Fall Schedule Begins at Park

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Date: September 2, 2014
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:

Campground

Closing Dates

 (Through night of dates listed)

Primitive Camping Operating Dates   

(No water available)

Apgar

October 12

Primitive camping in picnic area October 13-31: $10 per night; November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass

Avalanche

September 7

No primitive camping

Bowman Lake

September 14

Primitive camping September 15- October 31 (weather dependent): $10 per night

Cut Bank

September 28

Operated in primitive status all season; closes Noon September 28

Fish Creek

August 31

National Recreation Reservation System Campground; no primitive camping.

Kintla Lake

September 14

Primitive camping September 15- October 31:(weather dependent): $10 per night. Closes Noon October 31

Logging Creek

September 21

Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon September 21

Many Glacier

September 28

Primitive camping September 29- October 31, (weather dependent) $10 per night.  

Quartz Creek

October 30

Operated in primitive status all season, closes Noon October 31

Rising Sun

September 14

No primitive camping

Sprague Creek

September 14

No primitive camping

St. Mary

September 21

National Recreation Reservation System $23 per night through September 21: $20 per night

Primitive camping September 22- October 31: $10 per night

November 1-March 31: Free with valid entrance pass

Two Medicine

September 28

Primitive camping September 29- October 31, (weather dependent) $10 per night.



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:

West-Side Boat Inspections

 

Summer season – September 6

September 7 – October 31

November 1 – May 1

7:00am- 7:00pm, Headquarters Office

7:00am to 4:30pm, Apgar Back-Country Office

Call for current time and inspection locations (406-888-7800)

East-Side Boat Inspections

 

Summer season – September 21

September 22 – late May

8:00am to 4:30pm, St. Mary Visitor Center

Call for current time and inspection locations (406-888-7800)



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:

Location

Closing

Granite Park Chalet

September 8 (after breakfast)

Sperry Chalet

September 8 (after breakfast)



Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or www.glacierparkboats.com)

Boat tours and rentals:

Location

Closing

Apgar (rentals only)

September 1

Lake McDonald

September 21

Many Glacier

September 14

Rising Sun (tours only)

September 1

Two Medicine

September 7



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:

Location

Closing

Lake McDonald Lodge & Camp Store

September 28 (after breakfast)

Jammer Joe's Restaurant

September 14 (after dinner)

Many Glacier Hotel

September 21 (after breakfast)

Rising Sun Motor Inn & Camp Store

September 14 (after breakfast)

Swiftcurrent Motor Inn

September 15 (after breakfast)

Swiftcurrent Campstore

September 15 (closes at noon)

Two Medicine Camp Store

September 7 (open all day)

Village Inn

September 15 (after check-out)

Red Bus Tours

Into October, contact GNPL for info.



Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or www.glacierguides.com) Day hikes and backpacking:

Location

Closing

Various Locations

October

                                                          

Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or www.glaciersuntours.com)

Road-based tours highlighting Blackfeet culture and history:

Location

Closing

Various Locations

October 15

 

Swan Mountain Outfitters (1-877-888-5557 or www.swanmountainoutfitters.com/glacier) Horseback rides:

Location

Closing

Apgar

September 1 (last day of rides)

Lake McDonald

September 28 (last day of rides)

Many Glacier

September 14 (last day of rides)



Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake boat tours:

Location

Closing

Goat Haunt Landing

September 21



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

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