A view from the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park. Overall visitation dropped more than 50 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a park spokesperson. But October hit an all time record. (Keila Szpaller/The Daily Montanan)
Earlier this month, Glacier National Park announced the decision to implement a Going-to-the-Sun Road temporary ticketed entry system for the 2021 season.
The tickets were available starting April 29 at 8 a.m. on recreation.gov.
The system will require visitors to set up an account on www.Recreation.gov and obtain a vehicle entry reservation ticket ($2 nonrefundable fee) to enter Going-to-the-Sun Road at West Glacier, St. Mary, or via Camas Road between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Entry reservation tickets are not required for any other portions of the park (for example Many Glacier, Two Medicine, North Fork, Cut Bank or Chief Mountain Highway) but visitors are still subject to the per vehicle entrance fee.
Visitors may also reserve a ticket through Recreation.gov’s call center. Call centers are open every day of the week from 8 a.m. MDT to 10 p.m. MDT. The following lines are available for callers:
- Reservation line (Toll-Free): (877) 444-6777;
- Reservation line (International): (606) 515-6777;
- Reservation line (TDD): (877) 833-6777.
Calling the call center does not give you an advantage towards reserving a ticket.
Entry reservation tickets are included with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations within the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor. This included entry reservation applies only to the date of your service reservation. Landowners with property within the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and affiliated tribal members are also not required to have a Going-to-the-Sun Road entry reservation ticket.
About 3/4 of the entry reservation tickets will be released 60 days in advance on a rolling window, and the remaining entry reservation tickets will be released two days in advance, also on a rolling window.
For more information visit the Glacier National Park website.
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