If you are planning a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana, there will be one less thing to think about. The popular national park will stop requiring reservations for guests planning to visit Going-to-the-Sun Road.
The requirement will be lifted after Labor Day, as reported by Travel + Leisure. Glacier National Park began requiring reservations in May to help keep overcrowding in the region amid the pandemic. The system helped reduce traffic, but also created challenges for people wanting to book a reservation as they sold out so quickly.
While the reservation requirement is waived, visitors will still want to plan ahead and purchase passes to travel the Going-to-the-Sun route. This will be a Labor Day requirement until the end of October.
In addition, according to the National park service, the famous road will close at the end of October. The Scenic Drive, which crosses both the Continental Divide and Logon Pass, has an elevation of 6,646 feet. Due to its elevation, the Going-to-the-Sun Route is difficult to navigate in the winter.
Other parks, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Yosemite National Park, have also tested reservation requirements. Yosemite lifted its reservation requirement in March.