Plowing Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road

Every year about this time, the major undertaking of plowing the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park begins. And it’s no small feat.

The Garden Wall and Going-to-the-Sun Road on April 8, 2013. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

The Garden Wall and Going-to-the-Sun Road on April 8, 2013. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

During the summer, driving this 50-mile-long road is one of the highlights of any trip to Glacier National Park and Western Montana’s Glacier Country. For me, it’s one of those experiences that never gets old. While I’ve driven the road countless times, each and every times leaves me awestruck and wowed. It’s also a permanent reminder that no matter what is happening around us, we live in a beautiful world. 

In an effort to prep the road for its June 21 opening (weather dependent), the plow crews have started the task of clearing the massive amounts of snow. And, thanks to Glacier National Park’s Flickr site, we can all follow along with their progress.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road above The Loop on April 11, 2013.  Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

The Going-to-the-Sun Road above The Loop on April 11, 2013. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

The initial cut through the slide path on April 16, 2013.  Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

The initial cut through the slide path on April 16, 2013.
Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

West Tunnel icicles in April 17, 2013. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

West Tunnel icicles on April 17, 2013. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

A bulldozer and avalanche spotter work together to plow a section of the road. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

A bulldozer and avalanche spotter work together to plow a section of the road. Photo: Glacier National Park Flickr site

To stay up-to-date on the plowing efforts, follow along here.

Happy plowing,
TT

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