Glacier National Park Announces Plans for 2023 Reservations | Kalispell

Glacier National Park Announces Plans for 2023 Reservations

Glacier National Park Announces Plans for 2023 Reservations

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Two Medicine and Many Glacier valleys added to reservation system in 2023.

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [December 16, 2022] – Visitors to Glacier National Park in 

2023 can expect to use a vehicle reservation system to access Going-to-the-Sun Road via 

the West Entrance and the North Fork area of the park from May 26 through 

September 10, 2023, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Vehicle reservations will also be required for Two Medicine and Many Glacier valleys 

and the St. Mary Entrance to Going-to-the-Sun Road on the east side of the park from 

July 1 through September 10, 2023, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

This will be the third year of the pilot reservation system in the park; designed to 

manage high traffic volumes within the park to protect natural and cultural resources 

while delivering quality visitor experiences. 

 

The decision to add Many Glacier and Two Medicine valleys to the reservation system 

was based on review of data collected during the two previous years. Patterns show an 

increased need to restrict traffic when parking capacity was surpassed. Park officials

held meetings with businesses and stakeholders this fall to share the data and solicit 

input. Based on feedback, park officials chose to limit the reservation time period at 

Two Medicine, Many Glacier, and the St. Mary Entrance to Going-to-the-Sun Road to

July 1 through September 10 and to limit the hours of the reservation period to 6 a.m. to 

3 p.m. Visitors to the east side of the park without a reservation will still be able to visit 

Two Medicine and Many Glacier before 6 a.m. and after 3 p.m. and will be able to visit 

the St. Mary visitor center for access to free shuttles to Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

 

As in 2021 and 2022, landowners inside the park are not required to have a vehicle 

reservation to access their properties. Pursuant to the American Indian Religious 

Freedom Act of 1978, vehicle reservations are not required for tribal members 

throughout the park.

Vehicle reservations will be available on Recreation.gov. Each of the specified areas of 

the park will require a separate reservation. Like last year, visitors will need to set up an 

account on Recreation.gov to obtain reservations. The only cost associated with 

booking a reservation is a $2 Recreation.gov processing fee. 

 

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2022 

Contact: Gina Kerzman, 406-888-5838

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Glacier National Park News Release

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

P.O. BOX 128

WEST GLACIER, MT 59936

406-888-7800

WWW.NPS.GOV/GLAC


New for the 2023 season, vehicle reservations will be available through two types of 

booking windows. A portion of reservations will be available approximately four 

months or 120-days in advance, using a block-release system. The first block of 

advanced reservations will be available through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. 

Mountain Time on February 1, 2023. This round of reservations will be available to 

enter Going-to-the-Sun Road or the North Fork for May 26 through June 30. The next 

release will occur on March 1, 2023, for July 1 through July 31, including the reservation 

areas for Going-to-the-Sun Road, North Fork, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier. On 

April 1, 2023, reservations will be available for all areas for August 1 through August 31. 

On May 1, 2023, reservations will be available for all areas for September 1 through 

September 10. Like last year, a portion of reservations for all areas of the park will be 

available on a rolling basis at 8 a.m. 24-hours in advance. 

One reservation per vehicle will again be required to enter Going-to-the-Sun Road at 

the West Entrance, and the Camas Entrance from May 26 through September 10, 2023. 

Reservations are good for three days. Like last year, Apgar Village and the Apgar visitor 

center are located inside the West Entrance and require a vehicle reservation to access. 

New in 2023, reservations will only be required until 3 p.m. In 2022, reservations were 

required until 4 p.m. 

 

As in 2022, one reservation per vehicle will be required at the Polebridge Ranger Station 

to visit the North Fork area of the park in 2023. Reservations are good for one day. New 

in 2023, visitors can enter before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. without a reservation. In 2022, 

reservations were required until 6 p.m. 

 

New in 2023, one reservation per vehicle per valley will be required to access Two 

Medicine and Many Glacier valleys on the east side of the park from July 1 through 

September 10 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are good for one day. 

Also new in 2023, reservations will not be required at the St. Mary Entrance until July 1. 

Beginning July 1 through September 10, 2023, a vehicle reservation will be required to 

access Going-to-the-Sun Road from the St. Mary Entrance. Like last year, vehicle 

reservations will be checked at the Rising Sun check point, six miles inside the St. Mary 

Entrance, and visitors will have access to the St. Mary visitor center and park shuttle 

outside of the vehicle reservation area. 

 

In addition to a vehicle reservation, each vehicle entering the park is required to have an 

entrance pass for any entry point into the park. These passes could include any one of 

the following: a $35 vehicle pass, good for seven days; a valid Interagency 

Annual/Lifetime Pass; or a Glacier National Park Annual Pass. 

Visitors with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations 

within Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor, Many Glacier, or Two Medicine can use their 

reservation for entry in lieu of a $2 reservation to gain access to the portion of the park 

for which they have a reservation. 

EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA ™

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Prior to July 1, when the reservation requirements begin, the park anticipates congestion 

at Two Medicine and Many Glacier valleys. As in past years, entry will be temporarily 

restricted if these areas reach capacity. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit outside 

of peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Visitors with service reservations (e.g., boat tours, 

lodging, horseback ride, guided hikes) in these valleys will be permitted entry during 

temporary restrictions. 

 

Visitors should anticipate up to a 30-minute wait due to construction on Going-to-the-Sun Road along Lake McDonald starting in June. Additional details about construction 

will be posted on the park website as they become available. Entry to Going-to-the-Sun 

Road from the West Entrance before the 6 a.m. reservation period will not be possible 

due to construction activities. To avoid congestion-related delays, visitors are 

encouraged to use the St. Mary Entrance to access Going-to-the-Sun Road, including 

popular attractions such as Logan Pass and Avalanche. 

 

Through the pilot process, the park is engaged in continued learning about the various 

strategies used. The park has also engaged with stakeholders and local communities to 

inform the design of the pilot each year. This information will help inform long-range

visitor use management planning, which the park is expecting to begin in 2023. Through 

the long-range planning process, there will be opportunities for public input once the 

planning process is initiated. 

 

Additional details about the vehicle reservation system are still in development. The 

park website will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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