Reduced Park Winter Entrance Fees Begin November 1
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park Superintendent Mick Holm today announces that reduced winter entrance fees will be in place this season from November 1, 2007, through April 30, 2008. The winter fee is $15 for vehicles and $10 for single entrants (hiker / bicyclist / motorcyclist). These reduced winter fees recognize the limited park services available during winter months.
Holm notes, “We are putting reduced fees into effect a month earlier than in years past. We appreciate all the support and patience we received from visitors and the local communities as we moved forward from the unique challenges posed by last November’s storm. By taking advantage of these reduced fees, or by buying an annual pass, visitors can experience vibrant fall colors and snow-capped peaks and will see why Glacier National Park is a year-round destination.”
Holm stated that annual park passes, which allow visitors unlimited entry to the park for one year from the date of purchase, are $35 through December 31; the proposed fee for 2008 is $40.
“Even when the entrance stations are not staffed, park visitors are reminded that entrance fees are still required. Visitors are instructed to follow the posted instructions to pay entrance fees at self-pay stations at respective park entrance stations,” said Holm.
Several camping options continue to be offered in the park. Throughout November primitive camping (no water) is available in St. Mary, Apgar, and, depending upon conditions, at locations in the North Fork. Unless closed by weather, primitive camping is also available in Two Medicine and Many Glacier until October 31. Primitive camping costs $10. Winter camping (also no water) is available at St. Mary and Apgar beginning December 1. There is no cost for winter camping; however, a valid entrance pass is required. Visitors can confirm that a campground is open by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800.
Throughout the winter, the NPS plows the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge on the west side, a distance of 10 miles from West Glacier and to the gate at the St. Mary campground on the east side. Depending upon local road / weather conditions, it may be possible to travel further into the park.
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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.