July 28, 2021 - Wednesday
Updated CDC Guidance on Mask Wearing
Wearing a face mask is now required in Glacier National Park federal buildings regardless of vaccination status. This is effective immediately and applies to all structures at Sperry Chalet and Granite Park Chalet.
This change is due to new guidance from the CDC and is applicable to Glacier National Park because of Flathead County's "High" (Red) category of community transmission. based on the current CDC COVID Data Tracker.
Guests of the chalets are asked to bring face masks when you visit. We continue to restrict access to chalet buildings to overnight guests only, we are also limiting dining room occupancy at both chalets. Day hikers and visitors may enjoy chalet services outdoors.
Thank you for your assistance as we continue to address the ongoing pandemic.
Be safe out there.
July 3, 2021 - Saturday
The Highline Trail is open for the 2021 season!
July 3, 2021
Dear chalet guests,
The Highline Trail is open. Please be prepared for Spring-like conditions-steep snowfields, slippery rocks, running water, and unpredictable snow patches.
Yak tracks, poles, and good hiking gear are highly recommended. As always, be prepared and take water, rain gear, food, bear spray, sunscreen and extra clothing for a memorable high country experience.
See you at Granite Park!
July 2, 2021 - Friday
The Highline Trail opening is delayed.
We will continue to keep you posted as conditions change for the Highline Trail. It will be closed throughout the weekend. When it opens, we will update this site.
Happy 4th of July!
July 1, 2021 - Thursday
Watch for NPS Highline Trail UPDATE on Friday, July 2.
Thursday evening, July 1st
Dear guests of Granite Park Chalet,
On Friday morning, the 2nd of July, the NPS is preparing to make an announcement regarding the Highline Trail. If and when the Highline Trail opens, we will post it here!
The Highline Trail consists of steep snowfields, slippery rocks, running water, and unpredictable snow patches. Yak tracks, poles, and good hiking gear are highly recommended. As always, be prepared and take water, rain gear, food, bear spray, sunscreen and extra clothing for a memorable high country experience.
See you at Granite Park!
June 28, 2021 - Monday
Granite Park Chalet is open for the 2021 season
And we are excited for you to join us up here.
This week expect very hot temperatures in Glacier National Park. The single most important thing on hot hiking days is water. Carry more than you think you need and drink before you get thirsty. The next most important thing is to get an early start to your hiking day. Use the cool morning air when you are exerting and rest during the hot afternoon. The good news is that temperatures at chalet elevations are about 10 degrees cooler than the weather report in West Glacier.
Is currently closed. When the Highline Trail will open is always unpredictable. The heat will help clear the snow quickly but don't jump the gun, this trail is very dangerous when posted as closed, you should use The Loop Trail instead.
We watch the NPS trail status reports to learn about the Highline. Current predicted opening is July 1, but that can always change. Check the status online or at a park information center before committing to this hike.
Beginning operation on July 1, the Going To The Sun Road shuttle has updated their plan for the season and added The Loop back in as a regular stop this year. This will certainly make chalet visits and through hiking easier.
Chalet guests planning to use the shuttle need to plan ahead to get shuttle tickets. Remember to get tickets for everyone in your party, get tickets for both your arrival date and departure date, and get both arrival and departure tickets validated at a visitor center before going up the mountain.
Ticketed entry for Going To The Sun Road:
Chalet guests will be able to use your reservation as an entry ticket for the duration of your chalet stay. If your party is large enough that you need multiple vehicles be sure to have a copy of the reservation in each vehicle. You may use either the paper confirmation or the Emailed confirmation, but be sure that Email is downloaded to your device, there is no guarantee of internet connectivity at the park entrances.
There is lots to be mindful of going into Glacier this year. You got this. Plan ahead, use your head, and be safe out there.
May 19, 2021 - Wednesday
How Chalet guests can take advantage of Glacier’s shuttle system.
The good news is that Glacier National Park will be operating a limited shuttle system along Going to the Sun Road this season.
The difficult news is the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how Glacier can serve the public safely. The shuttle service will have restrictions on crowding riders together and fewer service stops.
For chalet guests there are advantages to using the shuttle system: you can begin your hike at a reasonable time while avoiding traffic and parking congestion. Here are our tips for chalet guests who want to use the shuttle:
Learn about the 2021 shuttle system here:
visitor center validation, arrival schedule, and limited service stops. https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm
We recommend chalet guests connect with recreation.gov early on June 1.
Most of the shuttle tickets for the 2021 season go on sale June 1. This will be the best chance to get yours.
- If you cannot get a ticket on June 1, additional tickets go on sale two days ahead of time.
- Reserve tickets for your entire party at the same time, up to ten people. Your group will be considered a (COVID) family unit and will all be able to ride the shuttle together.
Be certain to purchase tickets for both your chalet arrival and departure date.
Get BOTH TICKETS validated when you check in at the visitor center. Tickets can only be validated 72 hours ahead of time so if you plan to spend more than three days in the backcountry, the shuttle will not be able to help your egress.
Through hiking will not be served by the shuttle this year.
- If you are planning a hike through Granite Park Chalet from Logan Pass to The Loop there is no shuttle pick up available at The Loop trailhead.
- For Sperry Chalet hikers there will be no shuttle service to Jackson Glacier Overlook for the Gunsight Pass through hike between Jackson Glacier Overlook and Lake McDonald.
- Our best recommendation for chalet guests using the shuttle is to plan on using the same trail to depart as you arrived on.
The shuttle system may allow drop offs at out of service shuttle stops. Ask at the visitor center and speak to your driver about being dropped off at The Loop or Jackson Glacier. You can disembark there, but no shuttle will pick you up at these locations.
Shuttle availability is limited.
We know that not all chalet guests will be able to take advantage of the shuttle system this year. If you can't get a ticket or your preferred hiking route is not available be prepared to be self-sufficient with your own vehicle for getting to and from the trailheads.
- We continue to recommend early starts to your hiking day. Not only is the hiking better in the cool morning air but this year navigating Going to the Sun Road and finding trailhead parking will be easier the earlier start you get.
As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and plans, Glacier National Park, and all the services therein are committed to making the best efforts at eliminating the risks from this virus. The limited service available from the Glacier Shuttle comes from the necessity to protect each other. We would like to see all the visitors to Glacier National Park contributing to social distancing, mask wearing, and helping each other avoid this disease. If we can be successful this year additional services will become available next year.
April 1, 2021 - Thursday
Glacier National Park ticketed entry.
There will be a ticketed entry system for private vehicles entering Glacier National Park on Going to the Sun Road this summer. This will be in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day; May 28 to September 6, 2021.
This entry system affects all chalet access along Going to the Sun Road.
For chalet reservation holders: Your chalet reservation confirmation is your entry ticket.
At the entry gate you will need to show your chalet reservation confirmation for that day. Be sure to bring a copy of your chalet reservation confirmation with you. You can use the paper confirmation we sent by post, or you may use the Email confirmation displayed on your phone or device. Be advised, there may not be internet service available at the entry gate so be sure that Email has been downloaded to your device beforehand.
For chalet day hikers: You will need an entry reservation ticket to reach chalet trail heads by private vehicle.
For chalet horseback rides: your horseback ride reservation is your entry ticket. Check with Swan Mountain Outfitters for more details.