Outdoors

Crowds flock to opening of Glacier's Sun Road

Brandy Tourville and her 3-year-old son, Tiptin, head for the snowfields above the visitor center at Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road on Wednesday – the first day that the road was open to the top. The opening of the road in Glacier National Park was the latest on record due to the deeper than normal snowpack. (Kurt Wilson / Missoulian)
Brandy Tourville and her 3-year-old son, Tiptin, head for the snowfields above the visitor center at Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road on Wednesday – the first day that the road was open to the top. The opening of the road in Glacier National Park was the latest on record due to the deeper than normal snowpack. (Kurt Wilson / Missoulian)

NATIONAL PARKS — On Wednesday, all 50 miles of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road opened to the public and the crowds turned out in droves, heralding the official start to summer in this northern region.

The Sun Road's opening was highly anticipated, according to a story in the Missoulian.

The July 13 opening marks the second-latest opening date in the scenic drive's 78-year history, and the latest it's ever opened due to winter weather, the evidence of which was superabundant Wednesday.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, park rangers delivered informational lectures to visitors curious about the status of Glacier National Park's glaciers, which are quickly disappearing due to the effects of global climate change. A snow-covered Mount Clements and a towering wall of snow provided the backdrop to those climate change talks, called “Goodbye to Glaciers.”

“It's always a tough sell when you're standing beside a giant snowdrift like this,” ranger Megan Chaisson said.




Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog


Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

By Rich Landers richl@spokesman.com (509) 459-5508


Follow online:


Recent posts


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801