The tiny community of St. Mary, Montana hops into action for three months every summer. Motels, cabins and campgrounds serve as springboards to explore Glacier National Park, and the town anchors the eastern entrance to
Located at the junction of U.S. 89 and Going-to-the-Sun Road, the bulk of the town sits just outside the park on the Blackfeet Reservation. It contains family-owned restaurants, small stores, gas stations, commercial campgrounds and cabins sprawled around a larger resort complex.
At the resort, Going-to-the-Sun Road goes into the national park. It links up the park entrance station, the visitor center and a campground. Trails and pathways also connect the three with the town of St. Mary.
Year-round, the town of St. Mary is home to a handful of residents. In autumn, stores and visitor services close down for winter. The park entrance stays open year-round, but winter plowing only goes as far as the campground.