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Upper sections of GNP's Going-to-the-Sun Road closes

| October 21, 2021 1:00 AM

Due to continued winter weather, the alpine sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park will remain closed for the season.

Park officials had closed the upper sections of the scenic road at Avalanche and Jackson Glacier Overlook Oct. 10, after snow fell on Logan Pass.

Since the temporary closure on Sunday, several inches of snow have accumulated at Logan Pass and the road remains icy.

According to the park, the Sun Road typically closes between Avalanche and Jackson Glacier Overlook on or before the third Monday in October, depending on road and weather conditions.

Visitors should be aware of road crews prepping for winter operations which include removing guard rails, displays, signs and installing snow poles along the road closure. Hiking and biking is permitted on most closed roads in the park as far as the hiker/biker closure signs, however risks include falling ice or rocks, and ice-covered or snowy road conditions. Closure points are determined by changing road crew activity and conditions. Bicycling is not permitted on snow covered roads.

The Many Glacier Entrance is closed at the boundary to all traffic due to construction.

U.S. 2 construction will continue into November along the southern border of Glacier National Park and visitors can check the Montana Department of Transportation website for updates. Camas Road remains under construction until the beginning of November causing 30-minute delays in both directions during the day.

Most visitor amenities in the park have closed for the season. Two Medicine, Bowman Lake, Kintla Lake, and one section of Apgar (Loop B) campgrounds, are open for primitive camping on a first come, first served basis until Oct. 31, when they will move into winter camping and remain open as winter road conditions permit. St. Mary Campground opens to winter camping on Nov. 1.

The Apgar Wilderness Permit Office and Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Inspection Station close Oct. 31. No boating in the park is permitted after Oct. 31. Free winter wilderness camping permits are available Nov. 1 — April 30, and can be reserved three to seven days in advance by email or phone 406-888-7857.

The Apgar Visitor Center is open on weekends through Oct. 24, weather permitting, but Wi-Fi, restrooms and potable water remain available at this location year-round.

The park is open year-round and recreational opportunities can be found during all seasons. Learn more about winter operations at Glacier National Park on our Visiting in Winter webpage. For additional visitor inquiries, contact park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

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