MTPR

Glacier National Park

Skiers and snowshoers hike behind a closed gate in Glacier National Park, Dec. 2018.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

After a late-September snowstorm closed most roadways in Glacier National Park, including Going-to-the-Sun Road, the U.S. Park Service officially deemed alpine sections of the road closed for the season Friday.

The late September snowstorm that shattered snowfall records east of the continental divide brought plenty of snow in Glacier National Park as well.

Wintry Blast Closes Schools, Plunges Temperatures In Rockies
National Weather Service Great Falls, MT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Some schools in Montana took their earliest snow day in memory Monday after a blizzard dumped several feet of snow, while plunging temperatures threatened crops across other parts of the Rocky Mountains in an unusually early blast of wintry weather.

National Weather Service

Unseasonably cold and wet weather is set to pummel Montana this weekend. The cold snap’s widespread impacts could possibly affect power lines, livestock and backcountry travelers. The next several days will make it feel like we bypassed autumn altogether and went straight to winter.

Glacier Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Glacier National Park’s new plan to address park congestion in the park drew 70 people together last night in the Flathead Valley. The plan calls for more parking lots and shuttles for visitors, but officials don’t think it’s a long-term fix.

National Air Pollutant Concentration Averages, 1990-2018.
U.S. EPA Air Quality System

Snow samples from three national parks in the Rocky Mountains reflect improved air quality in the region since the mid-1990s. That’s according to a recent publication from the National Park Service.

Westslope cutthroat trout.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

For the first time, Glacier National Park is attempting to eradicate non-native trout species and restore native westslope cutthroat trout. The project on the west side of the park specifically aims to preserve genetically pure westslope populations.

The weeping wall on Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road.
David Restivo, NPS (PD)

This upcoming weekend could be one of the last to venture to the top of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road from the western park entrance. The western alpine section of the road will close for two weeks starting Sept. 16.

Road crew worker installs guard rail on the iconic Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, MT.
Nicky Ouellet

Glacier National Park’s new proposed management for Going to the Sun Road calls for increased shuttle bus service, bike access and a new 100-car parking lot. The plan was released Friday and its sole focus is reducing congestion as park visitation grows.

A Whitefish man died inside Glacier National Park Monday, apparently due to a heart attack.

A Park press release says that at 3 p.m. Monday rangers responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man just west of Lake MacDonald Lodge, he was a passenger in a car on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

A grizzly bear visiting a wire hair snag station near Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park (PD)

Updated 2:20 p.m., August 8, 2019

The Glacier park trails closed Sunday due to grizzly bear activity have re-opened. The Highline, Loop and Swiftcurrent Trail from Swiftcurrent Pass to Granite Park Chalet are now open again. Granite Park backcountry campground remains closed.

Pages