Plan your Visit to
Glacier National Park
Unmatched Natural Beauty
Native American people included the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootnei tribes and they lived off the land for centuries before the land was settled by the early settlers. It was not until 1910 that Glacier National Park was founded, but throughout the area you can still see the artifacts left behind by the early people. Many of the artifacts are on display throughout the park, but there is much more to Glacier National Park than just abundant history.
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When to go
January – May – June – July – August – September – October – December
Glacier National Park Activities
Wildlife – Scenic Drives – Rafting – Winter Sports – Boating – Hiking – Stunning Vistas – Fishing – Horseback Riding – Biking – Family – Climbing
Montana is known for having some of the most picturesque hiking excursions to be had anywhere in the world. Much of the state remains untouched by corporations looking to improve the land for people, so amazing hiking can be accomplished anywhere within the state, but Glacier National Park has over 700 miles of hiking trails ready for any avid hiker to enjoy. Not only will you be able to take in the fresh mountain air, but you will also have the ability to see wildlife up close and personal.
Wildlife can be seen throughout America, but not all animals will make their way out to the busy roadways that we drive every day. It is true that you may see a deer run across the road from time to time, but it is a rare thing to see bears, mountain goats, and elk in their natural habitat. In addition to these amazing creatures, Glacier National Park is home to the largest population of wolverines that have been documented in the lower 48 states where 50 have been documented throughout the park. Glacier National Park also have accessibility trails for people with disabilities.
A simple hike is fine if you just want to take in the landscapes that are found throughout Glacier National Park, but if you feel a little more adventurous, give rock climbing a try. Although there are many places throughout the world that offer rock climbing adventures, Glacier National Park is one of the only places that you will find cliff faces that have been made slick through the changing of the environment over the years. The many years of erosion has caused the cliffs to be quite a challenge to even the most avid rock climbers.
Dog Sled Tours
When you think of a national park, you often think of nice summer days filled with picnics and a dip in the cool refreshing waters, but Glacier National Park takes full advantage of its landscape no matter the season. One of the best things to do while in the park during the winter is the Dog Sled Tours. Dog sleds are becoming more of an attraction these days and lucky for you, you do not have to go all the way to Alaska to take part. A Dog Sled Tour will be the highlight of your winter adventure at Glacier National Park.
Take Other Tours
Glacier National Park is among the nation’s most beautiful places and many people do not even scratch the surface of its history or beauty because they simply go it alone into the wilderness. Where striking out on your own is important and can be quite fun, it is also beneficial to take a break from your own adventure and find one of the many tours that are offered throughout the park. We have already enticed you with the Dog Sled Tours, but there are also tours by big red bus and even boat tours to ensure that you see Glacier National Park from all its good sides.
Things to Know
Before you decide to go and visit Glacier National park to enjoy its wonderful beauty, there are a few things you need to be aware of. All national parks are protected and should be maintained by all visitors. A leave nothing behind mentality should follow you and your group wherever you may go. Pick up any trash and keep the areas you visit looking just as nice as when you arrived at them.
The next thing to remember is that the national parks must be maintained with monetary means as well, so there is a fee for entry. The rates are different depending on when you plan your visit so plan on contributing $30 during the summer and $20 during the winter per vehicle for a seven-day pass. Foot traffic is also encouraged for backpackers to the park and a seven-day pass is $12 during the summer and $10 during the winter. An annual pass is also available if you will be making regular trips to Glacier National Park for $45 per year. A trip to Glacier National Park will fill your life with unmatched beauty and is a thing that should not be missed.
Download a Glacier National Park Map
Planning a Glacier National Park? Be sure to download the official Glacier National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Glacier National Park. This free Glacier National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
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Official Glacier National Park Map – Click on the Map to download