Directions, Transportation, & Road Conditions

 

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Hiker/Biker Closures

Snow Plow Locations Road Closed

Important Travel Warnings:
  • 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.
 

Please note, updates are only made during business hours, Monday-Friday 8 am to 4pm MDT.

Road Status

Going-to-the-Sun

Quarter Circle Bridge

Camas

Inside North Fork

Bowman

Chief Mountain HWY

Many Glacier

Cut Bank

Two Medicine

Partially Open

OPEN

OPEN

Partially Open

OPEN

OPEN

OPEN

CLOSED

OPEN

Closed between Avalanche Campground & Rising Sun

Closed between Logging Creek & Camas Creek






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Hiker/Biker Closures

West Entrance

St. Mary Entrance

Many Glacier

Cut Bank

Two Medicine

Hiker/Biker
Shuttle

Road Crew Closure

Logan Creek Sunrift Gorge

OPEN
Hiker/Biker

OPEN
Hiker/Biker

OPEN
Hiker/Biker

Runs
9 am to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday

Avalanche Hazard Closure

The Loop Sunrift Gorge






Road Crew Closures are in place Monday through Thursday during plowing. Visitors may advance to the Avalanche Hazard Closure when road crews are not working. Avalanche Hazard Closures are in place at all times. Progressive closure locations are determined weekly on Thursdays. Visitors are prohibited from going past the hiker/biker closures. Violators are putting their safety and the safety of our park rangers at risk and could face up to a $5,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

Plow Status

Road crews typically work Monday through Thursday between 6 am and 4:30 pm MDT.

West Side crews have gotten down to pavement from Big Bend to Rip Rap Point. Avalanche danger continues to be a concern so there have been temporary delays for high avalanche danger.
East Side crews have plowed to Jackson Glacier Overlook and are working West towards Siyeh Bend.

 

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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Chief Mountain Port of Entry is only open in summer, and operating hours vary. See 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.
  • See the Trail Status page for Goat Haunt entry information.

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: May 23, 2022

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West Glacier , MT 59936

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