Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketed Entry

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.

 
Graphic explaining the steps required to get into the park this summer. Visitors need a park pass plus an entry reservation or a service reservation.
 

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.

Day-use reservations are included with any overnight lodging and service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the West and St. Mary Entrance Stations.

  • This includes visitors with overnight accommodations, including Lake McDonald Lodge, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Fish Creek Campground, or in-park private lodging, and visitors with reservations for wilderness camping, boat rides, guided hikes, horseback rides, or bus tours offered between the West and St. Mary Entrances of the park.
  • An entry reservation ticket for the day is included in your service reservation. The included entry reservation ticket applies only to the dates of your service reservation.
  • Proof of a service reservation (e.g., lodging, tours, etc.) is required and will serve as your entry 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.

Day-use entry reservation tickets are limited. Approximately ¾ of the entry reservation tickets will be available up to 60 days in advance with the remaining ¼ of entry reservation tickets being released two days in advance.

  • Entry reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov beginning April 28, 2021.
  • Visitors entering the park at Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Polebridge, or along Highway 2 do not need an online entry reservation ticket.
 

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.

Visitors are encouraged to secure day-use entry reservation tickets prior to arriving at the park. Limited cell service is available in West Glacier and St. Mary. Wi-Fi may be available in surrounding communities. Many public libraries and hotels provide free computer access.

Day-use entry reservation tickets are limited. Approximately ¾ of reservation tickets will be available up to 60 days in advance with the remaining ¼ of tickets being released two days in advance. Day-use entry reservations tickets are only offered online and are not available at park entrance stations or park offices.

 

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.

From May 28 to September 6, 2021, day-use access to the park between the West Entrance and St. Mary Entrance will require both a park entrance pass and a day-use entry reservation ticket.

  • Visitors with reservations for in-park lodging, camping, wilderness camping, boat rides, guided hikes, horseback rides, bus tours, or park shuttles along the Going-to-the-Sun Road do not need to reserve an online entry reservation ticket for the day of your reservation. An entry reservation ticket for the day is included in your service reservation. Proof of a service reservation (e.g., lodging, tours, etc.) is required and will serve as your entry reservation ticket.
  • Please be prepared to show your reservation confirmation and photo ID at park entrance stations upon arrival.
 
image of a flow chart of the steps required for entry to the park at West Glacier or St. Mary
 

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?
You will need to obtain a day-use entry reservation ticket through www.recreation.gov if your hike requires you to enter the park through the West or St. Mary Entrances, or your hike is along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor.

…if I am only passing through the park on Going-to-the-Sun Road?
You will need to obtain a day-use entry reservation ticket through www.recreation.gov to enter the West or St. Mary Entrances and drive Going-to-the-Sun Road.

…if I have reservations to stay overnight or take a tour in the park?
Day-use reservations are included with any overnight lodging and service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor between the West Entrance and St. Mary Entrance. This includes visitors with overnight accommodations, including Lake McDonald Lodge, Rising Sun Motor Inn, Fish Creek Campground, or in-park private lodging, and visitors with reservations for wilderness camping, boat rides, guided hikes, horseback rides, or bus tours along the Going-to-the-Sun Road between the West and St. Mary Entrances of the park. Proof of a service reservation is required and will serve as your day-use entry reservation ticket.

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.

 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 128
West Glacier, MT 59936

Phone:

(406) 888-7800

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