Top 10 Things About the Going-to-the-Sun Road
- Glacier National Park is open year-round. Most visitor services and facilities are open May through September; however, autumn/winter/spring non-motorized recreation opportunities and primitive camping are available year round. Visitor services and amenities are available year round in gateway communities.
- The Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road), the first American roadway designated both a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark, began a multi-year rehabilitation in 2007. Accelerated night work and shoulder season work (after mid-September and before mid-June) cause short-term impacts to the smallest numbers of park visitors.
- Work was completed last year between Avalanche and Logan Pit on the west side. Construction began on a 9 mile section between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun. The project includes replacing Rose Creek bridge in the Rising Sun area. For 2014, construction will continue between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun on the east side.
- Short traffic delays will occur in the construction zones. Expect some one-lane directional travel and no more than a 30 minute total delay from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a one-way trip across the entire road. Occasional night delays between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. (Monday night through Friday morning) may occur with advance information posted along the road to alert visitors. In the event of a night closure, the restricted area would be between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun. A 15-20 minute window for passage through the restricted area would begin at 2 a.m. between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun.
- Schedules for the multi-year rehabilitation call for opening lower elevations in the spring as weather and work permits and opening the alpine section over Logan Pass from mid-June to mid-September. In 2014, the earliest the road will open is Friday, June 20. Once open, the entire Sun Road will be open through Sunday, September 21, weather permitting.
- Regardless of reconstruction on the Sun Road, access to Logan Pass ends every year no later than the third Monday of October (October 20, 2014), weather permitting. Should snow storms and hazardous driving conditions prompt temporary closures prior to the projected October closure date; every effort will be made to reopen to Logan Pass as conditions permit.
- More information about the Sun Road rehabilitation project and other visitor services is available at this weblink. To receive email updates about the Sun Road project, please send an email message to e-mail us.
- For 2014, the Sun Road shuttle system will operate July 1 through September 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The system is covered through the park entrance fee. Two east side shuttle are available for a fee.
- Guided park tours are available from park concessioners via boat, bus, foot and horse. For details, visit www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/outdooractivities.htm.
- The Apgar Visitor Center (located at the former Apgar Transit Center) and newly-remodeled St. Mary Visitor Center (SMVC) offer shuttle information and other park displays and exhibits for trip planning, including a film about the Sun Road at SMVC. The St. Mary Visitor Center also hosts new multi-media exhibits that feature Native/tribal perspectives about the place we today call Glacier National Park.