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Going-to-the-Sun Highway in Glacier National Park Now Fully Open


Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Highway has been opened to vehicular traffic over Logan Pass. This is one of the last openings in the park’s history, as plowing crews encountered an unusually wet and cold spring.

In 2020, the road was opened late due to the coronavirus pandemic. That year, the entire east side of Glacier was closed.

In 2011, which was another cold and snowy year, the road did not open and over Logan Pass until July 13th as well.

Vehicle reservations are required to enter the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor at the West Glacier Entrance, Camas Entrance, and Rising Sun Checkpoint (located 6 miles west of the St. Mary entrance) from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The North Fork area of ​​the park must be reserved between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. 24-hour advance reservations are posted at 8 a.m. MDT the day before the effective date on Recreation.gov.

Reservations are not required for other parts of the park (e.g. Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Cut Bank, Walton, Goat Lick, St. Mary or Chief Mountain Highway) and visitors are still subject to entrance fees per vehicle. These areas are congested and visitors can expect traffic restrictions between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visitors with service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and in the North Fork area of ​​the park do not require vehicle reservations. Valid service reservations will serve as the vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation and will include accommodations, camping, business tours, etc.

With the Going-to-the-Sun road fully open, the number of vehicle reservations available will increase. This increase will be executed through a series of additional reservation releases made available each morning beginning July 13 at 8 a.m. Advance reservations are exclusively available on Recreation.gov. Visitors will not be able to obtain reservations at the park.

The park’s free shuttle service, along Going-to-the-Sun Road, will operate this year on a first-come, first-served basis with stops at the Apgar Visitor Center, Grounds Sprague Creek Campground, Lake McDonald Lodge Avalanche Creek, Loop, Logan Pass, Siyeh Bend, Gunsight Pass, St. Mary Falls, Sunrift Gorge, Sun Point, Rising Sun and the St. Mary Visitor Center. Please check the park’s website for information on shuttle stops. At times when Flathead or Glacier County COVID-19 community levels are high, face masks will be required on shuttles.

Logan Pass services include restrooms and drinking water. Visitor information services will be provided at the Logan Pass Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily beginning July 14. The Glacier National Park Conservancy Bookstore will operate inside the Logan Pass Visitor Center, with access to the upper level. Entrances to the Visitor Center will be under construction starting July 14, but visitors will still be able to access the interior of the building. At times when COVID-19 transmissions in the county are high, face masks will be required in all federal buildings, including visitor centers, hotels and restaurants.

There will be major work zones on Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer. Visitors will not be able to access Going-to-the-Sun Road from the west entrance until 6 a.m. due to nighttime construction along Lake McDonald. There will be nightly closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from the foot of Lake McDonald to just west of Sprague Creek Campground. Vehicles will have an opportunity at midnight to be piloted through nighttime closures. During the day, traffic lights will control a single lane through the construction zone.

Construction crews are also installing a new vaulted toilet in Big Bend which is expected to be completed by the end of July. Until construction is complete, Big Bend will have fewer parking spaces available. Visitors should be on the lookout for work zones, slow down and keep construction workers away.

When driving along the road, especially in the Rim Rock area (about a mile west of Logan Pass), visitors should be aware of potential rockfall and should not slow down or stop in this section. Rocks and other debris continue to fall throughout the summer, requiring daily cleaning.

Vehicles and vehicle combinations over 21 feet and/or over 8 feet in width are prohibited on the Going-to-the-Sun Road between Avalanche Campground and Rising Sun. Vehicles over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass due to rocky overhangs.

The Highline Trail and Hidden Lake Trail from Logan Pass, the Oberlin Climbing Route, and part of the Grinnell Trail remain closed due to hazardous snow conditions and emergent vegetation. For up-to-date information on trail conditions and clearing activities, visit the park’s trail conditions web page.

Cyclists are reminded that cycling safety restrictions on Going-to-the-Sun-Road are in effect and will remain so until Labor Day, Sept. 5. Bicycles are prohibited in certain areas between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Information on bicycling restrictions can be found in the park newspaper available at park entrance stations, or online at the park’s bicycle information webpage.

Visitors are encouraged to limit vehicle idling to no more than two minutes in Glacier at parking lots, scenic viewpoints, and trailheads, and when stopped in traffic lanes and construction of roads to benefit both public health and park resources.

Visitors should not throw food waste, including apple cores, orange peels, sunflower seeds, unwanted beverages (coffee, tea, soda), etc., out of car windows during they are queuing. This attracts wildlife to the roads, increasing the number of wildlife fatalities. Please dispose of trash in bear proof bins.