Glacier National Park is one of Montana’s most popular destinations. A UNESCO World Heritage site on the northern border of Montana, Glacier National Park was established in 1932 an International Peace Park. The park itself is a geological wonder, housing thousands of impressive sedimentary rock formations. These rocks were laid down between 1600 and 800 million years ago, when the area was in inland sea. They were uplifted while the Rocky Mountains were forming—around 170 million years ago. Some of the world’s most impressive Proterozoic fossils have been found in Glacier National Park, making this an excellent destination for lovers of both nature and science.

 

That park also has a wide-ranging population of various flora and fauna. The ecosystems have remained fairly unchanged since the Lewis and Clark expedition, and different trails and areas of the park offer visitors drastically varied wilderness experiences. Glacier National Park is one of the largest remaining natural grizzly habitats; in the late summer, the bears migrate down from the mountains to enjoy the berries and fish in valley lakes. Additionally, the park is home to two additional endangered species: the Canadian lynx and the bull trout. Birdwatchers will find this national treasure especially wonderful, as they are several species of waterfowl and birds of prey, including bald eagles. Furthermore, hikers and trekkers can experience a wealth of local fauna: from the delicate alpine tundra lichen to wildflowers of the subalpine meadows.

 

Visitors entering the park via vehicle will need to pay a $25 fee, which guarantees access for seven days. If you choose to enter the park on foot or by bicycle, you will need to pay a $12 fee, which is also good for seven days. The park has dozens of entrances, so it is important to always keep your receipt or permit card safe and accessible. While in the park, visitors can take shuttles and tour buses to different portions. Shuttles run every fifteen or thirty minutes, and visitors without cars should familiarize themselves with the system before visiting. While here, visitors enjoy exploring the over 700 miles of hiking trails, including the popular Garden Wall, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and the Trail of the Cedars—a wonderful handicapped-accessible option.

 

 

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