Preparing for Visitors: Glacier National Park Begins Plowing Roads

Glacier National Park, known as the backbone of America, is quickly readying itself for another busy summer. As one of America’s most-popular National Parks, Glacier has a tough job getting ready after each snowy winter season. Considered to be the crown of the continent, Glacier National Park gives visitors unrivaled access to pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. However, before we can all explore this amazing, alpine-wilderness destination, roads must be cleaned and cleared.

Right now, the crew at Glacier is working tirelessly to get you a chance to see this world-renowned National Park. The Going to the Sun road typically opens in mid-June, which is the goal for Glacier National Park staff this year. We will keep you updated if anything changes for the opening of the road. Things could easily change, as this year’s winter is lasting well into the first few weeks of spring. In 2016, I was fortunate enough to be one of the very first cars to drive across this incredible road, and I documented the trip here.

With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness, solitude and drool-inducing views. The park also has amazingly gorgeous historic chalets and lodges, as well as iconic transportation that can take you around the park. This year, you MUST head to Montana and explore Glacier National Park. You won’t regret it.  Don’t believe me? Take a look at my trip last year. Can’t wait until the snow melts? See how Glacier National Park is using technology to connect with visitors!

FIVE IMAGES OF GLACIER GETTING THE GOING TO THE SUN ROAD READY

Looking down into Lake McDonald Valley from the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 7th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Looking down into Lake McDonald Valley from the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 7th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Plowing the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 11th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Plowing the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 11th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Looking at Haystack Creek on of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 14th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Looking at Haystack Creek on of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 14th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Plowing the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 14th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Plowing the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Image from April 14th, 2016 courtesy of the NPS
Plowing the road to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. Image taken on March 3rd, 2016 courtesy of NPS
Plowing the road to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. Image taken on March 3rd, 2016 courtesy of NPS

More Plowing Images from Glacier National Park can be found on their Flickr Page, which I imagine they will update often.

For road conditions in Glacier, go to their website or shoot us a tweet and we can keep you updated.

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