Glacier National Park: Going-to-the-Sun Road (West Glacier to Saint Mary)

Saint Mary Montana Scenic Byways

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This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to describe the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but mere description is not enough. This is one of those drives where you must get out of the car at every opportunity, to take in the smells, feel the weeping rock walls, listen to wind and water, and scan for wildlife, such as mountain goats, harlequin ducks, pine martens, grizzly bears, and raptors. The road is considered an engineering masterpiece, even by today’s standards. Special attractions: Glacier National Park, Logan Pass; bald eagle migration during early winter, mountain goats, mountain chalets, glacial lakes and rivers; hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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Scenic Driving Montana

by S. A. Snyder (Falcon Publishing)

This spectacular 48-mile mountain drive switchbacks up and over the Continental Divide, following glacial river canyons and crossing an alpine mountain pass. Not only are there not enough words to describe the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but mere description is not enough. This is one of those drives where you must get out of the car at every opportunity, to take in the smells, feel the weeping rock walls, listen to wind and water, and scan for wildlife, such as mountain goats, harlequin ducks, pine martens, grizzly bears, and raptors. The road is considered an engineering masterpiece, even by today’s standards. Special attractions: Glacier National Park, Logan Pass; bald eagle migration during early winter, mountain goats, mountain chalets, glacial lakes and rivers; hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Saint Mary
Distance: 48
Season: Late spring to fall
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
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Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2008

What more can be said. We visited Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, Badlands & Theodore Roosevelt National Parks on this trip and none of them were even remotely as impressive as this drive in Glacier.

5/7/2003

This road is the most beautiful road that I have ever been on. It taks about and hour and a half to get to the bottom where there is a hotel and hiking trails and a lake. The road is lined by a huge vertical drop on one side and a large rock face, apart of the mountain, on the other side. There are many places to stop and take pictures along the way. Make sure to bring the camera, especially in the mornings and evenings.

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