Going to the Sun Road opens for 2017
Posted on 29 June 2017
Montana's scenic byway 21 miles
You can now drive Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
The road is now open the 21 miles between Avalanche Creek and Jackson Glacier Overlook — including the popular Logan Pass area.
The Logan Pass Visitor Center is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Sept. 4. The center offers ranger programs, information about the park and a bookstore managed by the Glacier National Park Conservancy, as well as restroom facilities and potable water.
The June 28 opening is slightly later than the average over the past decade because of the large amount of snow northwest Montana received this year.
In the winter of 2010-11, the road did not open until July 13, 2011 — the Sun Road’s latest-ever opening since it was first dedicated in 1933. In 1987, the scenic road had its earliest opening date, on May 16.
Park officials note that significant snow remains along trails near Logan Pass, so visitors use exercise caution when hiking. Drivers should also be careful between Haystack Creek and the Rim Rock, where concrete barriers are temporarily serving as the guard rail.
Rocks and other debris continue to fall along the road throughout the summer, especially in the Rim Rock area.
With Going to the Sun road now open to cars, the park’s hiker-biker shuttle has closed, and cycling is not allowed between Logan Creek and Logan Pass from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bicyclists are also prohibited during those hours between the Apgar and Sprague Creek campgrounds.
Oct. 8 will be the last day for vehicles to access Logan Pass from the West Glacier entrance. From Oct. 9 through Oct. 21, the road will be closed at the Apgar intersection while construction crews replace a culvert along Lake McDonald.