Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park

One of the most amazing and well-known highlights of Glacier National Park is a cruise across the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This marvel of engineering (named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1985) covers 50 miles of the park’s wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the most breathtaking vistas in northwest Montana. The road passes through almost every type of terrain in the park: from large glacial lakes and cedar forests in the lower valleys, to windswept alpine tundra at the summit of Logan Pass (6,646 feet). Scenic viewpoints and pullouts come up frequently on the road allowing motorists plenty of stops for extended views and photo opportunities.

How did the Going-to-the-Sun Road get its name?

The road officially received its name, “The Going-to-the-Sun Road,” during the 1933 dedication at Logan Pass. The road borrowed its name from nearby Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. Local legend and a 1933 press release issued by the Department of the Interior, told the story of the deity, Sour Spirit, who came down from the sun to teach Blackfeet braves the rudiments of the hunt. On his way back to the sun, Sour Spirit had his image reproduced on the top of the mountain for inspiration to the Blackfeet. An alternate story suggests a white explorer in the 1880s concocted the name and the legend. No matter which version is accurate, the road named Going-to-the-Sun still inspires all who travel it.

(Courtesy of nsp gov)