Glacier National Park is instituting an online reservation system (ticketed entry) for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the park’s West and St. Mary Entrances from May 28 to September 6, 2021.
Online Reservation System (Ticketed Entry)
Day-use visitors who arrive by private vehicle or motorcycle must have a day-use entry reservation ticket. Day-use entry reservations are valid for seven consecutive days and must be validated on the first day your reservation is scheduled to begin. Visitors arriving on foot or bicycle do not require a day-use reservation ticket.
Dates and Locations Requiring Entry Reservation Tickets
Day-use visitors who arrive by private vehicle or motorcycle must have an online day-use entry reservation ticket and a current park pass when entering the park through the West and St. Mary Entrances from May 28 to September 6, 2021. Please be prepared to show your reservation confirmation and photo ID at park entrance stations upon arrival.
Reserving Online Entry Reservation Tickets
Day-use entry reservation tickets are only available online at www.recreation.gov or by using the recreation.gov mobile app (iOS/Android). Entry reservation tickets are free but require a $2 reservation processing fee. Once you set up an account, you will select the day you plan to visit the park, add it to your cart, and process payment. Visit the article on the Recreation.gov Help Center for detailed information on purchasing a reservation. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation with an attached entry reservation ticket. Day use reservations are non-transferable and resale or auction of reservations is prohibited.
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I need an online reservation ticket if I already have a park pass?
All visitors to Glacier National Park require an entrance pass to enter the park. A seven-day, annual, or lifetime entrance pass can be purchased online or at park entrance stations with a credit card.
Do I need a separate online entry reservation ticket for each day I visit the park?
No. Entry reservation tickets are valid for seven days and you can enter and exit the park at any point during this time. You will need a second entry reservation ticket if you visit for more than seven days or return for a second visit later in the summer.
Do I need an online reservation ticket in addition to a park entrance pass if…
…I am only entering the park for one day to hike?
Why is the online reservation system being implemented?
Glacier National Park has experienced record visitation and congestion issues in recent years. This management tool will improve traffic flow along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor, reduce crowding and congestion, and improve visitor experiences and safety. The reservation system also enables the park to better manage COVID-19 public health guidelines and mitigate impacts from the extensive construction projects on Highway 2 and Highway 89 planned by the Montana Department of Transportation in summer 2021.