Lunch Creek and the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Photo by David Restivo, National Park Service

Lots of folks have taken in the beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park so far this year with new numbers showing that over 1.7 million people stopped by between January and August, marking a 13% jump when compared to 2011, KPAX-TV, Missoula, reported.

“This summer has been busy with many visitors enjoying the opportunity to discover the park’s spectacular beauty and rich history,” Glacier National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright said in a news release.

Park officials say the most popular time at Glacier comes between June and August, and over 630,000 people visited the park in July alone.

“We look forward to seeing additional visitors this fall when changing foliage and increased opportunities for solitude can be experienced,” Cartwright stated.

A record number of visitors have also made use of Glacier National Parks many social media sites. The park has over 123,000 “likes” on Facebook and over 8,600 followers on Twitter. Meanwhile, the free Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle system served almost 140,000 passengers this summer.

The last day to access Logan Pass via the west side of the park is Sunday, Sept. 16 so that road work can get underway in earnest. East side access to Logan Pass will be available through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Entrance fees will be waived for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. Glacier National Park remains open to the public throughout the year. Call (406) 888-7800 for more information.