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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park

West Glacier, Montana
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Glacier National Park

Vast in terrain and scope, Glacier National Park in Montana is a haven for those seeking peace and solitude in the wilderness. The snow-covered mountains are an impressive backdrop. Don't be intimidated, though. Access the remote depths of the park in your car by driving the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road. There are more than 700 miles of trails to explore. Choose from a short day hike or an extended backcountry-backpacking trip. The Visitor Center in Apgar Village is a good place to start.
 

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Hours -

There are 7 Visitor Centers in the Park, and some close for the winter. Hours vary depending on the season, but the Park is open every day of the year, weather permitting.
 

Prices

  • 7-Day Auto/Vehicle Permit-$25, 5/1-10/31; $15, 11/1-4/30
  • 7-Day Single Entry Permit-$12, 5/1-10/31; $10, 11/1-4/30
  • Annual Pass-$35
 

Free Days

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • National Park Week (in April)
  • September 28 (Public Lands Day)
  • Veteran's Day Weekend
  • August 25 (birthday of the National Park Service)
 
 

Activities

  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Horseback riding trips
  • Boating and biking
  • Ranger-led talks and hikes
 

Before You Go, See the Web Cams

There are 8 webcams in Glacier National Park, which give visitors a glimpse of what to expect before they visit the Park. Some, like Goat Haunt, don’t operate during the winter months, as its hydroelectric power source shuts down. St. Mary Visitor Center is popular for seeing elk and deer. The Apgar Lookout Cam gives a stunning view of the North Fork section of the Park, which is a remote, forested area with a complexly rich ecosystem. The Park Headquarters Cam shows some human activity including rangers coming and going, and an occasional snowman.

Park Activities for Children

Park rangers lead fun activities for young visitors, and there are also family-friendly trails for exploring with little adventurers. Print out a tree key before heading out and encourage kids to identify as many trees as they can, including 13 different kinds of conifers. In the summer time, the Apgar Discovery Cabin is a fun place to produce a puppet show, take on the mysterious Touch Box, study different rocks, horns, and antlers, and play a game called Track Twister. At the Apgar Visitor Center, ask for a Junior Ranger program-kids can earn their very own badge!

FAQs

  • What places can I explore in Glacier Park?

    There are loads of opportunities for breathtaking scenery in the park. The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road is a major feature that gives access to Park destinations including the carved valleys of St. Mary, Lake McDonald, and Logan Pass. Less well known areas include Two Medicine, North Fork, Many Glacier, and Goat Haunt. These include alpine meadows, Native American grounds, and historic sites where homesteaders settled.
  • What are the most popular hiking trails?

    For those planning a day trip, there are several options in the vast Glacier National Park. Popular trails in the most crowded months of July and August are Avalanche Lake, Grinnell Glacier, Granite Park Chalet, and Iceberg Lake. Wheelchair accessible trails include Running Eagle Falls and the Trail of the Cedars. These are great for setting your own pace, as are Forest and Fire, Sun Point, Swiftcurrent, and Hidden Lake.

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