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Going-to-the-Sun Road

Road in Montana

Travel Tips

Check the road's opening times and plan to drive during daylight for the best views. 1

Pull out at several observation points for waterfalls and views. 2

The drive can be challenging due to sharp turns and heights; consider the shuttle for a more relaxed experience. 3

Download The Guide Along App for a personal tour guide experience. 4

Check road opening dates, as it's seasonal. Allow extra time for stops. 5

Drive during sunset for breathtaking views. 6

Download the audio tour for an enhanced experience. Consider ending your drive at Logan Pass Visitor Center for additional activities. 7

Start early to avoid crowds and see more wildlife. No services along the way, so bring water and snacks. 8

Start around 6am for the best experience. 9

Drive can be challenging; ensure your vehicle is in good condition. 10

Introduction

Travel Tips

  • πŸŒ… Start Early: The parking lot at Logan Pass fills up between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Know Your Route: More timid drivers may prefer driving from East (St. Mary) to West.
  • 🚰 Plan Ahead: Bring enough water and snacks; no services along the 33-mile stretch between Lake McDonald and Rising Sun.
  • 🌦️ Prepare for Weather: Dress in layers and bring a rain jacket; temperatures at Logan Pass are cooler.
  • πŸ“Έ Scenic Stops: Allow extra time to stop and take in the sights like Heaven's Peak and Weeping Wall.

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Regulations

  • πŸš— Vehicle Size: Limit of 21 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 10 feet tall.
  • πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Bicycling: Prohibited from Apgar turnoff to Logan Pass between 3 pm and 6 pm from May 24 through September 8.
  • 🚦 Speed Limit: 40 mph on lower elevations, 25 mph on alpine sections.
  • πŸ“… Vehicle Reservations: Required from May 24 through September 8, 2024, from 6 am to 3 pm.
  • πŸ›‘ Closures: Portions of the road may close due to weather conditions.

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Amenities

  • β›½ No Gasoline: Not available in the park; electric vehicle charging station at Lake McDonald Lodge.
  • 🍴 Food and Lodging: Available at Rising Sun, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Apgar Village during summer.
  • 🍽️ Picnic Areas: Found at Rising Sun, Avalanche Creek, Sprague Creek, and Apgar.
  • πŸ•οΈ Campgrounds: Five out of 13 campgrounds are located along the road.
  • πŸ›οΈ Visitor Centers: Located at Apgar, Logan Pass, and St. Mary with restrooms, trip planning info, and exhibits.

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Viewing Opportunities

  • 🦌 Wildlife: Mountain goats and bighorn sheep near Logan Pass; grizzly bears near Two Dog Flats.
  • ❄️ Jackson Glacier Overlook: Best spot to see a glacier from the road.
  • 🏞️ Scenic Stops: Include Lake McDonald Lodge, Trail of the Cedars, and St. Mary Falls.
  • πŸ“Έ Photo Ops: Heaven's Peak, The Loop, Bird Woman Falls, Weeping Wall, and Wild Goose Island Overlook.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Short Hikes: Trail of the Cedars, Hidden Lake Overlook, Sunrift Gorge, Baring Falls, and St. Mary Falls.

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Travel Alternatives

  • 🚌 Shuttle System: Free two-way service between Apgar Visitor Center and St. Mary Visitor Center.
  • 🚍 Red Bus Tours: Historic tours with commentary.
  • 🚐 Sun Tours: Offers guided tours with commentary.
  • πŸš— Loop Drive: Drive from St. Mary to West Glacier along Going-to-the-Sun Road, then return via Highway 2 and Highway 89.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Other Scenic Sections: Explore areas not along Going-to-the-Sun Road for more scenic views.

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Scenic Drives

  • 🌲 Camas Road: Leads to North Fork Road and Polebridge with views of Huckleberry Mountain.
  • 🏞️ Looking Glass Highway: Connects East Glacier and St. Mary with views into Two Medicine Valley.
  • πŸš— US Highway 2: Follows the southern border of Glacier National Park with scenic views of the Flathead River.
  • 🦌 Goat Lick Overlook: A salt lick attracting mountain goats, located near Essex, Montana.
  • πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ Bowman Lake: Accessible from Polebridge, offering additional scenic views and activities.

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