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Purposed shuttle route

In July of 2007, park visitors were able to access many destinations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road while enjoying the spectacular scenery by riding on one of the park’s optional and environmentally-friendly shuttle buses. The shuttle system was established to offer a travel option for visitors to avoid traffic and parking problems associated with rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and to offer an alternative to driving for park users.

The transit system provides two-way service along Going-to-the-Sun Road between the Apgar Transit Center and St. Mary Visitor Center. Buses run every 15 or 30 minutes dependent on location and time of day between approximately 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. from July 1 through Labor Day. Visitors are encouraged to use a wide range of information at the Apgar Transit Center and St. Mary Visitor Center to assist in understanding the full range of options to enjoy the park. There is no additional charge to ride the shuttle, no tickets are required, and transit stops are clearly marked along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Once visitors reach their destinations, reboarding other buses along the route is easy; just a brief wait at one of the shuttle stops. The stops feature interpretive and educational information regarding the history and features of the park, Podcasting opportunities, and family-fun activities to help pass the time while you wait.

Current bus schedules are posted at each shuttle stop, at informational kiosks available inside visitor centers and transit centers, and on our Web site located here.

Because 2007 marked the first year of operations for Glacier's shuttle system, we are applying many lesson-learned concepts and refining the system for 2008. We will do our best to provide accurate information on our Web site once refinement decisions are made.

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Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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