Glacier National Park’s Popular Going-to-the-Sun Road Is Fully Open for Summer — but You’ll Need a Reservation

If you’re planning a summer trip to Glacier National Park, there’s exciting news: the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road is now fully open! However, you’ll need to make a reservation to drive this spectacular route.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most popular attractions in Glacier National Park, offering breathtaking views and access to stunning natural landscapes. But with its popularity comes the challenge of overcrowding, especially during the peak summer season.

Imagine arriving at the park, eager to explore, only to find that you can’t drive the road because you didn’t know about the reservation requirement. It’s frustrating to have your plans disrupted, especially after traveling all the way to Montana.

To avoid disappointment, make sure to secure your vehicle reservation online at before you go. This year, the National Park Service has mandated reservations for all cars and motorcycles entering from the west side of the park between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. through September 8.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Full Access: Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for the 2024 summer season, allowing travel over Logan Pass from both West Glacier and St. Mary entrances.
  • Reservation Requirement: Vehicle reservations are required when entering from the west side of the park (past Apgar) during the specified hours.
  • No Reservations Needed: If you’re entering from the east side at the St. Mary entrance, reservations are not needed. Also, travelers with existing reservations for lodging, camping, or tours within the park are exempt from the vehicle reservation requirement.
  • Additional Reservations: Vehicle reservations are also necessary for the North Fork area and will be required at Many Glacier starting July 1.

The Road Experience: What to Expect

Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road is an unforgettable experience. You’ll navigate through scenic landscapes, witness diverse wildlife, and climb to Logan Pass, which sits at 6,646 feet. The entire 50-mile drive takes about 2 hours without stops, but you’ll want to take your time to enjoy the views and spot mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears.

However, be cautious—road crews have battled significant snow and avalanches this year, particularly above 5,500 feet. The NPS advises against stopping in the Rim Rock area due to potential rockfall and ongoing debris clean-up. At Logan Pass, visitors should avoid crossing snowfields or standing under snow overhangs due to the lingering deep snow.

Plan Your Visit for Maximum Enjoyment

Summer is the perfect time to visit Glacier National Park. With sunny days and warm weather ideal for hiking, it’s no wonder this season attracts the most visitors. By planning ahead and securing your vehicle reservation, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to one of America’s most beautiful national parks.

So, get ready for an adventure on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Reserve your spot, pack your camera, and prepare for a memorable journey through Glacier National Park!

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