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Glacier National Park continues adaptive operational recovery

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News from Glacier National Park

MONTANA – Glacier National Park continues adaptive operational recovery as additional portions of the park became available on Monday, June 15.

The west entrance gate is open daily until 4:30 p.m. Going-to-the-Sun Road is open. The restroom at the shuttle stop will be available.

 Camas Road will be open on June 15 and the North Fork will open as a day-use only area with the gate closing at 4:30 p.m. each day. The gate may close during the day when parking areas become full and will reopen periodically as conditions allow. 

The ranger station will be closed to the public, but visitors will be able to get information and publications from staff stationed outside. All trails in the North Fork will be open, however only the Bowman, Kintla, and Logging Lake trails are cleared. Visitors can expect to encounter downed trees on all other trails in the district. Both frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds remain closed.

Also on June 15, Village Inn Hotel and Lake McDonald Lodge opened to overnight guests. The lodge lobby and lobby restrooms will be closed to day-use visitors. Food service will be take-out only and orders can be placed on the lakeside exterior of the building. The bar and gift shop in the lodge will be closed. The Lake McDonald Campstore will also open and restrooms across from the campstore in the old post office building will be available. 

This weekend, the west entrance to the park will continue to open by 8 a.m., as conditions permit, and close at 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., additional entries will not be allowed, including hikers and bikers. Visitors already in the park are not required to leave by 4:30 p.m. and are free to exit after finishing their recreational activities. No overnight use of the park is permitted at this time and the campgrounds and lodges are currently closed.

Visitors will be able to access Apgar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge. Hikers and bikers can go as far as Logan Pass on Going-to-the-Sun Road at their own risk. Visitors are discouraged from going past the Loop due to falling rock and avalanche danger. Bicycles are permitted between the foot of Lake McDonald and Sprague Creek Campground before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Please check the biker information webpage on the park website for additional information.

Visitors should come prepared and follow CDC and local health guidance by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Face coverings are recommended where social distancing is not possible. People who are sick should stay home and not visit the park. The CDC has provided specific guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities.

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