WEST GLACIER - Sprague Creek campground in Glacier National Park opened to visitors Friday, 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, the St. Mary Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also 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 after replowing lower areas following the last week's snowstorm. 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.
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. 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. 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 Road 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 5-1-1, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 5-1-1, 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: www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.