More Campgrounds, Roads, and Concessions Open in Glacier
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Sprague Creek campground in Glacier National Park opens to visitors Friday, May 14, 2010 joining Apgar campground which opened May 7. Some of the privately-owned facilities in Apgar Village are now open. The Apgar Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting Saturday, May 15 the St. Mary Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting this weekend Sun Tours is available for guided bus tours with a Blackfeet perspective. Glacier Guides, Inc. is open for guided day hikes and backpacking. Much more will be opening in Glacier in the coming weeks.
The plows are making progress on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road) after re-plowing lower areas following the last week’s snow storm. Vehicles can travel as far as the Avalanche campground area on the west side of the Sun Road and to the Rising Sun area on the east. To allow for spring road construction, the earliest possible date that the Sun Road can open to through-traffic across Logan Pass is June 18, 2010.
Construction crews are not working on the Sun Road this weekend, so there are no restrictions planned for hiking and bicycling access. With spring road construction between Logan Creek and the West Tunnel, and preparation work for the upcoming overlay project, everyone is asked to use caution on the west side of Sun Road as road conditions can vary.
An overlay project on the Sun Road from the Apgar Transit intersection to the Avalanche campground area begins Monday, May 17, 2010. The work is expected to take about three weeks. There will be no road work during the three day holiday-weekend honoring Memorial Day, May 29 to 31. Road work will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21 to accommodate traffic to Lake McDonald Lodge for the Spring for Glacier event. Visitors should plan for short delays of 15-to-30 minutes.
Only two park roads remain closed to vehicles: Packers Roost on the west side, and Cut Bank on the east side. The Inside North Fork is open from Polebridge to the Logging Creek campground and from the Fish Creek campground to the Rocky Point trailhead. All other roads are currently open. Both the Bowman and the Kintla campgrounds are open for primitive camping.
Visitors are encouraged to get the most current road conditions for Glacier National Park by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select “Glacier Park Tourist Information” from the main menu to hear Glacier’s road report. Visitors can also call Glacier at 406 888-7800, and press 2, for current park road conditions. An interactive map showing current vehicle access points is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.
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Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.