In August of 2020 we made our way into Glacier National Park for a very brief visit. We entered from the west mainly because the eastern entrance which borders the Blackfeet Indian Reservation was closed to the public.
Because we travel in a 25 foot van and have no tow vehicle, we could travel only so far into the park on the Going to the Sun Road before having to turn around. We decided to go in early, have breakfast along McDonald Creek and see what we could see.
The Visitor Center was closed and we drove around spending most go the morning checking out the park.
Two years later we made the decision to include the east side of the park as we begin our travels back east. I booked a campsite just outside the St. Mary entrance to the park so we could ride our bikes into the park. This time of year, if you drive in after 6:00 a.m., a reservation is required. No reservation is required to ride a bike into the park.
I'd initially thought we'd ride the 18 miles to Logan Pass, but after numerous stops along the Going to the Sun Road, we decided to turn around just after the Jackson Glacier Overlook. With a few detours off the road, our round trip from our campground was just over 30 miles.
The photos below are from our drive in from the south on Highway 2, past East Glacier Park Village on Highway 49 and our bike ride into the park the next day. We both agree the bike ride was one of our best.
Please Note: There's major construction happening on Highway 89 between Kiowa and St. Mary. If coming in from the south, take Highway 464 north to Highway 89, then travel the short distance south into St. Mary.
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Steven and Melanie