Glacier National Park

Use Great Falls as your Basecamp and head 2.5 hours north to Glacier National Park’s east entrance at St. Mary’s. 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 52-mile [84 km] 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.

Update for 2021: Reservations aren’t needed to enter Going-to-the-Sun Road after Labor Day 2021, but the roads may still be congested and cause closures. Make sure to check out Glacier National Park’s Twitter for the most up to date information.

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Listen to We’re No Dam Experts, Episode 3: Montana’s National Park, the Pretty Park: Glacier National Park to hear recommendations on day hikes, what to pack, and the best time to go.