The best times to visit Glacier National Park for ideal weather are
June 18th to September 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Glacier National Park Travel Guide
Other Glacier National Park Travel Info
Weather in Glacier National Park
Average temperatures in Glacier National Park vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 28th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Glacier National Park, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 86.8°F (30.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 48.7°F (9.3°C) at night.
Glacier National Park Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Glacier National Park Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Glacier National Park Perceived Temperature (F)
Glacier National Park Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Glacier National Park Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Glacier National Park are August, July, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid September. For example, on the week of September 10th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in Glacier National Park? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Glacier National Park is often around around March 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Glacier National Park.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Glacier National Park (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Glacier National Park has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (38.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (73%).
Wind in Glacier National Park is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 6 knots (6.9 MPH or 11.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 14.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Glacier National Park.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3.4||Barely noticeable||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5||Light breeze||12.3||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6||Light breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|May||5.4||Light breeze||13.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.7||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.3||Light breeze||12||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.6||Barely noticeable||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||10||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||3.6||Barely noticeable||9.4||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Glacier National Park?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Glacier National Park, MT, US is July, followed by August and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Glacier National Park in September. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Glacier National Park Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.7°F (22.1°C) and 38.2°F (3.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Glacier National Park, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.3°F (25.2°C) and 35.2°F (1.8°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Glacier National Park to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.2°F (4.6°C) and 30.1°F (-1.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.