January 22, 2018

Where is the best place in Glacier National Park to see Mountain Goats?

One of the animals that people want to see when they visit Glacier National Park in Montana is the Mountain Goat.

The Mountain Goat (also known as the Rocky Mountain Goat), is a large-hoofed mammal that is only in North America. 

Don’t let their looks fool you: both male and female have beards, short tails, and long black horns.  Although the males beards and horns grow longer than the females.

They have a beautiful white coat that is doubled to keep them warm in the winter.

What I find amazing about the Mountain Goat is their climbing abilities.  Thanks to their large hoofs, they are able to climb steep, rocky slopes that no human could survive.  If you are lucky enough to see a Mountain Goat climbing rocks, you will be shocked at the places they are able to go.  A lot of people do use the goat trails on many of the hikes in Glacier National Park.

Alex Neill with the Mountain Goats on Going-to-the-Sun Highway, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

So where do you see a Mountain Goat in Glacier National Park?

Although there are many places you can see a Mountain Goat, including various trails in the park, the best and most promising place is the top of Logan Pass. 

The place that the Mountain Goats almost always hang out is just down the Going-to-the-Sun Highway from Logan Pass on the west side.  There is a pull out right there (the first one after leaving the pass) with some parking spots, and the Mountain Goats usually hang out up above on the rocky cliffs, or behind you in the open meadow toward the Highline Trail. 

Going-to-the-Sun Highway, Glacier National park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

The best part?  It doesn’t even require any hiking to see this beautiful animal!!

Mountain Goats along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, Glacier National Park, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog

You can also look around the Logan Pass Visitor Center, and along the hike to the Hidden Lake Overlook at the top of the pass is a great place to see the Mountain Goat, as well as the Big Horn Sheep. 

I love taking the time to stop and watch the Mountain Goats making their way across the steep cliffs, and you will usually have a chance to get a great photo of a Mountain Goat on your trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog


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