Glacier National Park, known as The Crown of the Continent, provides opportunities to experience breathtaking views, panoramic scenery, and abundant wildlife. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is the best way to experience the alpine forest, glaciers, and meadows in the Park. The 53-mile road takes you from one end of the Park to the other, and along the way, you will see visitors from around the world, the famous red cars, and experience the natural history that formed the entire western half of the United States. Hiking, biking, and sightseeing adventures await.
Visitors to Glacier National Park in 2022 can expect to use a ticket system to access portions of the Park from May 27 through September 11, 2022.
In addition to the $35 vehicle pass, The 2022 ticket system will only offer a 3-Day Ticket for accessing the Going-to-the-Sun Road instead of the 7-day Ticket offered during the 2021 season. Tickets are $2.00.
In addition to the $35 vehicle pass, the Polebridge Ranger Station Entrance will require visitors to have a 1-Day Ticket to use the North Fork region of the Park. Tickets are $2.00. The Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticket and the North Fork ticket are two separate tickets.
There is no official date for the tickets to become available, but it is anticipated that visitors should be able to reserve their tickets by early March 2022. Park Shuttles will operate in 2022, and service levels are still being determined.
Going-to-the-Sun Road Ticketing System
West and Camas Entrances will require a Going-to-the-Sun Road 3-Day Ticket from May 27 – September, 2022. St. Mary Entrance will require a Going-to-the-Sun Road 3-Day Ticket after the road is fully open through September 11, 2022.
North Fork Area Use Ticketing System
Polebridge Ranger Station will require a North Fork 1-Day Ticket from May 27 – September 11, 2022.
Apgar, Sprague Creek, Fish Creek, and St. Mary Campgrounds will require advanced reservations.
Recommendations for Accessing Glacier National Park in 2022
|Rising Sun and Avalanche Campgrounds will remain first come, first served. The park anticipates all campgrounds to be operating in 2022.|
|Try visiting the park outside of peak hours. There is more traffic in the park normally from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A utility project this summer that may require a late night through early morning closure from Apgar to Lake McDonald Lodge from June to September 2022.|
|There are a few loopholes for the Ticketing System for Going-to-the-Sun Road. If you have lodging reservations, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservation (guided hike, boat tours, bus tours) within the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor can use their reservation for entry in lieu of acquiring a 3-Day ticket.|
|The nationwide shortage of rental cars is felt in Great Falls and other communities in Montana. Schedule your trip well in advance to ensure you have transportation for your trip to Glacier National Park.|
|Remember, you still need a National Park Pass to access Glacier National Park. Either a $35 single-vehicle 7-day pass or annual pass will do the trick. Please read here for additional passes.|
|It does not matter if you try to access Recreation.gov via wifi, Ethernet, or dial-up. Once the reservation system is open and tickets are released, expect high traffic to cause delays and fast sellouts. Create an account on Recreation.gov before to save time when attempting to purchase tickets.|
It’s a short drive to Glacier’s East Entrances from Great Falls!
- Cut Bank is 146 miles from Great Falls, or a 2 hour and 30 minute drive.
- Two Medicine is 150 miles from Great Falls, or a 2 hour and 30 minute drive.
- St. Mary is 155 miles from Great Falls, or a 2 hour and 30 minute drive.
- Many Glacier is 175 miles from Great Falls, or a 3 hour drive.