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Glacier National Park in Missoula Montana
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Distance from hotel: 178.29 miles
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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 for more than 700 miles of hiking trails to explore. Don't be intimidated though; visitors can access the remote depths of the park in your car by driving the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Visitor Center in Apgar Village is a good place to start and hikers can choose from a short-day hike or an extended backcountry-backpacking trip. Along the way, expect to see elk, mule deer, and the occasional grizzly bear. Embark on an unforgettable experience in Missoula and explore Montana's premier national park with some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
 

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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 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
 
 

Prices -

  • Summer Rates: $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. An annual park pass: $70.
  • Winter Rates: $25 per vehicle or $20 per motorcycle. An annual park pass: $70.
 
 

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 & Backpacking
  • Driving Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Horseback Riding Trips
  • Boating and Biking
  • Ranger-led Talks
  • Photography
 
 

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 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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