Going-to-the-Sun Road (take me there)
When will Going-to-the-Sun Road open?
Portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to locations like Apgar Village and Lake McDonald Lodge. Please check our road status page for the sections of road that are open.
What if I have more questions about the Going-to-the-Sun Road?
Camping (take me there)
What does it mean when a campground is in Primitive Status?
Do the campgrounds have showers?
Does someone check me in at the campgrounds? How do I find a campsite?
In Fish Creek and St. Mary Campgrounds (our reservation campgrounds), you will be checked in at the kiosk. If you come after hours, your information and site number will be posted at the kiosk window. If you are camping at our first come/first serve sites, stop at the fee station and pick up a fee envelope, proceed into the campground and find an available campsite. Place your fee envelope in the fee tube within a ½ hour of picking your site. Credit cards are accepted at our campgrounds, with the exception of Cutbank Campground.
Can I make reservations for an auto campground?
We have a large group of campers, do you have group sites? Can you reserve these group campsites?
How do I know how early I need to show up for a first come, first serve campsite?
Are campgrounds open year round?
Do you have any generator-free campsites?
Yes, Sprague Creek Campground, Loop C in Fish Creek Campground, sites 49-84 in the Rising Sun Campground, sites 86-100 in the Many Glacier Campground and sites 1-36 in the Two Medicine Campground.
While camping, where do I store food to keep it safe from wildlife?
All food, caught fish, trash, and any equipment used to cook, serve, or store food must be stored securely at all times (except when these items are being transported, consumed, or prepared for consumption). Safe places include sealed in a vehicle or solid, non-pliable camping unit. Most campgrounds have NPS designated storage lockers and bearproof trash cans available as well.
For backcountry campsites, secure by suspending from any NPS designated food hanging device or in an Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) approved bear resistant container.
Hiking (take me there)
When do your trails open?
Is hiking the Highline Trail scary?
There are portions of the trail that have exposure, the most noticeable beginning one hundred yards or so from the trailhead at Logan Pass. The trail can be 3-5 feet wide in places. There is a hand cable available for about 50 yards. The Highline Trail is a gorgeous trail and provides access to the high country's stunning scenery.
When does the Ptarmigan Tunnel open?
Trail crews attempt to open the tunnel around the second week of July, depending on snow conditions. If you have a scheduled backpack trip and are coming around that time, it is advisable to call or check in at a visitor center or ranger station upon arrival.
When can I hike all the way to Grinnell Glacier?
Portions of the trail are accessible to hiking, but the trail is not completely accessible to Grinnell Glacier until late July when trail crew staff, and melting snow, open higher portions of the trail.
Do you have Ranger-led hikes?
Yes we do! Ranger-led activities include long hikes, short walks, boat tours, and campfire talks. Our programs begin around the third week of June and begin tapering off around Labor Day. We have limited Ranger-led activities through the end of September. Check the publications page for the latest Ranger-led Activity Schedule.
St. Mary to Many Glacier Valley: 20 miles, 30-40 minutes
Last updated: March 5, 2019