Located in Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Glacier National Park encompasses more than 1 million acres, as well as hundreds of lakes, glacial-carved peaks, historic lodges, two backcountry chalets and a rich history. Established in 1910, Glacier Park is open year-round and provides visitors with an up-close look at one of the most intact ecosystems in the temperate zone. In 1932, Glacier National Park was designated—along with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada—as part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the world’s first peace park.
Visit Glacier Park Website – http://visitglacierpark.com/
Want help planning your time in Glacier? Go to Glacier National Park Itineraries and they will assist you. – http://glaciermt.com/glacier-park-one.php
THINGS TO DO IN GLACIER PARK
There are so many things to see and do in Glacier National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park and the sourrounding area that they have a service to assist you in planning your time. Go here – http://www.glacierparkinc.com/explore-glacier/?id=1
EXPLORE THE PARK
If you prefer to explore on foot, set out on the park’s forested footpaths, hillside bridle paths or 734 miles of maintained trails. For trails in the park, visit the National Park Service’s website – https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/hikingthetrails.htm
HIKING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
With more than 700 miles of maintained trails, Glacier National Park is a hiker’s dream. With a diverse selection of hiking trail options—ranging from easy half-day hikes to more strenuous, multi-day backpacking treks—Glacier National Park has a bevy of trails ready to be explored. Be sure to stop by the nearest visitor center for the latest trails and conditions update or check out National Park Service Website – http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm
BIKING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Biking the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is a popular activity for many cyclists, with spring and fall being prime time for riding the road. For safety reasons and to ease congestion on the road, there are certain restrictions in effect from June 15 through Labor Day. From Apgar Campground to Sprague Creek Campground (both directions), bikes are prohibited between 11 AM and 4 PM, while from Logan Creek to Logan Pass east-bound bike traffic is prohibited between 11 AM and 4 PM. More information on biking in Glacier National Park is available at the National Park Service Website – https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm
BOATING AND FISHING IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Glacier has some great waters, ranging from waterfalls to mountain streams and large lakes. Motorized vessels are allowed on Lake McDonald, Sherburne Lake, St. Mary Lake, Upper Waterton Lake and Lower Two Medicine Lake. They are also allowed on Bowman Lake and Two Medicine Lake but are limited to 10 horsepower or less.
When recreating on the park’s waters, please help stop the spread of aquatic hitchhikers by thoroughly cleaning, draining and drying all of your boating, wading and fishing equipment before coming into the park. A free launch permit is required to launch motorized boats in Glacier National Park and regulations can be picked up at park headquarters or staffed ranger stations. For more information on boating in Glacier National Park, visit the National Park Service Website – https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm.
Fishing is a popular activity in Glacier and is permitted when done consistently with preservation or restoration of natural aquatic environments. When fishing in the park, a license is not required, but certain regulations, guidelines and courtesies must be followed, as some waters are closed to fishing. For complete rules and regulations on fishing in the park, visit the National Park Service Website – https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm
For rafting adventures on the edge of Glacier National Park, check out our http://glaciermt.com/rafting.php for more about guided raft trips.
Trail rides inside Glacier National Park are available at Apgar Corral, Lake McDonald Corral and Many Glacier Corral. Experienced wranglers can take you on a guided ride ranging from one hour to a full-day. For more on trail rides in and around Glacier National Park, visit Swan Mountain Outfitters – http://www.glaciermt.com/detail-2011.php?id=210
A major highlight when visiting Glacier National Park is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road travels 50 miles through the park from West Glacier to St. Mary, crossing the continental divide at Logan Pass. The road typically opens all the way across in early- to mid-June and closes mid- to late-September, weather permitting. For road updates, status, history, plow progress (snow plow crews dig the road out every spring), and FAQs, visit the National Park Service Website – https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/goingtothesunroad.htm
GLACIER PARK FAQ’S
I am sure you still have a lot of questions about Glacier National Park. Here is the website to there own FAQ’S – http://glaciermt.com/glacier-park-faq.php
Have fun planning your adventures!