Glacier National Park's Weekend Road and Park Update
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406-888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. –Officials at Glacier National Park report that twenty-nine miles of the Going-to-the-Sun (Sun) Road remain open to vehicles. From the entrance in West Glacier, visitors can travel 15.5 miles to Avalanche, and from the St. Mary entrance, visitors can drive 13.5 miles to the Jackson Glacier Overlook. As no pioneering work will be conducted until Wednesday, May 10, no hiker/biker closures will be applicable until this date.
The Two Medicine Road, the Many Glacier Road, the Camas Road, the Apgar Lookout Road, and the Kelly Camp Road are also open to vehicular traffic. Additionally, the Chief Mountain Road is open; however, the border remains closed.
In the North Fork, vehicles can travel for seven miles and access the Big Prairie area. Visitors can hike/bike beyond the gate to Bowman or Kintla Lake. The park anticipates opening the roads to Bowman, Kintla, and Logging Creek on May 10.
On the Sun Road, road crews have pioneered through Beargrass (between Grouse Point and the Weeping Wall) and rotary work was completed to just below Grouse Point. On the east side, road crews continued to widen from No Stump Point down to Siyeh Bend.
Plowing photos can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/glac/gallery/plow2006.htm.
Visitors are cautioned that spring snowstorms can cause hazardous driving conditions and/or temporary closures of park roads. Visitors should also watch for avalanche slides, falling rocks, and debris. For current road condition information, visit the park’s road status Web site http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.
Officials remind visitors that the Apgar Visitor Center (AVC) is now open daily, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The St. Mary Visitor Center will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. starting May 14. A full range of ranger-led activities will begin June 25. Check the park’s Web site in late June for topics and times.
Officials also note that new summer entrance fees began on May 1. The fee for a seven day single vehicle entry is $25 and the fee is $12 for a single entrant (a biker, walker, or motorcyclist). An annual pass, valid for unlimited entry to Glacier for one year from the date of purchase, is $30. Even when the entrance stations are not staffed, an entrance fee is still required. Follow the posted instructions to pay the entrance fee at the self-payment boxes at each entrance station.
Camping is available for $15 per night in the Apgar Campground, which opened today. Primitive camping (no potable water) is currently available at St. Mary Campground for $6 per night. The park anticipates opening the Bowman and Kintla campgrounds on May 10 for primitive camping ($6 per night).
For further information on Glacier National Park, visit the park’s Web site at www.nps.gov/glac or call 406-888-7800.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.