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Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservations 2022: What You Need to Know

The West Glacier Entrance Station // Photo: Glacier NPS
The West Glacier Entrance Station // Photo: Glacier NPS

Glacier National Park has announced that the vehicle reservation (formerly referred to as "ticketed entry") system would return for summer 2022. The vehicle reservation system, which was first introduced for the 2021 summer season, is designed to alleviate congestion in Glacier National Park, especially along the extremely popular Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor. This will be the second year of the vehicle reservation system in the park.

We've pulled together the information below and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available.


There will be a vehicle reservation system in place from May 27, 2022 through September 11, 2022.

There will be two different vehicle reservation systems in place for 2022: one for the North Fork/Polebridge entrance and one for the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor. These will function as two separate vehicle reservation systems.

Vehicle reservations will be available to purchase on recreation.gov starting March 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. MST.

Vehicle reservations for both areas will be available 120 days in advance on a rolling window (e.g., vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on March 3) and the remaining vehicle reservations will be released at 8 am MST the day before the effective date (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

Book your vehicle reservations here: https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10087086


Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR):

  • One vehicle reservation per vehicle will be required to travel beyond the West Entrance Station and the Camas Entrance Station from 6 am to 4 pm from May 27 to September 11, 2022.
  • New this year, a vehicle reservation will not be required at the St. Mary Entrance. Once snow removal and road preparations are complete and GTSR opens to vehicle traffic to Logan Pass, vehicle reservations will be required starting at the Rising Sun area, located 5 miles west of the St. Mary Entrance, through September 11, 2022. 
  • The park will offer three-day vehicle reservations for GTSR rather than the seven-day reservation offered in 2021.
  • Visitors with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations within the GTSR corridor can use their service reservation receipt for entry in lieu of the $2 vehicle reservation from Recreation.gov. This included reservation only applies to the date of your service reservation.
  • Vehicle reservations will be available to purchase on recreation.gov starting March 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. MST.
  • Vehicle reservations for both areas will be available 120 days in advance on a rolling window (e.g., vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on March 3) and the remaining vehicle reservations will be released at 8 am MST the day before the effective date (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

North Fork Area:

  • New for 2022, one vehicle reservation per vehicle will be required at the Polebridge Entrance Station to visit the North Fork area of the park from 6 am to 6 pm from May 27 to September 11, 2022.
  • North Fork vehicle reservations will be valid for one day.
  • Vehicle reservations will be available to purchase on recreation.gov starting March 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. MST.
  • The North Fork area does not offer lodging, transportation, or commercial services, and camping is first-come, first-served. Campsites will be assigned at the Polebridge Entrance Station. 
  • Vehicle reservations for both areas will be available 120 days in advance on a rolling window (e.g., vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on March 3) and the remaining vehicle reservations will be released at 8 am MST the day before the effective date (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

Many Glacier and Two Medicine:

  • No vehicle reservations will be required to enter the Many Glacier or Two Medicine areas of the park.
  • Visitors are still required to have a park pass for any entry point into the park.
  • The park anticipates continued congestion at Two Medicine and Many Glacier. As in past years, entry will be temporarily restricted when these areas reach capacity. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit outside of peak hours (10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Visitors with service reservations (e.g. boat tours, lodging, horseback ride, guided hikes) in these valleys will be permitted entry during temporary restrictions.    

General Info:

  • The GTSR and North Fork vehicle reservations will be separate and are not interchangeable.
  • Like in 2021, visitors will need to set up an account on Recreation.gov to obtain vehicle reservations. Although the park does not charge for the vehicle reservations, Recreation.gov charges a $2 nonrefundable service fee.
  • Visitors may also make a reservation through the Recreation.gov call center. Contacting the call center does not provide an advantage towards securing a reservation but provides an alternative for those who don’t have access to the internet or are not as familiar with technology. Call centers are open every day from 8 am to 10 pm MST and the reservation fee remains $2. The following lines are available for callers: 
    • Reservation line (Toll-Free) - (877) 444-6777
    • Reservation line (International) - (606) 515-6777
    • Reservation line (TDD) - (877) 833-6777
  • Visitors with lodging, camping, transportation, or commercial activity reservations within the GTSR corridor can use their reservation for entry in lieu of a vehicle reservation. (The North Fork area does not offer lodging, transportation or commercial services, and camping is first come, first served.)  
  • All park visitors are still required to have a park pass for any entry point into the park. These passes could include any one of the following: $35 Glacier National Park pass purchased at the gate or online (valid for seven days); Glacier National Park Annual Pass, or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, including the annual, senior, military, access, volunteer, or 4th grade passes. 
  • The Apgar and Sprague Creek campgrounds will now require advance reservations in addition to Fish Creek and St. Mary campgrounds. Reservations will be available on Recreation.gov in 2022. Rising Sun and Avalanche campgrounds will remain first come, first served. The park anticipates all campgrounds to be operating in 2022.
  • The fare-free park shuttles will operate in 2022 on Going-to-the-Sun Road from the Apgar Visitor Center to St. Mary Visitor Center. The shuttle will stop at all stops and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations or tickets required).
  • Park staff are currently working on details for a utility project this summer that may require the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road to be closed at night, except for emergency vehicles. More details on this project will be forthcoming, but visitors should anticipate a late night through early morning closure from Apgar to Lake McDonald Lodge from June to September.    
  • Recreation.gov is the designated partner of 12 federal agencies for making reservations at 4,200 facilities and activities, and over 113,000 individual reservable sites across the country. While they are a close partner, their website is not operated by Glacier National Park.    

Additional details about the vehicle reservation system are still in development. The GNP website will provide updates as more information becomes available.


Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road at Sunset // Photo: Glacier NPS
Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road at Sunset // Photo: Glacier NPS