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Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park officials temporarily closed the upper portion of the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road)at 8 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2010 between Big Bend on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side due to recent snow accumulation and the resulting unsafe road conditions. Conditions are constantly being monitored and the closed section of Sun Road will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so. Drivers can currently access 29 miles of the Sun Road from the west entrance, and 13 miles from the St. Mary entrance.
This will be the final weekend of 2010 to drive the entire length of the Sun Road, weather permitting. Starting Monday, September 20, west side fall motor vehicle access will be restricted at Avalanche. Logan Pass will remain accessible for motor vehicle traffic from the east side, weather permitting, until the pass is closed for the season to all vehicle traffic on Monday, October 18. Hikers are advised that after this weekend (beginning September 20), no vehicles will be allowed to access the Loop or Packer's Roost trailheads.
Autumn hikers and bicyclists are strongly urged to make sure they are familiar with safety precautions while traveling in bear country and be prepared for variable temperatures and rapidly changing weather. For trail maps and status, visit Glacier's Hiking the Trails Web page at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm. Bear safety recommendations and other park safety information can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm.
Many park facilities and services remain available well beyond September 20. For details, go to http://www.nps.gov/glac/news10-80.htm. Privately-owned lodging and other visitor services are available in the park at Apgar Village and in gateway communities throughout the fall, winter and spring.
Many campgrounds in Glacier are transitioning to primitive status (no running water available). For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/glac/news10-79.htm .
Current road status is available at: http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.Road conditions for Glacier National Park are available by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 511, call 800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select "Glacier Park Tourist Information" (option # 5) from the menu.
For other park information, visit Glacier's Web site at http://www.nps.gov/glac or call 406-888-7800.
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