Glacier National Park is located in Northwest Montana. The park gets its name from of course, glaciers. There are a number of glaciers in Glacier National Park. At the current rate of melting, there will be no glaciers in Glacier National Park by 2045 by some accounts.
Glacier National Park in the Summer
If you want to actually see the glaciers up closed, you need to plan your Glacier visit between June and September.
Glacier National Park is famous for Going to the Sun Road. The road that will take you to the sun. Well not quite, but close. Glacier’s Going to the Sun road is only open during the summer. The park maintenance crews head out and spend months plowing 80 foot drifts on steep mountainsides.
The road is really quite dangerous. For much of the road length there are no guardrails, although there are small rocks placed on the edge of the cliff to indicate where the edge of the roadway is. Glacier National Park has been lobbying to have significant improvements for Going to the Sun Road.
Glacier Park Wildlife
On a nice day in Glacier National Park you may see the following wildlife; grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, wolves, mule and white-tail deer, mountain goats, mountain lions, big horn rams and much more.
Glacier is also known for pristine waterfalls, alpine lakes and freezing cold creeks, streams and rivers.
Glacier & Yellowstone Parks
Glacier National Park differs from Yellowstone National Park in a few ways. Unlike Yellowstone, in Glacier there are few open meadow along the roadside. Typically, you’ll have to hike a short ways, there are nice board-walks as well, to see Glaciers attractions.
Glacier National Park also is focus on environmental preservation and does not allow snowmobiles in the park. Glacier also does not allow dogs outside of the owners vehicles.
Glacier National Park and Grizzly Bears
Glacier National Park is home to grizzly bears. Just a few years ago the park service found the bones of an off duty park ranger. At Glacier, do not hike alone or feed the animals. When your hiking in the park, be sure to make noise along the trail as not to spook a bear and or cubs. Glacier National Park is a wonderful place to view bears in the wild.
Glacier Fishing Opportunities
Glacier National Park is a great place to fish. Many of Glacier’s lakes are deep and host varies of trout, salmon and Arctic grayling. You do not need a Montana State Drivers license to fish in Glacier National Park.
Glacier’s Lake McDonald has no limit catches on lake trout. Many of Glacier Park’s rivers and stream are excellent for fly fishing.
Glacier National Park is also know as the international peace park and spans over two countries, the US and Canada.
Did you know?…Glacier National Park has Grizzly Bears.