May 22, 2017

Reasons to Visit Glacier National Park on a Rainy Day

View from Logan Pass looking east, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

There’s something about a rainy day that makes (so it seems) most everyone cuddle up inside.  Glacier National Park in Montana is empty on rainy, stormy days in the middle of summer.  While warm and cozy in the lodge is a nice place to be, Glacier National Park can be absolutely stunning on these cloudy days. 

Wild Goose Island on St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, copyright Montana Vacation Blog

Wild Goose Island on St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, copyright Montana Vacation Blog

 

Here’s why:

1.  There are no people around!!

If you have traveled in a national park, you know that they tend to attract a large number of people.  The middle of the day in Glacier National Park (or Yellowstone National Park), is not the time to be driving around!  The entrance to the park gets backed up, there are traffic jams everywhere, and parking lots get too full.  A lot of areas in Glacier National Park have limited parking due to the mountains taking up so much space! 

Therefore, it is nice to visit when there is fewer people.  And there seems to be fewer on rainy days.

Why?  Like I said, I think everyone thinks there won’t be anything to see (more on that later), and stays inside. 

What a great way to see the park!! You get a stunning national park like Glacier all to yourself! How much better could it be?

Grizzly Bear in Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

2.  If it rains, waterfalls that are usually nonexistent appear out of nowhere.

When it rains in Glacier National Park, waterfalls appear everywhere!  Mountainsides that are usually completely dry will suddenly have beautiful waterfalls streaming from the top to the bottom.  Everywhere you look, gorgeous waterfalls have appeared!

If you love waterfalls like I do, this is a great reason to get outside in the rain!

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

3.  Mountains look really pretty in the clouds when it rains.

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

I don’t know what it is about fog and clouds around the tops of

mountains.  The white, wispy clouds really add character and give a magical place like Glacier National Park a completely different feeling than on a clear, blue sky day. 

A place like Glacier National Park is worth seeing on both a sunny and on a rainy day, so that you can compare.

4. You can still do most activities in the rain.

Were you planning on hiking?  You can still hike in the rain.  I would be careful in case of the wet ground being slick, but you can always throw on a raincoat and see a lot of things. 

Places like visitor centers are a great activity in the rain, so you don’t miss out on the beautiful, sunny days being stuck inside.

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2013

My Point:  Pack a raincoat and some warm clothes, and be prepared for inclement weather on your visit to Montana!! By being prepared, you will be able to get outside and enjoy the weather, no matter what happens.  A rainy day is no reason to be stuck inside!

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

www.montanavacationblog.com

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