|Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana and spans across the Continental Divide in to Canada. Waterton National Park and Glacier National Park joined together in apartnership to conserve the beauty of the area and to keep the animals within it safe and in there natural environment. The union of these to parks created the world's first International Peace Park where similar ideals met. Where people put aside there differences to work together in the interest of life and hope for animals, the environment, and the future.Evidence of human use in this area dates back to over 10,000 years. By the time the first European explorers came into this region, several different tribes inhabited the area. The Blackfeet Indians controlled the vast prairies east of the mountains, while the Salish and Kootenai Indians lived in the western valleys, traveling over the mountains in search of game and to hunt the great herds of buffalo on the eastern plains.Known to Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World", Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Its diverse habitats are home to nearly 70 species of mammals including the grizzly bear, wolverine, gray wolf and lynx.Over 270 species of birds visit or reside in the park, including such varied species as harlequin ducks, dippers and golden eagles. The landscape is a hiker's paradise that is traversed by more than 750 miles of maintained trails. Glacier Park's varied climate influences and its location at the headwaters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Hudson Bay drainages have given rise to an incredible variety of plants and animals.The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages of 10,000 years past. Bedrock and deposited materials exposed by receding glaciers tell a story of ancient seas, geologic faults and uplifting, and the movement of giant slabs of the earth's ancient crust overlaying younger strata. The result of these combined forces is some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.Glacier National Park's diversity of habitat types creates opportunities for a wide range of animals. Everything from the large and majestic elk of the prairies on the east side of the park, to the small and seldom seen northern bog lemming in the coniferous forests of the wet west side of the park. Many people when they think of Glacier think of bears. Glacier provides the core of one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. Recent research provides interesting insight to this threatened population.More frequently seen than the grizzly however are the snow-white mountain goats that thrive on the steepest of slopes along the Continental Divide. Wether it's a Golden-mantled ground squirrel in the alpine meadows at Logan Pass or a little brown bat on it's nightly foray for insects around one of the few street lights in the park, a trip to Glacier rewards visitors with a wealth of wildlife sightings and the knowledge that they are helping to preserve one of the planets most amazing ecosystems.Glacier National Park is a beautiful natural wonder and is just impossible to take in all in one day so there are many campgrounds located throughout the park that are available. There are boundless activities that can be done at Glacier National Park.|
|Facilities: Glacier National Park provides many lodging opportunities throughout the park, restaurants and convenience, pay showers, laundry, dump stations, boat ramps, guided tours, gasoline, gift shops, medical facilities, and Ranger-led programs.|
Best Time To Visit: Glacier National Park is open year round however during the winter months some if not most of the park is not accessible.
Fees: A fee is charged to enter the park as well as additional fees for things like camping or boat tours.
Accessibility: This park is mountainous and therefore hard to adapt to people with special needs however the park is handicapped accessible in many places and the park is working on making the park more so.
Rules: Pets must always remain on a leash and they must never be left unattended, do not fee wild animals, keep all fires inside the designated fire rings, remember to have all necessary fishing and boating licenses when doing water recreation.
Directions: To reach Glacier National Park from Kalispell head out of town on the US-2/East Idaho Street going north for 2 miles where you will reach US-2, make a left and follow it for 11 miles to the MT-40, make a left and follow it foe 19 miles to the entrance.
Map: Click here for a map to Glacier National Park
Reservations: Glacier National Park only requires a reservation for two campgrounds and the lodges. Reservations can be made through the park.
|Glacier National Park|
|P.O. Box 128|
|West Glacier, Montana 59936|
|General: (406) 888-7800|
|Fax: (406) 888-7808|
|TTY: (406) 888-7806|