By: Sahil Luthra
Glacier National Park is entering its third summer of testing a vehicle reservation system for major park entrances, with a call for public feedback until September 30, 2023, to shape access plans for 2024.
The pilot program requires reservations for entry during peak summer hours, aiming to address traffic congestion issues and enhance the visitor experience.
The initiative began in 2021 to address traffic congestion and other challenges, including backups on U.S. Highway 2.
Public feedback on the reservation system will be collected through virtual and in-person meetings in late August, with the intention of developing a strategy for managing summer access in 2024.
Over the past twenty years, Glacier National Park has seen a significant increase in visitors, from 1.5 million annually to over 3 million, with concentrated activity along the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor and other popular areas from June to September.
Data and feedback collected during the pilot program have been used to refine reservation system parameters and enhance the overall visitor experience.
Glacier National Park is committed to fulfilling the National Park Service mission by engaging with partners, communities, tribes, and park enthusiasts to ensure successful implementation.
The goal of the effort is to provide optimal access to the park while safeguarding its natural beauty and ensuring meaningful and enjoyable experiences for visitors.