Saturday, October 23, 2021

Glacier's Sun Road closes early for season

by Daily Inter Lake
| October 13, 2021 4:00 PM

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 on Sunday 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. The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall Wednesday and wind gusts up to 20 mph.

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, and 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. To stay up to date with changing road conditions, visit the park's Current Road Status webpage.

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 October 31, when they will move into winter camping and remain open as winter road conditions permit. St. Mary Campground opens to winter camping on November 1. Visitors may check campground status on our website.

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 November 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 October 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.