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WESTERN MONTANA TRAVEL INFORMATION: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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TRAVEL INFORMATION Know Before You Go

RECREATE RESPONSIBLY

  • Leave no trace. Help us preserve our wild places by packing out everything you pack in. That includes things that may not be on your radar, like fruit rinds and cherry pits.
  • Tread lightly. While recreating, especially motorized recreation, it’s important to minimize your impact on the outdoors. Learn how to “Tread Lightly!” here and read the T.R.E.A.D. principles here.
  • Practice wildland fire safety. Please do your part to ensure that your actions involving fire are responsible. Know what restrictions are in place. Campfires, if they’re allowed at all, must be extinguished completely. Click here for Western Montana wildland fire updates.
  • Respect animals while wildlife watching. This helps keep both wildlife and you safe. Stay the recommended distance away from all wildlife, and do not feed them or put yourself or others in danger trying to get that perfect selfie with a mountain goat.
  • Help protect our waters. When you fish and boat Montana's waterways, it's important to follow steps to ensure you don't contribute to the introduction of invasive species—they're a real threat to Montana's waterways. Read more about mandatory watercraft inspectionsClean. Drain. Dry. protocols, and protecting our waters.
  • Be respectful, patient and kind. We expect residents and visitors to be mutually respectful of each other. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Take the Tourism Pledge.

VISITING GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Vehicle Reservations

  • Vehicle reservations are not required October through April.
  • Glacier National Park has announced the new vehicle reservation system for 2024. Read the press release here.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Status

  • The alpine section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to vehicles for the season. 

Construction Delays + Closures

  • Construction will continue along the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the south end of Lake McDonald near Apgar Campground to Upper McDonald Creek Road through fall, causing 30-minute delays in both directions.
  • Read more about construction delays and closures here.

Operations

  • Primitive camping is available at Apgar and St. Mary Campgrounds.
  • Restrooms and potable water are available at Apgar Visitor Center plaza 24 hours a day.
  • Park concessioners operating lodging, restaurants, boat rentals, horseback rides and bus tours have closed for the season.
  • Buy your national park entrance pass in advance here.

TRAVEL ON TRIBAL LANDS

Please be aware of when you are traveling on tribal lands. It’s important to be mindful and respectful of a tribe’s unique culture, history and traditions. It’s also important to “know before you go” in terms of recreation permits and policies that may be different from Montana law. Read more about respectful travel on Tribal Lands here.

Recreation + Permits: When recreating on tribal lands, note that tribal conservation and fishing permits are required. Some areas are restricted to tribal use (enrolled tribal members) only; please be respectful.

PARTNER INFORMATION & TRAVEL UPDATES

Recreate Responsibly Plan Ahead, Play it Safe, and Leave No Trace.
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 22 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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