Btw, went to Many Glacier yesterday to visit a friend camping/hiking there for a week. Got to the entrance about 2:00 PM and they were turning people away because there was no parking available (we'd heard this was happening); when we got to the booth I told the ranger we were visiting someone in the campground (luckily I remembered her site #) and they let us in. Driving to the campground saw that there were a number of open parking spaces at the Grinnell trailhead lot and at Swiftcurrent so there seems to be a breakdown in communication somewhere. When we headed out, we stopped at the ranger station and asked what the deal was - they explained crowds were so bad they had to implement the new procedures from 10-4 every day. Kinda sucks since folks flying blind will be driving a long way (the last 10 miles down a real POS road) only to have to turn around or wait until things lighten up; no mention of this on the Park site, either. We brought this to their attention and got shrugged shoulders, and "sorry; we're just doing what we're told". Hopefully, things will improve towards the end of August, but it seems this is becoming the new normal during peak season.
Before the season closes