Glacier National Park offers free entrance
Posted on 18 April 2016
Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary at Glacier National Park during National Park Week, April 16 through 24.
Entrance fees to the Park, as well as all other units of the National Park Service, will be waived for nine days from April 16-24, in honor of National Park Week and the National Park Service Centennial.
The theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18 – 26, invites people everywhere to be a part of the Find Your Park movement and discover their own unique connections to parks and the programs managed by the National Park Service.
Additional information on the national celebration can be found online at http://www.nationalparks.org/connect/npf-news/find-your-park-during-national-park-week.
NATIONAL PARK WEEK AT GLACIER
On the west side of the park, visitors can drive the Camas Road and the first 11.5 miles of the Going to the Sun Road (GTSR) from the park entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge, enjoy a picnic at a roadside pull-out, or walk the shoreline along the lake. Beyond the Lodge, people on foot or on bicycles can continue up the road for another ten miles to Red Rock Point, Monday through Friday until 4:30 p.m. while crews are working on the road. On weekends, hikers and bikers will be able to travel further to where crews stopped plowing during the week without having to share the road with cars. Currently, the road is clear of snow to the Loop, with patchy rocks and debris to Birdwoman Falls Overlook, and ice and snow on the road beyond Road Camp.
On the east side of the park, vehicles may drive the first 5.5 miles of the GTSR from St. Mary entrance to Rising Sun. Beyond that gate, the signs restricting hiking and biking access are currently located at Jackson Glacier Overlook during the week, and there are no restrictions for hikers and bikers on weekends. The Many Glacier, Two Medicine, and Chief Mountain Roads are currently closed to vehicles at the park boundary, with no restrictions for hikers and bikers.
Hikers and bikers are reminded that bears have emerged from their dens and that caution is advised, including carrying bear spray and making noise along roads and trails where visibility is restricted. Recreationists should be prepared for variable, spring conditions including mud, snow and patches of ice both on roads and trails.
The Apgar Visitor Center is open weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Since road conditions and openings change frequently this time of year please visit the park’s webpage at http://www.nps.gov/glac or check the park’s social media sites or call 406-888-7800 for the latest information.