Western Montana's Glacier Country
Travel Corridors and Scenic Drives

Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservation System Summer 2023

National parks have become more popular than ever. During the pandemic, people escaped to the great outdoors for adventure, relaxation and restoration—and it’s a trend that’s not going away anytime soon. To enhance the visitor experience, Glacier National Park has announced it will once again implement its vehicle reservation pilot program for the 2023 peak season, May 26 through September 10, 2023, with additional entrances added. Traditionally, to get into Glacier National Park at any time, every vehicle is required to have a park pass. These passes could include any one of the following: a $35 vehicle pass, good for seven days; a valid Interagency Annual/Lifetime Pass; or a Glacier National Park Annual Pass (including Military, Access, Senior, and Every Kid Outdoors passes). In addition, a vehicle reservation is required to enter four areas of the park: the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the North Fork, Two Medicine Valley, and Many Glacier Valley. Each location has unique details and requires a separate reservation. Note: this reservation system does not apply to road-based motorcoach tours. Motorcoaches will still have to pay an entrance fee into the park where passengers can then access the Going-to-the-Sun Road via red bus or Sun Tours.

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Group-Friendly Restaurants and Contingency Plans

The lure of ascending the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is often a bucket-list experience for many, but it can only be driven late June through late September when the famous road is open in its entirety. Given that this coincides with peak summer season (July and August) in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, and visitation is at its highest all year, we have created a list of group-friendly restaurants ready to welcome groups during this time, and creative alternatives and back-up plans.

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Plan a Winter or Holiday Tour in Western Montana

As you dive into planning a Western Montana group tour, you’ll likely discover there’s no wrong season to visit—so consider a winter or holiday tour. Both the winter and holiday seasons are pure magic here. Our charming small towns are chock-full of holiday cheer, community events are in full swing, recreation abounds year-round, and nights are spent fireside in cozy inns and lodges. December is an ideal time for a hub-and-spoke holiday domestic group tour or for an international FIT in Glacier Country.

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