Glacier National Park was established in 1910, covers about one million acres of land, and contains 25 “active” glaciers that move due to thawing and melting.
There are a number of beloved areas in Glacier National Park."Going-to-the-Sun Road", a 50-mile trek that provides some of the most amazing views in Montana, is Glacier National Park’s most popular destination. North Fork is only accessible by dirt road and has incredible views of some of the park's many lakes, as well as a historic homestead site. Goat Haunt is a remote and tranquil location that crosses the US-Canadian border.
Glacier has numerous hiking trails and abundant fauna. Two Medicine is a more remote destination for the adventurous visitors who want a taste of true wilderness. Also found in Glacier National Park, Triple Divide Peak is situated at the hydrological apex of North America. Water can flow from here into the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
Glacier National Park weather varies considerably throughout the year. The western portion receives the most rainfall, though rain can fall at almost anytime and anywhere in the park. High temperatures climb to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and low temperatures can fall to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and even lower. The east side of Glacier National Park sees plentiful sun and frequent winds.
Glacier Tours and Camping
With 13 different campgrounds and a total of 1,000 campsites overall, there are abundant camping opportunities in Glacier National Park. There are a variety of campgrounds available, including two primitive sites.
The park offers official tours, and scheduled transportation between park lodges is available for those participating in official Glacier National Park tours. Guided tours from third-party companies not associated with the park exist as well. When traveling or camping in the park, bring a Glacier National Park Map and ask Glacier park rangers for safety tips.
Glacier National park is home to dozens of mammal species, including mountain goats, wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines. Nearly 300 species of birds, including golden eagles, can be found in the park, providing great opportunities for birdwatching. Glacier is also known to have some of the best fly fishing in North America and while there are regulations, you do not need a permit for fishing in Glacier National Park.