The famously beautiful Going-to-the-Sun Road takes visitors through the heart of Glacier National Park and crests the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. The engineering marvel and National Historic Landmark connects West Glacier and St. Mary and gives travelers stunning views of towering peaks, alpine valleys, wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife. Perhaps the most popular attraction in the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most scenic drives in America.
The lower elevation sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many park locations and activities. The summer opening date of the alpine portion varies from year to year, based on snowfall and plowing operations. There is no set date for the road to open over Logan Pass, but the road is typically fully open by early July. It's usually fully open until the third Monday of October, but that can change due to weather and road construction at any point.
Visitors can travel the road via their private car, aboard the park's free shuttle system (early July - early September) or on an interpretive tour inside a historic red bus with Xanterra or with Sun Tours. There are numerous scenic viewpoints and pullouts along the road, offering visitors plenty of photography opportunities. Hiking trails can also be accessed at various points along the road.
Additional recreation opportunities on the Going-to-the-Sun Road include recreational bicycling—which is permitted in the spring when the road is still closed to vehicles—as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter months.
During peak visitation (May — September) the park uses a vehicle registration system for those entering the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It's important to stay informed about the vehicle registration system and plan ahead; a 2023 vehicle registration system has not been decided on yet.
PLEASE TRAVEL AND RECREATE RESPONSIBLY. Plan well, monitor and adjust, stay safe, and be respectful, kind patient and prepared.
For the latest updates, visit nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/directions.htm or text GNPROADS to 333111 for information about openings and closures.
The west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to all activities due to construction until May 15, 2023, from the four-way intersection at Apgar to Logan Pass. There is NO hiker, biker, skier or snowshoer access on the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road this winter. Please recreate responsibly by adhering to road closure signage. Activities permitted in the park during winter will be allowed in Apgar and on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road only.
Going-to-the-Sun Road Construction Closure
The Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) is closed on the west side of the park at the four-way intersection in Apgar due to a construction project. From the east side of the park, the GTSR is currently open from St. Mary to Rising Sun.
COVID-19 Masking Advisory
When COVID-19 CDC Community Levels are high in Flathead or Glacier County, mask wearing is required for all people when entering federal buildings, regardless of vaccination status.