MythBusters Glacier Style
We hear the strangest things. Can you help us dispel some myths about Glacier National Park that are floating around out there? By working together, all of us (NPS, visitors, tourists, chambers of commerce, businesses) can spread the positive messages about Glacier National Park and correct any rumors. We need to bust some myths! We can't do it alone and need your help.
Myth: Because the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn't open, Glacier is closed.
Busted: The first part is a complete myth (we'll get to that later). Glacier National Park is always open. It is open 365 days a year, 24/7. Each season offers unique opportunities for visitors. Visit our Operating Hours & Seasons page.
Busted: Most people think that when the alpine section of the road is inaccessible due to feet of snow, the entire road must be closed. Not true. There are sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road that are always open. These sections provide access to great recreational opportunities. Also, sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are plowed all winter to allow winter access for skiers and snowshoers. Visit our Current Road Status and Snowshoeing and Skiing pages.
Busted: Some people say, "the proof is in the pudding," but we say it's in the pictures. The pictures on our Flickr site tell the story of the snowpack on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It is amazing how much snow the mountains receive that our plowing crews have to remove.
In 1953 there were employee fatalities while plowing the Going-to-the-Sun Road. We take the safety of employees, contractors, and visitors seriously. We don't want a fatality to ever happen again. We have avalanche forecasters who look at snow conditions to determine whether the conditions are right, or too dangerous, for plowing operations to occur. Take a look at the Flickr site to see the conditions our crews face, and the view from their equipment (yikes). You can be assured that we work hard and diligently to plow and remove snow. We know you want to drive the entire length of the road. We do too.
Busted: Park Rangers are better at interpreting rocks and geologic features than we are at reading crystal balls. As in years past, we have no idea when it will completely open over Logan Pass; there are too many variables like weather and other forces of nature that make predicting the opening over Logan Pass impossible. One thing is certain, there are park roads that are open. Visit our Current Road Status page.
Busted: That would be unfortunate. We get calls, emails, tweets, and Facebook messages from people everyday considering canceling their trips because they might not be able to get to Logan Pass. Oh, how they would miss out on a wonderful time. Logan Pass represents a fraction of all of Glacier National Park. When you consider all the miles of hiking trails, the numerous services, facilities, activities, and wildlife, there is more to do in other accessible areas than there is at Logan Pass. Logan Pass is pretty, there is no question about that, but there are so many spectacular Places to Go that make a trip to Glacier National Park in any season worth it.
Busted: You can, but it involves a simple, painless, and free boat inspection from our friendly staff. This is to help stop aquatic hitchhikers. Aquatic hitchhikers (aquatic invasive species) like quagga mussels could really ruin the lakes in Glacier National Park and have long-lasting negative impacts on not just our waters, but waters within the state of Montana. Help us stop Aquatic Invasive Species. We'll even give you some fishing tips.
Busted: *gasp* Glacier National Park has long been known as the "Crown of the Continent" and the "Backbone of the World." Glacier National Park will not disappoint. There is something for everyone, and we welcome you to this unspoiled corner of northwest Montana.
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.