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Do I Need a Reservation to Visit Glacier National Park?

Glacier National Park’s popular Going-to-the-Sun Road, the main thoroughfare through the park, and the North Fork area will require a reservation to enter during summer peak hours.

Visitors to Glacier National Park in 2022 will need to use a reservation system to access portions of the park from May 27 through September 11, 2022 during the peak hours. This special reservation is in addition to your park entrance fee. You may visit these areas of the park without a reservation before or after peak hours.

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road: You will need one reservation per vehicle to enter the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Entrance, St. Mary Entrance, and the new Camas Entrance. It will be good for three days. This is a change from 2021 in which your reservation was good for 7 days. Because of overnight road construction, you will not be able to enter the west end of Going-to-the-Sun Road before 6 a.m. Read more at www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/projectwork.htm.
  • North Fork: You will need a separate one-day reservation per vehicle at the Polebridge Ranger Station to visit the North Fork area of the park from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Many Glacier and Two Medicine areas of the park do not require reservations.

Most reservations become available on Recreation.gov 120 days in advance at 8 a.m. MDT. The remainder of reservations are released the day before at 8 a.m. MDT, also on Recreation.gov. Although the park does not charge for the reservations, Recreation.gov charges a $2 nonrefundable service fee. The reservation is required in addition to a park pass. Reservations are expected to sell-out quickly, so be sure to grab yours as soon as the advanced window opens for your desired date. 

Visitors with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations within the GTSR corridor can use their reservation for entry in lieu of a $2 vehicle reservation. (The North Fork area does not offer lodging, transportation or commercial services, and camping is first come, first served.)

The entry reservations are hoping to curb the famous traffic on Going-to-the-Sun Road. (Download a PDF map)

In 2020, temporary closures were required 29 times at the West Entrance. The reservation system, in its second year in 2022,  hopes to alleviate that and allow visitors peace of mind that they’ll be able to access the park when they plan to.

Reservations won’t guarantee a parking spot at some of the more crowded parking lots like Avalanche, Logan Pass and St. Mary Falls. For your best bet at snagging a parking spot, enter the park early in the morning, or late in the evening. During Montana summers daylight lasts for 15 or 16 hours, so there’s plenty of time to explore if you get out early or stay out late. 

Park shuttles will operate in 2022. Service levels are still to be determined.


For more information, visit www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/glacier-national-park-announces-plans-for-2022-ticket-system.htm