Glacier National Park

The Blackfeet Nation will close off road access to Glacier National Park’s east entrances for the remainder of the tourism season, according to a resolution written Thursday. The tribal leaders’ decision was based on the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Vehicles drive past a sign at the Montana-Canada border.
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Six ports of entry between Montana and Canada will continue to operate at reduced hours through July 21. Travel between the two countries is still restricted to essential only amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. ruled Tuesday that a lower court was wrong to reinstate a contentious oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park. 

Glacier National Park announced Tuesday it will reopen the western portion of the park to visitors June 8.

Eastern gates on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation will stay closed as COVID-19 restrictions there remain in place through the end of the month.

As bear activity is picking up across northwest Montana, grizzly bear managers are juggling the uncertain and unexpected impacts of COVID-19 on wild places.

On Friday, state, federal and tribal wildlife officials met remotely over Zoom for their semi-annual meeting. The group discussed how to manage the largest grizzly populations in the lower 48 states – the bears in and around Glacier National Park.

A photo of the Montana state line sign taken on June 26, 2014.
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While survey results released on May 29 show people are feeling safer to travel, over 90 percent of Montana’s tourism businesses say they expect a long, slow recovery from COVID-19.

Aquatic insects living at high elevations in Glacier National Park may be more resilient to impacts from climate change than was once thought. That's according to a study published this week. Populations of various other species are still expected to decline and potentially go extinct.

The sign for port of Wild Horse, taken June 24, 2014.
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“Essential only” travel between the United States and Canada is keeping the hours of operations reduced at six ports of entry in Montana and one in Idaho.

Glacier National Park expects to open its gates to visitors some time in early June, but what services visitors will be able to access it is still undecided.

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
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Big sky country and big adventures drew in over 12 million tourists to Montana last year. As the state moves to reopen amid low COVID-19 case numbers, some Montana communities have to weigh the economic importance of tourism with local safety.

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