GNP Vehicle Reservations Required Starting May 27
WEST GLACIER, Mont. [May 24, 2022] – Glacier National Park reminds visitors that vehicle reservations are required for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and the North Fork area of the park starting May 27 through September 11, 2022. A vehicle reservation is only needed from the east side at Rising Sun when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully open for the season. Visitors can access the community of Polebridge without a vehicle reservation as it lies just outside the entrance station to the park. Visitors can follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road status on our website.
Advanced reservations are exclusively available on Recreation.gov. Visitors will not be able to obtain a reservation at the park. Starting May 26, 24-hour advanced reservations will be released at 8 am MDT the day before the effective date on Recreation.gov. All 120-day advanced vehicle reservations for the 2022 season have been released.
Vehicle reservations are needed 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 am until 4 pm each day. North Fork area reservations are required between 6 am and 6 pm. Reservations are not required for any other portions of the park (for example Many Glacier, Two Medicine, St. Mary or Chief Mountain Highway) and visitors are still subject to the per vehicle entrance pass fee.
Visitors with service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and in the North Fork area of the park do not need a vehicle reservation. Valid service reservations will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation and include lodging, camping, commercial tours, etc. Please visit the park’s Vehicle Reservation System page for more information.
In addition to vehicle reservation information, the park reminds visitors that they will not be able to access the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the West Entrance before 6 am due to night-time construction along Lake McDonald beginning on June 1st. There will be nightly closures between 10 pm and 6 am, from the foot of Lake McDonald to just west of the Sprague Creek Campground. Vehicles will have one opportunity at midnight to be piloted through the nightly closures. During the day, traffic lights will control a single lane through the construction area. Please see the park’s Construction Page for more information.
Projects of note:
- Highway 2, along the southern boundary of the park is being worked on between Hungry Horse, MT and Stanton Creek until June 1. Expect traffic delays along this route. More information about the construction project can be found on Montana Department of Transportation's website.
- The section of Highway 89 immediately east and south of St. Mary, MT will be under construction this summer. This is the continuation of a multi-year project that has been ongoing for the last few summers. Expect traffic delays between Hudson Bay Divide and Kiowa. More information about the construction project can be found on Montana Department of Transportation's website.
- The Lake McDonald Utilities Project will replace seven miles of sewer force main, electrical, and telephone lines from Apgar to the Lake McDonald Lodge along Going-to-the-Sun Road. It will also replace the lift station at the lodge. A short construction zone in one lane of the Going-to-theSun Road will take place from now until June 1, 2022. This construction zone will have flaggers on either end to temporarily stop traffic. This zone will be moving through the day and from day-to-day until major construction begins. Major construction will begin on June 1, 2022 at 10 pm. Spring and summer work will be done at night from 10 pm to 6 am, with a nighttime closure in place along Going-to-the-Sun Road from the south end of the lake near Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground. Vehicles will have one opportunity at midnight to be piloted through. There will be a full closure beginning October 1, 2022.
- In June crews will begin work to replace doors, windows, hand railings, and deteriorated roof beams at the Logan Pass Visitor Center. This will project will have minimal impact to visitors. The St. Mary Visitor center project will replace rotted columns on the exterior of the visitor center. There will be temporary closures around both visitor centers to visitors and employees.
- In June the most unique vault toilet in Glacier with a living roof will be completed. The project includes a two-hole vault toilet set back into the hill on the north side of the road. The construction zone on the north side of Big Bend is closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic until the project is complete. There will be minimal impacts to employees and visitors.
- The Rising Sun Utilities Project will replace sewer and water lines in the concessions lodging area. The contractor will stop work from June 8, 2022 to September 11, 2022 for the visitor season. During the Spring closure, there will be no access into Rising sun. From September 11, 2022 through the end of the season, the entrance into the concessions area will be blocked off to visitors as well as access to the Otokomi Lake Trail.