The scenery and wildlife in Glacier National Park provides constant amazement and inspiration, for young and old alike. A fun way to reveal the deeper significance and meanings of the park is to spend time on an interpretive tour.
The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains, and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors.
Glacier National Park
LETS RIDE THE BUS TOGETHER
What could be more fun, than to climb into one of these big red
Glacier Park busses, and travel from one side of the Park to the
other? There is lots of room, in this 25 foot bus, with seating for
17 passengers. We will all be new friends in no time. The trip will
take us along the "Going-To-The-Sun-Road", and North to Canada's
Waterton Lakes National Park. We will see many historic lodges and
Inns along the way.
Bring along your camera, because we will see scenery to take your
breath away, as well as wildlife in abundance throughout this
protected area. It will be a real adventure to ride in one of these
historic symbols of Glacier National Park. There is even a canvas
top that can be rolled back.
There was an entire fleet of 33 busses built for the Park back in
1936 to 1939. The busses of today are basically the same busses,
having been completely renovated and restored.
All are safety inspected for tourist travel. The
renovation was done in 1989 at a cost of over 800,000 dollars. The
style and shape was kept the same, to make us feel as if we were
riding in the style and grace of the 30s.
These wonderful old busses were built by the White Motor Company in
Cleveland Ohio. They were painted Mountain Ash Berry Red. And are
still kept that color today. This company built 500 of these busses,
just for our western
National Parks, including Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Rocky
Mountain, Mt. Rainier, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National
Most of the other parks did not renovate or restore their
busses and they were retired from service in the 1950s. Some of the
older residents of Montana, still call them "Jammers"
because when they were first used, they had standard transmissions, and the drivers
could be heard "jammin" the gears up
and down the mountain roads.
What a thrill to ride across the Continental Divide. in one of these
big red open air busses.
Come on, Lets go for a ride !
My Trip thru Glacier Park on the Red Bus.
Red Bus Jammers, written by Verna Parks.