WEST GLACIER — Fill the gas tank and clear your weekend plans: Going-to-the-Sun-Road is now open to vehicles along its entire length.
Glacier National Park announced the news in a tweet Friday night. The opening of the trans-park roadway, with its heart-stopping views of Glacier's peaks and valleys, is a high point of early summer in northwest Montana.
"It might be summer down here," the park cautioned on Twitter, "but at Logan Pass, you will discover lingering winter snow, and should be prepared for cold temperatures, wind, and icy conditions." There are still "snow walls" and "snow bridges" that could collapse alongside the road at several points. Drivers should also watch for possible rockfall in the Rim Rock area, about one mile west of Logan Pass.
The Logan Pass Visitor Center at the road's highest point is also open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, the Highline Trail is still closed due to wintry conditions.
Visitors should prepare for crowds and, because of ongoing road work, expect delays up to 30 minutes on the west side of the park.
The Highline Trail from Logan Pass is still closed due to hazardous snow conditions. For up-to-date information on trail conditions and clearing activities, visit our trail status webpage.— GlacierNationalPark (@GlacierNPS) June 23, 2018
The spring hiker-biker shuttle service has ended. The park's complimentary hiker-biker shuttle will begin operations July 1, running between the Apgar and St. Mary Visitors Centers from approximately 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day through Monday, Sept. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 4 to 23.
Some restrictions exist on cycling and vehicle sizes. For more information, visit nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrinfo.htm.