RV Camping Trip Idea – Montana’s Going-to-the-Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

Montana’s Glacier National Park is home to one of America’s most scenic drives-Going-to-the-Sun Road. This suggested RV road trip crosses the Continental Divide and takes visitors on a memorable north-country journey. Here’s the lowdown on how to experience Going-to-the-Sun Road this summer.

What to Know About Going-to-the-Sun Road

  • How Long is the Scenic Drive? The route from St. Mary to West Glacier is fifty miles long, and is travelled at speeds from forty mph at the lowest elevations to twenty five mph at the highest.
  • What Will I See on the Drive? This is our favorite part-getting to tell you about picturesque Lake McDonald, formidable Jackson Glacier and breathtaking Logan Pass, where you’ll cross the Continental Divide. Along the way, watch for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, grizzly bears, grey wolves and golden eagles. Those are only a few of the dozens of species that call Glacier National Park home.
  • Is it Dangerous? Drivers who observe the posted speed limits and remain vigilant for sudden stops, wildlife and rapidly changing weather conditions will find the trip exhilarating but not dangerous. Skimming along mountain curves isn’t for everyone, though, so if you’d rather not drive, see #9 below.
  • What Vehicles Are Allowed? Glad you asked! Because it is a two-lane mountain road, vehicles over twenty-one feet in length and eight feet in width aren’t allowed on Going-to-the-Sun Road. If your RV exceeds those limits, or is over ten feet in height, you’ll have to drive your tow-along vehicle instead.
  • Can I Stop Along the Way? There are a number of scenic overlooks along the way, as well as a large parking lot at Logan Pass. Feel free to pull over (safely!) at one of these pull-offs and gaze at the scenery as long as you’d like.
  • Is There a Visitors Center? Yes! On the East end of the “Sun Road,” the St. Mary’s Visitors Center can help you plan your drive. There’s also a Visitors Center at Logan Pass, as well as Glacier National Park Headquarters at the West end of the drive.
  • Is There RV Camping Close By? This is the best part for RV campers! There are five scenic campgrounds near the East and West entrances to the National Park. Here’s a link for information about these campgrounds.
  • Can I Take the Trip Year-Round? In a word, “No!” This beautiful byway is famous for collecting as much as eighty feet of snow in winter. The road is generally cleared of snow by mid-June and remains open until mid-September, so plan your RV camping trip accordingly.
  • What if I’d Rather Not Drive? No problem! You can still see magnificent sights such as Big Bend, Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek by riding the free Park Shuttle or with a reservation on the Red Bus or other commercial tours. Use this link for information on Glacier National Park shuttles and tours.
  • How Do I Get to Glacier National Park? Glacier is located about two hours north of Missoula, Montana on US Hwy 93, about nine hours west of Seattle, WA on I-90 and about ten hours straight north of Salt Lake City on I-15.

Ready for an RV road trip to the great North? Don’t miss the wild beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park, and especially Going-to-the-Sun Road. And don’t forget to send us pictures!

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