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Glacier National Park

West Glacier, Montana 59936 USA

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“Experience pristine forests & alpine meadows”

At Glacier National Park, visitors can experience Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. The Park can relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans.

Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, south from the Canadian borders of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1,000,000 acres (4,000 km2) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem", a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles.

Many day hikes can be taken in the park. Back-country camping is allowed at campsites along the trails. A permit is required and can be obtained from certain visitor centers or arranged for in advance. Much of Glacier's back country is usually inaccessible to hikers until early June due to accumulated snow pack and avalanche risk, and many trails at higher altitudes remain snow packed until July. Campgrounds that allow vehicle access are found throughout the park, most of which are near one of the larger lakes. The campgrounds at St. Mary and at Apgar are open year round, but conditions are primitive in the off-season, as the restroom facilities are closed and there is no running water. All campgrounds with vehicle access are usually open from mid-June until mid-September.

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Reviewed by
Roadtrippin_Dave

  • 1 Review
  • 9 Helpful
May 16, 2014

To me, this is America's most incredible National Park. Yeah, Yellowstone has its geysers, and Yosemite has El Capitan, but nothing compares to the raw scenery of Glacier. If you've never been here, and don't have it on your National Park bucket list, PUT IT ON THERE!

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pflynn

  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
August 21, 2014

So far, we've been to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Arches, & now Glacier. I truly understand why the Kootenai & Blackfeet tribes consider this place sacred. The landscape carved by centuries of glacier activity here has left us with indescribable beauty! We spent a week here - stayed at Apgar Village, Lake McDonald Lodge & St. Mary's Lodge. I think my favorite was Lake McDonald Lodge. Don't miss taking a Red Bus tour - we took the Western Alpine Tour & loved it! We took a boat tour of Lake McDonald & the old wooden boat takes ya back in time & the views are incredible. We also took a Jeep tour with Blackfeet Outfitters into the back country to see Moose, Bear, etc. - the weather was rainy, and we only found wild horses and a lot of "free range" cattle, but our guide Alger tried very hard to find em! He made that tour for us memorable.
Don't fail to visit Many Glacier - best views of the remaining glaciers there. The hiking here is awesome & wild life is all around. This is definitely a "bucket list national park" in my opinion too!

7 people found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,160 Reviews
  • 589 Helpful
August 31, 2014

This is a hiker's paradise. But, if that's not your thing then there's plenty of ways to see the park from your car. Be sure to check before you go to see if Going-To-The-Sun Road is open, especially in winter, as they often close it when it's snowing.

If you're visiting in summer the sunset is breathtaking. The sun sets around 9:35PM.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jessica.cormier.16

  • 9 Reviews
  • 43 Helpful
July 5, 2014

This is a bucket list National Park. If you haven't been, add it to your list. Gorgeous. A week isn't enough time to see all there is to see and do all there is to do. Drive the Going to the Sun Road. It will have its white knuckle moments but the views are absolutely worth it! Remember this park crosses over to our neighbor to the north (Canada). Be sure to check that side out too. Can't wait to go back!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

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  • 298 Reviews
  • 121 Helpful
April 14, 2014

If you take the Empire Builder Amtrak train, it goes right through this park and you get views inaccessible any other way. The train winds around the edge of the mountains at some points and it's impossible not to look up and the amazing beauty.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Adam Shickley

  • 67 Reviews
  • 30 Helpful
November 18, 2014

This is one of the most incredible national parks in the entire system. Lake McDonald is amazing. The local fishing was awesome and hard to beat. Hikers paradise and the going to the Sun Road. Logan pass is an awesome place to see. Big horn sheep abound, moose, and other wild life. In July this place was a botanic garden you could hike through for hours!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LiveOrdinaryWell

  • 12 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 7, 2015

Oh my gosh, do it! The scenery the glacier water swimming, the wild life, all amazing! But camp inside the park! Our one regret is that we camped outside the park.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

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  • 274 Reviews
  • 219 Helpful
September 3, 2014

By far one of the most impressive and gorgeous national parks I've had the good fortune to see in my life. The mountains are stunning, and the hiking is phenomenal. Swimming in a glacial lake during my time here is one of my favorite things I've ever done.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dacia

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 27, 2014

Absolute must see before they melt!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cathy.englert

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 28, 2014

After spending the summer dealing with the heat and severe summer storms in Florida, I think I want to go here next summer.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
HippieLady83

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 10, 2014

Road tripped out to Glacier N.P. from Michigan the summer after I graduated high school, sooo beautiful and peaceful!! Want to go back someday!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Eric Stephens

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
February 7, 2014

This is a "must see" national park. Truly amazing and beautiful.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Maba123

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 10, 2014

Went here and made this video to show how awesome this park really is!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqybrLZNza8

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Beau Harbin

  • 19 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 11, 2016

Everyone has to come to Glacier. Full stop.

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Reviewed by
chrissy.traylor

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 8, 2016

One of the most amazing places I have ever been. The views, the people, the food......totally and completely amazing!!!!!! Everyone, I mean everyone should make this trip at least once in their lifetime. I cried it was so beautiful! When we went it was coolish, and rainy, and snow mix, I said out loud 'I wish the clouds would part, so we could see the tops of the mountans, and suddenly it happened, the clouds parted, the rain stopped, and the sun shone through! The most beautiful place I have ever seen..... as we left the park, rain returned as did the clouds. It was as if all of mother nature was hearing me! Amazing, amazing, amazing. I was stunned at how different it was from Yellowstone, where I have visited many times.

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Reviewed by
Riley

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  • 2 Helpful
August 8, 2016

This certainly is a bucket list national park. I drove 18 hours over some pretty crazy highways to get here, and the moment it was time to leave, I wanted to go back. I spent 4 days here and it wasn't enough. The wildlife and the scenery are phenomenal. I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted to see and do, but there is no doubt that I will be back!

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Reviewed by
Donna Hull

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  • 36 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 30, 2016

Glacier National Park is truly a gem in the National Park System. But the popular trails, as well as Going to the Sun Road, can be crowded during prime summertime travel. Winter is a quieter time to visit. Although most of the concessions are closed, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on Going to the Sun road is a surreal experience. And the only sounds you'll hear is feet crunching on snow or wind blowing through the trees. Read my tips for a winter visit:

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Reviewed by
Noey31

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 18, 2016

I grew up on Lake McDonald, have lived all over the world and still GNP is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Fall is gorgeous and you will miss the crowds.
Eddie's has good ice cream in the summer (closed in the winter).
Must do Going to the Sun Road! Swim in Lake McDonald! Shop at the Cedar Tree! Bring warm clothes and rain jackets/boots. Also read about bears and be prepared, bring pepper spray and stay aware.

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Reviewed by
JosephGoodman

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 7, 2016

My favorite place to be honestly it's a shame going to the sun road can only be only for such a short season every year

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Reviewed by
CassieCassarole

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
February 16, 2016

I have been to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Theodore Roosevelt, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and I am now able to say I have been to Glacier. This place is beyond incredibly. The glaciers carved some of the most beautiful scenery, and Glacier is full of this awesome and unique carving. When the park was founded, there was about 150 glaciers. Today, only 25 remain. Lake McDonald and Swiftcurrent are no longer a beautiful aqua blue. The glaciers that fed those lakes are gone. St. Mary is the only lower one (that everyone can see from their car) to still have glacier run off. It has color to it, but not as much as other glacier fed lakes. I recommend people to go here as their destination because scientists believe Glacier will be glacierless. This park is a must-see and I think you better visit it very soon before all of the glaciers are gone.

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Reviewed by
TonyaHouston

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 28, 2016

Skip the over touristized but beautiful yellowstone and enjoy glacier and it's many hikes. This and Tetons all the way!

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Reviewed by
AnjaliLijin

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 26, 2016

Breathtaking view!!

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Reviewed by
JAckles14

  • 9 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 11, 2015

There is nothing about this park that I do not like, it is definitely a do not miss. However, it can get really crowded in the summer season, like all of the big national parks, but they do have a wonderful bus system. I would recommend that you get there early and if you plan to camp, get a site first and use the bus to get around. Parking is almost nonexistent and most spots are full by mid-morning. The park itself is amazing, there are beautiful views around every corner. There are plenty of really great hikes that range from easy to strenuous or challenging and they all will provide you with ample opportunity to view wildlife.

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Reviewed by
garyellen

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 22, 2014

I went on a month long solo hike in July 1975.Best thing I ever did.

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Glacier National Park

West Glacier, Montana
59936 USA

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