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Many Glacier Road construction schedule announced

Posted at 9:01 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 16:21:43-05

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — A two-year road construction project on Many Glacier Road will begin April 1, 2020 and visitors to the park are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Many Glacier Road will be closed to visitor traffic at the park boundary from April 1, 2020 until May 17, 2020 and again from Sept. 21, 2020 until Dec. 16, 2020. Park officials note that visitors should expect travel delays up to 40 minutes each way between Babb and the Many Glacier Hotel.

Visitors are encouraged to explore other areas of the park if they wish to avoid significant delays. Visitors traveling through construction zones Monday through Friday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. may experience up to three-hour delays.

Due to the need to reduce congestion during construction, the entire Many Glacier Campground will transfer to “reservation only” for the duration of the project. All Many Glacier campsites will be available by reservation onlyfor $23 per night. Half of the campsites were made be available for reservations on Dec.13. The remaining sites will be released for reservation in March 2020.

Once construction is complete, a portion of Many Glacier campsites will revert back to “first-come, first-served” per usual.

In anticipation of long delays and congestion in the Many Glacier Valley in 2020 and 2021, backcountry campers are encouraged to select alternative hiking routes that do not begin or end in Many Glacier.

Similarly, back country campers are encouraged to pick up their permits (advance reservations or walk-in permits) at one of four other permit issuing stations in the park including Apgar, St. Mary, Two Medicine, and Polebridge.

All commercial visitor services at Many Glacier, including lodging, food & beverage, retail, boat tours, and horseback rides, will be operating as normal during construction.

Visitors are encouraged to check the Glacier National Park road status webpage to find out the current conditions of park roads.