Glacier's Going-To-The-Sun Road open for visitors


KALISPELL, Mont. - Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road is officially open for the season. Park officials opened the 50-mile road Wednesday morning. The scenic road winds through the park from West Glacier to St. Mary, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Visitors were thrilled to have the road open. Lines were long at the park's entrance and there was constant traffic flowing up and down the Going-To-The-Sun Road. Snow in the mountains and along the side of the road headed toward Logan Pass didn't stop visitors from enjoying the open road on Wednesday. Many visitors parked their car along the side of the road today to snap pictures. Some vistiors even stopped to have a bite to eat. The road opening came as a surprise to some, like Dean Summers, who thought he would not be able to make the scenic drive during their visit. "We went to the visitor center this morning and they told us that it had opened this morning so we were really thrilled," Summers said. Drivers are typically able to access the pass for about three months before high-elevation snow return in the fall. Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley says Oct. 8 will be the last day for vehicles to access the pass from the West Glacier entrance. Park officials note that significant snow remains along trails near the pass. Visitors should exercise caution when hiking. The June 28 opening is slightly later than the average throughout the past decade, due in part to the heavy snows that blanketed the region this past winter.