Glacier Park Opens Sun Road

By Beacon Staff

Glacier National Park officials swung open the gate to the upper reaches of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road at 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to spokesperson Denise Germann. All 50 miles of the road between West Glacier and St. Mary are now open for the season.

The Logan Pass Visitor Center is expected to be open for limited operational hours on June 22. Restroom facilities are available at Logan Pass and potable water will be available Friday. Visitors are reminded that conditions are still winter-like at Logan Pass and inclement weather is expected over the weekend. Exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and falling snow or rock debris.

Rehabilitation efforts on Going-to-the-Sun Road will continue this summer through August, with work on the west side consisting of the portion between Logan Creek and Avalanche Creek. Crews on the east side will work between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend beginning July 8 with activity occurring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday morning. Sun Point will be closed to the public beginning June 30 due to construction. Visitors should expect 40-minute maximum construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.

Also, bicycle restrictions are in effect on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Labor Day. Bicycle travel between Apgar and Sprague Creek Campground and eastbound travel from Logan Creek to Logan Pass is not allowed on the road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The visitor shuttle system traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate July 1 through Labor Day. For more information about the shuttle system please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm.

Additional information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services can be found on Glacier National Park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/glac/, or by calling park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

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