Directions, Transportation, & Road Conditions

 

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This report contains the most recent information available for road, hiker/biker, and entrance closures as well as snowplow status. It may be outdated and inaccurate as our information can change quickly.

Important Travel Warnings:
  • There is a nightly closure (10 pm to 6 am) on Going-to-the-Sun Road 1.5 miles north of the West Entrance to Sprague Creek for construction work.
  • There are no fueling stations within Glacier's boundaries.
  • Parking is limited. During summer, parking lots often fill by early morning.
  • During extreme congestion, access to whole areas may be temporarily restricted to allow for emergency vehicles.
  • Glacier's entries and roads all have specific restrictions and season lengths. Please plan accordingly.
  • The Chief Mountain Border Crossing remains closed. See press release.
 

Going-to-the-Sun Road 2022 Season Dates

Going-to-the-Sun Road officially opened on July 13 for the summer season. The road is fully accessible to motorized vehicles from both the West Glacier and St. Mary entrances across Logan Pass. On October 1, 2022, the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road will close for the season from the four-way intersection at Apgar to Logan Pass due to the Lake McDonald Utilities project and road crew operations. On the east side, Going-to-the-Sun Road is scheduled to remain open from St. Mary to Logan Pass until Sunday, October 16 at midnight, unless winter weather forces an earlier closure.

Vehicle Reservations

Vehicle reservations are needed to enter 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. Reservations for the North Fork area are required between 6 am and 6 pm. Reservations are released at 8 am MDT the day before the effective date on recreation.gov.

Reservations are not required for any other portions 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 the per vehicle entrance pass fee. These areas are congested, and visitors can expect traffic restrictions between 10 am and 2 pm.

Visitors with service reservations along 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.

Visit our vehicle reservations page for additional information.

 

By Car
  • From the west, access to the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center, and Going-to-the-Sun-Road is via Highway 2 east to the town of West Glacier (approximately 33 miles from Kalispell).
  • From the east, all three east-side entrances can be reached by taking Highway 89 north from Great Falls through the town of Browning (approximately 125 miles) and following signs from there. The St. Mary Entrance is the eastern entry point of Going-to-the-Sun-Road and provides access to the St. Mary Visitor Center.
By Air
  • Glacier Park International Airport is located near Kalispell and is approximately 30 miles west of the West Entrance.
  • Missoula International Airport is located approximately 150 miles south of the West Entrance.
  • Great Falls International Airport is located between 130 miles and 165 miles east of the St Mary, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier Entrances.
By Train
  • Amtrak's historic Empire Builder train line stops year-round at West Glacier (Belton), and the Izaak Walton Inn at Essex, and seasonally at East Glacier Park. In the summer, Glacier National Park Lodges provides a shuttle (for a fee) that transports West Glacier Amtrak passengers between the train depot, Apgar Village, and the Lake McDonald Lodge. Reservations are required.
  • Most roads within Glacier National Park are only open seasonally. See the map above for current statuses.
  • Stay up to date on road openings and closures. Sign up for Glacier National Park Notifications to receive live updates. Text GNPROADS to 333111 and the first to know road openings and closures!
  • Some roads outside the park are seasonal as well. Check the Montana Department of Transportation map for information.

The road is open year-round near the West Entrance. The entire road does not usually open until late June at the earliest. Please see the map above for the most up-to-date information. The alpine sections of Going-to-the-Sun Road typically close for the winter around the third Monday of October, but this can happen earlier due to wintery weather. In 2022, the road will close on September 30 at 10 pm MDT. You can find historical open and close dates on our Press Kit Page.

Specific Vehicle Size Limits
21 ft (6.4 m) long, 8 ft (2.4 m) wide, 10 ft (3 m) tall

Vehicles and vehicle combinations longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors) are prohibited between Avalanche Creek and Rising Sun. Vehicles over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to the Loop due to rock overhangs. Stock trucks and trailers can access Packers Roost on the west and Siyeh Bend on the east.

Bicycling
From June 15 through Labor Day, the following sections of Going-to-the-Sun Road are closed to bicycle use between 11 am and 4 pm:
  • From Apgar Loop Road turnoff (at the south end of Lake McDonald) to Sprague Creek Campground
  • Eastbound from Logan Creek to Logan Pass
Speed Limit
For safety reasons, 40 mph is the speed limit in the lower elevations of the road and 25 mph in the alpine section. Please be careful around blind curves, as animals and pedestrians often cross the road unexpectedly.
Glacier's summer shuttle system is updated and adjusted from year to year. Please visit our Shuttle System page for more information. The park’s shuttle service is a point-to-point transportation service only, not a narrated tour. The Going-to-the-Sun Road audio tour has information about each shuttle stop.

Glacier National Park Lodges may offer a seasonal shuttle for a fee that connects to St. Mary and Many Glacier.

Times listed below are estimates and will vary based on road construction, traffic, and time of day.

  • St. Mary to Many Glacier Valley: 20 miles, 40 minutes
  • St. Mary to Two Medicine Valley: 34 miles, 1 hour
  • St. Mary to Waterton Lakes National Park: 50 miles, 1 hour (plus Customs delays)
  • West Glacier to East Glacier Park: 56 miles, 1 hour
  • West Glacier to St. Mary (Going-to-the-Sun Road): 50 miles, 2 hours
  • West Glacier to St. Mary (US Hwy 2 to Hwy 89): 90 miles, 2 hours
  • West Glacier to Many Glacier: 70 miles, 2½ hours
  • West Glacier to Polebridge: 28 miles, 1 hour
  • To find up-to-date information about crossing the border, please visit https://travel.gc.ca/.
  • A passport is required for all international border crossings.
  • Piegan/Carway Port of Entry is located on U.S. Hwy 89 north of Babb, MT.
  • The Chief Mountain Border Crossing remains closed in 2022. See the press release or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for more details.
  • Roosville Port of Entry is located on U.S. Hwy 93 north of Eureka, MT.

Three companies provide guided tours through the park:

The Blackfeet Perspective
Learn about the Blackfeet Indian culture while traveling in comfortable, 25-seat passenger buses equipped with large windows, air conditioning, and accessibility ramps and lockdowns. For information and reservations, please visit Sun Tours.

Historic Red Bus Tours
Glacier National Park Lodges (Xanterra) offers tours throughout the park during the summer. Sit back and enjoy the park’s spectacular scenery in a historic Red Bus. On clear days, the canvas roofs are rolled back for open-air touring.

Glacier Institute Tours
Glacier Institute offers tours throughout the park during the summer. Learn about the geology, wildlife and history of the park while traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road by van and hiking short distances.

 
A shuttle bus is parked in front a of a large rocky peak.

Shuttle Information

Glacier's free shuttles adjust run times for Hiker/Biker Season and the Summer. Click here for more information.

Visitors biking the road along McDonald Creek during hiker/biker season

Biking Going-to-the-Sun Road

Learn the rules for biker access on Going-to-the-Sun Road and other opportunities available to cyclists.

construction vehicles and safety cones on mountain road

Construction Projects

Learn about current road construction projects in and around the park.

Last updated: September 9, 2022

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