Date: June 17, 2021
Contact: Gina Kerzman, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, Mont. [June 17, 2021] – The park hosted 170,277 readers in Might 2021. This year is the park’s best visitation year-to-day through Might on record.
May 2020 simply cannot be made use of as a very good calendar year-to-yr comparison owing to the park becoming closed right until June 8 for the reason that of COVID-19.
May visitation is weather conditions dependent and considered a shoulder time month at Glacier Countrywide Park with most site visitors coming in June, July and August.
The list down below displays the calendar year-to-day trend for recreation visits over the previous numerous yrs (as a result of May well):
2021 – 294,742
2020 – 56,048
2019 – 251,704
2018 – 269,347
2017 – 263,938
2016 – 292,529
The park instituted the new Going-to-the-Solar Street ticketed entry process on May well 28 which involves people to attain an entry ticket reservation on Recreation.gov prior to arriving at the park. Visitation for the period of May 28 by means of June 13 was 27% larger this calendar year than in 2019. Centered on the quantity of arriving vehicles, in the absence of the ticketed entry program, the park would pretty probable have experienced to near the west entrance gate at least seven occasions over this period to regulate intense congestion, gridlock, and site visitors backups on to U.S. Highway 2.
An regular of 23% of people arrived at the West and St. Mary entrances with out an entry ticket reservation about Memorial Day weekend, a quantity we count on to continue on trending downwards as we go forward into the summertime.
The park has viewed an predicted improve in visitation designs at the West entrance, with an increase in automobiles arriving right before 6am and particularly after 5pm when entry ticket reservations are not essential. Site visitors who arrive at 5pm should really be expecting major traffic and hold out occasions.
The North Fork entrance around Polebridge is observing large volumes of visitors and auto entry has been limited by mid-early morning daily. Visitors are inspired to check constraints and closures just before touring to the park.
Park employees proceed to carefully check and appraise customer figures in comparison to ticket reservations to make sure the system is operating optimally and maximizing entry within the park’s capacity constraints. As a consequence of this ongoing assessment, each day ticket allocations have improved a couple occasions due to the fact the method started. This approach will be utilised throughout the summer season.
Visitors are encouraged to approach forward and have a backup program. Facts for the Heading-to-the-Solar Highway reservation technique may well be found on Glacier Countrywide Park’s Website and tickets may well be reserved at recreation.gov.