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Glacier Park Fall Schedule #5139
09/02/06 05:20 PM
09/02/06 05:20 PM
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Montana
Tony Bynum Offline OP
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Well, we had our first snow fall a couple days ago, about an inch and up to two or three in places. A nice white topping on all the mountains, followed by a 29 degree morning on August 31. It's all melted now, but the the cold temps did a great job on the skeetows!

Last night, while setting up to photograph elk, I was interuped by a very large boar grizzly. I got a bunch of good shots but they turned out currup. Did a recovery but still lost them, bummer!

Anyway, here's a lengthey fall schedule for the Glacier Park.

Glacier National Park Announces Fall 2006 Services


WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park remind park
visitors that the park is open year-round and that most concessions,
lodging and camping facilities will remain open well past Labor Day for the
autumn season.

After Labor Day, services and facilities slowly start closing for the
winter; however, the following is a list of ongoing park services and
projected closing dates.

Concessioner: Closing/Ending Date:

Belton Chalets, Inc. (1-888-345-2649 or www.sperrychalet.com or
www.graniteparkchalet.com)

· Granite Park Chalet September 10
· Sperry Chalet September 10

The historic Granite Park Chalet is available for overnight use as a rustic
hiker shelter. Services at the historic Sperry Chalet include traditional
overnight accommodations and food service for guests and day hikers alike.


Glacier Park Boat Company (406-257-2426 or www.glacierparkboats.com)
Boat tours and rentals:

· Apgar (rentals only) September 4
· Lake McDonald September 23
· Many Glacier September 23
· Rising Sun September 4
· Two Medicine September 4


Glacier Park, Inc. (Central reservations 406-892-2525 or
www.glacierparkinc.com)

· Glacier Park Lodge September 30
· Lake McDonald Lodge September 30
Jammer Joe’s Restaurant September 5
· Many Glacier Hotel September 27
· Prince of Wales Hotel September 19
· Rising Sun Motor Inn September 16
· Swiftcurrent Motor Inn September 19
· Village Inn September 30
Listed dates are the last night for lodging at the respective locations.
Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI) facilities close after breakfast the morning after
the date listed.

Note: Glacier Park Lodge and the Prince of Wales Hotel are outside the
park, but are also managed by Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI).

· Red Bus Tours October 1
· Hiker Shuttle September 6


GPI Camp Stores
· Lake McDonald October 1
· Swiftcurrent September 20
· Rising Sun September 17
· Two Medicine September 4


Glacier Guides, Inc. (1-800-521-RAFT or 406-387-5555 or
www.glacierguides.com)

· Guided day hikes & backpacking October


Mule Shoe Outfitters (406-732-4203 (summer number) or www.mule-shoe.com)
Horseback rides

· Lake McDonald Corral September 11
· Many Glacier Corral September 4


Sun Tours (1-800-786-9220 or 406-226-9220 or www.glaciersuntours.com )

· Interpretive tours October 15
(Blackfeet perspective)


Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruises, LTD (403-859-2362 or
www.watertoncruise.com) Waterton Lake Boat Tours

· Goat Haunt landings September 24
· Waterton Lake Non-landing Sept. 25 -Oct. 10


The following is the autumn 2006 schedule for National Park Service
facilities.

Note on entrance fees: When entrance stations are not staffed, visitors
must pay the entrance fee at the self-registration fee collection box or
have a valid, previously purchased park pass.

Campgrounds: Closing Date/ Change
to Primitive Status:

· Apgar October 16*
· Avalanche September 5
· Bowman Lake September 15**
· Cut Bank September 25***
· Fish Creek September 5
· Kintla Lake September 15**
· Logging Creek Closed
· Many Glacier September 25**
· Quartz Creek December 1 ***
· Rising Sun September 18
· Sprague Creek September 18
· St. Mary September 26 *
· Two Medicine September 18**

Campgrounds will close or change camping status at 12 noon on the date
listed.

* - Primitive camping (no treated, running water and no flush toilets) is
available throughout the fall at Apgar and St. Mary beginning on the dates
indicated above. Cost for primitive camping at St. Mary and Apgar is $6 a
night. Winter camping is also offered at these two sites. There is no
charge for winter camping, which begins December 1.

**- Primitive camping (no treated, running water and no flush toilets) will
also be available after the listed dates at Bowman Lake, Kintla Lake, Many
Glacier, and Two Medicine Campgrounds. Bowman and Kintla Lake will offer
primitive camping until December 1, unless closed earlier by weather. At
Many Glacier and Two Medicine campgrounds, primitive camping remains
available until snow accumulation and/or unsafe road conditions exist. Cost
for primitive camping is $6 a night.

***-No water is available at Cut Bank and Quartz Creek. Camping at these
campgrounds costs $6 per night. Quartz Creek will continue to offer this
primitive camping with no water until December 1, unless closed earlier by
weather.


Visitor Centers and Ranger Led Interpretive Programs

Glacier’s Visitor Centers at Apgar, St. Mary and Logan Pass are open daily
throughout September.

A variety of ranger-led programs, from easy walks and evening talks, to
all-day hikes and boat tours will continue in September. Activities are
listed in “The Glacier Explorer” which is available in visitor centers or
online at: http://www.nps.gov/archive/glac/pdf/2006explorer5.pdf


The Going-to-the-Sun Road:

To allow for accelerated rehabilitation work, beginning Monday, September
18, 2006, Logan Pass will be closed to vehicle use from the east side
between Siyeh Bend and Logan Pass (2.5 miles) for the remainder of the
season. Vehicles will be allowed to access the 15 miles between St. Mary
and Siyeh Bend except when closed to motorized vehicle uses because of
weather.

Logan Pass will be accessible for vehicles from the west side, except when
closed to motorized vehicles because of weather.

During evening hours and on weekends, when the contractor is not working,
non-motorized access (hikers and bicyclists) will be allowed on the alpine
segment between Siyeh Bend and Logan Pass.

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Tony Bynum] #5140
09/05/06 04:50 AM
09/05/06 04:50 AM
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"Well, we had our first snow fall a couple days ago, about an inch and up to two or three in places. A nice white topping on all the mountains, followed by a 29 degree morning on August 31. It's all melted now, but the the cold temps did a great job on the skeetows!"

Hey Tony,

Thank you very much for the park updates. I had heard that it was 29 in Jackson last week as well. I am getting very excited for my trip out West in just 3 weeks. VERY excited. I even purchased my chest waders.

By some chance, did you try the Lexar software? It seems to do a solid job at recovery. You don't just need to use Lexar cards either.

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Tony Bynum] #5141
09/05/06 01:48 PM
09/05/06 01:48 PM
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Thanks for the update Tony. I am really getting excited about my trip out there in just 2 weeks. Even with the road closed it will be a trip I know I will never forget. Thanks for all your help on my planning also.

Matt

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: mmoor] #5142
09/10/06 04:48 PM
09/10/06 04:48 PM
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Seattle
Tony thanks for the great updates.
We are leaving Seattle this Friday or Sat and driving over for a week and a half or two week trip starting in Glacier National, working our way up thru Banff and Jasper.
I want to take large wildlife and landscape scenes. I spend quite a bit of time in Katmai Alaska so bugs and boggs don't bother me. I can shoot close or long telephoto.

If you had three or four favorite places in Glacier or north, what would they be?

thanks again for the great advice.

jim lewis

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Jim Lewis] #5143
09/14/06 12:07 AM
09/14/06 12:07 AM
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Montana
Tony Bynum Offline OP
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here's a new web link for glacier park

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/gttsrrehab2006_09.htm

favorite places are:
Many Glacier
Logan/Reynolds/Oberlin
Two Medicine Area

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Tony Bynum] #5144
09/14/06 12:59 AM
09/14/06 12:59 AM
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thanks Tony.

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Jim Lewis] #5145
09/14/06 02:26 PM
09/14/06 02:26 PM
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Tony Bynum Offline OP
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pack for snow and cold, it's snowing very hard in the mountains right now, I'd expect logan to be closed this weekend. the forcast is for better wether next week. this snow, if you hit and the clearing of this storm come sunday or monday, will make for some VERY VERY dramatic shots, I WOULD NOT MISS NEXT WEEK FOR ANYTHING. COULD BE THE BEST WEEK OF 2006 TO PHOTOGRAPH THE NORTHERN ROCKIES!

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Tony Bynum] #5146
09/18/06 01:21 PM
09/18/06 01:21 PM
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Wow, Tony that sounds great. I am coming out there in the morning. I know I have beat a dead horse to death, but can you suggest any areas or shots that I should put in my don't miss column now that all the snow has fallen? I really didn't expect the snow to be such a factor. I can't wait. Do you have any shots of all this to share?

Thanks

Matt

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: mmoor] #5147
09/18/06 03:09 PM
09/18/06 03:09 PM
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SNOW NOT A FACTOR that's funny!

IF ANYONE COMES TO MONTANA DURRING THE FALL WINTER OR SPING, YOU MUST TAKE SNOW SERIOUS! ESPECIALLY IF YOURE ON THE EAST SIDE. YOU MUST BE READY TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN YOUR VEHICLE! PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR OUT HERE IN SNOW DRIFTS OR WHITE OUTS! YOU CANT TRUST THE FORCAST - EVER! TRUST ME, I'VE RESCUED PEOPLE THAT DONT TAKE THIS ISSUE SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SNOW IS AN ISSUE. JUST THE POTENTIAL SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO BE READY -

Logan was closed due to snow this past weekend.

if it warms back up, the colors are going to be out of this world in another week or two!!!!!!! cross your fingers for NO wind, and no more low elevation snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Glacier Park Fall Schedule [Re: Tony Bynum] #5148
09/29/06 01:12 PM
09/29/06 01:12 PM
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Finalshot, I just wanted to thank you for all your help on my trip to Glacier. It was incredible. Even though I only had a few hours of sun out of 2 1/2 days it was still great. I really want to go back and spend a week some time. I was still able to get a few great shots that I feel are some of my best considering the conditions.

Thanks again.

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