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Glacier National Park’s New Ticketed Entry System: Your 10 Most-Asked Questions

Earlier this month, Glacier National Park announced that there will be a temporary ticketed entry system put in place for the 2021 summer season. And, as you can imagine, we’ve had a flurry of questions around what this means, including how to purchase a ticket, where you need one and more. 

To help make planning your trip to Kalispell, northwest Montana and Glacier National Park as easy as possible, we’ve breaking down the most-asked questions about the new ticketed entry system. Insider tip: Glacier National Park regularly updates their FAQ page with information.

  1. When are tickets available? 

Entry reservation tickets will be available up to 60 days in advance of your visit. Two-thirds of the tickets will be available in the 60-day window, while one-third will be released two days in advance. Tickets will begin to be available on April 29, 2021 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time, and they can be purchased at recreation.gov. Tickets are technically free, but there is a $2 processing fee. Important note: you cannot purchase entry tickets at the park gate, only online. 

  1. Do I need an entry ticket and a park pass? 

Yes. You will need to secure an entry ticket and purchase a pass to get into Glacier National Park. Park passes can be purchased at the gate or at recreation.gov. 

  1. Is an entry ticket needed for every Glacier National Park entrance? 

Nope. Entry tickets are only needed to access the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor at the West Glacier, Camas Road and St. Mary entrances. No entry tickets are needed at Many Glacier, Polebridge, Two Medicine, Polebridge or Cut Bank. 

  1. So, if tickets are only needed along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor, do I need one to visit Apgar? 

Yes. Even if you’re only wanting to go into Apgar and take in the view from the southern end of Lake McDonald, you will need an entry ticket as that’s technically part of the corridor. 

  1. Do I need an entry reservation ticket year-round? 

No. The ticketed entry system is in place from May 28 - September 6, 2021 from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Outside of those dates and hours, no entry ticket is needed. 

  1. With entry reservation tickets starting on May 28, does that mean the Going-to-the-Sun Road is going to be open in its entirety earlier?

While parts of the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be accessible from both St. Mary and West Glacier by car, the road will still not be open in its entirety to vehicular traffic, as much of the plowing takes place in May and well into June. The road will still open around late June for vehicle access, weather dependent. Prior to cars being able to access the road, it is open to hikers and bikers. If you haven’t biked the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the spring, be sure to add it to your bucket list. 


Published on 5/10/2021 (212 days ago) Destinations

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