In a statement released Tuesday by Glacier National Park on Tuesday, the park is increasing recreational access and services on a limited basis on June 8.

GNP will follow guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities. The park has been closed to visitors since March 24, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This limited opening approach will allow the park to continue coordinating with the Blackfeet Tribe while they maintain restrictions through June 30. It will also help the park and internal business partners improve and refine mitigation actions with lighter levels of visitation, and allow for an assessment of how returning visitors affect COVID-19 curves within surrounding gateway communities.

“We understand the economic importance that Glacier has to our gateway communities,”

said Superintendent Jeff Mow.

“Our goal is to gradually provide visitor access and to mitigate for and respond quickly to any new infections should they occur.”

 

Here's what will be open beginning June 8

  • On Monday, June 8 the park will open the west gate entrance at West Glacier. The gate will be open until 4:30 pm each day until operations are extended.
  • Visitors will be able to access Apgar and Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Lake McDonald Lodge.
  • Going-to-the-Sun will open to hiker/biker traffic as conditions allow. Check the park website for updates.
  • Visitors will be able to access restrooms and trails that are accessible from open park roads.
  •  Private businesses in Apgar Village may decide to operate.
  • The park is targeting to have personal boating on Lake McDonald and aquatic invasive species inspection stations open. Check the park website for updates.

What will remain closed until later phases of the plan?

  • East entrances from the Blackfeet Reservation will remain closed. The park is consulting with the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council to establish reopening dates for entrances from the reservation.
  • Visitor Centers and Ranger Stations will remain closed until later in the season.
  • Overnight accommodations will be unavailable until later in the season.
  • Campgrounds, back country permits, additional stores, expanded tours, takeout food service, and visitor centers will remain closed. These services and/or facilities will open when safe and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
  • Hotels, full-service dining, commercial tour buses, and ranger programs will remain closed. These services and/or facilities will reopen when health conditions allow.
  • Visitor Transportation Service (shuttles) will not be offered this season due to social distancing requirements in according with Center for Disease guidance on transit.

Visitors should come prepared and follow all 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.

“We are excited to have visitors return to Glacier National Park, but it’s important that our visitors help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing from fellow visitors and our employees,”

said Superintendent Jeff Mow.

“We all have a role to play in protecting our families and friends.”

Previously-scheduled road construction projects on both sides of the park will continue in the spring and summer. Many areas of the park are still experiencing winter conditions and plowing is in progress on Going-to-the-Sun Road. As in previous years, Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is expected to open in late June.

To read the full press release from Glacier National Park, click here.