Arrive Early to Find Parking At Logan Pass in Glacier National Park
If you're in or near Glacier National Park, or plan to visit it later this summer, take note that you need to reach Logan Pass by about 10 a.m. if you want to easily find a parking spot there.
This spot on the high point of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is incredibly popular, both because of the nice hikes and wildlife viewing to be had as well as the incredible vistas and the restrooms.
When we were there a couple weeks ago we reached the pass's parking area after 11 a.m. and joined a conga line of rigs circling the small lot. Folks were heading clockwise and counterclockwise, stalking folks who were heading to their rigs to leave the area. It wasn't pretty. After about 15 minutes we aborted our stop, rather than risk getting into the cross-hairs of another visitor trying to zip into an open spot that materialized in front of us.
Compounding this stress generator is the ongoing reconstruction of the Sun Road. While this is much-needed work, waiting in line for upwards of 30 minutes can irritate folks who are trying to stick to a schedule and who didn't plan ahead to build time into their day for the delay.
If you do find yourself in a construction delay, relax and enjoy the scenery. It is spectacular!