Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park 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.

In 1932 Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Park, in Canada, were designated Wateron-Glacier International Peace Park. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is symbolic of the relationship between our two great nations.  Together we share the future of this pristine and unspoiled area. 

The park contains over 350 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and six National Historic Landmarks. On August 5th, 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his 144 Radio Address from Two Medicine Chalet in Glacier National Park. His address stated, in part:

"Today, for the first time in my life, I have seen Glacier Park. Perhaps I can best express to you my thrill and delight by saying that I wish every American, old and young, could have been with me today. The great mountains, the glaciers, the lakes and the trees make me long to stay here for all the rest of the summer.

Comparisons are generally objectionable and yet it is not unkind to say, from the standpoint of scenery alone, that if many, and indeed most, of our American national parks were to be set down anywhere on the continent of Europe thousands of Americans would journey all the way across the ocean in order to see their beauties.

There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wild life are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in the process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle."

—Stephanie Hester & Will Hammerquist, NPCA

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Glacier National Park has garnered international attention as the last of Glacier Park's glaciers will disappear in 2030. To learn more about the threats to Glacier and the international effort to have Glacier National Park listed as an Endangered World Heritage Site by the United Nations click here.







Sandy G.

February 14, 2015

I have been to many National Parks and Glacier is my favorite. Going to the Sun Road was incredible. You have to see it to believe it. It should be on everyone's bucket list - a must see!!!!


December 23, 2013

Please send anything that would help me plan a trip in July/ August of 2014

Zelda Starfox awesome

December 3, 2013

this is a helpful website


November 9, 2013

Glacier is the most breathtaking and incredible places I've ever visited. I've been fortunate enough to visit a few of our national parks, and this is my favorite. The views are spectacular, the wildlife is amazing, and the hiking is awesome. We visited this past September, just before the GTTS Road closed. I would highly recommend Highline Trail (at Logan Pass), Piegan Pass, Ptarmigan Tunnel, Grinnell Glacier, and Siyeh Pass. We have already made our "to do" and "to see" list for our next trip (hopefully next year!). ~ Leave No Trace ~


November 3, 2013

this place sounds awesome. cant wait to go


July 11, 2013

I just visited Yellowstone and then Glacier/Waterton Parks. The beauty of the glacier-carved peaks in Glacier and Waterton are breathtaking. We went on the red bus tour and hope to go back for hiking and see the glacier before it's/they're gone


June 27, 2013

The Grand Tetons were a spectacular site. There are a variety of trails. We enjoyed the Jenny Lake Shuttle Boat ride to the Inspiration Point trailhead. I saw my first moose around Jenny Lake.

Carol A.

June 20, 2013

I really enjoyed Glacier National Park. The best part was the Going to the Sun Road,Logan Pass where I was able to almost climb the Hidden lake trail while there saw some Marmutes who were squicking at the time. I stayed at the Glacier Park lodge had great time there. I know that i want to go back there again to see more animals.

Trout O.

January 31, 2012

I visited Glacier over this past summer with my family, a few days after the Going to the Sun Road opened. There was so much snow, and I was truly surprised at how much the temperature could rise or drop with change in elevation. I genuinely loved this trip, and hope to visit this beautiful park later in life.


January 9, 2012

My son and I visited GNP in late Jume of 2011 and were absolutely amazwed at teh amount of snowpack this year. The GTTSR was not yet open, although I rode my mountain bike to where they were plowing a 30 foot wall of snow. The park was a bit cool yet stunning and gorgeous. I would reccommend this park to anyone who has a taste for the back country. We spent two weeks there, one week on each side of the park and did virtually every hiking trail, spent 4 days in teh backcountry, and a great many miles of mountain biking. This park is definately one of the best for the true outdoor enthusiasts. We encountered just about every type of animal the park has to offer including a extremely close call with a black bear.

Suzy Q

November 10, 2011

We are getting ready for our 4th trip to Glacier..the mountains keep calling us back..did the Red Bus Tour and have stayed in 3 different properties..I teared up when Brian Williams told about the glaciers and will all be gone soon and how few were left..Our family has been to many other national parks and this is our favorite..the lodges are just awe inspiring as every mountain and vista


November 10, 2011

I was in Glacier in July 2010 and it was spectacular. The hiking was incredible. We encountered a Grizzly bear on the Ptarmigan tunnel trail. We stayed at the Swiftcurrent Motor logde. The lodge is definitely rustic but if you are going to hike there are many trailheads right outside your door. We also received winderful service from the young adults at the lodge.


November 10, 2011

I was a Many Glacier Hotel employee as a college student in 1966 and 67. Have been back a couple of times with family. If you are looking for luxury, go to NYC or LA. If you want to see one of God's great creations, go to Glacier. Preserving it is one of the few things the Federal Government has done well. It is far enough out of the way that it is not usually overcrowded. The Going to the Sun Road is spectacular. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Hike to Grinnell Glacier if you can. You may not have many more chances to actually see a glacier in person. It is absolutely beautiful. On our last visit we saw grizzly, mountain goats, mountain sheep, a mountain lion (rare to see)and the always entertaining ground squirrels. Can't wait to get back.

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