Springtime Travels-Glacier National Park, Montana

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

Wintertime has officially arrived and Glacier National Park is currently host to some of the best skiing around, with about 15 inches of snow.. Glacier, among the best and brightest of wintertime and early spring fun, offers survival, winter camping, skiing and hiking for the hardy.

The geography of Glacier National Park in northern Montana is like the people, rugged and beautiful, shaped by the weather of life, it encompasses two main mountain ranges that form the backbone of North America, the Continental Divide.

Glacier is a world heritage site and has been a protected part of the national park system for almost a hundred years. The main road crossing through the heart of the park and over the Divide is the Going-to-the-Sun Road is an adventure in itself offering fantastic views for enjoyment.  In 2006, nearly two million visitors traveled through Glacier National Park. The Going-to-the Sun road is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary, a fifty mile Civil Engineering Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark.

There is evidence of humans being in the area of Glacier National Park for thousands of years. Their descendants became the Blackfeet and other Native American tribes that long roamed over the glorious mountains and valleys, living with the land. When the European explorers ventured here in search of gold and beaver pelts, the way of life changed for these peoples as they were pushed out to the fringes of the area. Blackfeet Reservation lies to the east, with the Salish and Kootenai Reservations are to the southwest, the Native Americans regard this as an important spiritual stronghold of their peoples.

When driving through Glacier National Monument, take time to check and see if there are restrictions due to vehicle size and weight. Work on the roads is always a possibility as is the delay for wildlife that may block the road. There are guided tour busses and shuttles that give you the chance to enjoy the scenery without worrying about driving in mountainous terrain.

Entrance fees are charged as with all national parks, if you are visiting several parks in a year’s time, then it would be a good idea to invest in a pass from the National Park Service. The annual passes allow you to visit without paying every time you enter a national park. The precautions concerning wildlife and safety are there for a reason! Pay attention and read them and use common sense, it may be your life or the life of your family you save as a result.

Glacier is the place to be if you love the outdoors, from dropping a line in one of the many streams or lakes that abound here to hiking the high trails leading where the glaciers are born.

Bicyclists, hikers, campers and wildlife lovers find a wonderland to enjoy.A visit to Glacier National Park will offer you lodges where you can stay and rentals to help you get around. Back country and cross country skiing as well as horseback riding are some of the other activities visitors enjoy.

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