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Glacier's Going-To-The-Sun Road To Open From West Entrance To Logan Pass

Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-sun Road is set to open from the west entrance to Logan Pass.

Glacier National Park officials say they’ll open more of the Going to the Sun Road from the west side Wednesday, over the top of Logan Pass.

The road remains closed from the east side as firefighters continue battling the wildfire near St. Mary. Yesterday’s rain and cool temperatures allowed them to move that fire to 45 percent containment. The fire’s size is now estimated at just under 3,200 acres.

A Park press release says visitors on Going to the Sun Road should expect delays and congestion along the road, and that if the road becomes too congested, rangers may turn visitors around at Big Bend or Avalanche Creek for public safety. The park is encouraging people to use the park’s free shuttle system or tours operated by concessionaires.

The visitor’s center at the top of Logan Pass is "anticipated to be open" from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the press release says. But it says, parking will be limited, and no overnight parking will be allowed on top of Logan Pass. Overnight parking along Going to the Sun Road is also being discouraged at this time.

The park says the fire burning on it’s east side will not be visible from the top of Logan pass.

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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