Tourism industry leaders reassure visitors about GNP fires

Tourism industry leaders reassure visitors about GNP fires


of course the pictures of Glacier National Park on fire are all over the internet this week regional tours and promoters are scrambling to explain only a select portion of Glacier is closed because of the how ridge fire and they’re not only offering reassurances Basking Montana residents to help spread the word Racine Fredi of Glacier Country tourism says the dramatic pictures of Sunday night’s blow-up have spread across the internet leading some visitors to believe the entire park is ablaze our social feeds are full of very dramatic fire images right now and while they’re beautiful they do cause a little bit of alarm and while we don’t want to take away from what is happening a fire is part of our story and it’s a natural part of our ecology it also can create some fear and trepidation with people who are coming here for their vacation and that they’ve been funny either for years or for months so the problem is created whenever going-to-the-sun road is closed in fact this scenario is familiar last summer at the same time the big Sprague fire and other lightning caused fires closed an even larger area Frida wants tourists to know the vast majority the park is open including all the scenic spots east of the divide some people think that when the going to the Sun Road is closed in anyway the entire road is closed and that’s just not the case Logan past to say Mary is fully open along with the entire east side of Glacier National Park so people really want to be able to go and visit that and it’s there for them Glacier Country tourism and other agencies are working to get that word out but Frida says Montana residents can help by sharing accurate news updates and talking with their visiting friends and relatives they absolutely can for one thing you can either contact the National Park and on their webpage is a hotline as well as a current conditions section that talks about trail closures and openings you can also contact your local visit information center your Chamber of Commerce Glacier country or the state tourism office and we’d be happy to assist them as well but just being able to remember that not all the park is closed you can still go in and experience it so just remember that and be willing to kind of be flexible and change your plans a little bit our closures don’t keep all the glacier tourists away in fact last year the park still set a visitation record even with the west side closures that lasted well into September so

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