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Old 01-31-2023, 09:46 AM   #1
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Glacier National Park vehicle reservations open Feb. 1

Glacier National Park is reminding visitors that 2023 vehicle reservations become available on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Reservations can be made on https://www.recreation.gov/ at 8 a.m.

Vehicle reservations will be available through two types of booking windows: approximately four months in advance and 24 hours in advance. The 24-hour advanced reservations will become available on May 25, 2023 at 8 a.m.

Reservations are required for Going-to-the-Sun Road west side entrances and the North Fork area from May 26-Sept. 10 for entry between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations for Going-to-the-Sun Road are good for three days. North Fork reservations are good for one day.

Beginning July 1, a vehicle reservation will be required to access Going-to-the-Sun Road from the Rising Sun check point. Visitors will have access to the St. Mary Visitor Center and park shuttle outside of the vehicle reservation area.

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Old 01-31-2023, 12:08 PM   #2
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Glacier National Park is reminding visitors that 2023 vehicle reservations become available on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Reservations can be made on https://www.recreation.gov/ at 8 a.m.
Here's another article:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.or...open-wednesday
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That's a good change from last year. We were there last August and the only time reservations were available was the day before you wanted to make entry.
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That's a good change from last year. We were there last August and the only time reservations were available was the day before you wanted to make entry.
They had a similar system in place last year. The advanced tickets sold out within five minutes. I must admit I am part of the problem. I live in the area. I try to buy a ticket once every week so I have a pass available should I have visitors . Peak season is basically end of June thru end of August so I am only buying 11 passes. At two bucks a piece Iím only out $22.00 if I toss them all away.
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At two bucks a piece Iím only out $22.00 if I toss them all away.
Yes, but you're keeping 11 others from getting a pass.
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POSSIBLE Glacier National Park entry hack

In years past, various Glacier National Park (GNP) concessions (hotels and boat trips) had very liberal cancellation policies. Up to 72 hours prior to your reservation, you could cancel with a full refund. Shortly after making a reservation, you would receive email confirmation of that reservation.

GNP would set up a checkpoint a short distance prior to the park entry point where you would be required to present proof of a reservation in order to pass. Showing a printed copy of the confirmation email was sufficient.

So, if you were to make a reservation for a boat tour or a hotel for a specific date and print that email confirmation and then cancel that reservation, you would receive a full refund for that cancellation. Keeping the printed copy of the confirmation email would enable you to present it at the checkpoint to gain park entry. Once inside the park, youíre free to move about at your pleasure for the day.

Your cancelled reservation would then become available for someone else so that no one was denied the opportunity to make a reservation for that hotel or boat tour.

I havenít checked the cancellation policy for the coming year. You would be well advised to check that before you try to employ this strategy.

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Glacier Boat tour costs

Even if you don't cancel, a boat reservation for 1 is not very expensive compared the gas/diesel cost in getting there. It's around $25.

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Even if you don't cancel, a boat reservation for 1 is not very expensive compared the gas/diesel cost in getting there. It's around $25.

Regards, Jerry
I know that it's contrary to the RV mindset...BUT...we've very much enjoyed staying overnight in several of the park hotels.

Also, I'd offer that the Red Bus Tours (https://www.glaciernationalparklodges.com/red-bus-tours) are an excellent way to enjoy the park. IF you fancy taking a walk at the visitor center on Logan Pass, finding a parking spot in the parking lot there is virtually impossible. The Red Bus Tours have reserved parking there.

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Yes, but you're keeping 11 others from getting a pass.
They didn’t ask me for input when they came up with the plan. One of the rules is the person who is on the reservation must be in the vehicle. I can’t even give them away if I knew someone who wanted to go. I do it because one of the reasons friends and family do visit is to see the park and not all of them have the ability to plan many months n advance.
I’m my perfect world the park would sell a limited number of any day passes. Sell them in booklets of five . Each one good for one day . I would gladly pay $100 or more for the certainty I could get in if visitors came. It would also get the park ten times the ticket revenue.
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