With Glacier National Park’s busy summer season coming up, the park reminds visitors that vehicle reservations are required for the West Glacier entrance of Going-to-the-sun road starting May 27 through September 11. Vehicle reservations are also needed for the Camas Entrance, and the Rising Sun Checkpoint from 6 am to 4 pm. 

Visitors can make advanced reservations online, and visitors cannot receive a registration from inside the park. Service reservations for the park can also serve as a vehicle reservation and includes recreational use around the park, such as camping and lodging. 

Park visitors can also access the Polebridge community without a reservation since it lies outside of the entrance station of Glacier National Park. Bikers and others walking on foot do not need a vehicle reservation. 

The West entrance for Going-to-the-sun road will be unavailable before 6 am due to construction from Lake Mcdonald that starts during the first week of June. 

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Full Press Release below:

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [May 24, 2022] – Glacier National Park reminds visitors that vehicle reservations are required for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and the North Fork area of the park starting May 27 through September 11, 2022. A vehicle reservation is only needed from the east side at Rising Sun when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is fully open for the season. Visitors can access the community of Polebridge without a vehicle reservation as it lies just outside the entrance station to the park. Visitors can follow the Going-to-the-Sun Road status on our website.

Advanced reservations are exclusively available on Recreation.gov. Visitors will not be able to obtain a reservation at the park. Starting May 26, 24-hour advanced reservations will be released at 8 am MDT the day before the effective date on Recreation.gov. All 120-day advanced vehicle reservations for the 2022 season have been released.

Vehicle reservations are needed to enter the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor at the West Glacier Entrance, Camas Entrance and Rising Sun checkpoint (located 6 miles west of the St. Mary Entrance) from 6 am until 4 pm each day. North Fork area reservations are required between 6 am and 6 pm. Reservations are not required for any other portions of the park (for example Many Glacier, Two Medicine, St. Mary or Chief Mountain Highway) and visitors are still subject to the per vehicle entrance pass fee.

Visitors with service reservations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and in the North Fork area of the park do not need a vehicle reservation. Valid service reservations will serve as a vehicle reservation for the day of the service reservation and include lodging, camping, commercial tours, etc. Please visit the park’s Vehicle Reservation System page for more information.


In addition to vehicle reservation information, the park reminds visitors that they will not be able to access the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the West Entrance before 6 am due to night-time construction along Lake McDonald beginning on June 1st. There will be nightly closures between 10 pm and 6 am, from the foot of Lake McDonald to just west of the Sprague Creek Campground. Vehicles will have one opportunity at midnight to be piloted through the nightly closures. During the day, traffic lights will control a single lane through the construction area. Please see the park’s Construction Page for more information.