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 Glacier National Park

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General Visitor Info.

Open Year Round,
24 hours a day.

During the winter months,
some roads are
inaccessible to cars.


  Glacier National Park, located in northern Montana, features over one million acres of rugged mountain beauty.  As its name implies, several small glaciers are found within the park's boundaries.  Glacier was established in 1910 as a national park and currently attracts roughly two million visitors per year to its snow-clad mountains and deep valleys.

Glacier preserves over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to over 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.

The park contains over 350 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and six National Historic Landmarks.

In 1932 Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between our two nations. Glacier and Waterton Lakes have both been designated as Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized, in 1995, as a World Heritage Site.

Popular summer activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, biking, camping, horseback outings, boating, fishing, sightseeing and backpacking.   Some activities do cost extra.

Popular summer spots in Glacier include the Logan Pass Visitor Center, the Many Glacier area, the Lake McDonald Valley, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road which bisects the heart of the park on a fifty mile trek.

Visitors should be aware that there are size restrictions on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  Vehicles longer than 21 feet or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors) are prohibited on the steepest sections of the road.

Glacier is known for having a high density of grizzly bears.

Also, there are numerous gift shops, camp stores and restaurants inside the park. 



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