Fall Schedule Begins After Labor Day
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Operating hours for many visitor services including campgrounds, concessions, boat inspections, and backcountry permits in Glacier National Park will begin to change after Labor Day weekend.
The free shuttle transportation service accessing Logan Pass and locations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate through Labor Day, September 2. The last day for visitors to utilize the free shuttle service during the 2013 season is Labor Day.
Rehabilitation work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road continues through the fall season. Paving between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek has been completed. Minor delays will continue in this area to accommodate striping, wheelstop and rumble strip installation, signing, rock placement, and other road work. Rehabilitation work on the east-side between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend will continues with 20-minute maximum day-time delays. Night closures continue in this area after 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Sun Point is closed to the public and being utilized as a staging area for rehabilitation activities.
To allow accelerated fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle on the east side will be Sunday, September 22. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, September 23. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through Sunday, October 20, weather permitting.
Campground operating dates are as follows:
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 at http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.
Hours of operation for the Apgar Back-Country Permit Office will change after Labor Day. From Labor Day through September 30, the office will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During October hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Back-country permits will be issued until 30 minmutes prior to closing.
Hours of operation to conduct boat inspections and receive permits will also change this fall:
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 www.sperrychalet.com or www.graniteparkchalet.com) Backcountry Chalets:
*The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic hiker shelter.
**Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional overnight accommodations and food service for overnight guests and day hikers with meal reservations.
Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or www.glacierparkboats.com) Boat tours and rentals:
Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI) (Central reservations: 406-892-2525 or www.glacierparkinc.com) Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:
Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com) Day hikes and backpacking:
Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or www.glaciersuntours.com) Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:
Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 or http://www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier/) Horseback rides:
Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:
Ranger-led activities such as guided hikes and evening programs are offered throughout September. View the ranger-led activity schedule on the park's website at http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/inforequest/inforequest3.cfm.
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 www.nps.gov/glac or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.
Did You Know?
Did you know that eight inches of snow fell during one night in Glacier's high country in August, 2005? The weather forced hundreds of backpackers out of the backcountry.