Glacier National Park clarifies ticket entry system

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KALISPELL, Mont. — Park officials in Montana have clarified an upcoming ticketed entry system for Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer.

Officials first proposed that visitors validate their seven-day tickets on the first day in an effort to manage congestion and avoid potential closures because of the pandemic and road construction.

Glacier National Park officials have since removed the requirement, meaning visitors can now validate their tickets on any day of the seven-day reservation, the Hungry Horse News reported Wednesday.

The tickets will be available online-only starting on April 29 and require a nonrefundable $2 processing fee, officials said. About 4,600 tickets will be made available daily when the 50-mile ( 80-kilometre ) alpine road is fully open.

Tickets do not guarantee one of the 2,100 parking spots available along the road.

The ticketed entry system is scheduled to begin May 28 and run through Sept. 6 from the entrances at West Glacier and St. Mary between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Visitors with proof of service reservations inside the park — for lodging, camping, boat rides, bus tours, guided hikes, or horseback rides — will be exempt from the added reservation requirement.

Visitors entering the park on foot or bicycle do not need reservations, nor do those coming through the Many Glacier, Two Medicine, Cut Bank, Chief Mountain Highway and North Fork entrances.

Tribal members and people who own property within the park’s boundaries are also exempt from purchasing a ticket.

Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Acadia and Zion national parks are also using a ticketed entry or other form of crowd control this summer.

The Associated Press