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Glacier National Park Vehicle Reservations 2023: 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 system will return for summer 2023. 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 third year of the vehicle reservation system in the park.

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


In 2023, a vehicle reservation is required for four areas of the park: Going-to-the-Sun Road, the North Fork, Two Medicine, and Many Glacier. Each location has unique details and requires a separate reservation.

All reservations will be available on Recreation.gov, Recreation.gov app, or the Recreation.gov Call Center (877-444-6777). They are not available for purchase at the park.

The map below highlights the areas where the vehicle reservation system is in effect as well as details on each location.


Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR): 3 Day Reservation

  • One vehicle reservation per vehicle will be required to travel beyond the West Entrance Station and the Camas Entrance Station from 6 am to 3 pm from May 26 throughSeptember 10, 2023.
  • One vehicle reservation per vehicle will be required to travel beyond the Rising Sun check point from the St. Mary (East) Entrance Station from 6 am to 3 pm from July 1 through September 10, 2023. 
  • GTSR Vehicle Reservations are valid for three (3) consecutive days.
  • 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.
  • New for the 2023 season, vehicle reservations will be available through two types of booking windows. A portion of reservations will be available approximately 120-days in advance, using a block-release system. The first block of advanced reservations will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 am Mountain Time on February 1, 2023. This round of reservations will be available to enter the Going-to-the-Sun Road for May 26 through June 30. The next release will occur on March 1, 2023 for July 1 through July 31 followed by a release on April 1, 2023 for August 1 through August 31. On May 1, 2023, reservations will be available for all areas for September 1 through September 10.
  • The remaining vehicle reservations will be released on a rolling basis at 8 am 24-hours in advance (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

North Fork Area:1 Day Reservation

  • The North Fork Vehicle Reservation Area is in the northwest corner of the park and includes all points east of the Polebridge Entrance Station​.
  • Reservations are required for each vehicle accessing the North Fork area from May 26 through September 10, 2023, from 6 am to 3 pm.
  • North Fork vehicle reservations will be valid for one day.
  • New for the 2023 season, vehicle reservations will be available through two types of booking windows. A portion of reservations will be available approximately 120-days in advance, using a block-release system. The first block of advanced reservations will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 am Mountain Time on February 1, 2023. This round of reservations will be available to enter the North Fork area for May 26 through June 30. The next release will occur on March 1, 2023 for July 1 through July 31 followed by a release on April 1, 2023 for August 1 through August 31. On May 1, 2023, reservations will be available for all areas for September 1 through September 10.
  • The remaining vehicle reservations will be released on a rolling basis at 8 am 24-hours in advance (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).
  • 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. 

Many Glacier and Two Medicine: 1 Day Reservation (Each Valley)

  • A separate vehicle reservation is required for each valley. The Many Glacier Reservation Area includes all points beyond the Many Glacier Entrance Station. The Two Medicine Reservation Area includes all points beyond the Two Medicine Entrance Station.
  •   Required for each vehicle accessing the Many Glacier Valley from July 1 through September 10, 2023, from 6 am to 3 pm.
  •   Required for each vehicle accessing theTwo Medicine Valley from July 1 through September 10, 2023, from 6 am to 3 pm.
  •   Visitors with service reservations in the Many Glacier Valley do not need a vehicle reservation for the Many Glacier Valley.
  •   Visitors with service reservations in the Two Medicine Valley do not need a vehicle reservation for the Two Medicine Valley.
  •   New for the 2023 season, vehicle reservations will be available through two types of booking windows. A portion of reservations will be available approximately 120-days in advance, using a block-release system. The first block of advanced reservations for both Many Glacier and Two Medicine will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 am Mountain Time on March 1, 2023. This block includes advanced reservations for July 1 through July 31. The next release for these areas will occur on April 1, 2023 for August 1 through August 31. On May 1, 2023, reservations will be available for September 1 through September 10.
  •   The remaining vehicle reservations will be released on a rolling basis at 8 am 24-hours in advance (e.g., remaining vehicle reservations for July 1 are available on June 30).

General Info:

  • The GTSR, North Fork, Many Glacier, and Two Medicine vehicle reservations will be separate and are not interchangeable.
  • Like in past years, 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
  • 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. 

Additional details about the vehicle reservation system can be found on the GNP website.


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