I have owned a small lodging business in the Glacier area for ten years and I am writing from the perspective of a long time business owner and resident of Glacier. Tripadvisor is a widely used travel resource and DE's need to be aware that the answers they give to travelers are actually changing the nature of travel to this area. I noted recently in this forum someone wrote that they were visiting the area in late June and wanted to know what lower hikes would be open, and the DE stated, "June is not the best time to visit the park." The DE's push July and August so much that people are afraid to come any other time of the year and I have noted this disturbing trend in my bookings. The result of this is that small business owners around the park itself have only 2-3 months of time to make a living, many are struggling and some very nice places have gone out of business. Now that the giant corporation Xanterra has taken over the leases on the park lodges, this situation is going to worsen and in the long run the only places people will have to stay and/or eat are run by a large corporation. Unless this is your idea of a wilderness experience, you might want to think ahead about how you are shaping the visitor experience and impacting the businesses that serve park visitors.
Year after year I hear the same complaints from travelers who come in July. They are the most unhappy guests we have because they come to "the wilderness" and end up sitting in traffic on the GTTSR all day or waiting for a shuttle for hours. Those who come in June or September have more of the wilderness experience they came all this way to have. Even if the weather isn't perfect, that's the true nature of the wilderness.
I would just like to remind the DEs to please understand that Glacier is wonderful at all times of the year, that some travelers want to come when it's not crowded and are willing to give up driving around the Logan Pass parking lot all day for solitary hike at Bowman Lake or Huckleberry Lookout, or any of the many other places we find to send them for some quiet time in nature.
Thanks for listening.