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Fish Creek Campground
Apgar

Fish Creek Campground is part of the Apgar route. Fish Creek Campground located on the north shore of Lake McDonald and makes a great base camp away from the hustle and bustle. If you are planning to hike or take in the sights along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, just hop on this shuttle and transfer to the Lake McDonald Valley shuttle at the Apgar Transit Center. Looking to camp or hike at this location? Just hop on this shuttle at the Apgar Transit Center from the Lake McDonald Valley Route or from any other shuttle stop on the Apgar Route.

Specific Location:
Near the campground registration booth.

Restrooms:
Yes - in campground loops and by the campground amphitheater.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Rocky Point - 1.1 mi.
Lake McDonald West Shore - 7.0 mi.
Fish Creek Hike/Bike Path - 1.2 mi.

Activities:
Camping - 178 sites
Picnic area
Fish Creek Evening Program - hosted by a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.

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Apgar Village
Apgar

Apgar Village is part of the Apgar route. In Apgar Village you will find a variety of gift shops, a restaurant, camp store, and lodging. The Apgar Visitor Center and Apgar Backcountry Office is also located here where you can speak with a ranger to plan your visit and learn all about the wonders of Glacier National Park. The foot of Lake McDonald is also located in Apgar Village where one can relax on the shores or rent boats and canoes.

Specific Location:
Across the street from the Apgar Backcountry Permit Office.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the Apgar Visitor Center, or across from the Lake McDonald boat launch.

Drinking Water:
Yes - there is a drinking fountain at the Apgar Visitor Center and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
McDonald Creek Bike Path - 1.5 mi.

Trip Planning Information:
Apgar Visitor Center - general park information and bookstore.
Apgar Backcountry Office - backcountry information and permits.

Campstore/Gift Shops:
Eddie's Campstore
The Cedar Tree
Schoolhouse Gifts
Montana House

Lodging:
Village Inn Motel
Apgar Village Lodge

Food Service:
Eddie's Restaurant

Activities:
Boat Rentals - Glacier Park Boat Co.
Horseback Rides - Swan Mountain Outfitters
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier Park, Inc.
Discovery Cabin - touch and feel real animal skins, skulls, and antlers.

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Apgar Campground
Apgar

The Apgar Campground is part of the Apgar route. Apgar Campground is located a short walk from Apgar Village and the Apgar Transit Center, making this campground the most centrally located campground for services. In the evenings, take a short stroll to the Apgar Campground Amphitheater where a Ranger will host a delightful evening of education and fun.

Specific Location:
Across and diagonal from the Apgar Campground Amphitheater.

Restrooms:
Yes - in campground loops and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops.

Activities:
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.
Camping - 192 sites
Picnic area
Discovery Cabin - walk to this location to touch and feel real animal skins, skulls, and antlers.

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Apgar Transit Center
Apgar & Lake McDonald Valley

The Apgar Transit Center stop is part of the Apgar and Lake McDonald Valley routes. This location is the main hub for transit functions on the west side of the park. If you are originating from a location on the Apgar Route and wish to go to a destination on the Lake McDonald Route, you will need to get off the shuttle at this location and take a new shuttle that is part of the Lake McDonald Route. Vise versa if you are originating from a location on the lake McDonald Route.

At the Apgar Transit Center, you will be able to plan your adventure in Glacier by using interactive kiosks and engaging in exhibits and displays. If you are visiting for the day, park your car here and hop on the shuttle to access different locations on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Under the shuttle shelter in the Apgar Transit Center Plaza.

Restrooms:
Yes - inside the Apgar Transit Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain outside the Apgar Transit Center.

Trip Planning Information:
Apgar Transit Center - self-guided park and shuttle information.

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Sprague Creek Campground
Lake McDonald Valley

Sprague Creek Campground is part of the Lake McDonald Valley route. This small campground sits on the south shore of Lake McDonald, 2 miles from Lake McDonald Lodge. The closest day hikes are located at Lake McDonald Lodge.

Specific Location:
At the pull-off on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, directly across from the campground.

Restrooms:
Yes - in the campground loop and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in the campground loop.

Activities:
Camping - 25 sites
Picnic area

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Lake McDonald Lodge
Lake McDonald Valley

Lake McDonald Lodge on the Lake McDonald Valley route and is rich in history. It is great destination for numerous activities. The Lodge itself is an attraction and built to resemble a hunting lodge with Swiss influence. Come and enjoy all that this historic location has to offer. Parking is often limited, so it might be a good idea to park your car at the Apgar Transit Center and hop on a shuttle to reach Lake McDonald Lodge.

Specific Location:
Across from the camp store.

Restrooms:
Yes - inside Lake McDonald Lodge and Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain inside Lake McDonald Lodge and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Avalanche Creek - 6.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Avalanche Creek.
Fish Lake - 2.9 mi.
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 21.4 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.
Mt. Brown Lookout - 5.3 mi.
Snyder Lakes - 4.4 mi.
Sperry Chalet - 6.4 mi.

Campstore/Gift Shops:
Lodge camp store
Lodge gift shop

Lodging:
Lake McDonald Lodge

Food Service:
Russell's Fireside Dining Room
Jammer Joe's Grill and Pizzeria
Stockade Lounge

Activities:
Scenic Boat Tours & Rentals - Glacier Park Boat Co.
Horseback Rides - Swan Mountain Outfitters at the Lake McDonald Corral
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier Park, Inc.
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium.

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Avalanche Creek
Lake McDonald Valley

Avalanche is on the Lake McDonald Valley route and is one of the most popular destinations in the park. The area includes 2 of the more popular hiking trails, a picnic area, and restrooms. Avalanche Campground is also located here, making this a popular base camp for journeys along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Part of the main parking lot near the restrooms.

Restrooms:
Yes - in campground loops and in the picnic area.

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Avalanche Lake - 2 mi.
Lake McDonald Lodge - 6.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Lake McDonald Lodge.
Trail of the Cedars - 0.7 mi.

Activities:
Camping - 86 sites
Picnic area
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.

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The Loop
Lake McDonald Valley

The Loop is part of the lake McDonald Valley route. The Loop represents a very significant location on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This is the only switchback on the Going-to-the-Sun Road and contains many architectural features. The Roberts Fire of 2003 swept through this area and opened up vistas of distant mountains. Heavens Peak dominates the landscape and a hiking trail at this spot maps the course to hikers to the historic Granite Park Chalet.

Specific Location:
Next to the restrooms.

Restrooms:
Yes

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Granite Park Chalet - 4.0 mi. (one-way)
Logan Pass via The Loop and Highline Trails - 11.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Logan Pass.

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Logan Pass
Lake McDonald Valley & St. Mary Valley

Logan Pass is the ending point for both the Lake McDonald Valley and St. Mary Valley routes. Visitors traveling on either route wishing to continue on to the other side of the park will need to get off their shuttle at the Logan Pass shuttle stop and get on the other shuttle at the same shuttle stop to continue on.

Because the parking lot at Logan Pass often fills early in the day, riding the shuttle to this location ensures that you will be able to take in all of the splendor Logan Pass has to offer.

Logan Pass sits along the Continental Divide at 6,646 feet and treats visitors to sweeping vistas of mountains and alpine meadows. Wildlife such as Bighorn sheep, Mountain Goat, and occasional bears may be seen. Rangers at the Logan Pass Visitor Center will be on hand to answer questions about the area and nearby day hikes. A bookstore is also located in the visitor center.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) near the front of the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a spigot is located by the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Granite Park Chalet - 7.6 mi.
Hidden Lake Overlook - 1.5 mi.
Hidden Lake - 3.0 mi.
The Loop via the Highline and The Loop trails - 11.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at The Loop.

Trip Planning Information:
Logan Pass Visitor Center - general park information and bookstore.

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Siyeh Bend
St. Mary Valley

Siyeh Bend is part of the St. Mary Valley Route. Siyeh Bend offers visitors the opportunity to access two of Glacier's most scenic day hikes. The Siyeh Pass hike allows visitors to start at Siyeh Bend and exit at Sunrift Gorge to pick up another shuttle (or vice versa).

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) near pullouts.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 2.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.
Piegan Pass - 4.5 mi.
Piegan Pass to Many Glacier - 13.8 mi.
Siyeh Pass Area - 4.7 mi.
Sunrift Gorge via Siyeh Pass - 10.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.

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Gunsight Pass Trailhead
St. Mary Valley

The Gunsight Pass Trailhead is part of the St. Mary Valley route. This location is popular with backpackers taking extended trips into the backcountry on the Gunsight Pass trail and exiting at Lake McDonald Lodge. The shuttle helps facilitate this if you have only one car and need to shuttle back to it.

Also, Jackson Glacier Overlook is a short walk from this shuttle stop and provides visitors with the opportunity to see a glacier from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Specific Location:
Located a few yards from the trailhead in the parking lot.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Deadwood Falls - 1.3 mi.
Gunsight Lake - 6.2 mi.
Lake McDonald Lodge - 21.4 mi. Catch another shuttle at Lake McDonald Lodge.
St. Mary Falls - 3.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls - 3.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Baring Falls - 3.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Siyeh Bend - 2.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at Siyeh Bend.

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St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop
St. Mary Valley

The St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop is part of the St. Mary Valley route. Numerous day hikes are accessible at this shuttle stop, including St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. Day Hikes to Sun Point and Baring Falls and Sunrift Gorge allow you to pick up another shuttle at those locations.

Specific Location:
This shuttle stop is NOT located at the official St. Mary Falls Trailhead. It is located .25 mi. east of the trailhead. There is a trail at this location that leads to St. Mary, Virginia, and Baring Falls.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
St. Mary Falls - 1.1 mi.
Baring Falls - 1.0 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Virginia Falls - 1.8 mi.
Sun Point - 1.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sun Point
Sunrift Gorge - 1.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 4.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.

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Sunrift Gorge
St. Mary Valley

Sunrift Gorge is part of the St. Mary Valley route. Experience the power of water as you view this picturesque gorge carved by glacial melt-off from Sexton Glacier. Look for Water Ouzels, or "Dippers", a grey-slate colored bird that dives into fast moving water in search of aquatic insects. Baring Bridge is also located at Sunrift Gorge, a beautiful form of architecture that was used to blend the Going-to-the-Sun Road with the landscape.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) located west of Baring Bridge, and diagonally across the Going-to-the-Sun Road from each other.

Restrooms:
No

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Baring Falls - 0.2 mi.
Siyeh Pass Area - 5.6 mi.
Siyeh Bend - 10.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Siyeh Bend.
St. Mary Falls - 1.9 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls 2.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Sun Point - 1.6 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sun Point.
Sunrift Gorge - ~200 feet

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Sun Point
St. Mary Valley

Sun Point is part of the St. Mary Valley route. Visitors to this destination will have the opportunity to stand where historic chalets once did decades before. A short walk on the the Sun Point Nature Trail will treat you some amazing views of St. Mary Lake and the mountains that dominate the landscape. Continue on to Sunrift Gorge or St. Mary Falls and pick up another shuttle at those locations. For those interested in having a picnic, there is a picnic area at this location.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) at the south end of the large parking lot.

Restrooms:
Pit toilets

Drinking Water:
No - please plan accordingly and bring plenty of water with you to this destination.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Baring Falls - 0.6 mi. Catch another Shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.
St. Mary Falls - 2.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls - 3.0 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Gunsight Pass Trailhead - 5.0 mi. Catch another shuttle at Gunsight Pass Trailhead.

Activities:
Picnic area

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Rising Sun
St. Mary Valley

Rising Sun is part of the St. Mary Valley route. Rising Sun is where the "mountains meet the prairies" and is filled with multiple options for visitors. Take a bout tour on St. Mary Lake, camp at the Rising Sun Campground, take a nearby day hike, or dine at the Rising Sun Motor Inn. Rising Sun makes a great base camp for visitors camping on the east side of the park looking to explore the Going-to-the-Sun road by shuttle.

Specific Location:
There are two queuing areas (westbound & eastbound) at the Rising Sun Motor Inn.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the Rising Sun Motor Inn

Drinking Water:
Yes - spigots are located in campground loops and bottled water is for sale at the camp store.

Day Hikes (one-way):
Otokomi Lake - 5.2 mi.
From the tour boat that unloads at the Baring Falls boat dock:
St. Mary Falls - 1.5 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Virginia Falls - 2.2 mi. Catch another shuttle at St. Mary Falls Shuttle Stop.
Sunrift Gorge - 0.3 mi. Catch another shuttle at Sunrift Gorge.

Campstore/Gift Shops/Showers and Laundry:
Rising Sun Motor Inn

Lodging:
Rising Sun Motor Inn

Food Service:
Two Dog Flats Grill

Activities:
Scenic Boat Tours - Glacier Park Boat Co.
Camping - 83 sites
Picnic area
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger at the campground amphitheater.
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier Park, Inc.


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St. Mary Visitor Center
St. Mary Valley

The St. Mary Visitor Center is on the St. Mary Valley route. The St. Mary Visitor Center is the main hub for transit functions and park information on the east side of the park. Rangers are on hand to answer questions, and educational and interpretive exhibits and a park movie are available to read and watch. Backcountry information and permits are located in the St. Mary Visitor Center for those looking to get off the beaten path. The St. Mary Visitor Center also has a bookstore inside.

Visitors wishing to travel by shuttle to east side park destinations, connect with Glacier Park, Inc.'s fee-based shuttles at the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Specific Location:
Next to the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Restrooms:
Yes - at the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Drinking Water:
Yes - a drinking fountain is outside the St. Mary Visitor Center.

Planning Information:
St. Mary Visitor Center - general park and shuttle information, exhibits, movie and bookstore.
St. Mary Backcountry Office - backcountry information and permits.

Activities:
Evening Program - listen and learn about Glacier with a Ranger inside the Visitor Center.
Native America Speaks Program - Native American hosted programs.
Road Tours - Sun Tours & Glacier Park, Inc.


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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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