Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby sgtlm19 » Fri May 20, 2016 11:19 am

Hello,

I am going to Glacier National Park for the first time this Memorial Day weekend, I was wondering if the weather around this time will warrant that I rent a 4x4 vehicle or if I could get by with an economy rental car. Thanks for the help, I am looking forward to my first time in Glacier National Park :D

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby wnysteve » Fri May 20, 2016 2:08 pm

sgtlm19 wrote:Hello,

I am going to Glacier National Park for the first time this Memorial Day weekend, I was wondering if the weather around this time will warrant that I rent a 4x4 vehicle or if I could get by with an economy rental car. Thanks for the help, I am looking forward to my first time in Glacier National Park :D

Cheers,
Lorenz

As a generalization, the roads which the NPS has opened by late May will be cleared. A "regular" front-wheel drive car would suffice. Roads which are not cleared and therefore would require 4WD for travel will be closed. Bottom line, no need for 4WD.
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby PeteE » Fri May 20, 2016 4:26 pm

Steve is right. If we have a snow/freezing rain storm here, they'll close the road. NO 4WD needed.
So, given that, rent whatever you like.

Looks like the road is open to Bowman Lake now. Be careful driving out there,
The road from the gate to the lake has many 'blind" turns and short up/downs.
So be alert for oncoming traffic.
And if the weather is good, Bowman lake will be busy...as will most of the park.

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby sgtlm19 » Fri May 20, 2016 4:59 pm

PeteE wrote:Steve is right. If we have a snow/freezing rain storm here, they'll close the road. NO 4WD needed.
So, given that, rent whatever you like.

Looks like the road is open to Bowman Lake now. Be careful driving out there,
The road from the gate to the lake has many 'blind" turns and short up/downs.
So be alert for oncoming traffic.
And if the weather is good, Bowman lake will be busy...as will most of the park.

pete :wink:


Thanks Pete and Steve! This will help us save money on car rental : )
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby jrothsc1 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:58 pm

joybird wrote:The bad news is that it appears they are no longer stopping at Cut Bank (though that stop was always less than ideal as I believe it entailed like a 5 mile roadwalk to get to the trailhead…).


For anyone that is interested, I just spoke with GPI on the phone, and they told me that they do have a shuttle to and from Cut Bank, even though it is not listed on the website.
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby scott-atl » Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:56 am

Does anybody know of a shuttle or ride from FCA airport to Logan pass or st Mary Friday sept 23?
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby Sue Z » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:38 pm

This shuttle company claims they can get you from FCA to Lake McDonald Lodge, but not all the way to Logan. I haven't used them, so no personal recommendation. http://www.glaciertransportation.com/
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby daveparker » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:49 pm

scott-atl wrote:Does anybody know of a shuttle or ride from FCA airport to Logan pass or st Mary Friday sept 23?


Hi Scott,

I don't know of a commercial service, but I may be free on that day and could pick you up and give you a ride. How many in your party?

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:59 pm

It was still very crowded Saturday at Logan Pass.
These shots were at little after 5PM Saturday Aug 13.

West side shuttle stop. They can only take 10-12 people at a time.
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After picking up in the pic above. Gonna be a long wait for some.
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Squeeze and I still got the Number One "A" spot 8) 8) :arrow:
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby scott-atl » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:24 pm

Thanks Dave. Maybe PM or email to discuss the possibility. Scott
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby daveparker » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:58 am

scott-atl wrote:Thanks Dave. Maybe PM or email to discuss the possibility. Scott


Scott, sent you a reply yesterday, but no worries, I got you guys covered.

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby sbosecker » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:12 pm

One thing I noticed recently is that Xantera is operating some of Glacier's Lodges and Glacier Park Inc is operating the other lodges. This year Xantera appears to be operating a shuttle from the Many Glacier (one of its lodges) area to St Mary. I think this may be a new service as I don't recall this in the past.

http://www.glaciernationalparklodges.co ... /shuttles/

Glacier Park Inc operates the Glacier Park Lodge (East Glacier area), St Mary Lodge & Prince of Wales in Waterton, AB (as well as others). In the past they had operated the East Side Shuttle and I just now decided to give them a call to ask about this year's operation as their website is silent on a schedule.

http://www.glacierparkinc.com/plan-your ... formation/

Since this web page indicates that the East Coast Shuttle will be operating from Glacier Park Lodge to the Prince of Wales the following came as a surprise.

I spoke with Charlotte and she told me that while Glacier Park Inc. will operate a shuttle from Glacier Park Lodge to St Mary (stopping along the way at Two Medicine), they will NOT be going any farther north than St Mary. She indicated that she expected a schedule to be posted online next month sometime.
So the East Side Shuttle that I used to rely on to get from Chief Mountain to Many Glacier or St Mary is not, according to Charlotte of Glacier Park Inc., going to be operating.

I would guess this is due to some conflict with Xantera's operating a shuttle from Many Glacier.

This may also throw a wrench into the Tamerak Shuttle from Wateron to Chief Mountain that used to be scheduled to allow a transfer at Chief Mountain to the Glacier Park Inc East Side Shuttle. If there is no East Side Shuttle to transfer with, the Tamarak shuttle may be a more expensive on-demand model... if offered at all.


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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby Jen » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:57 pm

I am fairly certain that when the schedule comes out we will find that a shuttle will be available from Glacier Park Lodge to St. Mary Resort. You will then be able to transfer to the Xanterra shuttle to get to Many Glacier or Chief Mountain Customs. Glacierparkinc. will also offer a round trip tour from Glacier Park Lodge to Prince of Wales. (No one way trips due to customs).
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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby sbosecker » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:34 pm

Jen wrote:I am fairly certain that when the schedule comes out we will find that a shuttle will be available from Glacier Park Lodge to St. Mary Resort. You will then be able to transfer to the Xanterra shuttle to get to Many Glacier or Chief Mountain Customs. Glacierparkinc. will also offer a round trip tour from Glacier Park Lodge to Prince of Wales. (No one way trips due to customs).



Jen,

Maybe I wasn't clear in my post but I tried to indicate that Charlotte (Glacier Park Inc.) did say that a shuttle WOULD be available from Glacier Park Lodge to St Mary ...but no farther north.

I hope you're right about a shuttle to Chief Mountain but, at the moment, Xantera isn't showing a Chief Mountain shuttle on the web link I posted.

Best regards,

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Re: Transportation Within and Outside of the Park

Postby Jen » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:01 pm

sbosecker wrote:
Jen wrote:I am fairly certain that when the schedule comes out we will find that a shuttle will be available from Glacier Park Lodge to St. Mary Resort. You will then be able to transfer to the Xanterra shuttle to get to Many Glacier or Chief Mountain Customs. Glacierparkinc. will also offer a round trip tour from Glacier Park Lodge to Prince of Wales. (No one way trips due to customs).



Jen,

Maybe I wasn't clear in my post but I tried to indicate that Charlotte (Glacier Park Inc.) did say that a shuttle WOULD be available from Glacier Park Lodge to St Mary ...but no farther north.

I hope you're right about a shuttle to Chief Mountain but, at the moment, Xantera isn't showing a Chief Mountain shuttle on the web link I posted.

Best regards,

Scott


Well, that would definitely throw a stick in the spokes of our trip plans. :?
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