI-DAY: Up at first light, breakfast, and we will either break camp to move, or if we’ve reached our destination, prepare for a full day of touring the area. Final day will follow the overnight itinerary.

EQUIPMENT LIST        

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Note: Many of these articles are mandatory for your safety in this occasionally harsh environment.

GEAR - AVAILABLE TO RENT
CLOTHING
PERSONAL ITEMS

Note: some areas may be unavailable due to inadequate/dangerous conditions and/or weather.

We lead winter overnight trips to the following destinations:

FISH CREEK - Our most beginner-friendly winter camping adventure
SNYDER BASIN - Frozen waterfalls, huge snowy peaks and more
AVALANCHE LAKE - Comfortable camping and many travel options
FIREBRAND PASS - Thousands of acres of open snow to explore
TWO MEDICINE VALLEY - Unforgettable views and tours deep in Glacier's wilderness
MANY GLACIER - The longest, most adventurous tour we offer

Columbia Falls is located in northwest Montana and is known as “The Gateway to Glacier.”

The town is also a short drive from the North Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by the Whitefish, Livingston and Swan mountain ranges and several national and state forests. While small, it’s a prime destination for skiing, hiking and camping, with enough amenities to keep you more than comfortable.

Drive times to Columbia Falls:

Glacier International Airport (FCA): 15 min.
Missoula International Airport (MSO): 2-3 hrs.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 min.

Hotels: We encourage you to check out the historic Izaak Walton Inn, located in beautiful Essex, Montana. Tucked away in the forest, the Inn offers trails right from the hotel, a full restaurant and bar, hot tub and private suites.

For those staying in town, check out the River Rock Hostel and Cedar Creek Lodge, two of Columbia Falls’ most comfortable lodgings

Cost includes:

Guide(s)

Group gear

Food

Equipment rental

Transportation from the office to trail head

Does not include:

Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips

Transportation from lodging to office (shuttle rates: $75 from town, $125 from Whitefish Mountain Resort).

Guide Gratuity

Ready to book? You have the option to either call and book via phone at 877-735-9514, or email us with your inquiry.

Need more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Free inquiries can be made by calling us at 877-735-9514 or emailing Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide.

All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver, fill out our Guide Questionnaire and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.