Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, established in 1910, is located in western Montana. About 2,000,000 tourists visit the park every year.

Crown of the continent

The park earned the name of “crown of the continent” for the glaciers still found in the area as well as the majestic mountains, beautiful forests and meadows, and turquoise lakes. Many come to hike the 700 miles of adventurous trails.

 

Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of Keith Adams, photographer

Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of Keith Adams, photographer

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park

The largest lake in the park is Lake McDonald where visitors can swim, boat, or fish.

There’s also white-water-rafting on the Middle Fork Flathead River.

Thirteen campgrounds

There are thirteen campgrounds in Glacier and five of them are located along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Families can also stay at Rising Sun, Lake McDonald Lodge and Apgar Village.

Jackson Glacier Overlook

Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of Keith Adams, photographer

Glacier National Park, photo courtesy of Keith Adams, photographer

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is about fifty miles long long, but is not open all year. Part of the road hugs the mountainside so there are tight curves.

The Jackson Glacier Overlook is located on the road. Visitors can see a glacier from this overlook.

 

Keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife 

Keep your eyes open for the many wild animals that call the Glacier National Park home.

Visitors to the park may spot black bears, grizzly bears, harlequin duck, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and moose.

-Sandra Merville Hart

Sources:

“Glacier: National Park, Montana,” National Park Service, 2014/12/15 http:// www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm.

Flynn, Sarah Wassner. National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide U.S.A., National Geographic Society, 2012.

McHugh, Erin. National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2012.

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