Glacier National Park
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As the largest national park in the continental United States, Glacier National
Park spans over 1,600 square miles of the most pristine wilderness in North
America. The over one million acre national park sits in the northernmost section of Montana, adjacent to the Canadian border. Despite its remote location,
Glacier National Park receives nearly three million visitors per year to view the
breathtaking vistas that greet them around every turn of the trail.
Glacier National Park opens its natural beauty to the public every day of the
year, although winter weather determines when the visitor facilities open and
close. Portions of the main thoroughfare, Going-to-the-Sun Road, remain open
year round to allow visitors to partake in winter recreational activities located at
Lake McDonald Lake. Park facilities are typically open to the public from late
May to early September. Many park visitors enjoy the off-season for a more relaxed feel. Autumn presents spectacular scenery, but as with winter, visitors must
be more self reliant for resources.
Despite its remote location, Glacier National Park attracts nature lovers who
come to see myriad lakes, diverse wildlife, and six mountain peeks that tower
over 10,000 feet. The main attractions of the park are the sprawling glaciers that
glisten under the summer sun. Most of the park comprises rugged backcountry
and wilderness that visitors travel by hiking on the 700-mile trail system. Since
Glacier National Park does not have many paved roads, many visitors navigate
the rugged terrain by foot and they stay in lodges overnight along the trail. Park
visitors can take guided horseback trips to learn more about the Blackfeet culture
or tour the park via motor coach to get up close with Mother Nature.