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This short video shows some of the conditions plow operators encounter while trying to open the Going-to-the-Sun Road for the summer. There is no narration, just the sound of the dozer moving snow.

 

Going-to-the-Sun Road Status

The most asked question this time of year is "When does the Going-to-the-Sun Road open?" There is no set date for opening the upper portions of the road. Lower sections open progressively throughout the spring. Usually by late June or early July the full length of the road is able to be open to vehicles. It might be summer down in the valleys, but up high there is still a tremendous amount of snow that our plowing crews need to remove. For the most updated information check our Road Status page and our Where Are The Plows page

Spring Hiker/Biker Season

Until the full length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens some lower sections are open to hikers and bikers, but not vehicles. This special time of the year allows visitors to enjoy sections of the road at a slower pace, without the hazzard of cars passing. Visit our Bicycling page for additional information.

 
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What is open?

The Apgar Visitor Center is open daily. Ranger-led activities will resume in June. The Apgar Campground is open. The Many Glacier and Two Medicine roads are open but both campgrounds there remain closed due to snow. The road to Bowman Lake is open. The Bowman Lake Campground is open in primitive status.

Lake McDonald Lodge has opened for the season.

Check the Trail Status Reports page for regular updates and the Trail and Area Closing and Postings before setting out for your trailhead.

 
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Small creek flowing through a hemlock forest

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Weather

Spring has arrived and snows are melting fast on both sides of the Continental Divide. Weather is always unpredictable but you can expect daytime temperatures between the high 40s to 80s. Cool rainy days and warm sunny days are both common. Temperatures vary with time of day and elevation, so be prepared with layers of clothing. For a clickable map of Glacier National Park weather visit theNational Weather Service Recreation Safety Forecast for Glacier National Park. For a text version of the weather forecast for Glacier visit theirGlacier National Park Forecast page. Visit our Weather page for more.

 
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Camping

Check the Camping Status page for up-to-date information, like status and past fill times. The Apgar Campground is open. More information on the Camping page.

 
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Observe wildlife from a safe distance

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Wildlife

Animals are especially active this time of year. Stay vigilant as you drive park roads. Bears are especially active at this time of year as they emerge from their winter dens. All park visitors should carry bear spray in a readily accessible location, should know how to use it, and should remember required safe wildlife viewing distances.

It is important to provide Glacier's wild residents as much space as possible. If an animal reacts to your presence you are too close. Please remain at least 100 yards away from bears or wolves, and no closer than 25 yards of any other wildlife. It is important to keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash.

Trails and areas are sometimes closed or posted due to wildlife frequenting. It is a good idea to check our safety information concerning wildlife and humans.

Last updated: May 18, 2018

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PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

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(406) 888-7800

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