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Glacier National Park, MontanaWEST GLACIER, Mont. – Straddling the Continental Divide in northwestern Montana, glacier-scoured mountains tower over a wilderness landscape,
creating a majestic backdrop for this week’s National Park Getaway.

Glacier National Park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and the remnant glaciers descended from ice ages of 10,000 years past. The park
preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Within the park more than 740 miles of trails, hundreds of lakes and more than 1,500 miles of perennial streams entice people of all ages and abilities to explore outdoors. History buffs will find intrigue in the 375 historic properties maintained in the park, including Glacier’s famous National Historic Landmark, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

This week’s National Park Getaway article shares views from the park’s most famous road, pointing out the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities
that await your discovery. Start your adventure at

Camping At Glacier National Park

Enjoy the crackling of a campfire and sleep under the stars in Glacier National Park. With 13 different campgrounds and approximately 1,009 sites to choose from, options are plentiful.

For detailed information about each individual campground such as campground fees and amenities, location, number of sites, and historic fill times, please visit the Campground Status page.

How To Secure A Camp Site

Most campgrounds in Glacier are first-come first-served with the exception of Fish Creek, St. Mary and half of the group sites in Apgar. These camp sites can be reserved in advance.

Camping fees vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season. For prices of each individual campground, visit ourCampground Status Page.

For a first-come, first-served campground, select a vacant site and pay at a registration area by completing a fee envelope and depositing it in the fee tube within 30 minutes of arrival. Retain the envelope receipt and clip it on your numbered site post. Pay only for the nights you plan to camp – refunds are not available.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Three Glacier National Park campgrounds will have delayed openings because of lingering snows. The Many Glacier, Two Medicine and Cutbank campground openings will be delayed until at least June 17, park officials said last week.

Snow persists at those east side sites, but there are still plenty of places to camp. The Fish Creek and Rising Sun campgrounds are now open, as are Sprague Creek and Apgar, the Hungry Horse News, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, reported.

The weather has made it a tough go for crews plowing the Going-to-the-Sun Road. More than 2 1/2 feet of snow fell last week in the starting zones of avalanche paths along the Sun Road. In order to access their work site, crews replowed the slide paths, where they encountered debris piles up to 10 feet deep. Crews have completed initial plowing through Haystack Creek and are continuing towards the Alps, three and a half miles beyond the Loop.

On the east side, crews have completed initial plowing through Siyeh Bend and are continuing to No Stump Point, approximately one mile beyond Siyeh Bend.

Hikers and bikers should take caution when traveling across avalanche paths and not linger in them. The Sun Road is open to vehicles to Avalanche Campground on the west side and Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side. Hikers and bikers can go as far as Packer’s Roost on Saturday. There are no restrictions on Sunday.

All other Park roads are open except for the Inside North Fork Road between Polebridge and Fish Creek.

This week, more rain is expected and there could be some flooding, as a record snowpack is starting to melt, even at higher elevations.


WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Sprague Creek campground in Glacier National Park opens to visitors Friday, May 14, 2010 joining Apgar campground which opened May 7. Some of the privately-owned facilities in Apgar Village are now open. The Apgar Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting Saturday, May 15 the St. Mary Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting this weekend Sun Tours is available for guided bus tours with a Blackfeet perspective. Glacier Guides, Inc. is open for guided day hikes and backpacking. Much more will be opening in Glacier in the coming weeks.

The plows are making progress on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Sun Road) after re-plowing lower areas following the last week’s snow storm. Vehicles can travel as far as the Avalanche campground area on the west side of the Sun Road and to the Rising Sun area on the east. To allow for spring road construction, the earliest possible date that the Sun Road can open to through-traffic across Logan Pass is June 18, 2010.

Construction crews are not working on the Sun Road this weekend, so there are no restrictions planned for hiking and bicycling access. With spring road construction between Logan Creek and the West Tunnel, and preparation work for the upcoming overlay project, everyone is asked to use caution on the west side of Sun Road as road conditions can vary.

An overlay project on the Sun Road from the Apgar Transit intersection to the Avalanche campground area begins Monday, May 17, 2010. The work is expected to take about three weeks. There will be no road work during the three day holiday-weekend honoring Memorial Day, May 29 to 31. Road work will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 21 to accommodate traffic to Lake McDonald Lodge for the Spring for Glacier event. Visitors should plan for short delays of 15-to-30 minutes.

Only two park roads remain closed to vehicles: Packers Roost on the west side, and Cut Bank on the east side. The Inside North Fork is open from Polebridge to the Logging Creek campground and from the Fish Creek campground to the Rocky Point trailhead. All other roads are currently open. Both the Bowman and the Kintla campgrounds are open for primitive camping.

Visitors are encouraged to get the most current road conditions for Glacier National Park by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select “Glacier Park Tourist Information” from the main menu to hear Glacier’s road report. Visitors can also call Glacier at 406 888-7800, and press 2, for current park road conditions. An interactive map showing current vehicle access points is available online at:

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