It is nearly the 4th of July. It is the peak travel season for many tourists looking for family vacations. But, this year has been cooler than most. Contrary to the summer temperatures we have experienced recently, the season has been cooler than we are accustomed to.

Just recently we reported on the possibility of avalanches happening in parts of Glacier National Park due to lots of precipitation in higher elevations. Now, we are nearing the Independence Day holiday, and crews are still battling snow removal on the Going to the Sun Road.

According to Glacier National Park on Facebook:

Going-to-the-Sun Road will open through Logan Pass "no earlier than" July 13, 2022. This date is not a prediction of when the road will open - it is to help with trip planning purposes. Visitors may access Going-to-the-Sun Road via the St. Mary entrance on the east side without a vehicle reservation until the road is open to Logan Pass.

Granted there are shuttles running people up and down the portions of the scenic highway that are open. But, as far as being able to go completely over the top... That isn't happening for a least a few more weeks.

The following video shows just the kind of snow that crews are working with.

On the west side: Starting July 1, shuttles will run from 7 am-7 pm daily, offering all stops between Apgar and Avalanche Campground.

On the east side: starting July 1, the shuttles will run from 8 am - 7 pm for all stops between St. Mary and Sun Point.

Get more details here

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