First 100 Years Book
Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years details the astonishing changes the park has undergone since its designation in 1910, including the Great Northern Railway's Swiss-style chalets & lodges. It features more than 200 historical photographs, as well as some of the finest artwork of the region and its people, including Charlie Russell.













































GTTS Road Book
Traveling Glacier Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience like no other. Laborers toiled for nearly 20 years to complete the 50-mile road that winds an impossible route through the heart of Glacier. C. W. Guthrie tells the intriguing tale of the history and the construction of this marvel of engineering. Includes more than 60 historic photographs and maps.


































































 The Going-to-the-Sun Road

The only road to cross Glacier National Park from east to west, the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road, carries travelers through some of the most spectacular scenery the park has to offer. This engineering marvel spans more than 50 miles across the park's interior, takes passengers over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and treats visitors to some of the grandest sights in the Rocky Mountains. Along its course the road passes glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys, and windswept alpine meadows and sweeping mountain vistas atop the 6646-foot pass.

Several scenic viewpoints and pullouts along the way provide motorists with ample opportunities to stop for extended views and photographs.

roadSome drivers (and passengers) might be a little intimidated by the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Portions of the road hug the mountainside as it traverses over steep drop-offs and steers through tight curves. Due to very little clearance with oncoming traffic, vehicles (and vehicles in combination with trailers) longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors), are prohibited between Avalanche Campground and the Sun Point parking area. Also, due to rock overhangs, vehicles over 10 feet in height may have difficulty driving west from Logan Pass to The Loop.

There are two tunnels, one on either side of Logan Pass, that motorists will drive through. The East Side Tunnel is 408 feet long, while the West Side Tunnel is 192 feet in length.

The best thing to do is to follow the speed limit, drive carefully, and enjoy the majestic scenery the road has to offer.

Generally speaking, the Going-to-the Sun Road is usually open from early June through mid-October. Snow makes the road impassable in the winter. With up to 80 feet of snow piling atop Logan Pass, Going-to-the-Sun is one of the most difficult roads in North America to plow in the spring.

"There is no highway which will give the seer, the lover of grandeur of the Creator’s handiwork, more thrills, more genuine satisfaction deep in his being, than will a trip over this road."

Governor Frank H. Cooney during the Dedication of the Sun Road - July 15, 1933

In the late fall of 1932, after three decades of construction, almost 500,000 pounds of explosives, and more than $2,000,000 in costs, the first automobile drove the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park formally opened the road in a special ceremony at Logan Pass on July 15, 1933.

logan passThe road received its name during the 1933 dedication, borrowing it from nearby Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. Local legend, as relayed in a 1933 Department of the Interior press release, tells the story of the Blackfoot deity, Sour Spirit, who came down from the sun to teach young braves the basics of hunting. On his way back to the sun Sour Spirit had his image reproduced on the top of the mountain for inspiration to the Blackfeet. An alternate story, however, suggests that a white explorer in the 1880s concocted the name and the legend.

In 1983 the Going-To-The-Sun Road was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1985 was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

 

Let the National Park do the Driving

Visitors can now access many of the destinations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road by riding on one of the park’s optional shuttle buses. The shuttle system was established to offer option to visitors wishing to avoid traffic and parking problems during the rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The transit system provides two-way service along Going-to-the-Sun between the Apgar Transit Center and the St. Mary Visitor Center. Shuttles run every 15 or 30 minutes (depending on location and time of day) between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. There’s no charge, and no tickets are required to ride the shuttle. Transit stops are clearly marked along the route.

Current bus schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at informational kiosks available inside visitor centers and transit centers, and on the Park website

Click here for more information on the shuttle stops. 

Click here for the current road status. 

Click here for information on cycling the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The following is a quick reference guide for the Going-to-the-Sun Road:

 

 Location Mileage from:  Description Shuttle Stop  
West Glacier St. Mary Trails
West Glacier 0.0 50.1 All services available in town.    
Apgar Village 2.6 47.5 Food, lodging, stores, gift shops & visitor center.   McDonald Creek Bike Path
Apgar Transit Center 2.6 47.5 West side hub free shuttle bus system.  Yes  
Apgar Campground 2.6 47.5 Largest campground in the park. Picnic Area    
Sprague Creek Campground 9.0 41.1 Popular campground for tents. Adjacent to Lake McDonald. Picnic area. Yes  
Lake McDonald Lodge 10.8 39.3 Boat tours, horseback rides, food, and all services available.  Yes Fish Lake, Mt. Brown Lookout, Snyder Lake, Sperry Chalet
McDonald Creek Overlook / Johns Lake 12.8 37.3     Johns Lake Loop
Avalanche Creek / Trail of the Cedars 16.2 33.9 Avalanche Creek campground and picnic area. Very popular area, parking can be difficult. Yes Avalanche Lake, Trail of the Cedars
West Tunnel 24.0 26.1 The 192 foot tunnel was bored through the mountain in 1926.    
The Loop 24.6 25.5 The only switchback on the Going-to-the
-Sun Road. Scenic views of Heaven's Peak. 
Yes Granite Park Chalet
Bird Woman Falls Overlook 26.8 23.3 Bird Woman Falls cascades 492 feet down the slopes of Mt. Oberlin across the valley.    
Weeping Wall 28.7 21.4 The long length of wall features a gushing waterfall in the spring, which reduces to a mere trickle in late summer and fall.    
Big Bend 29.0 21.1 One of road's most spectacular vista points: views of Mt. Canon, Mt. Oberlin, Heaven's Peak, and the Weeping Wall.    
Triple Arches 30.5 19.6 Architectural and engineering marvels best seen by eastbound travelers.    
Oberlin Bend 31.7 18.4 Spectacular views, Oberlin Falls. Good place to see mountain goats.    
Logan Pass 32.0 18.1 Logan Pass sits on the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet. Visitor Center parking fills early. Yes Highline Trail, Hidden Lake Overlook
Lunch Creek 32.6 17.5 Lots of wildflowers in the summer. Lunch Creek flows down a natural rock staircase with Pollack Mtn in background.    
East Tunnel 33.0 17.1 The 408-foot tunnel passes thru Piegan Mountain.    
Siyeh Bend 34.2 15.9 Trailhead for a couple of outstanding hikes. Yes Piegan Pass, Siyeh Pass, Preston Park
Jackson Glacier Overlook 36.1 14.0 The best view of a glacier from anywhere on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.    
Gunsight Pass Trailhead 36.3 13.8 Trailhead for a couple of outstanding hikes. Yes Deadwood Falls, Florence Falls, Gunsight Lake
St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop 38.6 11.5 Trailhead for a couple of outstanding hikes. Yes St. Mary Falls, Virginia Falls
Sunrift Gorge 39.4 10.7 A short 75 foot walk to a spectacular view of a water-carved gorge. Yes Baring Falls, Siyeh Pass
Sun Point 40.0 10.1 Picnic Area. Awesome views of St. Mary Lake. Yes Sun Point Nature Trail
Wild Goose Island 42.5 7.6 One of the most frequently photographed spots in the park.     
Golden Staircase 42.8 7.3 Views of St. Mary Lake.    
Rising Sun 43.8 6.3 Guided boat tours, campground, lodging, food and services available. Picnic Area Yes Otokomi Lake
Two Dog Flats 48.0 2.1 Native grassland community provides habitat for a number of species, such as elk.     
St. Mary Campground 48.8 1.3 Largest campground on the east side of Glacier National Park.    
St. Mary Visitor Center 49.3 0.8 Exhibits, publications, and park information. Yes Beaver Pond Loop (across from visitor center)
St. Mary  50.1 0.0 Food and all services available in town.