To address transportation and ticketing issues while simultaneously offering guided hikes, the Glacier Institute is accepting registrations for its Going-to-the-Sun Road Day program.
New in July, the program features educational rides and can carry 70 passengers per day using five 14-passenger buses from Columbia Falls. The course acts like a Going-to-the-Sun Road ticket, and participants only need a regular park pass.
“They get the full Going-to-the-Sun tour,” said Anthony Nelson, director of the Glacier Institute. “We fully recognize that a lot of people come just for the ride, but we have to accomplish our mission of making people fall in love with the park.”
Participants in the Going-to-the-Sun Day program will enjoy a naturalist-guided hike and interpretations at popular park destinations.
There are four daily tours, each featuring different hiking abilities, including Hidden Lake Overlook, Highline Trail, Avalanche Lake, and the Complete Going-to-the-Sun Route.
The Glacier Institute purchased five additional vehicles and hired seven additional employees to facilitate the program.
“This is a huge opportunity for the community,” said Nelson. “There are so many people turning around and we are trying to be part of the solution. “
Tours run until September 30, cost $ 100 per person, and meet at 320 Nucleus Ave. at Columbia Falls at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
Participants can park for the day near the main office of the Glacier Institute. The Mountain Climber, the local transportation system, will also offer round-trip shuttles to and from the office for $ 5 per person or $ 10 per family.
Registration is now open online at www.glacierinstitute.org. Members of the Glacier Institute receive a 10% discount. For more information, call the Glacier Institute at (406) 775-1211.
The Glacier Institute is a non-profit educational partner of Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest that provides educational opportunities through in-depth field experiences. The non-profit organization offers several educational courses and camps for young people, adults and families in the area.