Low-season adventure in fall, winter and spring
Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public. Please see our updated list of open and accessible areas. All other front-country and back-country areas (including trails) are closed and are being assessed for safety hazards due to the on-going Kenow Fire. At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park. All other roads in the park are closed to the public as we assess and action hazards that are a result of the Kenow Fire. Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information.
July and August are the most popular times to visit the park, and the quieter fall, winter and spring seasons offer unique natural charms with fewer crowds. In fact, these shoulder seasons can be a perfect chance to unwind in a mountain setting.
During the fall, Waterton’s larch and aspen groves turn brilliant shades of yellow and gold. Hikers are rewarded with quiet trails and sublime subalpine scenery. Winter offers a new perspective on the park. Skiers and snowshoers can explore Waterton’s trails, and wildlife can be easier to spot against the snowy backdrop.
Meanwhile, spring brings the year’s best wildflower viewing. Prairie and mountain meadows throughout the park are carpeted with wildflowers – including Waterton’s signature beargrass, whose fragrant white flowers are arranged at the end of a long stalk. Dedicated flower lovers and casual visitors alike enjoy the Waterton Wildflower Festival each June.