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Glacier NP: Winter Road Closure Info

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avatar Glacier NP: Winter Road Closure Info
December 19, 2009 08:20AM
http://www.missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_56918a48-ec5a-11de-8f41-001cc4c03286.html

Recent snows in Glacier National Park have prompted restrictions on most park roads that had previously remained open for motorized traffic. Park roads currently open for vehicle traffic include the lower elevation, east and west sides of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. All other park roadways are now closed to motorized vehicle traffic because of winter conditions.

Park officials note that the Sun Road is currently open for vehicle travel 10 miles from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge and 1.5 miles between St. Mary and the St. Mary Campground. Most roads will not be plowed and snow will be allowed to accumulate for non-mechanized recreational use such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Rehabilitation work on the Sun Road is now finished for the winter and will resume in spring 2010.

Throughout the winter, the National Park Service plows and maintains the west side Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge, a distance of 10 miles from West Glacier to Lake McDonald Lodge and from St. Mary entrance to the gate at the St. Mary campground on the east side. Depending upon local road/weather conditions, it may be possible to travel further into the park.



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