Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation System

A simple map of Glacier National Park showing the two areas that require a vehicle reservation in 2022.

A vehicle reservation is required for both the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor and the North Fork from May 27 to September 11, 2022.

This pilot program is an effort to reduce congestion, improve visitor experience, and protect park resources. When the vehicle reservation system is in effect, a vehicle reservation is required to access the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor and North Fork Vehicle Reservation Areas. The vehicle reservation system only applies to these two areas of the park.

2022 Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation Area Map (PDF) This map highlights the areas within Glacier National Park where the vehicle reservation system is in effect. Download the map and save for offline use.

 

Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservations

Required for each vehicle from May 27 through September 11, 2022, from 6 am to 4 pm.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation Area includes all points between the West Entrance Station, Camas Entrance Station, and Rising Sun checkpoint (located 6 miles west of the St. Mary Entrance). This PDF map illustrates the reservation areas. 

A Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation is required for each vehicle accessing the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Reservation Area from May 27 through September 11, 2022, from 6 am to 4 pm. 

  • Vehicle reservations to access the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor west of the Rising Sun checkpoint from the St. Mary Entrance will not be required until the full length of Going-to-the-Sun Road opens for the season (i.e., typically late June).
  • Visitors with service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor do not need a vehicle reservation. Valid service reservations will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation.
    • Valid service reservations include lodging, camping, commercial tours, etc. in areas located inside the West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance.
  • Vehicle reservations are not required for tribal members, landowners inside the vehicle reservation area and their guests, or visitors who enter by foot or bike.
  • Vehicle reservations and service reservations do not guarantee parking spaces in popular areas. Expect congested and busy conditions throughout the park.

Visitors with service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor do not need a vehicle reservation. Valid service reservations will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation.

  • Valid service reservations include lodging, camping, commercial tours, etc. in areas located inside the West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance.
  • Proof of a valid service reservation will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation only.
  • Service reservations in areas outside of the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor will not serve as valid vehicle reservations.

Examples of valid service reservations for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor are listed below. Additional service reservations in the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor may apply.

Camping Reservations

Commercial Tour Reservations

Horseback Riding Reservations

Lodging Reservations

Non-Profit Partner Reservations

Permit Holders

  • Special Use Permits inside the West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance
    • Includes weddings, special events, film/photography projects, first amendment activities, etc.
  • Clients of Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) holders with commercial activities taking place inside the West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance. 
    • Includes bicycle tours, instructional workshops, etc.

Recreational Equipment Reservations (e.g., watercraft, bicycles)

  • Equipment pickup in areas inside the West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance

Wilderness Camping Permits

  • For trailheads located inside West Entrance, Camas Entrance, and St. Mary Entrance

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservations are valid for three consecutive days and have a processing fee of $2. Vehicle reservations are available in advance online at Recreation.gov (Vehicle Reservations), Recreation.gov app, or the Recreation.gov Call Center (Reservation Line: 877-444-6777). They are not available for purchase at the park. 

  • There is a limited number of Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservations available for each day and demand will exceed supply. Vehicle reservations will be released on a rolling basis on Recreation.gov (Vehicle Reservations), beginning March 2, 2022, at 8 am MST.
  • A portion of the available vehicle reservations will be released 120 days in advance of the effective date (e.g., vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on March 3), and the remaining vehicle reservations will be released at 8 am MDT the day before the effective date (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

Print or save a digital copy (e.g., screenshot) of the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation or valid service reservation. Cell service is unreliable or unavailable in the park.

  • Vehicle access through the West Entrance Station, Camas Road Entrance Station, and Rising Sun checkpoint requires a Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation or valid service reservation.
  • Proof of valid Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor Vehicle Reservation or service reservation should be prepared and ready to present to park staff at the Camas Entrance, Headquarters checkpoint (west side), or Rising Sun checkpoint (east side).

In addition to a vehicle reservation or valid service reservation, visitors must also have a park pass to enter the park. A park pass is your paid entrance fee to the park and applies to visitors traveling by vehicle, motorcycle, foot, bicycle, etc.

  • A park pass is required to access any entry point within Glacier National Park. Park passes do not serve as vehicle reservations or service reservations in vehicle reservation areas.

America the Beautiful Passes

  • Volunteer Pass (free)
  • 4th Grade Pass (free)
  • Military Pass (free)
  • Senior Pass ($80 lifetime, $20 Annual)
  • Access Pass (free)
  • Annual Pass ($80)
Glacier National Park Passes
  • Glacier Annual Pass ($70)
  • Private Vehicle Pass ($35)
  • Motorcycle Pass ($30)
  • Individual Pass ($20)

Park passes are available for purchase at the park or online at Recreation.gov (Site Passes).

Many Glacier Valley, Two Medicine Valley, Cut Bank, the area between the St. Mary Entrance and Rising Sun, and park areas along Hwy 2 and Chief Mountain Highway do not require vehicle reservations. These areas may restrict vehicle access if vehicle capacity is exceeded.

 

North Fork Vehicle Reservations

Required for each vehicle accessing the North Fork area from May 27 through September 11, 2022, from 6 am to 6 pm. 

The North Fork Vehicle Reservation Area is in the northwest corner of the park and includes all points east of the Polebridge Entrance Station. This PDF map illustrates the areas that require a vehicle reservation.

A North Fork Vehicle Reservation is required for each vehicle accessing the North Fork area of the park through the Polebridge Entrance Station from May 27 through September 11, 2022, from 6 am to 6 pm. 

  • Vehicle reservations are not required for tribal members, landowners inside the vehicle reservation area and their guests, or visitors who enter by foot or bike.
  • Valid service reservations will serve as a vehicle reservation for the North Fork area of the park for the day of the service reservation.
    • Valid service reservations are limited to wilderness camping permits for trailheads located in the North Fork area of the park and registered campers at first-come, first-served campgrounds in the North Fork area of the park.
    • Proof of a valid service reservation will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation only.
    • Service reservations outside of the North Fork area of the park (west of the Polebridge Entrance Station) will not serve as valid vehicle reservations.
  • Vehicle reservations do not guarantee parking spaces in popular areas. Expect congested and busy conditions throughout the area.

Vehicle reservations are valid for one day and have a processing fee of $2. Vehicle reservations are only available in advance online at Recreation.gov (Vehicle Reservations), Recreation.gov app, or the Recreation.gov Call Center (Reservation Line: 877-444-6777). They are not available for purchase at the park.

  • There is a limited number of North Fork Vehicle Reservations available for each day and demand will exceed supply. Vehicle reservations will be released on a rolling basis on Recreation.gov (Vehicle Reservations), beginning March 2, 2022, at 8 am MST.
  • A portion of the available vehicle reservations will be released 120 days in advance of the effective date (e.g., vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on March 3), and the remaining vehicle reservations will be released at 8 am MDT the day before the effective date (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

Print or save a digital copy (e.g., screenshot) of the valid vehicle reservation or service reservation. Cell service is unavailable in this area of the park.

  • Vehicle access through the Polebridge Entrance Station requires a North Fork Vehicle Reservation or valid service reservation.
  • Proof of valid North Fork Vehicle Reservation or valid service reservation should be prepared and ready to present to park staff at the Polebridge Entrance Station.

In addition to a vehicle reservation or valid service reservation, visitors must have a park pass to enter the park. A park pass is your paid entrance fee to the park and applies to visitors traveling by vehicle, motorcycle, foot, bicycle, etc.

  • A park pass is required to access any entry point within Glacier National Park. Park passes do not serve as vehicle reservations or service reservations in vehicle reservation areas.

America the Beautiful Passes

  • Annual Pass ($80)
  • Access Pass (free)
  • Senior Pass ($80 lifetime, $20 Annual)
  • Military Pass (free)
  • 4th Grade Pass (free)
  • Volunteer Pass (free)

Glacier National Park Passes

  • Glacier Annual Pass ($70)
  • Private Vehicle Pass ($35)
  • Motorcycle Pass ($30)
  • Individual Pass ($20)

Park passes are available for purchase at the park or online at Recreation.gov (Site Passes).

Many Glacier Valley, Two Medicine Valley, Cut Bank, the area between the St. Mary Entrance and Rising Sun, and park areas along Hwy 2 and Chief Mountain Highway do not require vehicle reservations. These areas may restrict vehicle access if vehicle capacity is exceeded.

 

Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation System Communication Toolkit

Glacier National Park has a growing number of resources to aid in the understanding of the vehicle reservation system. Download and share the free graphics and map using the Communication Toolkit, or watch the video "How to Make a Vehicle Reservation."

 
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Conditions are constantly changing. Check here for updates on which roads are open or closed.

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