glacier national park

Glacier National Park
West Glacier, Montana

Have a thing for high places and scaling craggy rocks? Over 740 hiking trails unfurl from ice-carved mountains over 10,000 feet tall into deep verdant valleys at Glacier National Park, an adventure-seeking hikers dream destination.

Mountain goats like the surroundings, too. Those high-climbing, river-jumping scenes of them in North America were filmed in Glacier National Park. They like to hang out at Logan Pass, the highest elevation you can reach by car in the park at 6,640 feet. If you get there at dawn, you can capture stunning photos of the mountains and maybe spot a grazing goat or big horn sheep at the same time.

Along with the over 740 trails to explore, you can also try to track the other 70 species of mammals, including grizzlies, wolverines and lynx, or 270 species of birds, including ducks, dippers and eagles.

Best Time to Visit:

The park is open year round for hiking and camping, but you'll need to check the status of specific activities. For instance, if you are interested in traveling the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road, 50 miles of engineered road though the park's interior, it is usually open late June, depending on whether the road is fully snow ploughed. By late October, the road is closed to traffic again.

What to Do:

This park has an embarrassment of adventure and wilderness activities, but hiking has to be at the top of the list. Venture to the heart of the park to Many Glacier to see where mountains, glaciers and lakes meet. Two of the most popular hikes, Grinnell Glacier Trail and Iceberg Lake Trail, start here. The park brags that hikers can take a different trail every day for a week and still not cover all the trails that the park has to offer. Get Directions

Glacier National Park Destinations:

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road spans 50 miles through Glacier National Park's interior, offering stunning views and access to the parks interior, including Logan Pass. Get Directions
  • Logan Pass. The highest elevation accessible by car, where visitors can view Clements Mountain and Renolds Mountain as well as wildlife ranging from mountain goats and bighorn sheep to grizzlies. Get Directions
  • Lake McDonald. Formed by glacial carving, this 10-mile-long lake is surrounded by mountains, with hanging valleys and waterfalls nearby. Get Directions
  • The North Fork. One of the most remote areas of Glacier National Park, it has experienced a series of fires over the past two decades resulting in a wide range of vegetation as well as a habitat suited for rare wildlife, such as the Northern Three Toed and Black-Backed woodpeckers. Get Directions
  • Many Glacier. Wildlife abounds in this area of the park, where visitors can observe active glaciers, several lakes, and towering mountains. Get Directions

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