COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. — Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet rebuild began Monday.
Construction workers flew in Monday, bringing tools to start Phase 1 of the historic rebuild.
The park’s superintendent, the Glacier National Park Conservancy and other park staff hiked up Sunday night to greet the crew as they arrived.
The first phase of construction will include a new foundation and other efforts to stabilize the dormitory.
The Sperry Chalet dining room will be open to workers and visitors. Officials said the dining room will serve concessions.
Glacier National Park Conservancy executive director Doug Mitchell was at Sperry Chalet when the crews arrived, and he told NBC Montana it was an exciting moment.
"We are really honored at the Conservancy to be able to play a role in helping reopen that Sperry experience, not in 2021 or 2020 or even 2019, but today, right now, people can hike up to Sperry and have a really important and robust part of that experience," said Mitchell.
Officials said visitors should expect strenuous hiking conditions as the Sprague Fire made it so the trail has less shade up to the Sperry Chalet.
Closures may occur when helicopters and mule trains drop off more equipment at the Sperry Chalet.
You can find updates on Glacier National Parks trail status webpage.