Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888 5838
Operating hours for many visitor services including campgrounds, concessions, boat inspections, and backcountry permits in Glacier National Park are changing as the fall season approaches.
The free shuttle transportation service accessing Logan Pass and locations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate through Sunday, September 7.
Rehabilitation work on the Going-to-the-Sun Road continues through the fall season. Road work on the east-side between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend will continue with 30-minute maximum day-time delays. Visitors are encouraged to use caution when traveling this 9-mile stretch of roadway as it has a rough, gravel surface. There is no road work on the west side of the road this fall.
To allow accelerated fall season rehabilitation on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the last day to access Logan Pass by vehicle on the east side will be Sunday, September 21. Vehicle traffic will be restricted on the east side near the St. Mary Campground beginning Monday, September 22. Vehicle access to Logan Pass will be available from the west side of the park through Sunday, October 19, weather permitting.
Fall visitors to the Many Glacier area of the park should be aware that the replacement of the Swiftcurrent Bridge will begin at the end of September and continue into November. The replacement of the bridge will begin shortly after the Many Glacier Hotel closes for the season on September 21. Visitors can expect short delays beginning September 26. As of September 29 there will be no vehicle or pedestrian traffic as the bridge is replaced. It is anticipated that the work to replace the bridge will continue through mid-November. Access to Cracker Lake and the Piegan Trail will be through the Grinell Picnic Area, at the Grinell Trailhead. The Swiftcurrent Bridge is located at the foot of Swiftcurrent Lake and provides vehicle and pedestrian access to the Many Glacier Hotel Historic District, and the Many Glacier Hotel.
Campground operating dates are as follows:
Campgrounds in primitive status have pit toilets available, no potable or drinking water, limited number of sites, and fees are reduced to $10 per night. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and reminded that any water taken from streams or lakes requires treatment before use. Current campground status is available at https://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.
The Apgar Back-Country Permit Office is open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through September 28. From September 28 through October 31, the hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Back-country permits will be issued until 30 minutes prior to closing.
Hours of operation to conduct boat inspections and receive permits will also change this fall:
Many concessioner services will begin closing mid-September including lodging, transportation, food service, retail shops, and boat rentals:
Belton Chalets, Inc.
(1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com or www.graniteparkchalet.com) Backcountry Chalets:
Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or www.glacierparkboats.com)
Boat tours and rentals:
Glacier National Park Lodges/Xanterra (Central reservations: 855-733-4522 or http://www.glaciernationalparklodges.com/) Front country lodging, food and beverage services, retail, tour and transportation services:
Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com) Day hikes and backpacking:
Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or www.glaciersuntours.com)
Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:
Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 or www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier) Horseback rides:
Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:
The Logan Pass Visitor Center is open through September 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Apgar Visitor Center and the St. Mary Visitor Center are open through October 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. The Many Glacier and Two Medicine Ranger Stations are open through September 19, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Ranger-led activities such as guided hikes and evening programs are offered throughout September. View the September ranger-led activity schedule on the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/upload/September-RLA-Schedule-web.pdf.
Autumn visitors to Glacier National Park will find less crowds, cooler temperatures, and changing vegetation colors. Area residents and visitors are reminded that the park is open year-round and park recreational opportunities can be found during all seasons.
For additional park information, visit the park's website www.nps.gov/glac or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800. More information and images of the park can be also be located by visiting Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlacierNPS.
Last updated: February 24, 2015