Glacier Sun Road Reopens
Closed briefly due to snow
October 14, 2005
Glacier National Park officials reported that the last closed section of the Going-to-the-Sun (Sun) Road, from Avalanche to Logan Pass, re-opened to vehicular traffic Wednesday, September 14, shortly before noon. The entire 50-mile Sun Road is again open for 24-hour travel. The Logan Pass section of the road had closed on Saturday due to winter weather conditions.
Tuesday, National Park Service road crews cleared the east side of the road, allowing access to Logan Pass from St. Mary. However, downed trees prevented access to Logan Pass from the west side. Until today, more than 100 trees had fallen between Avalanche and the Loop due to the heavy, wet snow. Photographs of the snow fall and the road clearing can be seen at http://www.nps.gov/glac/gallery/091205.htm.
During the fall, it is not uncommon for the Logan Pass section of the Sun Road to be temporarily closed due to weather and/or hazardous road conditions. In each instance, the park’s road crew works to clear the road as quickly as possible and the section is reopened as soon as weather and road conditions warrant.
Park visitors can quickly obtain road status information by viewing the park’s road status web page at http://data2.itc.nps.gov/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm. Visitors are reminded that current road conditions are also available by calling 511 (or 1-800-226-7623), the Montana Traveler Network. These toll-free numbers now provide current park road information and are updated regularly.
For general information on Glacier National Park, visit the park’s home Web page at http://www.nps.gov/glac/ or call 406-888-7800.