The charming community of Evergreen is located in Flathead County as part of the larger city of Kalispell. A short distance from Glacier National Park, Evergreen straddles both the Whitefish River to the west and the Flathead River to the east.
The community holds its own against its larger neighbors with a selection of attractions and access to the rural wonders of the region.
The best time to visit Evergreen largely depends on your plans while you’re there. For the large majority of tourists, who arrive in Evergreen to explore the most famous highlights and enjoy the outdoor activities, the best time to visit is during the short warm summer, from early July to mid-August.
That said, a winter trip to Evergreen offers its own benefits. After all, the Flathead Valley lies in northwest Montana, otherwise known as a skier’s paradise.
Summer and winter visits to Evergreen are each unique with their own distinctions, pros, and cons. Here’s what to expect from each.
A Summer Trip to Evergreen
Statistics show that summer is the most popular time to visit Evergreen, with the warmer months considered the high season right across Montana.
June through August are the warmest months to visit, though the weather starts warming up from mid to late May. The weather remains warm until the beginning of September, at which point the chilly fall temperatures emerge in preparation for winter.
Summer Weather in Evergreen
Temperatures in June in Evergreen range from mild to warm, with an average low of 41.9°F (5.5°C) and an average high of 66.9°F (19.4°C) (Weather U.S.).
The average temperature increases in July, which is the hottest month of the year in Evergreen. Typically, temperatures range between a minimum of 46.2°F (7.9°C) and a maximum of 77.5°F (25.3°C).
August in Evergreen, the final month of summer, is still warm, although slightly cooler than July. The average minimum is 46.4°F (8°C) while the average maximum is 77.4°F (25.2°C).
What to Pack for a Summer Trip to Evergreen
Your summer packing list for Evergreen won’t solely include bathing suits and beachwear. Temperatures can still drop to cold at night, which requires layering clothes.
Plus, you’ll need the correct gear for summer outdoor activities, such as horseback riding.
Summer essentials for your Evergreen packing list will be similar to your packing list for Kalispell. They include:
- T-shirts and long-sleeved t-shirts
- Tank tops
- Light sweaters
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Hiking boots
- Water shoes
- Bathing suits/swimming trunks
- Closed-toe shoes and long pants (if horseback riding)
Things To Do in Evergreen During Summer
Hike in Lone Pine State Park
At 279 acres, Lone Pine State Park has 7.5 miles of trails available. In the summer months, you can hike these trails or even enjoy mountain biking or horseback riding.
While the park can get busy in the summer months, there are still quieter areas that offer pockets of solitude.
Visitors particularly enjoy coming to Lone Pine State Park because of the stunning views of the Flathead Valley. The trails themselves are also aesthetically pleasing, lined with wildflowers and frequented by wildlife.
The park is also home to a popular visitor center, which boasts its own gift shop. Open during all seasons, the visitor center offers tours of the park along with workshops for children and adults and interpretive programs.
Play Golf at a Local Golf Course
With the mild and warm temperatures of the summer months, this is the perfect activity for those looking to enjoy the Montana outdoors. Both golf courses are located in Kalispell, just minutes from Evergreen.
Visitors can enjoy a few rounds before relaxing at the dining venues on both courses, where private events are also held.
Discover Conrad Mansion
Kalispell has a fascinating history. Conrad Mansion was first constructed in 1895 and has been fully restored. The establishment runs guided tours of the impressive home, which are conducted by guides in period dress to truly immerse visitors in the era.
The museum is open from May through October, seven days a week. And while the tours of the mansion offer a captivating insight into the history of the family and the building, many visitors find that the best part is visiting the Fairy Steps at the back of the property.
The Fairy Steps are legendary among the children of Kalispell. Part of the Charles Conrad Memorial Cemetery, the enchanting steps start by the banks of the Stillwater River and lead up a very steep cliff.
Originally constructed to provide a passage for Alicia Conrad to visit her husband’s remains, which were scattered nearby, the stairs are now frequented by local children.
Explore Glacier National Park
Evergreen is less than an hour away from Glacier National Park, making this one of the best destinations to incorporate into your summer trip.
The park is the busiest in summer, but this is also when the weather is the mildest and the majority of the park is open.
Sometimes called the Crown of the Continent, the park features melting glaciers, sparkling lakes, and 700 miles of trails that are perfect for hiking and mountain biking in warmer weather.
Glacier National Park also boasts campsites, visitor centers that hold educational events and ranger-led activities, and famous sights like the Going-to-the-Sun Road and Avalanche Lake.
A Winter Trip to Evergreen
A winter trip to Evergreen is starkly different from a summer trip. But for those who enjoy snow sports and wintry wonderland views, December, January, and February might be the ideal time to visit.
Winter Weather in Evergreen
Although winter officially begins in December, the wintry conditions begin in fall in Evergreen.
Both October and November are chilly, with temperatures regularly falling below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. In December, temperatures tend to range between 14.7°F (-9.6°C) and 25.9°F (-3.4°C).
January is similarly cold in Evergreen, with an average range of 14.7°F (-9.6°C) to 27.3°F (-2.6°C). February is the last month of winter in Evergreen and is also freezing with an average low of 14.4°F (-9.8°C) and an average high of 28°F (-2.2°C).
The cold weather persists well into spring, with March and April both being cold and frosty on average. Temperatures finally start to rise significantly in May, with an average low of 35.6°F (2°C) and an average high of 59.5°F (15.3°C).
What to Pack for a Winter Trip to Evergreen
If you plan on visiting Evergreen during the winter and partaking in snow sports, the correct gear is a must. Winter essentials include:
- Snow boots
- Snow pants
- Thick wool socks
- Winter coat/jacket
- Sunglasses (yes, even in winter!)
Things to Do in Evergreen During Winter
Snowshoe in Lone Pine State Park
Lone Pine State Park is one of the best destinations to visit near Evergreen on a summer trip, but it’s also great to include on your winter itinerary.
The hiking trails turn into fantastic opportunities for snowshoeing, with snowshoe rentals available for $5 per person or $10 per family.
The views over the Flathead Valley might possibly be even more mesmerizing in winter, as a blanket of snow carpets the landscape. Of course, there are fewer opportunities to spot wildflowers and certain species of wildlife during the winter months, but the snow-covered vistas more than makeup for it.
The visitor center and gift shop remain open in winter too, so Lone Pine State Park is an equally great highlight to visit in Evergreen whether you travel during the summer or winter.
Enjoy Snow Sports in Glacier National Park
In Glacier National park, many roads close due to weather during the winter months.
However, the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road remains open from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge and is conveniently plowed, weather permitting.
Many park guests actually choose to visit in winter to enjoy snow sports, including guided snowshoe trips (which have temporarily been canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic). There is an unplowed section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road which is also a beloved winter ski and snowshoe route in the park.
Guests may also continue to see wildlife in winter, with white-tailed deer frequenting trails and areas around the park.
Visit a Museum
When the weather is cold and the snow is falling, there’s no better way to pass an afternoon than indoors at a museum.
Many museums close seasonally during the winter months, but while visiting Evergreen, you can experience the inspiring Hockaday Museum of Art during winter.
The museum currently stands in a heritage building first constructed in 1903 as the town library. It offers rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection by both renowned and emerging artists. There is also a permanent exhibition of Glacier National Park art and culture on the grounds.
The Northwest Montana History Museum is another establishment open during the winter months, although it is only open on Saturdays seasonally.
Located in East Kalispell, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits that detail the rich history of the area.
Evergreen is open to tourists year-round, and there are benefits to visiting this delightful community in the warmer months and in the colder months.
First, decide what you want to do when you’re in the area; a preference for skiing over hiking, or wildflower views over a winter wonderland environment, will help you to find the best time to go.