The Best Time to Visit Glacier National Park for Wildlife Spotting Without the Crowds

The Best Time to Visit Glacier National Park for Wildlife Spotting Without the Crowds

This article originally appeared in Travel+Leisure.

Glacier National Park may be one of the nation’s most-visited national parks, but thanks to its spacious 1,583 square miles of wilderness — home to over 762 lakes and 700 hiking trails — it’s maintained a sense of solitude. The preserved piece of land is a haven for 71 animal species, 276 documented bird species, and the three million human visitors it draws each year.

It doesn’t matter if you visit for a week or a single day, or if you prefer to hike or explore by car — there’s plenty to do and see (even virtually). And that’s true whether you visit in July or January. While the park is open year-round, there are certain benefits to visiting during particular seasons. To help you plan your trip, we’ve compiled a little guide on the best (and worst) time to visit Glacier National Park.