Free Shuttle Service Operates Through Monday, September 7

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Operating hours for many visitor services including campgrounds, concession operations, boat inspections, and backcountry permits in Glacier National Park are changing as the fall season approaches.     

The free shuttle transportation service accessing Logan Pass and locations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate through Monday, September 7.
The last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle from the east side of Glacier National Park will be Sunday, October 4th. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, October 5th to allow for fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through the 3rd weekend in October, weather permitting.
The last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle from the east side was originally planned to be September 20th. However, road crews have made great progress on paving and road rehabilitation projects and are able to extend access to the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road through October 4th. Road rehabilitation will continue through and after October 4th. Visitors should anticipate some traffic delays. Some east side road pull-outs may be closed due to road work and fire hazards.
After October 4th, hikers and bikers will have access to the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road on weekends and evenings, weather permitting. Some trails are closed on the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road due to the Reynolds Creek Fire. For more information on status of trails and access, click HERE.

Closing Dates
 (Through night of dates listed)
Primitive Camping Operating Dates    
(No water available)
October 11
Primitive camping in picnic area October 12–31 and April 1-May 1: $10 per night; November 1–March 31: Free with valid entrance pass;
September 13
Closes  for season 12 noon September 14;
Bowman Lake
September  13
Primitive camping September 14–October 31 weather dependent:  $10 per night;  November 1 through closure: Free with valid entrance pass;
Cut Bank
September 27
Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 28
Fish Creek
September 6
Operated as a National Recreation Reservation Campground; Closes 12 noon September 7;
Kintla Lake
September 13
Primitive Camping May 20- June 11, $10 per night
Primitive camping September 14–October 31 weather dependent: $10 per night; November 1 through  closure: Free with valid entrance pass;
Logging Creek
September  20
Primitive camping all season; Closes 12 noon September 21;
Many Glacier
September 27
Primitive Camping September 28–October 31 weather permitting: $10 per night;
Quartz Creek
October 30
Primitive camping all season; Closes 12 noon October 31;
Rising Sun
September 13
Closed for season;
Sprague Creek
September 13
Closes 12 noon September 14;
St. Mary
September 20
September 8-20: $20 per night; Primitive Camping September 21–October 31; November 1–March 31: Free with valid entrance pass; April 1–regular season opening in May: $10 per night;
Two Medicine
September 27
Primitive camping September 28–October 31 weather permitting: $10 per night;
Campgrounds in primitive status have pit toilets available, no potable or drinking water, limited number of sites, and fees are reduced to $10 per night. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and reminded that any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use. Current campground status is available HERE
The Apgar Back-Country Permit Office is open 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through October 3.   From October 4 through October 31, the hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Back-country permits will be issued until 30 minutes prior to closing.  
Hours of operation to conduct boat inspections and receive permits will also change this fall:
West-Side Boat Inspections
Summer season – September 7
September 8 – October 3                   
October 4 – October 31
November 1 – May 1                  
7:00am- 7:00pm, Headquarters Office
7:00am to 4:00pm, Apgar Back-Country Office
8:00am to 4:00pm Apgar Back-Country Office
Call for current time and inspection locations (406-888-7800)
East-Side Boat Inspections
Summer season – September 19
September 20 – late May
8:00am to 4:00pm, St. Mary Visitor Center, Two Medicine Ranger Station, and Many Glacier Ranger Station
Call for current time and inspection locations (406-888-7800)
Many concessioner services will begin closing mid-September including lodging, transportation, food service, retail shops, and boat rentals:
Belton Chalets, Inc.
(1-888-345-2649 or or Backcountry Chalets:
Granite Park Chalet         
September 12 (after breakfast)
Sperry Chalet
September 12 (after breakfast)
Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or
Boat tours and rentals:
Last day of operations
Apgar (rentals only)
Currently closed
Lake McDonald
September 20
Many Glacier
September 18
Rising Sun (tours only)
Currently closed
Two Medicine
September 7
Glacier National Park Lodges/Xanterra (Central reservations: 855-733-4522 or Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:
Lake McDonald Lodge & Camp Store                     
September 30 (after breakfast)
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant
September 13 (after dinner)
Many Glacier Hotel
September 21 (after breakfast)
Rising Sun Motor Inn & Camp Store
Currently closed
Swiftcurrent Motor Inn
September 20 (after breakfast)
Swiftcurrent Campstore
September 20 (closes at noon)
Two Medicine Camp Store
September 6 (open all day)
Village Inn
September 20 (after check-out)
Red Bus Tours
Daily through September, Contact GNPL for weekend tours in October
Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or Day hikes and backpacking:
Various Locations
Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or
Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:
Various Locations
Mid-October, call for reservations
Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 or Horseback rides:
September 7 (last day of rides)
Lake McDonald
September 27 (last day of rides)
Many Glacier
September 13 (last day of rides)
Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or Waterton Lake boat tours:
Goat Haunt Landing
September 20
The Logan Pass Visitor Center will remain open through September 30 daily. The St. Mary Visitor Center will remain open through October 4 daily. The Apgar Visitor Center will move to a weekend only schedule beginning October 17 through mid-May.
Ranger-led activities such as guided hikes and evening programs are offered throughout September. View the September ranger-led activity schedule on the park’s website
Autumn visitors to Glacier National Park will find less crowds, cooler temperatures, and changing vegetation colors. Area residents and visitors are reminded that the park is open year-round and park recreational opportunities can be found during all seasons.
For additional park information, visit the park’s website or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.  More information and images of the park can be also be located by visiting Facebook