Closed for the season

Thank you for another incredible summer having adventures in the mountains. Sharing the Glacier National Park backcountry with so many wonderful people is our greatest joy.

We will be taking time off this fall to plan ahead for next summer. The office will be on light duty for a while. Send an Email or leave a message if you have any pressing questions. Watch this space for information about the 2022 season, reservations will become available in January.

Happy Hiking!

Highline Trail Reopens August 9

The NPS has reported that the Highline Trail is now open.

Granite Park guests: the Highline Trail closed on Sunday (8/8)at 5:03pm..

The Highline trail was closed at 5:03pm on Sunday, August 8, due to a rockfall, 3 miles from GP.

Please plan your itinerary for either the Loop or the Swiftcurrent trail to access Granite Park on Monday. We will update this site as soon as the situation changes.

Ask at the Park Entrance gates Monday morning for updates on the Highline trail if coming from outside the park.

If you are staying within park boundaries, ask the NPS personnel for the latest updates. Thank you.

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.

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!

The Highline Trail opening is delayed.

Hello guests,

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!

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!

Granite Park Chalet is open for the 2021 season

And we are excited for you to join us up here.

Heat Advisory:
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.

Highline Trail:
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.

Shuttles:
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.

Shuttle and ticket information is available here.
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/shuttles.htm

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.

More ticketed entry information is available here.
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm

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.

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.

https://www.recreation.gov/search?q=Glacier%20National%20Park&entity_id=2725&entity_type=recarea

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.


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.

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.

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.

Here are the details from the National Park Service.
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gtsrticketedentry.htm

Here are the frequently asked questions.
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/ticketedentryfaq.htm

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.

Thank you for your enthusiasm

We continue to be grateful and thankful for all the chalet guests we have been able plan Glacier adventures with these past weeks, and we feel regret for all the Glacier enthusiasts we are not able to serve. Since we opened chalet reservations for the 2021 summer season we have received enough reservation requests to completely sell out Glacier Park's chalets over four times over. As much as we want to share these places with everyone, we are unfortunately unable.

We know that deposit payments are coming due this next week. If you have mailed your payment and have not yet heard back, please do not worry. We know that mail sometimes moves slowly here in Montana and here in our offices. We grant every benefit of the doubt and we will not be canceling reservations indiscriminately. If you are anxiously watching for possible openings from cancellation be advised that there will not be another sudden goldrush for openings this week or any time soon. Our availability calendar is there to inform you if and when rooms open up.

We are also learning that some Internet providers are rejecting chalet Emails. We are working with our ISP to resolve this. If you would like a posted confirmation or just to double check a reservation detail we will be near the office phone line from 9am to 2pm Mountain time.

Have a safe and healthy winter.

The bittersweet saga of chalet reservations

Once again our hearts are warmed by all the love and enthusiasm shown toward Sperry and Granite Park Chalets, and once again our hearts break for all the good people we will be unable to serve.

We are still working through the thousands of reservation requests sent in Monday morning, it may take into next week before everyone hears back from us. We send an Email back to every request we handle, but we know that the Internet eats some of them. Especially the large volume of nearly identical declining Emails. Some internet providers find those Emails suspicious and do not deliver them. Successful reservations will also receive a statement by post.

If we do not have good luck with your reservation request please check back periodically through the winter and spring. Openings from cancellations may create new opportunities.

Thank you

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