Travel to Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park was established as a park on May 11, 1910.

The park covers 1,012,837 Square miles and includes 131 named lakes. St. Mary Lake is located in the eastern side of the park, while Lake McDonald lies to the west. Lake McDonald is the largest lake, 9.4 miles long; 1.5 miles wide and 464 feet deep.

Elevation at Logan Pass is 6,646 feet, while the highest mountain, Mt. Cleveland, rises to a height of 10,448 ft

The park includes 25 named glaciers.

Going to the Sun Road

The park is traversed east to west by the 50-mile long Going to the Sun Road, completed in 1932.

The road is open only park of the year, roughly from early summer to late September. Portions of Going to the Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The opening of the alpine portion varies, based on snowfall and plowing progress. There is no set date for the road to open.

Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Rising Sun picnic area parking. Vehicle and vehicle combinations over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to the Loop, due to rock overhangs. Stock trucks and trailers are able to access Packers Roost on the west, and Siyeh Bend on the east.

It takes at least 2 hours (nonstop) to drive the full length of the road. Logan Pass is 32 miles from the west entrance and 18 miles from the east entrance.

We have driven the road several times, both east to west, and west to east, on sunny days, and in heavy fog! It is a magnificent highway, easy drive in most sections, though narrow in areas where it is carved into the side of mountains.

Glacier National Park Location

Yellowstone is located in the north section of Montana, adjacent to the Canada border. St. Mary is located at the east end of the park, West Glacier and Whitefish at the west end.

Lodging Options in/near Glacier National Park

Lodging in the park varies from rooms in historic grand hotels to cozy cabins and from comfortable motels to backcountry chalets. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Rooms book up fast, especially for the peak months of July and August. Camping and wilderness camps are also available.

Glacier National Park entrance near St. Mary
Glacier National Park entrance near St. Mary


Original Photographs of Glacier National Park

Panoramic view of the St. Mary Visitors center and Glacier National Park
Panoramic view of the St. Mary Visitors center and Glacier National Park

Mountain scene near St. Mary in Glacier National Park

The beauty of Glacier National Park

Lakeside viewpoint at Glacier National Park

Brilliant fall colors Glacier National Park

Waterfall along the Going to the Sun Road

Tour bus navigating the curves on the Going to the Sun Road
Tour bus navigating the curves on the Going to the Sun Road

Steep incline along the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Going to the Sun Road, barely seen in the distance
Going to the Sun Road, barely seen in the distance

Peaceful, quiet stop along a stream in Glacier NP

Glacier National Park

West Glacier Sign
West Glacier Sign



Interactive Map of the Glacier National Park Area


For More Information about Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park official website at NPS

 

Current alerts and weather conditions at Glacier National Park by NPS

 

Phone the park at 406.888.7800 NOTE: Phones are generally staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.