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Glacier National Park is always open; it never closes. Right now, visitors are finding great opportunities to explore different areas of Glacier National Park. You can find new reasons to enjoy the park this spring by visiting our Cycling in Glacier section.

Spring thaw of Glacier National Park

In honor of those who serve and have served in the United States military, entrance fees to Glacier National Park will be waived for the public Saturday through Monday, Veterans Day weekend.

In addition, Glacier and the other 400 sites of the National Park Service offer a free annual pass to active-duty military members and their dependents. The annual pass allows free entrance to national parks and other federal recreation sites.

Passes can be obtained at Glacier National Park’s headquarters or any staffed park entrance. A valid military identification card must be presented to obtain the pass. For more information, visit nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.

Winter entrance fees to the park are in effect Nov. 1 to April 30 each year. The park’s winter entrance fee is $15 per vehicle and is valid for seven days. The per-person winter entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot or bicycle is $10 and is valid for seven days. An annual Glacier National Park pass for unlimited access to the park for one year is available for $35.

For more information or to purchase a pass, call the park at (406) 888-7800.



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Frozen Rock image from GNP staff.

We are in the early stages of fall colors, and you will notice green foliage turning to yellow and orange. The colors will intensify throughout the park as the weeks progress.

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Plenty of photos and lots of Glacier National Park information to help you plan your trip into the northwest corner of Montana, just south of the Canadian border.

Ahhhh, the great outdoors—and where better to enjoy nature at its best than at ‘Glacier National Park’.
You don’t have to wait for summer months to travel to this wonderful, beautiful place since there are activities and sports available each an every month of the year. And don’t forget your camera because the scenery is breathtaking in any season! This is God’s country and no other hand could ever take credit for it’s extreme diversity in recreational areas and glorious scenery.

If you want to have a great vacation, just follow a few rules of the park, and nature, and you won’t be disappointed.

Glacier Park covers 1.2 million acres of mountain ranges, deep valleys, and lakes formed by sixty glaciers that remain in the area. It also contains alpine meadows, dense forests, waterfalls, and two hundred lakes. Glaciers, (rivers of ice) sculpted these pristine mountains, and while the remaining glaciers are smaller in size, geologically they still do the same work as the original giants that formed this magnificent park.
Sacred to Native Americans through the centuries, the Plains tribes continue to hold vision quests and prayer ceremonies on Chief Mountain at the northeast border of the park. The first white man known to enter this area in 1815 was Hugh Monroe, (called ‘Rising Wolf’ by the Blackfeet Indians). He was a fur-trapper for the Hudson Bay Company in Canada.

The great Northern Railroad reached Glacier National Park in 1892 and brought miners, settlers, and tourists. In 1895 the federal government purchased the park from the Blackfeet Indians in order to freely mine for minerals. When none were found, the government then turned Glacier into one of our most cherished national parks.

Glacier National joins Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta Canada and is the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states. The park is home to 936 miles of rivers and streams, and 700 miles of hiking trails. There are very few road-miles in order to maintain the primitive/unspoiled beauty of this very special area. The only exception is a 52 mile stretch called, “Going-to-the-Sun” highway. It cuts through the very center of the park, crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and traverses the towering Garden Wall. A ‘Red Jammer' bus happily takes many visitors along this highway so they may enjoy the view in summer and early autumn months.

Heavy snow pack, and waters from melting glaciers in the spring contribute mightily to three major rivers of North America—the Missouri/Mississippi—the Columbia—and the Saskatchewan/Nelson. Cool, clear water at it’s earliest beginnings in Glacier Park…
Wolves, grizzly bears, and cougars (mountain lions,) as well as many species of plants, birds, snakes, insects, and small animals inhabit these beautiful Montana acres, so one must respect this fact for safety, both yours and theirs, when visiting the Glacier park.

OK, now that I’ve given you the history and facts about Glacier National Park, it’s time to delve into all the fun to be had there. Just to mention a few popular activities—check this list out:

1) Biking Glacier Park
2) Hiking
3) Scenic viewing
4) Photography
5) Camping
6) Horseback riding
7) Boating
8) Fishing
9) Skiing
10) Snow shoeing


Go, have fun, tour this wonderful and beautiful country…Glacier National Park!

Montana is called the last best place. We do hope you will find photos to enjoy and the information you need to make your next trip to Montana's Glacier Park a truly perfect vacation.

 




Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana, just north of Columbia Falls. The park encompasses more than one million acres and is home to grizzly bear, moose, elk, along with 63 varieties of wild mammals. While most of the roads in Glacier National Park are closed off during the winter, this provides miles and miles of tracks for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Visitors are seldom around in the dead of winter, so the muffled hush of the snow covered woods is especially enticing and serene.

A ski or snowshoe trip along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in North America, is a great option, according to park rangers. The road is closed to cars from September or October until snowmelt, usually in June. Several short hiking trails branch off from the road, which would be excellent for snowshoeing or skiing in the winter season.

 Once you have your gear, head up to Glacier National Park for an exciting adventure. Guided snowshoe trips are available, led by a park naturalist, and are highly recommended. If you are looking for an informative tour, snowshoeing is an easy way to explore the winter wonderland of this unique park. Snowshoeing will provide even the novice an effortless activity so your senses are more in tune with your environment and your guide's knowledge on the history, wildlife, geology, and biology of this precious ecosystem.

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