Welcome to our post of images, video and facts highlighting the iconic Glacier National Park Montana.
When the famous Scottish-American naturalist and author John Muir came to Glacier in 1901, he was transfixed by the sheer beauty of the place, labeling it as the “best care-killing scenery” in North America.
More than a century later, these words continue to ring true about this charming landscape of wildflowers, meadows, peaks, melt-water lakes, lush streams and granite forests traversed by grizzly bears, elk, mountain lions and many more.
Glacier National Park Facts
- Location : Flathead and Glacier County, Montana, United States
- Natural Environment : Active Glaciers, Glaciated mountains, Lakes and Forest
- Climate : Mainly Alpine climate with temperature and precipitation (snow and rainfall) varying with altitude and time of year.
- Co-ordinates : 48°41′48″N 113°43′6″W
- Established in 1910
- 2.3 million visitor numbers per annum
- UNESCO World Heritage Site : 1995
Source : Smithsonian Channel
Located in the northwest corner of the United States and bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, Glacier National Park Montana is often variously referred to as the “Backbone of the World” and “Crown of the Continent” due to its iconic beauty that makes it one of the best places to visit on the planet.
This park has a dramatic presence by name, and from any view. It is more than a million acres of stunning glacier-carved terrain punctuated by glinting rivers, majestic 400-foot waterfalls, massive mountain peaks and prominent rock faces that make this park stand out among its peers elsewhere around the world.
It is home to more than 25 active glaciers that keep shifting due to thawing and melting. It is therefore not surprising that the magnificent peaks of the Great Divide form the backbone of Glacier National Park as well as its sister park Waterton Lakes, located in Canada.
From their slopes, alpine glaciers and the always melting snow form the headwaters of several rivers that drain into three oceans: the Pacific, Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans. This incredible scenery is completed by 762 lakes, rugged slopes and innumerable waterfalls gleaming in forested valleys.
Hiking in Eastern Glacier National Park
Source : Amazing Places on Our Planet
Glacier National Park Montana is where strong, bright, untamed and wild nature thrives: wolves, white-tailed ptarmigan, storms that occasionally visit the Great Divide like mighty tsunamis with golden eagles riding the waves, twisted trees that have been there for more than 200 years but somehow never tall enough to conceal a bighorn sheep, indomitable wildflowers rising through snow to show their glory, alpenglow on ancient ice and, of course, the great silver-tipped bears that rule the landscape.
Olympic Park Wildlife
Over 71 species of mammals live in the park, supported by the diversity of habitats which provides many opportunities for all animals. Mountain lions, mountain goats, lynx , mule deer, red foxes, elk, bald eagles and black bears are some of the other animals which roam this wilderness, not forgetting the reptiles , birds, amphibians and fish which also flourish in the pristine wild and waters of the park.
Explore the Park
Start your explorations with a wonderful boat cruise of Two Medicine Valley, then take an awe-inspiring ride along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most scenic drives you will ever take. This 52-mile drive is an engineering marvel and a National Historic Landmark that is simply awesome. It takes visitors right into the heart of the park where nature lovers will love the coniferous forests, green-carpeted meadows and stream bottoms which sustain all kinds of wildlife.
The dense forests of Glacier National Park may appear to be robust and everlasting from the outside, but they are always changing. Without the many periodic disturbances caused by blown-down, avalanches, forest diseases and the occasional fires, conditions that support new growth would not exist. Here, trees age and die to be replaced by other species through an intricate process called succession.
Finish your trip with a hike, cycle, lazy swim or even a round of golf. You will feel rejuvenated and inspired at the end of the day. However, don’t be in a hurry to leave.
There are numerous campgrounds in the park which will give you and your crew exceptional, magical experiences around a crackling fire. Then wake up the next day to try out some of the many hiking trails that will give you an up-close view of the wonders found here.
In fact, more than half of the park’s visitors don’t leave the park without taking a hike. The trails are well built and marked, taking you to striking ridges and viewpoints , through tunnels and creeks and the steep Columbia Mountains which are both challenging and rewarding.
If camping is not to your liking then there is also the fabulous 215-room Mnay Glacier Hotel. Pitched on the foot of on Swiftcurrent Lake this old established chalet hotel offers comfort and amazing views.
And while summer is the time when Glacier National Park Montana receives the most visitors, you can come here anytime of the year. Autumn is peaceful and colorful while winter is the time to try snowshoeing, ice-climbing, sightseeing and cross-country skiing.
The Montana Night Sky
The park is also a wonderful place to look skywards in the evening. With little light pollution and a vast horizon, the Aurora Borealis or the Milky Way are both often visible in the night sky.
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