Glacier Vehicle Reservations in 2024

The Basics

  • Vehicle reservations will be required for the west entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road, the North Fork entrance, and the Many Glacier entrance.
  • The vehicle reservation season for the west entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road and the North fork is May 24 – September 8, 2024.
  • The vehicle reservation season for the Many Glacier entrance is July 1 – September 8, 2024.
  • Vehicle reservations are required at these entrances from 6 am to 3 pm.
  • Vehicle reservations will not be required at the St. Mary o Two Medicine entrances in 2024.
  • Vehicle reservations are available only at recreation.gov.

Preguntas Frequentes

Dark green infographic outlines the three steps to enter the park during the vehicle reservation system in multicolored graphics. White header text on the infographic reads: “Visiting Glacier National Park in summer 2024? Between the hours of 6 am and 3 pm, visitors need a vehicle reservation in addition to an entrance fee or pass to enter vehicle reservation areas. First step: A smartphone icon contains a calendar graphic with a large yellow checkmark in the middle. Next to the smartphone is a checkmark. The text for this step reads: “Secure your vehicle reservation, available in advance online at Recreation.gov.” Second step: A parks pass icon with a checkmark next to it. The text for this step reads: “Get your park pass OR pay the entrance fee online or in person at the park entrance.

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Which park entrances will require vehicle reservations in 2024?

  • West entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road (May 24 – Sep. 8)
  • North Fork (May 24 – Sep. 8)
  • Many Glacier (July 1 – Sep. 8)

 

Where are vehicle reservations required on West Entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road?

Vehicle reservations are required starting at the Apgar Check Point at the foot of Lake McDonald. You can still access the Apgar Visitor Center, Apgar Village, and the Camas Road without a vehicle reservation.

 

Do I need a vehicle reservation to get on Going-to-the-Sun Road on the East Side (St. Mary)?

No. Vehicle reservations will NOT be required to access Going-to-the-Sun Road from the east side (St. Mary) in 2024.

 

Do I need a vehicle reservation to access Two Medicine?

No. Vehicle reservations will NOT be required to access Two Medicine in 2024.

 

Where can I go without a vehicle reservation?

Visitors without a vehicle reservation can enter any entrance before 6 am or after 3 pm. As space permits, you can also enter Two Medicine and the east entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road without a vehicle reservation at any time.

 

What if I have an activity booked or a service reservation?

Visitors that have a reservation for lodging, camping, boat tour, horseback rides, or other commercial activities can use their proof of booking in place of a vehicle reservation for the area in which the activity occurs.

To use the west entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road the reservation must be for an activity between Apgar and Logan Pass. For example, a Rising Sun Campground or Boat Tour reservation would not work as a vehicle reservation for the west entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road. Likewise, an Apgar service like the Apgar Campground or a Red Bus Tour from the Apgar Visitor Center would not work as a vehicle reservation for the west entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

When do I book my Glacier National Park vehicle reservation?

There are two release windows for each reservation. A portion of the reservations are available 120 days in advance of the reservation date at 8:00am Mountain Time. That means the May 24 reservations are available 8:00am MST on January 25, May 25 becomes available January 26, etc.

A second set of reservations are released the day before the reservation date at 7:00pm MDT. So, the second batch of reservations for May 24 would be released May 23 at 7:00pm MDT.

Pick the day of your visit on the selector below to find out what day reservations are released for your visit.



How do I get a vehicle reservation?

Vehicle reservations are available from recreation.gov. They are not available in person at the park.

Advance reservations are released at 8 am Mountain Time. Day-before reservations are released at 7 pm Mountain Time.

It is recommended to get on recreation.gov, make an account, login, and familiarize yourself with the site in advance of the reservation release time. Reservations are popular and can sell out quickly, so you want to be comfortable with the site ahead of time.

You can also make reservations by calling the recreation.gov reservation line at 877-444-6777.

 

How long is a vehicle reservation good for?

Vehicle reservations are valid for 1 day in 2024. This is a change from previous years.

 

When is Glacier National Park open?

The park is open 24/7. Vehicle reservations are only required at certain entrances from 6 am to 3 pm.

 

When is Going-to-the-Sun Road open?

Historically, Going-to-the-Sun Road has fully opened in late June or early July. The exact opening date varies from year to year due to weather, construction, staffing levels, and other factors that are hard to predict.

 

What do I need to enter the park?

All visitors need a park pass (America the Beautiful, Annual, Senior, Military, etc.) or to pay the park entrance fee when they arrive. Visitors entering a vehicle reservation area will also need a vehicle reservation from recreation.gov.

 

What is the difference between a park pass and a vehicle reservation?

A park pass covers the entrance fee that is required for any visitors to enter the park. If you already have an America the Beautiful pass, Annual pass, Senior pass, Access pass, or Military pass this meets the park pass requirement. Park passes are also available when you arrive at the entrance station, or online at recreation.gov. A private vehicle pass covers the driver and up to 15 passengers of a personal or rental car for 7 days and costs $35.

A park pass is NOT the same as a vehicle reservation. The vehicle reservation is required to bring your vehicle into certain congested areas of the park during the busiest season and time of day. A park pass is needed in addition to a vehicle reservation where one is required. Glacier National Park does not collect any money when you book a vehicle reservation, but recreation.gov does charge a $2 processing fee.

A vehicle reservation does not include an entrance pass/fee, and the park entrance pass/fee does not serve as a vehicle reservation.

 

Do tribal members need vehicle reservations?

Pursuant to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, vehicle reservations are not required for tribal members throughout the park.

Why is the National Park Service using a vehicle reservation system?

From NPS.gov:

There are two issues driving the pilot: impacts to resources and impacts to visitors. These impacts became more apparent with the dramatic increase of about 1.5 million annual recreation visits from 2008 to 2017.

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Resource impacts like vegetation loss and braiding trail systems are common in areas of high use. Visitor experience quality is also being affected as sustained, high levels of use become common. Visitor access to the park, parking areas, and trailheads has been unpredictable and frustrating for visitors as the park implements unplanned closures to address these issues. Visitor safety becomes an issue when emergency vehicles are not able to respond efficiently due to congestion. The pilot vehicle reservation system spreads visitation throughout the day during peak hours and provides a measure of certainty and safety to visitors.

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We will gather visitor use data and refine strategies throughout the summers. This data will help to inform future public and stakeholder engagement as we work towards long term strategies and solutions to balance resource protection and quality visitor experiences at Glacier.

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Read more about these efforts on the park’s Visitor Use Management Page. 

What if I have more questions?

Glacier National Park has a phone information line at 406-888-7800. There is additional information on the National Park Service website Vehicle Reservation page.

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