• Mt Reynolds

    Glacier

    National Park Montana

Shuttle Stops

Shuttle stop map on the Going-to-the-Sun Road
Shuttle stop map on the Going-to-the-Sun Road
 

 
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Apgar Village

In Apgar Village you will find a variety of gift shops, a restaurant, camp store, and lodging. The Apgar Backcountry Office is also located here where you can obtain a backcountry permit. The foot of Lake McDonald is also located in Apgar Village where one can relax on the shores or rent boats and canoes.

Specific Location:
Across the street from the Apgar Backcountry Permit Office.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the former Apgar Visitor Center (across from Eddie's Campstore), or across from the Lake McDonald boat launch.

Drinking Water:
Yes - there is a drinking fountain at the former Apgar Visitor Center and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
McDonald Creek Bike Path - 1.5 mi.

Trip Planning Information:
Apgar Backcountry Office - backcountry information and permits.

Campstore/Gift Shops:
Eddie's Campstore
The Cedar Tree
Schoolhouse Gifts
Montana House
Glacier Outfitters

Lodging:
Village Inn Motel
Apgar Village Lodge

Food Service:
Eddie's Restaurant

Activities:
Boat Rentals - Glacier Park Boat Co., Glacier Outfitters and Eddie's Campstore
Horseback Rides - Swan Mountain Outfitters
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier National Park Lodges
Discovery Cabin - touch and feel real animal skins, skulls, and antlers.

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Apgar Campground

Apgar Campground is located a short walk from Apgar Village and the Apgar Visitor Center, making this campground the most centrally located campground for services. In the evenings, take a short stroll to the Apgar Campground Amphitheater where a Ranger will host a delightful evening of education and fun.

Specific Location:
Across and diagonal from the Apgar Campground Amphitheater.

Restrooms:
Yes - in campground loops and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops.

Activities:
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.
Camping - 192 sites
Picnic area
Discovery Cabin - walk to this location to touch and feel real animal skins, skulls, and antlers.

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Apgar Visitor Center

The Apgar Visitor Center the main hub for transit functions on the west side of the park.

At the Apgar Visitor Center, you will be able to plan your adventure in Glacier by using interactive kiosks and engaging in exhibits and displays. If you are visiting for the day, park your car here and hop on the shuttle to access different locations on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Under the shuttle shelter in the Apgar Visitor Center Plaza.

Restrooms:
Yes - inside the Apgar Visitor Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain outside the Apgar Visitor Center.

Trip Planning Information:
Apgar Visitor Center - self-guided park and shuttle information.

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Sprague Creek Campground

Sprague Creek Campground is a small campground that sits on the south shore of Lake McDonald, 2 miles from Lake McDonald Lodge. The closest day hikes are located at Lake McDonald Lodge.

Specific Location:
At the pull-off on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, directly across from the campground.

Restrooms:
Yes - in the campground loop and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in the campground loop.

Activities:
Camping - 25 sites
Picnic area

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Lake McDonald Lodge

Lake McDonald Lodge great a great destination for numerous activities. The Lodge itself is an attraction and built to resemble a hunting lodge with Swiss influence. Come and enjoy all that this historic location has to offer. Parking is often limited, so it might be a good idea to park your car at the Apgar Visitor Center and hop on a shuttle to reach Lake McDonald Lodge.

Specific Location:
Across from the camp store.

Restrooms:
Yes - inside Lake McDonald Lodge and Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain inside Lake McDonald Lodge and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Avalanche Creek - 6.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Avalanche Creek.
Fish Lake - 2.9 mi.
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 21.4 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.
Mt. Brown Lookout - 5.3 mi.
Snyder Lakes - 4.4 mi.
Sperry Chalet - 6.4 mi.

Campstore/Gift Shops:
Lodge camp store
Lodge gift shop

Lodging:
Lake McDonald Lodge

Food Service:
Russell's Fireside Dining Room
Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria
Stockade Lounge

Activities:
Scenic Boat Tours & Rentals - Glacier Park Boat Co.
Horseback Rides - Swan Mountain Outfitters at the Lake McDonald Corral
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier National Park Lodges
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium.

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Avalanche Creek

Avalanche Creek is one of the most popular destinations in the park. The area includes 2 of the more popular hiking trails, a picnic area, and restrooms. Avalanche Campground is also located here, making this a popular base camp for journeys along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Part of the picnic area near the main parking lot and restrooms.

Restrooms:
Yes - in campground loops and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Avalanche Lake - 2 mi.
Lake McDonald Lodge - 6.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Lake McDonald Lodge.
Trail of the Cedars - 0.7 mi.

Activities:
Camping - 86 sites
Picnic area
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.

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The Loop

The Loop represents a very significant location on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This is the only switchback on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and contains many architectural features. The Trapper Fire of 2003 swept through this area and opened up vistas of distant mountains. Heavens Peak dominates the landscape and a hiking trail at this spot maps the course to hikers to the historic Granite Park Chalet.

Specific Location:
Next to the restrooms.

Restrooms:
Yes

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Granite Park Chalet - 4.0 mi. (one-way)
Logan Pass via The Loop and Highline Trails - 11.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Logan Pass.

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Logan Pass

Logan Pass is transfer location. Visitors wishing to continue on to the other side of the park will need to get off their shuttle at the Logan Pass shuttle stop and get on another shuttle heading toward their final destination.

Because the parking lot at Logan Pass often fills early in the day, riding the shuttle to this location ensures that you will be able to take in all of the splendor Logan Pass has to offer.

Logan Pass sits along the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet and treats visitors to sweeping vistas of mountains and alpine meadows. Wildlife such as Bighorn sheep, Mountain Goat, and occasional bears may be seen. Rangers at the Logan Pass Visitor Center will be on hand to answer questions about the area and nearby day hikes. A bookstore is also located in the visitor center.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) near the front of the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a spigot is located by the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Granite Park Chalet - 7.6 mi.
Hidden Lake Overlook - 1.5 mi.
Hidden Lake - 3.0 mi.
The Loop via the Highline and The Loop trails - 11.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at The Loop.

Trip Planning Information:
Logan Pass Visitor Center - general park information and bookstore.

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Siyeh Bend

Siyeh Bend offers visitors the opportunity to access two of Glacier's most scenic day hikes. The Siyeh Pass hike allows visitors to start at Siyeh Bend and exit at Sunrift Gorge to pick up another shuttle (or vice versa).

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) near pullouts.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 2.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.
Piegan Pass - 4.5 mi.
Piegan Pass to Many Glacier - 13.8 mi.
Siyeh Pass Area - 4.7 mi.
Sunrift Gorge via Siyeh Pass - 10.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.

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Gunsight Pass Trailhead

This location is popular with backpackers taking extended trips into the backcountry on the Gunsight Pass trail and exiting at Lake McDonald Lodge. The shuttle helps facilitate this if you have only one car and need to shuttle back to it.

Also, Jackson Glacier Overlook is a short walk from this shuttle stop and provides visitors with the opportunity to see a glacier from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Located a few yards from the trailhead in the parking lot.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Deadwood Falls - 1.3 mi.
Gunsight Lake - 6.2 mi.
Lake McDonald Lodge - 21.4 mi. Catch another shuttle at Lake McDonald Lodge.
St. Mary Falls - 3.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls - 3.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Baring Falls - 3.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Siyeh Bend - 2.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Siyeh Bend.

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St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop

Numerous day hikes are accessible at this shuttle stop, including St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. Day Hikes to Sun Point and Baring Falls and Sunrift Gorge allow you to pick up another shuttle at those locations.

Specific Location:
This shuttle stop is NOT located at the St. Mary Falls Trailhead for vehicle parking. It is located .25 mi. west of the trailhead in a pullout that does not allow private vehicle parking. There is a trail at this location that leads to St. Mary, Virginia, and Baring Falls.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
St. Mary Falls - 1.1 mi.
Baring Falls - 1.0 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Virginia Falls - 1.8 mi.
Sun Point - 1.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sun Point
Sunrift Gorge - 1.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 4.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.

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Sunrift Gorge

Experience the power of water as you view this picturesque gorge carved by glacial melt-off from Sexton Glacier. Look for Water Ouzels, or "Dippers", a grey-slate colored bird that dives into fast moving water in search of aquatic insects. Baring Bridge is also located at Sunrift Gorge, a beautiful form of architecture that was used to blend the Going-to-the-Sun Road with the landscape.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) located west of Baring Bridge, and diagonally across the Going-to-the-Sun Road from each other.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Baring Falls - 0.2 mi.
Siyeh Pass Area - 5.6 mi.
Siyeh Bend - 10.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Siyeh Bend.
St. Mary Falls - 1.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls 2.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Sun Point - 1.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sun Point.
Sunrift Gorge - ~200 feet

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Rising Sun Boat Dock

Take a bout tour on St. Mary Lake and if you choose, disembark at the Baring Falls boat dock and hike to a variety of destinations. Catch another shuttle at shuttle stops along the Going-to-the-Sun Road to get back.

Specific Location:
Near Glacier Park Boat Co.'s reservation booth.

Restrooms:
Yes - in the picnic area

Drinking Water:
Yes - at the restroom

Day Hikes (one-way):
From the tour boat that unloads at the Baring Falls boat dock:
St. Mary Falls - 1.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls - 2.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Sunrift Gorge - 0.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.

Activities:
Scenic Boat Tours - Glacier Park Boat Co.
Picnic area

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Rising Sun

Rising Sun is where the "mountains meet the prairies" and is filled with multiple options for visitors. Camp at the Rising Sun Campground, take a nearby day hike, or dine at the Rising Sun Motor Inn. Rising Sun makes a great base camp for visitors camping on the east side of the park looking to explore the Going-to-the-Sun road by shuttle.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) at the Rising Sun Motor Inn.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the Rising Sun Motor Inn

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Otokomi Lake - 5.2 mi.

Campstore/Gift Shops/Showers and Laundry:
Rising Sun Motor Inn

Lodging:
Rising Sun Motor Inn

Food Service:
Two Dog Flats Grill

Activities:
Camping - 83 sites
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

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St. Mary Visitor Center
The St. Mary Visitor Center is the main hub for transit functions and park information on the east side of the park. Rangers are on hand to answer questions, and educational and interpretive exhibits and a park movie are available to read and watch. Backcountry information and permits are located in the St. Mary Visitor Center for those looking to get off the beaten path. The St. Mary Visitor Center also has a bookstore inside.

Specific Location:
Next to the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain is outside the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Planning Information:
St. Mary Visitor Center - general park and shuttle information, exhibits, movie and bookstore.
St. Mary Backcountry Office - backcountry information and permits.

Activities:
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger inside the Visitor Center.
Native America Speaks Program - Native American hosted programs.
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

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Did You Know?

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Did you know that in 1985, the Going-to-the-Sun Road was dedicated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark?