• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Glacier NP (US) goes to entrance reservation system this summer

Officials at Glacier National Park are bracing for a “perfect storm” as ever-increasing visitation meets a series of major construction projects inside and out of park boundaries that could snarl traffic on its roads this summer. In an effort to mitigate the impacts of those challenges, the National Park Service is doing something it has never done in Glacier: instituting a ticketed entry system for the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road for the summer.

Visitation to Glacier Park has dramatically increased in the last decade, and even the pandemic didn’t slow the flow of tourists during what park officials called “a summer like no other” in 2020. This year, as the country slowly emerges from the depths of the pandemic and starts to travel again, park officials are bracing for what they predict to be one of the busiest summers on record.

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