Glacier National Park Decides Not to Implement Ticketed Entry

Glacier National Park Decides Not to Implement Ticketed Entry

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [July 22, 2020] – After careful consideration,
discussion, and with input from park staff, local businesses, and parks
already implementing similar systems, Glacier National Park officials have
decided not to implement the proposed temporary ticketed vehicle entry.
On June 27, park officials learned that access across the Blackfeet
Reservation would remain closed for the summer due to COVID-19. Staff
immediately began to explore implementing a ticketed entry system similar
to what Yosemite National Park implemented this year. Since the park
opened on June 8, Glacier has seen high levels of congestion on the west
side of the park due to other areas being closed, fewer recreational
opportunities, and limited services.

Over the past three weeks, Superintendent Jeff Mow has engaged with over
100 businesses around the park to hear their questions and comments about
implementing a ticketed entry system. Mow also met with park officials at
other parks that have implemented reservation type services and discussed
at length their experiences. After considering input from many sources and
the uncertainty of upcoming conditions, park officials decided that the
timing isn’t right to implement a ticketed entry system this summer.

“We heard support for a reservation system from community constituents
because they know the park is at maximum capacity,” said Mow. “But there
were serious concerns about implementing such a system with such short
notice and midway through the visitor season.”

Visitors are reminded that the park is very busy and can be very congested
throughout the summer months. The park may still have to implement
visitor use restrictions to protect public health and safety and to provide for
social distancing opportunities. Visitors are encouraged to check the online
Recreation Access Display (RAD), the park’s webcams, and the park’s
Twitter account for current conditions.

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“This continues to be a summer like no other. It is uncertain if visitation will continue to increase or how COVID-19 may require us to change how the park is managed for visitors,” said Mow. “As we have for the last several weeks, our goal is to provide the best visitor experience under these challenging and uncertain conditions.”

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