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Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going-to-the-Sun road cuts across the hillside on the left.
Photo: Tom Dougherty

Completed in 1932, this 52-mile road combines both history and unparalleled scenery. It bisects the heart of Glacier. Its construction made accessible the remote backcountry of the park to everyone. While portions of this scenic route remain open year-round, the higher sections are generally not open until late May or June and close the third Monday in October, unless closed earlier by snowfall. To help reduce congestion along this narrow winding road, vehicle size restrictions are in effect. Over time, it became apparent that the road was not designed for the number or size of today’s vehicles. Larger vehicles frequently had difficulty negotiating the sharp corners and often caused considerable traffic delays. To allow for a safe and enjoyable experience, vehicle size restrictions are in effect at all times.

Going-to-the-Sun Road—Vehicle Size Restrictions
Vehicles, and vehicle combinations, longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) and wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Sun Point parking area. Alternative transportation is available

Logan Pass
A drive over Logan Pass is spectacular. The Going-to-the-Sun Road provides access to the alpine zone for vast numbers of people who otherwise would not be able to enjoy this beautiful, yet fragile, section of the park. However, with increased visitation it becomes more difficult every year to accommodate the growing number of park visitors. Frequently, in July and August, the parking lot at Logan Pass fills beyond capacity and visitors are forced to drive on without stopping. To avoid the crowds, plan on visiting Logan Pass early in the day or late in the afternoon. Most guided tours also stop at Logan Pass

Information provided by the National Park Service

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